Movie of the Year, So Far

Tuesday, June 19

I went on a date to a movie on the weekend that I didn't really know anything about. After sushi and a beer on patio it just seemed like the right thing to do so based soley on the movie poster we walked in and sat down. The movie that I ended up seeing was "Once", an Irish film that got good reviews at Sundance this year. The interesting thing about this movie is that it is basically a musical though not in the traditional sense. I say it's a musical becasue at least 1/3 of the film is music. Upon doing a little research when I got home, it turns out that the movie's main character is played by Glen Hansard who is apparently the front man for an Irish band, The Frames. The writer and director of the movie, John Carney used to be in the band before going on to make movies.

So that explains why the movie gives you this amazing feeling of walking around town watching a love story unfold infront of you while your iPod plays the soundtrack.

The movie is pretty low budget but there are some interesting tecniques used that highlight the music making what would normally be annoying shaky, grainy camera work into an intimate experience. The two main characters are both singer, song writers so it's a good thing that most of the movie is them singing. The unpolished acting really works with the style of the film and I found it endearing.

The music is an absolute highlight and I've already got my hands on the soundtrack which features mostly original music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, a czech singer. In the movie they are both caught up in lifes struggles and happen to find eachother at the right time to record a cd.

That's all I'll say but see this movie and then get the soundtrack.

You might be able to get "Falling Slowly" here.
nicholas, 10:11 AM


awwwww.....! I LOVE the soundtrack. So romantic. So lovely.

D'you think we can get the guitar tabs for one of the songs?
Blogger jo.lightfoot, at 3:11 PM  

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