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.
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.
”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…
“What's the Czech for "Do you love him"?”
It’s going to be very difficult to find another romantic musical feel as natural as John Carney’s Once. In most musicals when you hear the characters singing out their lines there is something that doesn’t feel authentic about it and you’re reminded that it’s just a movie, but in Once every moment unfolds in such a natural way that at times it feels as if you’re watching an intimate documentary of two passionate musicians. The relationship between the two leads also develops in a rather refreshingly authentic way and the story avoids all the worn out cliches found in most romantic films. The dialogue, the song writing, the performances, and the chemistry…
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…
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…
Awesome score as you'd expect from the kind of film that it is. Thought it was pretty average in almost every other medium though. Still enjoyed it, an uplifting and kind film.
This is a story stripped down to its core. There are no fancy visuals, no intricately shot scenes, no fancy, expensive technology.
And believe it or not, this is a good thing.
It is simply the story of a boy, a girl, and their relationship told through the beating heart of the music they play. The camera movements are shaky, intentionally (and successfully) turning us into spectators in this very real journey. There are no fancy nothings to distract from the story - nothing cheap to mask the very visceral aspect behind Once.
Our two heroes meet on the cluttered streets of Dublin, which practically plays a role as the background of their encounters. They bond over vacuum cleaner repair…
I found it rather charming, but then I am predisposed to doing so (former resident of Dublin, former resident of Czech Republic, former member of a band) as pretty much everything appealed to me. But beyond my own nostalgia it is an interesting take on a musical, really stripped down and so much more identifiable for it.
There are a lot of beautiful moments, especially with the duo song "Falling slowly" but with the low budget feel and the shaky handheld camerawork, I just can't find myself loving it.
The leads hold their own. The music is beautiful and the chemistry between them is real. Carney had a superb knack of editing music in movies, where the shots change angle but they're still singing the same parts. I know that's basic stuff but I really respect it.
Once is a low budget Begin Again but while my love for Begin Again remains unphased, I appreciate that "Once" had to be made for Begin Again to exist. Thank you.
This is the kind of movie you watch yearly.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
1. this movie is so effective because it's got brilliant music, soul-bearing and vulnerable even. that's a huge manipulator, paired with glen hansard's poignant blue-eyed stare. goosebumps!
2. i love when people jam together
3. i love that they didn't end up together
4. did she buy the piano for herself or did he buy it for her?
5. why does she wear so many layers of clothing? LOL
i am going to relisten to this movie's soundtrack, brilliant
Loved it. So charming and bittersweet. A bit of an emotional roller coaster. Very cute leads. Amazing music.
What Hollywood (or the Irish equivalent) says it is: An exploration of the indie music scene by director John Carney.
What it really is: An incredibly sweet, earnest and likable film filled with soft-spoken poignance, a palpable enthusiasm and an unabashed love for music.
Things like Once are heartening reminders of where audiences should turn if their favorite mediums become over-saturated with thickly produced, thinly written cash-grabs: the indie scene. Always full of young talent, sparks of hope and a touch of snobbishness, the indie scene tends to be the place to go in search of fresh art for its own sake, whether you're in search of great video games (Super Meat Boy, Hotline Miami being recent ones), music (Of…
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…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!