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The Best Picture of 2007 so far is... "Once"

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Jose Martinez, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Jose Martinez

    Jose Martinez Well-Known Member

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    Forgive me if there is already a thread on this but I tried the search function and it did not produce any results. Now that I got that out of the way...

    I now declare this movie, "The Best Picture of 2007." I've read how good this was and being a musical was somewhat skeptical but after seeing it today, I was just totally moved by it. The singing never felt out of place and actually was realistic when they started to. I really loved this movie and the characters are just so well acted and made me care for them unlike many movies out there. When the movie ended it made me want to see more. In addition, the music was just perfect and brilliant. If there is one independent movie that needs to be recognized come Oscar nomination time, this is the one.


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  2. Shawn.F

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    It was great. Just solid all around. Great music, directing and story.

    I have tickets to see Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the film's stars, performing their album 'The Swell Season' live this week at the Brattle Theater.
     
  3. Holadem

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    Copied from the 2007 Film List thread:

    Once [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    A bittersweet, sparse little romance flick that is bound to be overpraised (best movie of the year! rhaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!) by cynics and critics weary of the Summer of Sequels (97% RT [​IMG]), but can you blame them? I wasn't really feeling it like I wanted to (I was distracted by the belief that the one other patron 10 seats behind me was a serial killer) until that great recording session performance. The same song (which I intend to acquire) was played over a later montage, and is the best of the film. The rest is OK, I found some of the numbers (a generous expression) a bit too long, but Indie Rock fans should have an absolute blast.

    Good performances, very low budget affair too, and the terrible theater where such movies end up in my neck of the woods makes it hard to know if the redish tone and somwehat blurry picture is a feature of the movie or the venue. Still, my theater certainly did not introduce the curious onlookers I found in a couple of scenes.

    I did feel Once was too short. Probably because it ended not too long after it finally won me over, leaving me wanting for more. You will walk out with a smile on your face for sure.

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  4. AaronMan

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    Best film so far, huh? I guess this means you haven't seen License to Wed yet, have you?
     
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    Hahaha License to Wed. I was gonna mention Transformers, but hey I think that one takes the cake. Actually Transformers did have some cool action...

    Eric
     
  6. Holadem

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    Any comments on my complaints about picture quality?

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  7. Ken Chan

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    I didn't notice anything specific about the picture quality, so I guess it was unremarkable. I had no/low expectations coming in, though. It did not look obviously bad, like how 30 Days had some visible stairstepping which makes me think it was shot on DV.

    As for the movie itself: pretty good, and a few of the songs were catchy, if a bit repetitive. Ratatouille is the best movie I've seen so far in 2007.
     
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  9. Shawn.F

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    Glen and Marketa played a show at the Brattle theater last night in Cambridge and played a lot of songs from the movie. It was awesome. And, I was lucky enough to meet and hang out with them for about ten minutes afterwards. They are two of the nicest people you could meet. Glen is still trying to get a grasp on having people come up to him on the street and talk about how much they love the movie. He says it's an incredible feeling, but also a bit surreal to him. [​IMG]

    He also mentioned that they are going to be taping an appearance for the Tonight Show this weekend, so you may want to keep an eye out in the next week or two for them on the show. I believe he also said they were going to be on the Craig Ferguson show as well.
     
  10. Holadem

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    Althought it vanished from the neck of the woods weeks ago, FOX Searchlight is still (relatively) heavily promoting this one, it's been "advertised" a lot lately on NPR. Weird.

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  11. Ken Chan

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    The show is always taped.
     
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    So they'll probably be on Leno as the second guest and the musical one.

    The movie is still doing good business around here.

    Regarding the spoiler, I don't think it works for her to mean that.

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  14. Kirk Tsai

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    I liked this movie too. The singing here sometimes feels a lot more immediate or intimate than some other musicals, even though it is presented in a much more bare bones way. The biggest moment at my theater was when the bank loan officer...[​IMG]

    I don't know how it's doing at the theater locally, but it's been around for a very long time now.
     
  15. Ken Chan

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    Sure, but it's "taped live" that day, not on the weekend.
     
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    Just saw this yesterday, and did not feel it lived up to the lovefest of praise I've heard for it. It's a wisp of a story built around a handful of decent songs with characters I didn't care that much about. Oh well. . . Just this weekend alone, I saw and liked "Rescue Dawn" much more.
     
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    for me the best movies of the year have been Atonement (which I saw at a preview screening, it hasn't come out yet) and Bridge to Terabithia, with Hairspray and Waitress coming in a very close 3 and 4

    But Once is actually at the very top of my want to see list. [​IMG]
     
  18. Holadem

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    Knocked Up (I still can't believe I love a comedy this much -- and it's not a fluke I saw it twice), Black Book, Waitress/Transformers for me. There's tons I've yet to see still...

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    I enjoyed the musical undercurrents of this film, which filled in the gaps where moments of traditional "character development" happens in most films. The film wears its emotions on each and every musical beat and lyric, and you either go with it, or resist it. Those who go with it are rewarded with a small little film that gives us just a peek into the ground floor of something rather organic and aurally magical against a backdrop of a meeting of the minds musically, and a bond, be it love/friendship, that comes from an unlikely musical collaboration between the guy and the girl that starts on the streets of Dublin. What I enjoyed were the quiet moments where each draws strength from their pairing, each doing for the other what they weren't poised to do on their own in pursuit of a dream, much like notes from different instruments building to support and enrich a musical piece.

    I give it 3.5 stars, or a grade of B+.
     

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