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It’s that time of year again: time for Shamrock Shakes, time for booze to waft through the air of college campuses, time for loud music and even louder faux Irish accents, time for great movies and, unfortunately, corned beef and cabbage. And if you’re looking to celebrate a fully functioning liver this St. Patrick’s Day, here are some ideas to get you in the mood to get rowdy.
This legendary seven piece Celtic punk rock band is probably the best way to get in the mood to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. Forget the origins of the holiday and the story of Saint Patrick, I honestly don’t know what it is that he did and even more honestly I don’t really care. That being said, I choose to celebrate a holiday dedicated to Flogging Molly’s discography, the color green, leprechauns and horrible food.
The Boondock Saints (1999) –
While I recommend this cult classic any time of the year, it’s a great addition to the St. Patrick’s day entertainment. It follows Irish twin brothers and their dedication to rid the streets of Boston of mobs and thuggery. Gunfire, drinking, Willem DaFoe, Irish accents, bad-assery — any questions?
The Departed (2006) –
The Departed, arguably one of Martin Scorsese’s best works, sheds a little light on how unrealistic The Boondock Saints might be. Jack Nicholson plays Frank, the head of Boston’s Irish mob and he’s obviously not taking any crap from anyone. The film gets interesting when Frank smells a rat among the ranks. With fantastic acting and an amazing ending, The Departed is a great flick for crime drama fans.
Leprechaun (1993) –
Alright, now it’s getting later in the night and things are getting a little sillier. Pop in Leprechaun, a story about Jennifer Aniston, an actress making a big screen debut who has yet to possess pride in her acting or ageless face. The film also has an alternative story line about a satanic leprechaun that goes on a killing spree in search for his gold. This movie is horrible and fantastically hilarious at the same time.
Once: Music from the Motion Picture –
And now St. Patty’s Day is in the wee hours of the morning and you’re either crawling into your apartment and looking to relax or your clutching a trusted friend and cursing the night’s choices. Either way, I suggest you lullaby yourself into a coma with the soundtrack from Once (2006). The musical follows a duo throughout Dublin as they write gorgeous music and fall in love. Now use their masterpieces to heal the external and internal scars of a St. Patrick’s Day well spent.
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