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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.
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.
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 feel shitty right now because I'm pretty sure I just heard the most beautiful songs that I will ever hear and no music will ever compare.
I am not a music person. I mean, yeah, I love listening to music, but I know nothing about music history or composition or theory or whatever. I play a little piano, but the only songs I know are from movie soundtracks. I listen to maybe four musicians regularly and disregard the rest. But...fuck. ONCE made me want to be a music person. It made me want to go out there and record some kick-ass songs. It made me want to pour my heart and soul into my craft, be it music or…
This is what a musical should be like. This film conveys the entire story through songs which are really heartfelt and soulful. This is a unique, once in a lifetime film with once in a lifetime songs.
A recommendation by SilentJoe. Having read his review I was expecting something over the top. But sadly It wasn't so.
I started watching it, and I couldn't really get involved in it till almost half way through. The camera work kept distracting me. But oddly enough once I got into it, the camera work made the whole movie seem more realistic. It feels so real that it actually touches you.
Great songs with amazing lyrics would be an understatement. It didn't make me cry but they were emotional.
What more ? There is no love story Clichés. Makes all the more worth watching.
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Movie #7 - Once (Ireland)
Once is in a long line of movies that I have been wanting to watch for a long time but I just couldn't and when I do, they make me regret not seeing them. I can't believe how lovely this movie is, its charm lies in its simplicity not in its grand statements or show stopping tunes. Once as you all know is an Irish movie, an indie musical with a simple "boy meets girl" story that touches, breaks and then impresses you like nothing else. This is not a masterpiece and neither is it a filmmaking spectacle but this movie reaches and effects the places inside you…
Proof positive that you don't need movie stars and millions of dollars to create a heartfelt, moving film about love, music, and the connections they create.
Just a wonderfully human story with absolutely beautiful music.
I have been wanting to see this film for a very long time and was not a bit disappointed. Exactly what a musical should be. The music is beautiful and perfect and, because of the structure of the film, is not at all awkward or forced or out of place, as is often the case with musicals. I especially like the scene with the song Lies and how the song is so disjointed from the images, but at the same time so clearly depicts the relationship problems that caused their dissolution. Sadly beautiful, as all the best things are. An inevitable ending that resonates real life.
The guy looks like a homeless Josh Homme and the girl seems like she's suffered a severe head injury sometimes but these motherfuckers sing with heart and soul to burn. And the love story has fuckups and anger and coincidence and other good stuff too.
This film reminds me so much of why I had such a strong passion for music growing up. I loved everything about this film, there wasn't anything I didn't like. The music they wrote for this aswell was amazing and heartfelt which really blends in well with the heartbreaking love story that left me feeling both sad and happy at the same time
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Once felt like a personal film from John Carney. I can tell since it is shot on hand held camera with natural lighting (a la the Dogme method) and it centers around a friendship between a busker and a Czech immigrant. Both characters are passionate about their music and are distant with their loved ones in previous relationships. The film reminds me of Dancer in the Dark, given that it’s set in modern day based around the virtues of immigrants adhering the same filmmaking techniques. Here though, it’s about finding someone who is as passionate with their hobbies and about life. Regardless of the film’s shoestring budget realism, the film is a…
Staggeringly uncinematic it may be, Once uses its shabbiness to its advantage, creating a charming of distracting film. The real success here however is the beautifully composed and performed music.
Cilvēcīga filma. Neizskaistināti, uz gaišas nots. Par mūziku. Brīvību. Draudzību. Par brīvības dāvāšanu otram cilvēkam. Jo mēs sastopam gara radiniekus un esam pateicīgi dzīvei par to, bet necenšamies kādu savažot. Par ceļu, kas katram ejams, līkumainu, sazarotu. Un mēs ejam. Tur tālumā aust rīts. Sāpīgi skaisti. Skaisti.
- 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)
Don'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!