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Melanism
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"Once"


          

I just came back from a screening.

My favorite movie of the year so far.

It's a musical sorta...more like a living album if that makes any sense.

  

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It comes out today in NY. Check it out.
May 16th 2007
1
Had great buzz at Sundance
May 16th 2007
2
Well, this settles it, then
May 16th 2007
3
Ooo You should Go. That's how I saw it
May 16th 2007
4
yeah we heard they might be there
May 16th 2007
5
Yeah, the publicist was raving to me about it
May 17th 2007
7
It's screening at SIFF.
May 16th 2007
6
wow, that was really lovely
May 18th 2007
8
okay, so I bought The Swell Season
May 18th 2007
9
      So did I. The soundtrack comes out on Tuesday
May 19th 2007
10
           Notably missing from The Swell Season
May 21st 2007
11
                They are all on the soundtrack
May 21st 2007
12
I wish this was screening somewhere near me. :(
May 21st 2007
13
I do, too
May 21st 2007
14
      Yeah, I concur
May 21st 2007
15
           Did you see Old Joy last year?
May 21st 2007
16
                *sends to the top of netflix queue*
May 21st 2007
17
                     fuck fuck fuck
May 21st 2007
18
^, because this film (which I call an organic musical) was dope.
Jun 02nd 2007
19
UP for Those Who Slept
Jun 18th 2007
20
I don't think it's out everywhere yet
Jun 18th 2007
21
      Now playing at...
Jun 18th 2007
22
           It really is a super movie.
Jun 18th 2007
23
up
Jul 17th 2007
24
it was...charming. I dunno about "mindblowing" or "best musical ever"
Jul 17th 2007
25
It's not a MUSICAL musical.
Jul 17th 2007
27
      there was a definite plot. It was loose, but it was there.
Jul 17th 2007
29
           yikes
Jul 18th 2007
30
                I didn't miss the point.
Jul 18th 2007
31
                I gotta cosign pretty much everything you said.
Aug 20th 2007
32
                     All I was saying was that I thought that one song was too long.
Aug 27th 2007
34
                          ..fair enough, but i loved that song
Nov 22nd 2007
42
thanks...i'll go see it now
Jul 17th 2007
26
it's not playing anywhere by me
Jul 17th 2007
28
I read somewhere that this film is about to get major distribution.
Aug 20th 2007
33
Q & A with Glen Hansard (swipe)
Aug 29th 2007
35
RE: Q & A with Glen Hansard (swipe)
Aug 29th 2007
36
Damn, I thought this was a Johnny Dangerously Appreciation Post
Aug 29th 2007
37
A gem
Sep 22nd 2007
38
So, is it safe to say that Say it to Me Now will get an Oscar nomination...
Sep 22nd 2007
39
^
Nov 22nd 2007
40
ex-mod caught up in non-usage of search function scandal
Nov 22nd 2007
41
this just started showing at our local "art movie house"
Dec 12th 2007
43
On DVD on 12/18
Dec 12th 2007
44
Great stuff
Dec 23rd 2007
45
:-( (link)
Feb 05th 2009
46

Melanism
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1. "It comes out today in NY. Check it out."
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http://melanism.com/2007/05/movie-of-week-pt-1-once.html

so far sporting a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
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2. "Had great buzz at Sundance"
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Trailer made me feel like I messed up by not checking it then.

  

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3. "Well, this settles it, then"
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I had an invitation to see a free screening w/filmmaker tomorrow & I was wavering -- I'm still kind of sick and I thought maybe the smart thing to do was just go home & sleep, but this changes my mind.

  

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4. "Ooo You should Go. That's how I saw it"
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The director, John Carney was really cool and the two stars came out and performed some of the songs from the movie. Then invoited everyone out for drinks afterwards
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5. "yeah we heard they might be there"
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I emailed my friend and said we're on.

  

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7. "Yeah, the publicist was raving to me about it"
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But so many lame people were trying to get me to see their "great, fantastic, original" movies that I was kind of whatever... Then I heard alot of people talking about and then saw the preview and realized I should have listened. Will be out here soon enough.

BTW

  

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6. "It's screening at SIFF."
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But only one screening (most films get two), which must mean it'll be here soon in official release.

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8. "wow, that was really lovely"
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I have to say that I'm really glad that I saw this before the buzz got *too* loud and that I saw a screening with Hansard, Irglova & the director, John Carney, in attendance.

Carney is great, btw. Funny, articulate, a little self-deprecating. He probably says the same thing at all Q&A sessions, but I loved his rendition of how to market the film (Spoilers? Yes? No? I think not but you decide:)

HE was a hoover fixer guy.
SHE was an immigrant who didn't speak English very well.
TOGETHER they didn't do much of anything.
AND they didn't really kiss.

lol


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9. "okay, so I bought The Swell Season"
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and the Frames' cd that has a couple of the songs on it.

Anyone else?

  

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10. "So did I. The soundtrack comes out on Tuesday"
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11. "Notably missing from The Swell Season"
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is the song that the female character writes the words to and sings on her way home from buying batteries for the cd player, and that's a high point in the music, I think (after Falling Slowly and Lies), so I might be tempted to buy yet a third album with these songs on it, lol.

  

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12. "They are all on the soundtrack"
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13. "I wish this was screening somewhere near me. :("
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14. "I do, too"
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Mon May-21-07 11:47 AM by janey

  

          

because by the time you finally get to see it, your hopes and expectations will have been raised to such a degree that you'll wonder what the fuss was all about.

I know it has a distributor, because it's opening here in a couple of weeks. So eventually it'll be on netflix, at least. edit to add: duh, I know it has a distributor because I know who the distributor is, duh. It's Fox Searchlight.

  

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15. "Yeah, I concur"
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This is a film that can be totally done in by hype.

What makes it so good is so subtle.
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16. "Did you see Old Joy last year?"
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It was probably my favorite movie of the year, and *no one* saw it or talked about it. That helped enormously.

  

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17. "*sends to the top of netflix queue*"
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18. "fuck fuck fuck"
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now I've raised your expectations and you'll hate it.

I just need to tell you that it has even less plot than Once, lol

  

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19. "^, because this film (which I call an organic musical) was dope."
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That is all.
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... and all that could have been...

  

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20. "UP for Those Who Slept"
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21. "I don't think it's out everywhere yet"
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22. "Now playing at..."
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
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Ann Arbor, Albany, Atlanta, Baltimore, Calgary, Charlotte, Edmonton, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Ottawa, Providence, Richmond, Rochester,

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Boca/W. Palm Beach, Cleveland, Columbus, Honolulu, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

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Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Madison, New Orleans, Norfolk/Newport News, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Tampa

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Anchorage, Asheville, Birmingham, Boise, Buffalo, Charlottesville, Colorado Springs, Dayton, Des Moines, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Grand Rapids, Halifax, Ithaca, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Lansing, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville, Northampton, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Sarasota, St. John, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tucson, Tulsa, Victoria, Winnipeg
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23. "It really is a super movie."
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June has been a good month for movies so far

Once
Knocked Up
Ocean's Thirteen
Ratatouille

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24. "up"
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25. "it was...charming. I dunno about "mindblowing" or "best musical ever""
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Tue Jul-17-07 09:59 PM by Nukkapedia

  

          

(it's not really a musical anyways)

But I think "charming" is a good word.

The biggest problem I had with it is that it falls into the trap of stopping the film so somebody/ies can sing for five minutes without a) advancing the plot (as a musical would) or b) having the musical performance itself - in this case, not the music, but the way it was staged/filmed - be strong enough to stand on its own two (as a drama film about musicians is forced to do).

  

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27. "It's not a MUSICAL musical."
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And there is no "plot" to advance at all.
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29. "there was a definite plot. It was loose, but it was there."
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I'm cool to sit for three or four minutes and watch Guy and Girl in a music shop singing a song and accompanying each other on guitar and piano. After about minute six, my Walt Disney eyebrow went up.

Something like that works when you have movement (the later sequence of Girl walking through the city while listening to the headphones and singing along) or tremendous production values (Prince's eight-minute rendition of "Purple Rain", which even with the big stage and all was borderline overkill). But in such an intimate, relatively calm and quiet setting as a music store, it's a bit mundane, I feel, to just have your main characters sitting down performing a song for that long - even if it's a nice song, which it was - without something else happing or some sort of variety to what we're seeing/hearing.

And I don't call movies where people sing but don't sing "to" each other "musicals". They sit on the same shelf with my musicals and music videos, but I don't call them "musicals". I think I just call them "music films".

  

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30. "yikes"
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I don't like using expressions like 'you missed the point', but...you might have.

What I liked about the movie was that the characters love for making music and playing it was at the center of things. Between the main two characters, the greater part of the bond between them is just formed by the music they made together. They scene that finally implies how much the main characters ex-girlfriend is still a part of his life is shown by his creating the whole song while watching old videos of her (whereas before you get the idea that he's still more fixated on the other new girl)...

I guess it's easy to see the film as just a set of music videos loosely woven together with a thin story, but I thought the attention to music pretty much with every song was meant to develop the characters as opposed to just advance the plot. Which is pretty much why just about everyone that I know that even owns a guitar let alone writes songs pretty much fell in love with the movie.

  

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31. "I didn't miss the point."
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Wed Jul-18-07 09:44 AM by Nukkapedia

  

          

I realized exactly what they were doing and why they did it.

I just have my own opinions. That's why I said "I feel" and avoided declarative statements. You and a lot of other people don't agree. And that's fine. And my comments really only applied to that one scene early in the film at the music store: I felt like it went on a bit long without the song or the presentation of the song being good enough (IMO) for such an indulgence. All of the other musical scenes/sequences were fine.

That probably has to do with my taste in music more than anything. I've heard more than my share of Guy-like scruffy guys who can play guitar really and (sorta) sing. So I already came into the picture with that mindset and baggage. That, and the fact that one of my several unfinished scripts has (well, now "had" *red inks*) a similar scene, and I had it in my mind exactly how I wanted it to look on film.

But, again, _that's my opinion_. I never said the film wasn't well done. I never said I didn't like the film overall. Heck, I like/love plenty of films that a lot of you thoroughly revile...*points at avatar*.

Is it okay for me not to have fallen head-over-heels for "Once"? Is it alright if I just thought it was "very good" and not "spectacular"?

  

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32. "I gotta cosign pretty much everything you said."
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And since the way that the characters develop pretty much IS the plot, one could say the songs do in a way move the plot along.

I had no problem with the format. I actually thought it was absolutely perfect for what it was doing.

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34. "All I was saying was that I thought that one song was too long."
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That's really it.

Some of the others felt a bit long. but upon re-analysis, only that initial song in the music store felt honestly too long (by a verse and a chorus) to me.

  

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42. "..fair enough, but i loved that song"
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26. "thanks...i'll go see it now"
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28. "it's not playing anywhere by me"
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sucks, i want to see it...or did I not get that it isn't out yet?

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33. "I read somewhere that this film is about to get major distribution."
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Or at least they were talking about it. So prepare for the love for this film to be spread all around.

I just saw it a couple of days ago while on my road trip. Goddamn, I really enjoyed it. Several scenes have definitely really stuck with me and I can't shake them.

I'm interested in if anyone here has seen Carney's other films, and how they are.

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35. "Q & A with Glen Hansard (swipe)"
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I know. For the rest of you, this is from ew.com:

> The Q&A

'Once' in a Lifetime

Glen Hansard, star of this summer's breakout indie hit ''Once'' and frontman of the Frames, talks about touring with Bob Dylan, falling in love (for real) with his leading lady, and more

By Barry Divola

There's a lot of love around Glen Hansard right now. Bob Dylan loves him enough to invite Hansard's band, the Frames, on tour with him. The public has fallen in love with the bearded Irishman's portrayal of a frustrated busker and struggling songwriter in the film Once, which was shot last year in two-and-a-half weeks with a tiny budget but a lot of heart and soul. And he and costar Markéta Irglová, who plays the Eastern European girl who comes into his universe and changes it, have found that real life and the make-believe world of film can sometimes collide: After knowing each other for seven years, and despite the fact that Hansard is 37 and Irglová is 19, the two have fallen for each other and now live (and play music) together in Dublin. He shared the story of his journey to Once over a pot of tea on an afternoon between Dylan's two Sydney shows.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You've been supporting Bob Dylan on his Australian tour. Is that a tough gig?

GLEN HANSARD: The good thing about doing the Dylan supports is that it's an audience full of people like me. They're fans. But one thing I'm utterly aware of is that at a Bob Dylan show, no one's there to specifically see the support act. So you don't try to win them over, because that's futile. You just do your thing, and maybe people will get it, maybe they won't.


EW: As he's so reclusive, I assume you haven't got to meet him.

GH: On this trip so far I haven't. But I've met him a few times before. We've played with him in Ireland and England. I first met him 10 or 11 years ago in a rehearsal studio and spoke to him for five minutes. It was a total accident. I met him in the hallway and I didn't even know he was in the same building. I didn't know what to say, so I said, ''Meeting you is what it must have been like for you to meet Woody Guthrie.'' That was the only thing that came into my head. And he totally opened up and started talking about Woody. The next day his manager rang up at the rehearsal studio and said, ''I don't know what you said, but you impressed Bob, and would you like to come and do some gigs with him?''


EW: You used to play Dylan songs and Van Morrison songs when you first started busking in Dublin, after you left school at the age of 13. Were you a terrible student?

GH: (Laughs) No, I was actually in the good class. But luckily my headmaster was a radio DJ and he loved music. Whenever I'd get sent to the office for not paying attention or whatever, he'd say, ''You're a funny one. You can name the bass player on Neil Young's Harvest, you can tell me the tracklisting on Bob Dylan's Street Legal, but you can't tell me the square root of 9. You're obviously using your intelligence in an area that's not academic.'' He was quite smart. He said, ''You love music and you can obviously play, so why don't you start your career now?''


EW: So he was the opposite of every teacher who says that you should stay in school, and music should just be a hobby because it will never get you anywhere in life?

GH: Exactly. He encouraged me to leave school. He said, ''Take your guitar into town and start busking.'' His thing was that busking was where you learned your skills. He said, ''I can't guarantee you'll be famous, but if you start now, then you'll always be able to live from your guitar.'' And he was right. I have.


EW: So it doesn't sound like it was much of a stretch for you to play a busker in Once.

GH: It was an area I knew very well. I busked from the age of 13 until I was 18. It was so easy to take out my guitar and do it again.


EW: Incidentally, that guitar you play in the film, with the big ragged hole worn away in the soundboard — is that your old guitar from those days?

GH: Yeah, it is. It's the first guitar I got when I was a kid.


EW: John Carney, the writer and director of Once, used to be in the Frames with you back in the early '90s, right?

GH: Yeah, I first met John on the street, much like the character in the film when he's trying to put a band together to record his songs. John was a robotics dancer on Grafton Street.


EW: I'm sure he'll be pleased to know that secret's out.

GH: (Laughs) I've heard him tell an interviewer that story, so luckily I'm all right with telling you. Anyway, I heard he was really good on the bass, so he took me into a music shop, because he couldn't afford his own bass, and he played me a bunch of Mark King (from 1980s U.K. white funk band Level 42) riffs. I said, ''You can obviously play, but you're not going to be playing that s--- in my band.'' (Laughs)


EW: He didn't initially consider you for the main role in Once, did he?

GH: John came to me with this idea and he had a 20-page script and Cillian Murphy (Red Eye, Batman Begins) as the lead character. He asked me to write the songs, and I was very happy to be offered that chance. He was trying to cast a 35-year-old Eastern European woman, but he couldn't find anyone. I said to him, ''I know this girl from the Czech Republic, who I've been playing some gigs with, and she's really great, but she's 17.'' He said he didn't think it would work but he'd meet her anyway. So he met Mar, and that was it. She was the one. So John and Mar and Cillian were working stuff out and then about 10 days before the shoot began, Cillian's agent got in touch with John, and said that something had happened and he was off the project. Because of that, the producer pulled out, so John was left with a script, Mar, no lead male character, a bunch of songs, no money, and no way of doing it. And one evening he called me up and said, ''Glen, I really think you should do this.''


EW: What was your immediate reaction?

GH: My immediate reaction was, ''Oh, f---!'' Two reasons — I don't consider myself an actor on any level, and I didn't want to let John down. So I said yes. And then what became exciting for me in an abstract way was the fact that suddenly there was no money. It felt like we could now see this project through without interference from anybody from the outside. John pared the crew back to about six or seven, and they all agreed to do it for nothing. So we shot the film in 17 days. Halfway through shooting the film we were still writing songs for it.


EW: You'd known Mar for a while, hadn't you?

GH: I met her when she was 12. Mar's father, Marek, was a good friend of mine. He was a fan of the Frames, and he invited us over to play some small festival in the Czech Republic. Then he invited me to stay in his house for three months and write songs. Mar came into my life very similarly to how she does in the film. She was very young, but she came up to my room one day when I was singing one of my songs, and said, ''That song you're singing, did that really happen to you?'' And I said, ''Well, yeah, kind of.'' And she said, ''Did it, or didn't it?'' And I said, ''Well, it's kind of poetic license.'' And she was like, ''Well, why are you singing it, then?'' And I said, ''Well, as a songwriter you're allowed to do that.'' And she said, ''Well, I don't agree. I think you should be singing about what happened in your life.''


EW: And how did you start playing music together?

GH: While I was staying at Marek's place I was playing these shows and I'd get Mar to come up and play some piano and sing with me, because she was a great pianist. She was 13, 14 at this time. Over the next few years we started to do more and more songs together and eventually we did full sets together. Just as that happened, John came up to me with the idea of Once. That's the thing that clinched it for me — Mar was already cast in it. She'd never even acted before. So the idea of being in Once with her was an attractive option, because it documented my friendship with her. John had wanted a kiss scene and I insisted it couldn't be done, for a few different reasons, but mostly because I was uncomfortable with it.


EW: And the irony is...

GH: The irony is that Mar and I have been thrown in the deep end with each other, and it's developed into something else. It's like life imitating art, and art imitating life at the same time.


EW: When did you two officially get together?

GH: In April. I think we fell in love a couple of years ago, but nothing happened until recently. To be honest with you, I felt that even back then this girl had become so prominent in my life that she would probably be the girl I'd marry one day. But you keep that in the back of your head. That's why I'm so open about Once, because there are a lot of parallels in it to my own life and a lot of magic around it and my relationship with Mar.


EW: Did this make it a fine line between you and Mar in real life, and the characters you played on screen?

GH: I think John was clued in to the fact that there was something between us, and he kept talking about the chemistry. He said, ''There's something going on here and I'm really glad I'm getting it on film.'' He wouldn't let us watch the rushes. He said, ''No matter what it is that's going on, I don't want you knowing what it is. I want you to be natural.''


EH: One of the refreshing and unusual things about Once is that even though it isn't strictly a musical, the audience hears entire songs played out rather than a verse and a chorus then a fade, or a snippet of something being played on a radio.

GH: Exactly. And John is a real critic of that in movies, where a great song comes on and they use a bit of it and then cut to another scene. He's a real lover of music. And I said, ''But John, you cannot have nine full songs in a movie.'' We challenged each other in this area. We pushed each other to be braver. He'd say, ''Sing the full song.'' I'd say, ''Don't chicken out. Don't put a kiss scene in there. How boring would that be?'' We were all demanding more of each other.


EH: Of course, back in 1991 you mixed music and acted by playing the guitarist in The Commitments. Is it true that you regretted doing the film?

GH: I don't regret doing it. It was brilliant. I just regretted having to talk about it forever. It overshadowed my own band. We got to the States and it turned into this big indie film. I remember on my first day in America to promote it, I got out of a taxi in New York, where it had been raining, and there was a full page ad for The Commitments floating in a puddle. And I remember thinking to myself, ''There's a life moment. Don't take this too seriously.'' I spent the next 10 years in interviews talking about The Commitments and not talking about the band I was in.


EW: After your experience in Once, is acting something you might now pursue more?

GH: Well, playing a guy who writes songs and busks on Grafton Street in Dublin and falls in love with Markéta Irglová wasn't very difficult for me. There was very little acting going on. I won't say I've closed the door on acting. Since Once has come out there have been a few offers that sound interesting, but I don't have time to do them right now. The experience with Once and with The Commitments is vastly different. I wrote all the songs, it was written and directed by a very good friend of mine, and everything about it feels very personal. If someone was to criticize Once it would hurt, because so much of me is in it and the stakes are higher.
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36. "RE: Q & A with Glen Hansard (swipe)"
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Glen is such a genuine guy. I went to the Melbourne Dylan concert and then saw them again at a little place called the forum, headlining. A brilliant band live.

Saw Once last night at a preview screening (comes out today here) and really loved it. I'm such a fan of The Swell Season album and have been for a year or so, so for me this movie really touched me on the same levels that album did

The soundtrack is great. 'say it to me now' is a phenomenal performance.

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37. "Damn, I thought this was a Johnny Dangerously Appreciation Post"
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38. "A gem"
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and I'm waiting for the dvd to drop.

Che Che Cole!

  

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39. "So, is it safe to say that Say it to Me Now will get an Oscar nomination..."
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Yeah, it's September/nearly October

But I haven't heard a better tune in a film yet this year
(though Eddie Vedder might get a nomination for any of the songs from his Into the Wild soundtrack)

I bet you Three 6 Mafia votes for it
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Yeah, I know
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41. "ex-mod caught up in non-usage of search function scandal"
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43. "this just started showing at our local "art movie house""
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and I enjoyed it. It was little things like the sequence of them going to the studio, then them shopping for a suit, then next thing you see is them in a loan office and it all came together. Other films would have wasted time by having them discuss

**well we need to get a studio
**lets go find a studio
**we need to buy you a suit so you look professional
**we need to find a loan office

pretty much like i've learned in improv...GET TO THE ACTION

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44. "On DVD on 12/18"
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Two scenes are instant personal classics to me:
1) Guy and Girl talk/meet for the first time
2) Girl singing "If You Want Me" walking home from the store

Can't forget about walking around w/ the vacuum.

Worth watching, guaranteed.

  

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46. ":-( (link)"
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http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0670256/
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