2007: #7 Once



Directed by: John Carney
Written by: John Carney
Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, and Bill Hodnett
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 5/16/2007
Date seen: 7/13/2007
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $16,148,695
# of Oscar nominations: 1 (Original Song)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 2 (Musical Performance and Soundtrack)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

This charming independent film is by far the lowest budget movie on my top ten list.  The film looks at an unnamed street musician who, by chance meets an unnamed woman.  Both parties are in long distance relationships, but they soon form a very close platonic bond that never quite turns into a full blown romance.  The characters here have a deep love and passion for the music they make, which is well written acoustic pop.  It’s sort of hard to explain the appeal of this micro-budget pseudo-musical.  It’s a film that’s more about a feeling than a plot and you leave the theater more happy then you went in.

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#8 Year End Honors #6
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