Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

"In Bruges". See it.

I finally got a chance to watch playwright Martin McDonagh's film, "In Bruges", with Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. Brilliant.

Gleeson and Farrell play two present day hitman hiding out in Bruges, a town located in the northwest part of Belgium, in the Flemish Region. Now, the packaging of the DVD would suggest this is a comedy - as would the coming attractions trailer seen in movie theaters or on television. Even during the opening sequences which contained tight shots of the city and its architecture, my friend Donovan (who's a teacher and screenwriter) commented, 'this is a comedy?'.

It's actually a dark comedy, which is a whole nuther ballgame. So you have to listen closely and pay attention throughout. God - the city itself is gorgeous. Any writer's haven (like Ireland wouldn't be...but that's a nuther...whole nuther subject).

My friend Justyna, who spent 10 days in Belgium with her mother recently but never made it to Bruges, raved about the country. The added footage on the DVD includes "Fooking Bruges"" - an edited 2 minute piece containing all the swearing and verbal assaults on the good city of Bruges (which was funnier than the gag reel on the DVD), as well as a visually aesthetic boat ride throughout the canals of Bruges from the rider's perspective.

McDonagh is known for his critically acclaimed Irish trilogy which includes the plays: The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Banshees of Inisheer. Equally as well-known are the plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West. He won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for Six Shooter. A film I watched and, though interesting, couldn't figure out why, of all the films entered into competition, it came to win the Oscar. Anyway, "In Bruges" is a great flick with sharp, intelligent dialogue and a great premise. This is the comedy I prefer to watch, act in and write in my plays. Dark.

Rent it. And go to Bruges if you get a chance.

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