All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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 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…
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.
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…
To hell with it; I'm bumping this up to the full five stars.
This is probably the film I've watched more than any other over the last ten years. This is mainly because I lend it to people and insist on being there when they watch it, and see their face light up. It's a beautiful thing.
It is a film of simple beauty; about the redemptive power of music, making an instant connection with another person, and rediscovering the joy of being human. It is completely devoid of cynicism and is at once heartbreaking and uplifting.
The performances from Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova have a rough and unshowy quality being non-actors, but they convince completely. Rarely have I…
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.
"Fuck you, batteries!"
This is why I fucking love music. There are moments in this film where the music just barrels into your heart, and you sit there, jaw agape at the power of what you are hearing. Once is a fucking beautiful movie.
A beautiful, beautiful film.
"You fix vacuum cleaners? I have a broken vacuum cleaner!"
Last year, my favorite film was the musical Inside Llewyn Davis, I was quite certain that this was the best musical that I would ever see in my life.
In less than five minutes in Once, I was fighting to hold back the tears from my eyes. The interactions and relationship between the characters feel so genuine and grounded in realism, that I even forgot they weren't even given a name! With some heartfelt musical performances, a few long takes (surprising for a movie with quite a low budget), and great charm and charisma from both leads, the movie has some cliches when we need it and some emotional and…
It was 5 years ago when I watched 'Once' for the first time. Since then I watched the movie a couple of times, and man, again and again I'm even more impressed at the end! And with the years the story and lyrics of all the beautiful songs become also even more touching and meaningful to me. Positively weird effect...
The ending, ah the ending. So many fail to get it right but this one nailed it. I was really enjoying this film but it was the end that really made it for me. I was watching the film after watching Begin Again at the cinema and after listening to the good doctor Kermode on radio 5 referring to this film in his review and I thought it would make a good end of the day to watch it. And how right I was. The story is about a Guy (a busker singing his own songs at night, as people only want covers during the day, while working in his fathers hoover repair shop by day) who meets a Girl…
A minor masterwork of off-the-cuff indie authenticity. Like a Humans of New York blog post set in Dublin and come to "Purple Rose of Cairo"-like animation. I still like a lot "Can a Song Save Your Life?", but it is pretty amazing how fucking much writer-director John Carney ripped himself off.
Gets a tad too wistful towards the end, and even before then, as with "Can a Song?" (though way more there than here) it feels as though Carney wrote less a screenplay than he did an immediate shooting script. Still, it's in the shards in between the (relatively) major narrative beats "Once" manages thematic control amid the chaos that's quite lovely. Todd VanDerWerff of the A.V. Club described the movie as a "happy accident", and I think that about nails it.
A sweet, little film that appreciates sweet, little moments of warm compassion.
And I love Markéta. She's such a beautiful soul! Those who liked her music in this film should check out her solo work in a delightful album named "Anar".
As I'd expected the songs are the highlights and you can see why people have connected to them as well as they have and especially with well they are performed here as well. It's a very basic tale of two people finding each other and the connection that forms between them and as the pair Hansard and Irglová use their natural chemistry from performing together regularly to good effect and combined with the low budget you get a very naturalistic feel to the whole thing. It's very sweet and gentle and I'm glad I finally got round to watching before seeing Carney's follow up this week and while I'm still not completely sold on that at least it got me to watch this and appreciate this film at least.
Apertei o play sem expectativa nenhuma, mantive a cabeça aberta para o que eu estava prestes a ver e me desceu goela abaixo uma obra fantástica com dois excelentes músicos em uma atuação muito singela e orgânica.
Não um musical, mas um filme cujo o tema é musica. E mostra como a vida faz parte da música e a música é parte da vida. Muito bom!
- 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!