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…
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…
“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…
In its own, quiet way, "Once" is an absolutely perfect movie. I don't think I really need to say much more than that.
I don't know what this was filmed with, but it's hardly a professional camera, which is one of the aspects that make this film so beautiful.
It's beautiful because it's raw, unrefined, simple in the best meaning of the word; the actors look and feel like people, giving off a lot of emotional honesty.
The plot, too, is very far from Hollywood, which is a real benefit. If I had to describe this film with one word, I'd just say "honest".
Of course it is a musical, the kind where you don't have to suspend your disbelief because the characters are musicians, and it's very evident that they all are real musicians. The music is simply beautiful and powerful, but it's to be expected of Glen Hansard.
P.S.: Oh, and obviously, this film has the song Falling Slowly. If you listen to it you'll know why it's an important point on its own.
i'm in love with this movie and i cannot wait to see the stage version
The last time (and the first time) I saw “Once”, I had just started watching movies seriously. Upon this re-watch it only occurred to me that so much of the movie had seeped into my muscle memory the first time around. “Once” has stood the test of time after 8 years of Oscars and Broadway productions, of getting used to seeing the story in its mainstream form. Back then, with my lack of film literacy, I never questioned its lower production value. Now, I fear that the end result would have been even cheaper, in a sense, if Cillian Murphy and the according financial support stayed with the project. Murphy’s departure, therefore, was a blessing in disguise. The result remains a pure, unironic, truthful film.
Seen Once before and had fond memories of it. Second viewing left a bittersweet smile but other than music the movie is not great. Songs are still great and deservedly won an Oscar for them.
I liked this a lot more than I really wanted to. I know the movie was about the music, and I don't want to sound like Rex Reed doing Amadeus here, but I thought sometimes the music may have been used in place of actually trying to tell a story. Luckily, it tells a pretty good story of its own.
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!