All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
How often do you find the right person?
The Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. The Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night.
”It’s you I love.”
Two non-professional actors. A few heartfelt songs and a budget of just 112,000$. That’s all director John Carney needs to construct a miraculous collection of human emotions that tend to break your heart or uplift you depending on how you like to connect with the characters and the overall atmosphere of the film. With its unimaginable simplicity Once reaches the heights that many movies so desperately try to achieve with multi million dollar budgets, fake superstars and childlishly deformed stories of romance yet fail. Carney’s film manages to portray the most fundamental yet at the same time most profound emotions of us human beings and then through the magic of music transfers those earnest feelings into…
Once is a perfect example of capturing lightning in a bottle...
I started 'Falling Slowly' for John Carney's Once the moment Glen Hansard's falsetto (like discovering Jeff Buckley or Thom Yorke all over again) and Markéta Irglová's eargasmic harmony sent chills down my spine in the films award winning soundtrack moment. This film is all about those moments that are only possible with shared experience through the power of music and the heart yearning for connection, and boy does it all play out in the right tune in this little Irish gem - a film that has somehow eluded me 'til now.
The film in all it's simple elegance is many things; a portrait of emerging raw talent, a delicate…
You ever listen to a song so beautiful and amazing that it just causes you to break down and cry?
Once has a lot of those songs.
Once is a low budget movie that tells a love story through music between a bunker/vacuum cleaner repairman and an Czech immigrant. The two find each other on the streets of Dublin. The two leads are played by real musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Both do an outstanding job as I really liked these two characters. The story is pretty simple....but it seems very real. The music is excellent....it includes a song call Falling Slowly...which actually won an Oscar for Best Song.
What I really enjoyed about the movie is the fact that it does not follow the path of a normal love story. At first you think...."Ok these two will fall in love.....be happy.....reach an obstacle......break up.....and get…
When it comes to the perfect blend of film and song, you have to find the perfect balance between the two. One of the reasons last year's Les Miserables was so exhausting was because the music came at a constant flow. The songs normally have to be original (Moulin Rouge, my favorite musical, is the exception) because hearing rock songs we know and love isn't as touching when sung by a cover artist. But the last, and most important, key to making a great musical is making sure the songs fit into the story and movie in organic way. Usually, when somebody randomly breaks out in song in the middle of a pivotal scene, many people find it takes them…
I was supposed to see this before I went to see Begin Again but I didn't had the time. I heard a lot of people saying that this film was great but I for no special reason I had not seen it before.
One of the most beautiful and honest films I have ever seen! I was completely overwhelmed with the love and dedication that was put forth by John Carney in this little (but very big) project that manages to carry so much with so little!
Once is a very simple and heartfelt story demonstrating a huge love for music, which makes sense. A world without music would not be the same and is due to the love for…
I am so glad this was made so that the stage musical could exist. But it's lovely on its own, too.
Liked it! made me cry in the end..
Love love love it. Like, LOVE it. The chemistry between the leads, the impact of the love story, the memorably sweet music, and everything else. It works. A full review is probably coming in the near future.
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.
Wonderful sentimental musical with some beautiful songs, at times a bit too touchy feely.
Zunächst sei mal gesagt ich bin kein Musiker, ich bin nicht musikalisch, ich kann nicht singen oder ein Instrument spielen. Aber ich mag Musik. In 'Once' gibt es viel Musik. Gute Musik. In den ersten 20-30 Minuten war ich sehr ergriffen. Vor allem als "Er" und "Sie" zusammen gespielt haben. Aber leider passiert sonst auch nicht mehr sehr viel und ich war schnell gelangweilt von der "Handlung" und habe nur noch auf das nächste Lied gewartet. 'Once' ist schon fast dokumentarisch aber leider nicht "spannend" genug aufgebaut um mich wirklich zu fesseln. Der Staubsauger war aber sehr charmant.
Wer auf Musikfilme steht sollte sich (auch) 'Searching for Sugarman' ansehen.
Girl: Fuck you, batteries!
-Best Original Song
For the song "Falling Slowly".
Guy: What's the Czech for "Do you love him"?
Academy Awards, 2008
-Best Original Song: "Falling Slowly".
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
"Guy: During the daytime people would want to hear songs that they know, just songs that they recognize. I play these song at night or I wouldn't make any money. People wouldn't listen.
Girl: I listen."
Anyone who feels disillusioned with blockbusters and/or Hollywood's Oscar-magnets should see this film. It is the breath of fresh air we all need once in a while. Excuse the pun.
It is a true gem, straight from the heart, and it needed to be. Shot for a meagre $150,000, there is a joyous and celebratory rawness to the way the film flows and progresses. At times it even takes on the impression of documentary-voyeurism, an intrusion on natural life and real people living their…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It must be said that this film is a great example of indie filmmaking. It is focused on a relationship and how that relationship is coloured by music. Yet this is not a musical in the Hollywood tradition. By allowing the songs to just be songs, I.E. composed amd constructed through pen-on-paper sessions, and for the performances to not be cut to hell through the use of long takes, it allows the musicians and their muse to convey the story.
The way the film was edited reflects this. The music is the conversation and explanation we never get, for most of the film is composed through song. Oftentimes, we are privy to only a montage of non-musical events with no…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!