Kiss the Blarney Stone

Once upon a time my mother kissed the Blarney Stone. I’m not sure if she got the gift of the gab but she did climb to the top of Blarney Castle and leaned out backwards from the edge of the parapet so she is brave.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day so consider watching a bit of Irish on streaming Netflix today.

Hunger (2008) – Not rated

“Acclaimed visual artist Steve McQueen makes his feature film debut with this gripping drama (and Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film contender) that depicts the events surrounding a hunger strike staged by a group of IRA prisoners during their 1981 incarceration in Britain’s Prison Maze. Led by IRA volunteer-poet Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), the strikers waged their six-week-long protest in an attempt to be acknowledged as political prisoners and to improve the prison’s conditions.”

My Left Foot (1989) – Rated R

“Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for his emotionally and physically complex portrayal of Irish writer Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and misdiagnosed as mentally disabled for the first 10 years of his life. The story unfolds in a series of flashbacks with Hugh O’Conor starring as the young Christy, who eventually learned to write using the only body part he could control: his left foot.”

Ondine (2009) – Rated PG-13

“A fisherman’s life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his nets. As he falls helplessly in love, his daughter comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature.”