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UK/Ireland Challenge (Official, March 2021)

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UK/Ireland Challenge
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Let's celebrate the UK new found independence from the continent by watching films from the UK. Let's also celebrate Irish film history by watching as many from Ireland.

Goal
Watch as many movies from UK/Ireland as you can during March 2021.

Remember this is a community event, so participating is not only about listing titles. If you post early, this gives the other participants suggestions for their own viewings and it brings the community closer together.

RULES
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.

I reserve the right to exclude participants who intentionally number their viewings incorrectly. If you play the game, you're expected to play properly. I assume a big deal of fair play from everyone, I'm not going to check the eligibility of every title. Only if I have (or others have raised) doubts about any.

Official Lists
Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
BFI's Top 100 British Films
UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage (471-488 are Irish)

Non-Official Lists
iCM Forum's Favorite UK Movies Top 150
Total Film's 50 Best British Movies
BAFTA Best British Film Awards
Fifty Key British Films (Routledge Key Guides)
Barry Norman: 50 greatest British films of all time
The 100 Best British Films Ever (by Empire)
Top 250 British Films -Empire
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears
The IMDb's Classic Film Board's 100 Essential British and Irish Films
Martin Scorsese British films
Tarantino and Wright British films
The List Magazine's Best Scottish Films
Going to the Pictures: Scottish Memories of Cinema
Richard Mowe's Top 20 Scottish films of the 20th Century
Brian Pendreigh's Top 20 Scottish Films
Whatculture.com's 18 Greatest Scottish Films
The Telegraph: 20 Great Scottish Films
Total Film's 29 Incredible Irish Movies
Film Ireland's 10 Best Irish Films
The Irish Times Best 50 Irish Movies
Top 10 Welsh Films (BBC)
Total Film's 23 Awesome Welsh Movies

This Challenge has been run four times before :
2019 Challenge - hosted by clemmetarey and won by albajos with 150 points
2016 Challenge - hosted by HVM and won by Cippenham with 42 points
2013 Challenge - hosted by HVM and won by brokenface with 34 points
2012 Challenge - hosted by mightysparks and won by Kasparius with 74 points

BONUS CHALLENGE #1: Who needs England?!
Cé atá ag iarraidh Sasana?! Cò a dh ’fheumas Sasainn?! Pwy sydd angen Lloegr?!
Since most films from the UK are either English or British, it easy for other regions of this challenge to be overlooked. So for this bonus challenge try to watch as many movies as you can from the other countries/regions of this challenge: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the Isle of Man.
For more info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Ireland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Welsh_films
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Scotland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of ... rn_Ireland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man_Film
Films from Ireland on IMDb
Films from Isle Of Man on IMDb

To compete in this Bonus Challenge, please indicate each film's country when listing your viewings. Otherwise your score will not be included for this BC. It's up to yourself for which country a movie qualifies, I assume a big deal of fair play from everyone, I'm not going to check the eligibility of every title. Only if I have (or others have raised) doubts about any.
BC#1

RankParticipantTotalIrelandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesIsle of Man
1. RogerTheMovieManiac8841355010
2. sol36273321
3. jdidaco1481311
4. peeptoad831121
5. flavo5000730310
6. Bing147610500
7. Lu-Chin500410
8. Mario Gaborović530002
9. maxwelldeux511300
10. AB537410300
11. ChrisReynolds411200
12. ororama311100
13. Obgeoff330000
14. Kublai Khan220000
15. OldAle1100100
BONUS CHALLENGE #2: Martin Scorsese's Recommendations
Being stuck at home like everyone else famed filmmaker Edgar Wright asked other famed filmmaker Martin Scorsese for recommendations to dive deeper into British cinema. Scorsese answered with a list of nearly 50 recommendations. For this bonus challenge follow Edgar Wright and try to watch as many recoms by Scorsese as you can. To compete in this challenge indicate watches with #MS, preferable with rank number
BC#2
RankParticipantCount
1.Lu-Chin7
2.Lonewolf20037
3.AB5372
4.peeptoad2
5.jdidaco2
6.Kublai Khan2
7.frbrown2
8.ororama1
9.Cippenham1
10.OldAle11


Progress 26/52:
1. The Nanny - peeptoad
2. Station Six Sahara - Lonewolf2003
3. Nowhere to Go
4. Brief Ecstasy - jdidaco
5. The Halfway House
6. Went the Day Well? - peeptoad
7. Madonna of the Seven Moons
8. The Man in Grey - AB537
9. Four Sided Triangle - Kublai Khan
10. Stolen Face - frbrown
11. So Long at the Fair
12. To the Public Danger - Cippenham, jdidaco
13. The Sound Barrier - Lonewolf2003
14. This Happy Breed - Lonewolf2003
15. Guns at Batasi - Lonewolf2003
16. Green for Danger
17. The Mind Benders
18. It Always Rains on Sunday - Lu-Chin, AB537, Lonewolf2003
19. A High Wind in Jamaica
20. The Queen of Spades
21. Hue and Cry - Lu-Chin
22. Pink String and Sealing Wax
23. The Blue Lamp - Lu-Chin
24. The Good Die Young
25. Mandy
26. Vampyres - frbrown
27. Uncle Silas
28. The Legend of Hell House
29. Night of the Eagle
30. The Flesh and the Fiends
31. The Snorkel
32. Taste of Fear - Lu-Chin, Lonewolf2003
33. The Damned - Lonewolf2003
34. The Plague of the Zombies - ororama
35. Quatermass and the Pit
36. Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde - Kublai Khan
37. The Devil Rides Out
38. The Asphyx
39. Underground
40. Shooting Stars
41. Sapphire
42. Dead of Night - Lu-Chin
43. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
44. The Innocents - Lu-Chin
45. The Pumpkin Eater
46. The Seventh Veil
47. Yield to the Night
48. Omnibus: Whistle and I'll Come to You
49. Kind Hearts and Coronets
50. The Enfield Haunting
51. The Quatermass Xperiment - Lu-Chin
52. Pool of London
BONUS CHALLENGE #3: Best contribution
For this bonus challenge when the final results are revealed I will make a poll of users who gave the best contributions to this thread. This can be reviews, screenshots, discussions etc. In this poll everyone can chose the final winner for this BC.

Overall Leaderboard

RankParticipantCount
1. AB53785
2. peeptoad61
3. Bing14758
4. Lu-Chin55
5. RogerTheMovieManiac8854
6. flavo500051
7. sol50
8. Lonewolf200344
9. jdidaco40
10. AssonFire37
11. Mario Gaborović33
12. ororama31
13. Cippenham29
14. blocho22
15. maxwelldeux18
16. OldAle118
17. Kublai Khan16
18. ChrisReynolds16
19. Ebbywebby16
20. hurluberlu14
21. Obgeoff11
22. frbrown10
23. Onderhond8
24. 3eyes7
25. Melvelet6
26. morrison-dylan-fan5
27. Knaldskalle4
28. Lakigigar3
29. DudeLanez3
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Complete ICMForum UK poll results

I'm in for quite a bit of British New Wave as part of the Waves challenge. Maybe I can sneak in a few more TSPDT films and DtC nominations
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Looking forward to this. I'll be in for about 10-15 films.
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Ok I will take part, already I have been working on the Scorsese list so will work on that, but also others like some film noir , Halliwell, Tarantino or Wright choices will be included.
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It starts! First in. :D

1. Citadel (2012) Ireland

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With their erratic and often unpredictable behavior, the demons/kids here are pretty scary and this is a deeply unsettling motion picture as it taps acutely into the protagonist's growing paranoia and uncertainty. The film totally blurs everything too; by the end, it is unclear if they are demons or actual children and how much is just in his mind - which is pitch perfect for a movie about what a scared man thinks and feels regardless of reality. Great lead actor too.

And that makes three "first ins" this month with three different films. That almost never happens. Thank you Labour Day public holiday. :party:
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You Don't Have to Be Irish to Be Irish
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland

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Taking advantage of grieving families, two elderly men here run a successful operation where they pretend to communicate with the dead... until they actually do. Milo O'Shea and especially David Kelly (as the conduit) are both excellent as the crafty con men in question and the early scenes of them fleecing others are fun. The film gets less interesting with the introduction of the fantasy angle though as focus diverts from how cunning the duo are.
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You Don't Have to Be Irish to Be Irish
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland

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Both Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert do their most with their roles here, and they are pretty much the reason why this psycho-thriller works at all. The plot is certainly nothing particularly new or different (think Fatal Attraction meets Single White Female) and it is easy to predict from early on how their friendship will spiral out-of-control with everything from dismissive police officers to scary text messages feeling like pure cliché.
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sol wrote: March 1st, 2021, 5:21 am 1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
Awesome horror flick. Been a while since I've seen it, but it left quite the impression.
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01. The Battle of the Somme (1916) - United Kingdom
02. Aventure malgache (1944) + Bon Voyage (1944) + I Think They Call Him John (1964) - United Kingdom
03. Solomon and Gaenor (1999) - United Kingdom
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01 To the Public Danger 1948. MS 12 - United Kingdom

Don’t drink and drive and don’t get in a car with those that do had to be the lesson of this film.
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1. Mangrove (2020, Steve McQueen) - United Kingdom
2. Lovers Rock (2020, Steve McQueen) - United Kingdom
3. Red, White and Blue (2020, Steve McQueen) - United Kingdom
4. Alex Wheatle (2020, Steve McQueen) - United Kingdom
5. Education (2020, Steve McQueen) - United Kingdom
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I don't know how strongly I'll enter this game and many of the top UK films are behind me already, but I threw together a shopping list of films I'd be most likely to watch. Steal some titles if you like.

Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs
Goltzius & the Pelican Company
Home Sweet Home
Who's Who
Whistle Down the Wind
Dead Man's Shoes
Henry V (Olivier)
The Butcher Boy
Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde
Dynamo
High & Dry, aka The Maggie
A Canterbury Tale
Expresso Bongo
The Quiet Man
The Birthday Party
The Guest
All My Loving
30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
A Place to Go
Laughter in the Dark
The Fall (1969)
The Maids
A Fistful of Fingers
Privates on Parade
Sparrows Can't Sing
The Buttercup Chain
Titus
Bronco Bullfrog
Up the Junction
Percy's Progress
Up in the Cellar
An Accidental Studio
A French Mistress
A Kid for 2 Farthings
The Ragman's Daughter
The Small World of Sammy Lee
Here Comes the Summer: The Undertones Story
The Ballad of Mott the Hoople
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee
various Derek Jarman or Ken Loach

Not too many official checks there, but I've always had a beef about various British films that deserve to be checks.
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1. The Nest (Sean Durkin-2020) United Kingdom/Canada (190 checks)

Visually interesting cinematography and fantastic acting but it's just too much of a downer for me to enjoy it. I've known these people (figuratively) and Durking captures everything really well. I feel like I've dug up old disgusts and learned nothing new.
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Ebbywebby wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 1:57 am I don't know how strongly I'll enter this game and many of the top UK films are behind me already, but I threw together a shopping list of films I'd be most likely to watch. Steal some titles if you like.

Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs
Goltzius & the Pelican Company
Home Sweet Home
Who's Who
Whistle Down the Wind
Dead Man's Shoes
Henry V (Olivier)
The Butcher Boy
Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde
Dynamo
High & Dry, aka The Maggie
A Canterbury Tale
Expresso Bongo
The Quiet Man
The Birthday Party
The Guest
All My Loving
30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
A Place to Go
Laughter in the Dark
The Fall (1969)
The Maids
A Fistful of Fingers
Privates on Parade
Sparrows Can't Sing
The Buttercup Chain
Titus
Bronco Bullfrog
Up the Junction
Percy's Progress
Up in the Cellar
An Accidental Studio
A French Mistress
A Kid for 2 Farthings
The Ragman's Daughter
The Small World of Sammy Lee
Here Comes the Summer: The Undertones Story
The Ballad of Mott the Hoople
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee
various Derek Jarman or Ken Loach

Not too many official checks there, but I've always had a beef about various British films that deserve to be checks.
I was really impressed with Small World of Sammy Lee when I watched it a while back. I have to think Uncut Gems was influenced by it.
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1. Belle (Amma Asante, 2013) 7/10 ... UK ... double with female directors

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I usually run into a couple of UK films, so I'm in.

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01. 2.5* - Early Man by Nick Park

I'm quite partial to stop-motion animation, so I generally keep an eye out for the Aardman films. They rarely live up to the hype though. While the craft is definitely there, the comedy is usually not up to scratch. Such is the case with Early Man too, their latest full-length endeavor. The main problem I had with the comedy is that it felt as if I'd seen every single joke a hundred times before. There's hardly any original joke, quip or funny situation here. Is there really anyone out there who is still amused by a character standing on an edge, getting excited and falling backwards? Early Man is basically just that stretched to 90 minutes. It's a shame, because the stop-motion animation looks great and the premise could've made for a superbly entertaining animated take on Shaolin Soccer. You'd expect Brits to do more with a topic like football, alas it was not meant to be. What remains is a mildly entertaining film, which simply isn't enough.
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Thanks for hosting, LoneWolf...

anything without the country designation is UK/Britain (or I assume to be primarily English, or I can't tell from the IMDB tag, etc.)-

1. Whiskey Galore! (1949) 7 Scotland
2. 24 Hour Party People (2002) 7+
3. Sabotage (1936) 6
4. Gwen (2018) 7 Wales
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peeptoad wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:20 am Thanks for hosting, LoneWolf...
If you haven't seen Citadel yet, might be a film you like :)
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Onderhond wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:25 am
peeptoad wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:20 am Thanks for hosting, LoneWolf...
If you haven't seen Citadel yet, might be a film you like :)
Great, thanks Onderhond. Just found it on prime...
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peeptoad wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:28 am Great, thanks Onderhond. Just found it on prime...
Nice! If you don't like it, I'll shift the blame to sol :P
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Onderhond wrote: March 1st, 2021, 4:15 pm
sol wrote: March 1st, 2021, 5:21 am 1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
Awesome horror flick. Been a while since I've seen it, but it left quite the impression.
But... not enough of an impression for it to make your 500<400 list... despite it being in your favourite movies canon. :blink:

And yeah, go for it, peeps.
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Onderhond wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:38 am
peeptoad wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:28 am Great, thanks Onderhond. Just found it on prime...
Nice! If you don't like it, I'll shift the blame to sol :P
sol wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:46 am ...

And yeah, go for it, peeps.

Will do! ;) :cheers:
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sol wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 10:46 am But... not enough of an impression for it to make your 500<400 list... despite it being in your favourite movies canon. :blink:
It's at 645 now, quite low in my toplist (which only just recently expanded to 675 films). I'm pretty certain that when I made my 500<400 list last year it was on the wrong side of inclusion. If I make one for this year, you can be certain it'll be in :)

I currently have 1137 films in my personal canon, but I only use the ranked ones in my toplist for the polls here. I don't rank the full 1100+ each year, that'd be a waste of time.
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You Don't Have to Be Irish to Be Irish
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland

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Baffled when the patriarch of their household suddenly transforms into a rat, an Irish family consult doctors, priests and writers in this quirky comedy. The film feels like Kafka's Metamorphosis played for laughs, with much humour in how everybody treats him being a rat as a simple malady, nothing shocking or unusual, but the material feels stretched a little thin at ninety minutes long. Great innovative camerawork and animatronics effects throughout though.
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1. The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017) 8
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1. On a Clear Day (England/Scotland, 2005)

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2. Tony (England, 2009)
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1. On a Clear Day (England/Scotland, 2005)
2. Tony (England, 2009)
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1. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) 8

Yeah lol, wasn't planning on participating on any challenge this month, and just realized i saw a movie which is eligible for two challenges at the same time lol.
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Just to confirm, since this is my first month doing this, how do we determine eligibility for countries? It feels easy when everything lines up (like, British cast, British production, British director) but that's often not the case. I looked at the past challenges and when they said anything it didn't seem consistent. Some mentioned being set in the UK, others also mentioned a British director. For example, I watched Tenet today. Do I count that? The director is British. One of the stars is British. Its apparently a UK co-production and the movie does have some scenes set in London. It seems to me like it should probably count, though the film doesn't feel particularly "British", at least not to me. It doesn't center Britain certainly. many of the cast are not British. It feels to me like this is probably enough (though feel free to tell me if I'm wrong). What if the director weren't British? Then it would just be a coproduction with a few British actors and a few scenes in London. What about if those scenes in London weren't there? Or if it still had a British director, but the rest of it were gone and it was an all American cast not set entirely in America? It seems from what I can find that many challenges may leave this up to personal interpretation which seems fair (as long as people don't get egregious and try to claim for example that a single British cast member would qualify it or something along those lines) but if so, does anyone here have their own guidelines they tend to follow? I'd like to be somewhat consistent with others.

Also, assuming it counts:

6. Tenet (2020, Christopher Nolan) United Kingdom
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Yes, we leave it largely open to personal interpretation, cause setting definitive rules about it is near impossible. The rule than would fastly become something like; if the director is from country X and/or if X is the primary production. When the first condition is met, but not the second, a 51% production share is required to come from X. Exception to the third article being when the director is from X, than a 25% production share is enough. Unless more than half of the cast and crew are from X than article 2 and 3 are overruled..... Or something ridiculousness like that, that would make the most smartest lawyers and logarithm programmers head spin.

Primary production country, director, cast/crew, filming locations are the main factors I use to determine.
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Makes total sense. Appreciate it.
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1. Kes (1969, UK)

Not my thing. Had to watch it with subtitles. Don't like kids. Don't like birds. Don't care.
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Rule Britannia!
1. The Nest (Sean Durkin-2020) United Kingdom/Canada (190 checks)
2. The Land Before Time (Don Bluth-1988) Ireland/USA (21,688 checks)

I'd seen some or parts of the sequels and never cared for them, but the originator is surprisingly good. I was only bothered by some of the narration spelling out exactly what the characters were feeling/thinking, which I felt was kinda condescending, even for kids.
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2. Robert the Bruce (Richard Gray, 2019) 6.5/10 ... Scotland ... not what I was expecting, some solid portions but nowhere near as good as David Mackenzie's 2018 Outlaw King
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1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 100 min. UK-England
2. Shrooms (2007) * 88 min. Ireland
3. Freakdog (2008) * 85 min. UK-Northern Ireland

I decided to begin with a blast of horror, an old favorite that I would watch any time, and two which I should have got to long ago, and which I enjoyed a good deal although they weren't very original.

The recommendations for Citadel have convinced me that is another that I have put off for too long, so It looks like I'll be watching quite a bit more horror this month.

*First time viewing.
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5. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 5
6. The Nanny (1965) 7 #MS1
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1. Whiskey Galore! (1949) 7 Scotland
2. 24 Hour Party People (2002) 7+
3. Sabotage (1936) 6
4. Gwen (2018) 7 Wales
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You Don't Have to Be Irish to Be Irish
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland

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As always, Pierce Brosnan is excellent here, balancing charm and charisma with toughness as few other actors can do. The overall film though is less stellar. There are some great moments as he mentors some ripped-off young automobile customers and as he intimidates and provokes without physical violence (give or take an exploding toilet), which he claims is his preference. There is, however, also a lot of physical violence, all of which feels routine and flat.
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2. Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird, 2018) 7+
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1. The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017) 8
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4. The Plague of the Zombies (1966) 90 min. UK-England #MS34

Classic Hammer horror.
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1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 100 min. UK-England
2. Shrooms (2007) * 88 min. Ireland
3. Freakdog (2008) * 85 min. UK-Northern Ireland
*First time viewing.
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7. Wolfwalkers (2020, Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart) Ireland
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Islands in the Stream
1. Kes (1969, UK)
2. Gregory's Girl (1980, Scotland)
This was cute enough, and finished stronger than it started. Nice little teen romance.
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