Sunday, March 09, 2008

Once


Sarah and I signed up for Blockbuster's DVDs through the mail program ($3.99/mo. - not bad) and once in a while I even let Sarah choose the movie. On a recommendation from my brother Nate and his fiancee Emily, we gave Once a shot. It's a low budget film set in Dublin and is probably classified as a musical, but the songs feel natural. A street musician/vacuum repair guy meets a piano playing flower seller and they assemble a rag tag band to lay down some tracks so the musician/vacuum repair guy can go to London to pursue his dreams. All the actors are professional musicians and I think all the songs were written by the actors. I really liked it (4* out of 5, if you noticed my little list on the right). One reviewer called it a valentine to music, but it's also about romantic relationships, friendship, and the whole process of the singer/songwriter.

6 comments:

Lynette Polinder said...

I also loved this movie and the soundtrack...

Rudi said...

what do they call this movie if you see it again?

Jon Vander Plas said...

Not to worry, the DVD self destructs right after the credits.

Rudi said...

makes sense.

matt said...

I really like it too. The girl and the guy in the movie also have another album called "The Swell Season." It is definitely worth a listen.

Jon Vander Plas said...

Sarah and I (plus Rusty & Lynette) just got tickets to see the Swell Season at the Chicago Theater in June. They have 3 sold out performances there. I had no idea how popular they were.