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Old 09-04-2007, 01:56 PM   #16
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A beautiful film.

I've been a Frames fan for a long time. I saw them open for Damien Rice about 5 years ago and have always wanted to see them headline their own show but they so rarely come around.

The young woman in the film was extraordinary, too.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:59 PM   #17
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Most morning during the school year, I get up at 4:30 to go to the gym.

I know, I'm fucking nuts.
If my gym opened before 6AM, I'd be there. I only just learned that they secretly open at 5:30 for the hardcores so you can find me there most work days. I love the wee early morning hours.
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you guys are looney...

morning people.....ugh..................
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:00 PM   #19
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I saw this movie early in the summer and I absolutely loved it. The movie theater is still showing it because it's gotten such great buzz.

And I wrote a review of "Once" for my new blog http://popcorninmybra.blogspot.com/

Sometimes in our lives someone or something will come, however briefly, and make a huge impact on us. Such is the Irish movie Once, an Irish film written and directed by John Carney. Though filmed in a mere seventeen days, and made for only $150,000, Once stays with you long after the credits roll. It is a deceptively simple story. Boy meets girl, they make beautiful music together, and maybe fall in love. It’s an anti-musical musical and anti-romance romance.

Glen Hansard, from the Irish band the Frames, plays an unnamed Irish street musician (none of the principle characters are given names). When he’s not singing and playing his battered guitar, he is repairing vacuum cleaners at his father’s shop and writing songs about an old girlfriend now living in England. Along comes a young Czech immigrant girl, wonderfully played by newcomer Marketa Irglova. She struggles to get by cleaning houses and selling roses on the street.

At a chance meeting, she is impressed by the musician’s performance and they strike up a conversation. It turns out she’s a singer and a pianist, and she takes him to a local music shop where she practices the piano during her free time. She would love to buy one, but needs her money to support her mother and infant daughter.

During one session at the shop, they run through a song called “Falling Slowly.” It is at this moment they bond as they work out this song about love gone wrong. Love gone wrong is something they know too much about. He is still pining for his ex-girlfriend. And it turns out she has a husband back home.

Inspired by the music, and perhaps by his growing attraction to his new friend, the street musician gathers up a bunch of rag tag musicians and somehow gets the money to rent a recording studio for the week-end. It is there that his rough songs take shape and soar. And despite his new found friendship with this new girl, he makes plans to go to England to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend. And he thinks his songs will do the trick.

Unlike most Hollywood musicals, the characters just don’t burst into song. The songs, mostly written by Hansard, just flow organically. And unlike Hollywood romances, Once courts the idea of disappointment in life and love. This movie combines both sadness and happiness in a very poignant and human way. But you root for these two characters no matter where their lives may take them.

As mentioned before, Once was made on a shoestring budget. It has a gritty, working class feel of Ireland before the economic boom of the “Celtic Tiger.” The Irish brogues are very thick and sometimes a bit hard to understand, and the shaky camera work can be a bit disconcerting. But those aspects are minor. Once is truly one of the most satisfying movies I’ve seen this year
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He did play Falling Slowly (my fave! )
Oh god now I truely am green with envy.

I found a great little youtube clip of them singing that song at Sundance .
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:21 PM   #21
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An absolutely wonderful film! A sort of “brighter” companion to Lost In Translation.
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I've heard about this film and also want to see it. I'll likely have to wait for a DVD release though, as I doubt they'll screen it here.. bastards!
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My university has various giveaways for graduates during the year. They posted me two tickets for this film for next week.
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My university has various giveaways for graduates during the year. They posted me two tickets for this film for next week.


What date? Can I come over?

Coincidentally, I was thinking about this film today, hoping it'll get a DVD release soon. I sooo want to have this one on DVD.
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What date? Can I come over?

Coincidentally, I was thinking about this film today, hoping it'll get a DVD release soon. I sooo want to have this one on DVD.
Next Tuesday. I just realised I have an evening class that night and can't go. I'll have to give them away
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Skip class, I'd say.
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Skip class, I'd say.
I'm in 9 - 5 that day with the same tutor. If you lived closer, I'd give them to you.
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Yay! Now that I watched the movie I can join in on the fun!



I just found out what Markéta's Czech translates to in response to "Do you love [your husband]" ...and I cried like a little girl (not really). I'm going to see it again tonight
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Yay! Now that I watched the movie I can join in on the fun!



I just found out what Markéta's Czech translates to in response to "Do you love [your husband]" ...and I cried like a little girl (not really). I'm going to see it again tonight
i am so so bummed the film was here at one theater and was planning on seeing it the other day and looked again and it was gone!

Now I have to wait for the DVD....


I am going to see The Swell Season at the Lincoln Theater here in DC in Nov.! woot!
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The DVD is being released in the UK next week and in the US in December.


I'm going to (hopefully) see them in GA!
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