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…
In its own subdued, mellow way, Once is one of the most deeply touching films I’ve seen, a must-see for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music. Smart and funny as it is sweet, Once relates the story of a boy, a girl, a vacuum cleaner, and the songs that bring them together. There is enough emotional growth depicted in the film to satisfy several lifetimes, and the music is so rich, so evocative, so satisfying, it moved me to tears. It is such a small, modest film, deceptively simple, yet still a complex meditation on relationships and culture, a film suffused with aching truth and beauty. Most movies have music, and some movies are musicals, but I’ve never seen a film combine the two with the grace and pure eloquence of Once.
I have a rule when rating movies that I never give anything a ten on a first viewing. It’s only if the film can stand up to multiple viewings that it takes the step up. ‘Once’ is my first ever exception to that rule. It truly is one of the most wonderful films I’ve ever seen.
John Carney’s (director) debut feature tells the story of an immensely talented, but hopelessly unsuccessful, busker (Glen Hansard) on the streets of Dublin, who dreams of making music for a living. Then along comes a street-level flower salesman (Marketa Irglova), who’s the first person to stop and really listen to his music. Her interest sparks something inside him and the two of them spend…
A truly unique musical about two people brought together by music who discover they share an even deeper connection.
A musical without really being a musical, a romance without really being a romance, "Once" should be tough to classify. But it’s really not: it’s about love. Not the hot, Hollywood version of love that you’ll find in any Kate Hudson romantic comedy, but the type of love that exists in our everyday lives. This isn’t as much a movie about the love for each other that a man and a woman share as it is a movie about the love for music that a man and a woman share. And still (or perhaps because of that), it’s one of the most romantic and hopeful movies I’ve ever seen.
Describing a movie as feeling ‘real’ has become so commonplace in…
Such a beautiful and genuine film. It never aspires to be more than it can, instead presenting a wonderful story about two people and the power that music can have in someone's life. It knows its limitations and is crafted to soar above them. The songs come from a place of honesty and pure emotion, making this a truly captivating story. Definitely one of the best contemporary musicals, and one of my favourite musicals in general.
Sing your melody
I'll sing along
This is a movie that I like the more time that passes since I've seen it. The performances are nice and the music is very good. "Falling Slowly" in particular, is the one that won this movie over for me.
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!