Reality Bites by James A Norton



Something wicked this way comes…


I have spent many years and a lot of money watching a wide range of film (as art and entertainment) in different settings. There’s always a good mix of venues – from at home with a DVD or PPV to going to see a movie on the big screen (new or old) and even in a drive-in theater setting, it’s always exciting to see something for the first time (or the 20th) in the perfect setting.


Two festivals that are local and have always been enjoyable to attend are the Irish Film Festival, which is this coming week – March 10th to March 13th, and the Independent Film Festival Boston, which will be from April 27th to May 10th. They’re both spectacular festivals and I recommend them both highly. If I had to choose one over the other, I have a weak spot for anything Irish, especially Irish Films. Some of my favorite movies were made in Ireland or starred Irish actors. This is a list that includes, but isn’t limited to, In Bruges, Calvary, In the Name of the Father, The Field, Michael Collins, The General, The Guard, The Crying Game, The Matchmaker, Victoria Guerin and of course The Quiet Man.


This year at the Irish Film Festival, Irish comedian and actor Pat Shortt will be present to offer up some commentary on the 2007 movie Garage, which he starred in, along with Spaceman Three – a short film from 2008 that he also co-starred in. Pat was also in several of the “off the top of my head” list of Irish Films I listed above. Should be an excellent festival this year and I hope a lot of people from Somerville can make it down – I am really looking forward to it.


Seven weeks after that will be the 2016 Independent Film Festival Boston – which I also cannot recommend more highly. Some of the best film premieres and screenings I have attended were during this festival over the years. Although I haven’t received the itinerary yet for the festival this year (that reminds me, I should check my personal email more often), I am looking forward to the screening of the movie Eye in the Sky – starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman (this is the last full feature movie Alan was in before he passed in January). Looks like a good movie.


So now that the ridiculous Oscars have passed us by, these two film festivals are local and will be a lot of fun to attend. I personally cannot wait and maybe I will see some of you there. #GMK

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