ONCE for BEST PICTURE
I've said a lot about Once, and emphatically call it the best film I've seen so far this year. It's tiny, but lovely, it would be awful nice if the warm and fuzzy members of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences looked at this film-- they would assuredly we awed. It's small but personal, passionate, and lovely-- like a contemporary Brief Encounter. The nearly wordless, but eventful Once is full of small moments, but director Joe Carney infuses a sense of dirty beauty between the meeting of would-be lovers known only as he and she. And musicans Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova make wonderful, somber poetry. Once is an easy film to miss, but if enough of you Hollywood folks watch it, you fall for it. This is one of those little, tiny films that manages to get into your skin and in that beautiful filmic way stays there, only making you happier for the experience of watching it.