Movies That Changed Everything: Once

September 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

Movies That Changed Everything: Once

I’m an aspiring filmmaker.  Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.  This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.  Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…


Movies That Changed Everything: Once

I didn’t know what to expect when I saw Once for the first time.  I had heard all of the positive buzz but I’ve never really been a fan of musicals.  Still, I was curious to see it so I gave it a shot.

Once blew me away.  It literally changed the way I’ll look at musicals forever.  I think my issue with music filled movies is how jarring it is when they jump out of the story to sing and dance.  It’s a style that definitely works as there are hundreds of fantastic musicals out there but it just wasn’t my type of entertainment.

Then Once came along. It integrated the stellar music seamlessly into the story and the results was an incredibly original and wonderful movie.

If anything, Once taught me never to write off a genre.  Every movie deserves a shot.  I could have easily dismissed Once because I didn’t like musicals and I’d be missing out on one the best movies I’ve seen over the last 10 years.  It simply stuck with me.

So much so that we are currently co-producing a musical called Strings that I wrote.

It’s funny how a random independent film can affect the way you look at an entire category of movies.  That’s what good storytelling does.

  • For every Friday The 13th there is a Paranormal Activity.
  • For every Independence Day there is a District 9.

There is always room to be creative within a genre and change the game.  What I loved about Once was how deep and detailed the characters were.  Both are talented artists and becoming friends through music is endearing regardless of any romantic tension they share.

It’s not about the romance.  It’s about being passionate about music.  About anything.

That in itself is inspiring. 

Especially for people who live to be creative in whatever medium they love.

Yet another reason why Once was a movie that influenced the filmmaker I wish to become.

It’s a fantastic independent film that deserves every single positive word it receives.