“Fair play to those who dare to dream..”

As Jim Carroll says, “Congrats to Glen and Marketa”, and kudos to Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board for providing the funding for Once. As Jim also says, “Falling Slowly is now up there with Moon River, Fame, Say You, Say Me, Take My Breath Away and, of course, It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp..”

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  • foreign correspondent

    Congratulations to Glen and Marketa on their win.
    And Falling Slowly is a good song. One quibble though – I was slightly underwhelmed by the film itself. Perhaps the hype about it had overly raised my expectations.

  • Greenflag

    ‘I was slightly underwhelmed by the film itself.’

    I thought they did well given that they had to make do with 100,000 euros . Maybe the fact that the ‘ending ‘ did not have the usual happy ever theme was the cause of the underwhelming .

    Personnally I though there was too much ‘singing’ 🙂 But give credit where it is due . Both Glenn Hansard & Marketa deserve their Oscars and well done Jon Stewart for making sure that Marketa got in her spake !

  • DAY not Knight

    That’s all well and good, but what’s up with DD Lewis dropping to his knee in front of “Queen Liz”??

  • foreign correspondent

    Greenflag, it´s true that they did pretty well on such a low budget. And I don´t necessarily want a film to have a happy ending, a la Hollywood. It was just that it lacked a bit of substance. I didn´t find it lingered for long in the mind after seeing it, that´s all.

  • Greenflag

    ‘but what’s up with DD Lewis dropping to his knee in front of “Queen Liz”?? ‘

    I think he was taking the proverbial . His comment was
    ‘This would be the closest I will get to becoming a Knight’?

    As I’m not au fait with the fine demarcation lines of HM’s titular idosyncracies I’ll not comment any further !

  • Greenflag

    ‘I didn´t find it lingered for long in the mind after seeing it, that´s all. ‘

    Could probably be said about 90% of Hollywood/Bollywood/TV productions .

    Recently I came across a film I must have missed a few years back ‘ ‘The Great Match’ Now that lingered . ‘The Lives of Others’ was IMO the best in a while .

  • Juan Kerr

    Fair play to the pair of them although I’m dreading how even more insufferable Hansard will now become, I personally have never really taken to the guy or his music. I think he’s totally insincere, his humility on display for the night of the oscars and in all the interviews beforehand was soooo fake – you only have to listen to any of the Frames’ albums to realise this guy takes himself and everything that happens to him VERY, VERY seriously and you couldn’t write or perform the kind of music he does without having a fairly humongous ego.

    I often wonder, given that he has written so, so many songs about losing out in love and having his heart trampled by some dizzy female who just didn’t realise how deep his love runs for her, etc etc., does it ever occur to him that maybe the reason why he’s had to deal with such heartbreak is that females on the whole do not choose to spend more than fleeting affairs with limp-wristed, crying, whining, moaning, overly-sensitive singer-songwriter types?

    Having said all that it was by far the best song in the category and a worthy winner, and as I say, congrats to them both. Although I wouldn’t compare it to those other songs mentioned, as ONCE won’t reach the audience of those other films, not by a long way.

  • Greenflag

    ‘to spend more than fleeting affairs with limp-wristed, crying, whining, moaning, overly-sensitive singer-songwriter types? ‘

    A propos

    American Tourist (nubile young female ) in crowded Irish pub surrounded by crude shower of foul mouthed Dublin bowsies ‘

    ‘ Where are all those nice ,well spoken, educated , and refined handsome Irish men we read about in the States ‘

    Answer (From the back of the crowd )

    ‘ They’re at home with their boyfriend dearie ‘