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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Film Club

Hello everyone and happy first day of March!  Let's hope that spring is close because this cold and snow business is really getting old.

I'd like to start things off with once again thanking everyone who was able to make it out to our film last month, we had a great turnout and an abundance of snacks.  We missed all of you who were unable to attend, but we also welcomed a few new faces!  I'm so very appreciative of your continued attendance at Film Club, it not only keeps us going, but also makes it that much more enjoyable.  As they say, "The more the merrier!"

This month's Film Club actually meets on St. Patrick's Day, so feel free to bring some Guinness or Jameson to celebrate! (I'm kidding, please don't bring alcohol, I would like to keep my job). In keeping with my tradition of showing an Irish-themed film in honor of St. Paddy's day, I've decided to show Waking Ned Devine.  This was actually a suggestion by our very own Tom and Donna, thanks guys!

Waking Ned Devine is a 1998 comedy film by English writer and director Kirk Jones.  It stars Ian Bannen, David Kelly, and Fionnula Flanagan.  Kelly was nominated for a Screen Actors' Guild award for his role of Michael O'Sullivan.  The film is set in Ireland, but was filmed on location in the Isle of Man.
When word reaches Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly), two elderly best friends, that someone in their tiny Irish village of 52 people in Tulaigh Mhor (Tullymore) has won the Irish National Lottery's Lotto game, they along with Jackie's wife Annie (Fionnula Flanagan), plot to discover the identity of the winner.

The film holds an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert awarded the film 3/4 stars saying this of the film, "Most of the time we're smiling more than laughing; we recognize the human nature involved in Waking Ned Devine, and we like the way Kirk Jones, the writer and director, throws up obstacles just to have fun leaping over them.  One reason we like village comedies from Ireland and the U.K. is of course that they're funny.  Another is to meet the characters and the actors and enjoy the pleasure of their company.  I have a feeling that an evening spent with David Kelly would be a merry one."

We will be meeting Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) at 6:15pm.  Hope to see you there!

Here's the trailer:

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