Netflix Pick of the week: Taffin
An early Pierce Brosnan role, now a major internet meme.
"Well maybe you shouldn't be living heeeeeeeeeeeere!," screams Pierce Brosnan at Alison Doody's character in Taffin. It's a famous line that has become an internet joke. It has been mashed up with screaming goats and included in dance mashups.
But that's not all there is to Taffin, a film which offers a fascinating glimpse of Ireland in 1987, when it was shot. A quick rundown of some '80s things that can be seen in the film. Major Extra Size Cigarettes, those old colourful stripey bed sheets, Shamrock Irish peat moss, an old copy of the Wicklow People, a sign for HB ice cream, Busarus (spoiler: it looks the same), old-school Corn Flakes packaging. The cast that includes Twink, Dermot Morgan (Father Ted), Frank Kelly (Father Ted's Father Jack) and Gerard McSorley (Father Ted's Father Todd Unctuous).
You could do a drinking game when any recognisable Irish face appears on screen.
The plot is trite: Brosnan is Mark Taffin, a debt collector, problem-solver and moody shouty man who fixes problems in the town with his sheer handsomeness, brute force and unexplained martial arts skills.