Every St. Patrick's Day, people worldwide celebrate the Irish by wearing shamrocks, marching in parades, even drinking green beer. It can be a ton of fun, to be sure, but the Ireland of fairly recent history was a very serious place where political battles were decided in revolution and civil war.
Our Movie Smackdown pays tribute to those days by putting a couple of films in the ring together that tell the story. These two classic films of Irish-rebellion — The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Michael Collins — were made a decade apart.
Two powerful directors face off here, too: Neil Jordan for the first, and Ken Loach for the second. Both of their films attempt to make the Irish drive for freedom both understandable and dramatic for a film audience. Let's assume — for the sake of our argument — that you've got the patience for one film to enlighten you about Irish political history and the time to watch it before St. Patrick's Day. Which movie is the must-see?
- [To read the entire review in Movie Smackdown, please go to our St. Patrick's Day link or simply click on the graphic below.]