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…
Thank you ONCE for leading to the band "Swell Season."
As for the film, a solid first 30 minutes of charm and simplicity, followed by many minutes that I can't remember. Studio montage is pretty good too!
Now.. on to broadway!
There's talent shown here, on every level of production, that could have easily made this a 5/5 and an all time favorite for me. But it's not that, and instead of enjoying it as the perfectly fine movie that it is, I'm bummed out and wondering about the movie that could have been.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go listen to "Falling Slowly" on repeat for 6 hours.
I like inhabiting the world of this little beauty. The hand-held, documentary-like camera, the realistic dialogues, the simple, almost un-rehearsed acting, all help you feel like you are right there with these two characters, hanging out. And the music surrounding it all, so lovely.
Already a solid cute little indie (even if the music isn't your bag), it gets an extra bump by getting the ending right.
Beautifully sweet, earnestly low budget. The film really lives by it's music that captures and captivates the simmering relationship, that's not broad or heavyhandly romantic. The authenticity is a massive draw and works on such a simple level, you truly get the sense that he's a simply busker and she's just so happen to stumble across each other. The evolution of their relationship also is particularly well handled and naturalistic. The film did come across as if it was a play or a stagey production translated to film, which I'm not sure why I felt that way. I think it may have been the reduction approach that simplified the story into sets and moments rather than a flowy progression. I wonder how well the soundtrack would play independently from the film, it's just so interconnected with the power the film had for me in it's petite sweetness.
Once is a touching and sweet film where music and lyrics are as important as dialogue. It's frequently moving and more romantic than most romances.
Awesome soundtrack and a great modern take on musicals. Overall an enjoyable movie
Once in a while, through positive word of mouth, a film you know little about comes out of left-field to surprise and enchant you..
Here's a low-budget charmer from the Emerald Isle in which two lonely people connect through their mutual love of music on the streets of Dublin.
The low-key direction and naturalistic performances of the non-actors in the lead roles coupled with the outstanding original music they create is a total joy..
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!