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?
A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.
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…
Favorite film of all time.
Two actors who try to resemble human beings spend 90 minutes lacking chemistry and then the film ends.
Rudimentary music, pointless camerawork, literally no effort into design, alien dialogue and literally zero attempts at any subtext. Once is a film that intentionally lacks both style and substance.
It would have scored better as an album, clearly the cinematographer thought so too. What a pointless piece of shit. 1/10
What's the Czech for "Do you love him"?
Fantastic film with a fantastic soundtrack.
More than almost any other movie -- maybe even Linklater's trilogy? -- this genuinely feels like a real-life encounter that just happened to be captured on film.
I have to go now.
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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!