NEW JERSEY - March 17, 2020 is the St. Patrick's Day that wasn't. For the first time in 258 years, New York City canceled their annual parade as did many towns throughout the Garden State. With most people working from home and schools closed, there wasn't a lot of enthusiasm to wear a little green today or read tales about leprechauns and their shenanigans. St. Patrick's Day honors the patron saint of Ireland. It's also a celebration of Irish culture. Pubs aren't the best idea during the coronavirus shutdown and folks may not be able to find a cabbage or a corned beef to spare at the grocery store, but don't let St. Patrick's Day 2020 pass without a little celebration of Irish culture. Break out the popcorn and enjoy one of these Irish movies tonight.
- If you love music, "The Commitments" is a charmer with a bit of an edge and the soundtrack is killer.
- For a little romance, try "Brooklyn." Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was nominated for best actress back in 2005 for this film.
- There isn't much to be said about John Wayne's "The Quiet Man." It's a classic. If you haven't seen it, now is a great time.
- For a thriller with a twist, try "The Crying Game." Back in the early 90s when this film first came out, it pulled in quite a few Oscar nominations and packed theaters here and across the pond.
- A street musician who falls in love with a flower seller with Dublin as a backdrop? Take a chance on romance with "Once."
- Enjoy a younger Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in "Far and Away." Just don't be too critical of Cruise's attempt at an Irish accent.
- For some more Irish romance, check out Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell in "Circle of Friends."
- Get the toes tapping with "Sing Street." This 80s flashback is about an 80s boy band.
- For a horror movie this St. Patrick's Day, try "Grabbers."