All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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…
Musicals don't come much more low-key than this, planted in the everyday mundane routines of people just getting by. Yet such an earnest approach feels far more rewarding than the typical starry-eyed love story evoked in song. None of the romance so crucial to elevating both the songs and drama is missing because of the setting, rather the two elements are enhanced because of it.
John Carney effectively replicated the same formula for his latest film Begin Again with limited success but here, without the stars and any sort of fuss, the heart worn on its sleeve is pumping ten to the dozen. The film was shot in less than three weeks and it shows but not for a moment…
Once is an independent film from Dublin, Ireland and it stars Irish musician, Glen Hansard and Czech songwriter, Marketa Irglova. They both performed and composed all the soundtracks in this movie and the soundtrack won the Oscar’s and other major awards around the globe. The movie is about a struggling busker from the street of Dublin, who has an agony of a broken heart from his long-loved girlfriend from London. The Guy (Glen Hansard) meets the Girl (Marketa Irglova) at the street of Dublin. The Girl who is also a songwriter and pianist, volunteers to be a part of the Guy’s demo-album. During the process of recording, the Guy falls in love with the Girl and recovers his heartache from…
Might now be one of my favorites. So much magic in this low budget film.
This cute romantic musical is bathed in pathos, keeping a hyper-realistic style while intensifying the emotional pull with every scene. Where musicals typically create escapism and provide fantasy worlds through music as a release from the daily lives of both the characters and the viewers, Once keeps the music sections firmly entrenched in the filthy reality of daily life in Ireland, so much so that when the songs end, there is hardly a climactic high note or a staged resolution to the emotional intensity of the music; instead, they end with a glorious whimper, reminding us that even if the characters feel as if they must use music to convey their emotional states of being, the songs are more reminders…
One of the only musicals that appear to feature songs that you would actually listen to on a regular basis. Quite honestly, I'm not your indie music person, but the bringing the definition of musical and pulling it closer to home and create an even deeper connection.
I get that Falling Slowly is like THE song on this musical but If You Want Me is actually my favourite because it's so bittersweet and I love that scene where she just walks around with the sheet of paper singing off it and it just felt so real, kind of like something I would do honestly.
Also, Glen's adorable potato face really helps, so yeah.
The greatest 83 minute music video ever made.
Really rather lovely story of two people brought together by music, and what happens when they both make music together. The songs are excellent.
"Once," is a film about a busker who meets a fellow musician and they record music together. They also have feelings for one another but both have someone else. Yup that's the movie.
Holy shit. Is that the saddest happily ever after ever?
I've been looking for a romantic movie that didn't follow a Richard Curtis-esque premise for a while now. Something that didn't involve London, middle-class 30 somethings, and lots of coincidences. Or, New York, impossibly cheap rent, and lots of coffee houses.
Once hit me with something I'd been looking for and things I never knew I needed.
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!