Kill the Irishman

By Bob on July 7, 2011 1:25 AM

Kill the Irishman is a mystery. No, the story's not a whodunit, it's pretty straightforward. The real question is why such a great film was released and then disappeared into relative obscurity. It's a taught crime drama with an "A" list cast - plenty of action -- and more explosions than a July 4th festival.

Writer and Director Johnathan Hensleigh turns back the clock to 1976 for the true story of Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and his band of misfits. That summer a fierce turf battle erupted with a vengeance as the Irish mob fought the Ohio mafia for control (some accounts say the gang war resulted in 36 explosions in Cleveland during a three-month period). 


Don't let the red hair and rugged good looks fool you. These Irish Goodfellas are just as vicious as their Italian counterparts. The only thing that separates them is a rich brogue and a taste for haggis (the Italian description of the dish is one of the funniest scenes in the movie). Bobby's grab for power is tolerated at first, as he rises from dock worker, to enforcer for loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken, creepy as ever).


The tables turn when Danny - ever the Irish opportunist - turns his back on the mafia to pursue his own dream of domination. He enlists the help of fellow gangster and former foe, John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio) and soon finds himself in the crosshairs of a Cleveland detective (Val Kilmer) and New York crime boss "Fat Tony" Salerno (Paul Sorvino). 

Before you can say "they'll put a contract on you" they DO. Danny learns that 25 large is all that stands between him and the Pearly Gates. It seems that every guy with a gun and a stick of dynamite is after him, but the luck of the Irish keeps this Irishman alive. It's a thrill ride of a movie with a fast-paced plot and scene-stealing performances by Linda Cardellini (ER) and Steven Schirripa (Sopranos) added in for extra spice.    


Kill the Irishman explodes on the screen with charm, wit and edge-of-your-seat action. It's so much fun it should be against the law to keep it off your playlist.


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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