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…
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…
Fascinante, poderosa, sincera, emocionante... Una de mis películas favoritas.
Told primarily through captivating original songs by its leads, this simple love story inspired an equally entertaining off-Broadway show.
Fresh from my third viewing of the wonderful Begin Again, I thought I'd revisit director John Carney's other musical, Once.
Musicals set in Ireland don't come any better than Alan Parker's The Commitments. This film however isn't too far behind and features one of Parker's unknowns (back in 1991 at least) in Glen Hansard, a rather talented singer/songwriter. This feel-good film (Carney seems good at that)has a central unrequited love-story at its center and two people with a common love for music. It's raw, it's refreshingly honest, and it has some emotional and very intimate songs that remind us that there is plenty of talent out there that doesn't need to flash their tits or wear pieces of meat as clothing at attract our attention.
Watched this naturally lit, totally lived-in movie on a cloudy Saturday morning and it carried me floating through the weekend.
Despite recognizing some flaws on this viewing, I still connect with this film on a deep emotional level. In fact, the emotion expressed through the music and acting is so pure that it regularly brings me to tears. All the songs are so perfectly woven into the characters' thoughts and emotions. I was able to appreciate some of the more frivolous songs even more this time around, as they also reveal the tragedy and hope communicated throughout the film.
As for its flaws, the ending sticks out the most to me. The exaggerated crane shots outside the girl's apartment express a sentimentality that is absent from the rest of the film. The ending is too neat for a story that…
Very quick, very real and very indie, good and bad. It takes a while to get going in the beginning and just when it really hits its stride, it's over. Yet it reminded me of the intensity, the awkwardness and the aspirations of youth and it's in this where the film is successful. There's a scene early in the film where they go to a music shop and he teaches her a song he's written and you can sense a melding of passion and promise. It's in these brief moments in the film where I felt myself being drawn in to their special relationship, two talented souls longing for more in their lives through their music. There's no quirk, no…
I'm a sucker for full live musical performances in movies. It's one of the reasons Inside Llewyn Davis quickly became one of my favourite Coen films. I hadn't realised until now, but apparently I'm also a sucker for a great romance story, judging by my two favourite films of all time.
I was searching for flaws in Once. I found none.
Very cute. The leads have a very natural chemistry. As long as you don't think about the age difference it remains cute. I like that though it is essentially mumblecore it still has a style about it. Especially in the scene where she's signing along to his demo on the discman. Absolutely earned that Oscar.
- 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!