Tone shift alert! The best way to plow through those dreary overnight hours is with Slimer, the greatest green character in cinema history. (Sorry, Hulk. And Frankenstein’s monster.) Also, Bill Murray is Irish!
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Stanley Kubrick’s epic saga about a cunning Irish rake who bounds his way through 18th century aristocracy is all about the details. It’s a deliberate film, clocking in at over three hours, but it’s so lovely that it can just wash over you. The costumes! The lighting! The crazy-huge war sequences! Of course, the less film-literate friends of yours can use this block to catch a nap before hitting the breakfast hours ready to rock.
The Snapper (1993)
And now for something completely different! This somewhat forgotten film is adapted (by the supremely talented Stephen Frears) from the second book in writer Roddy Doyle’s “Barrytown Trilogy,” which also includes The Commitments and The Van. It’s a joyful family dramady about a 20-something girl and her sudden pregnancy. It’s manic and sweet in all the right ways.