Posted by Billyjam, February 25, 2008 11:10am | Post a Comment

As reported in the Sunday Fashion & Style section of The New York Times, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova got in a little shopping at Amoeba Music while in Hollywood, in the days leading up to the Oscars. The musicians/actors and stars of the Irish indie film Once won an Oscar last night in the Original Song category for the film's moving composition "Falling Slowly"  --  which they also performed live at the televised event (see clip below). 

The picture above, courtesy of the New York Times' Emilio Flores, shows the couple shopping at Amoeba Music on Sunset where they reportedly spent time shopping for DVDs (Amoeba prices are way better than back home in Dublin) and talking to fans of the indie success film Once, fans who were pleasantly surprised to see its two stars in the aisles of Amoeba Music.

Personally I was so happy Once won because not only did I fall in love with the film when I first saw it last March, but I saw it under the best possible circumstances: on the big screen in Dublin, Ireland, not far from where much of the film was shot.  And I saw it with two of my favorite people, my dad and sister, who both loved it and its soundtrack as much I did-- so much so that the next day, inspired by the film, we decided to take a short drive south of the city to Killiney, to that beautiful location overlooking Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea where the two main characters in the movie go on their memorable motorbike ride.

The low low budget film, which proves that heart and true passion are more important than money, struck a nerve with near everyone who saw it, including many Amoebites and also those who caught the Amoeba Music San Francisco instore with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova last August (pictured left).

A month earlier, last July, when profiled on the Amoeblog, Gabriella, who works in the DVD section at Amoeba Music Hollywood, cited the Once Soundtrack, which had only just been released in the US, as one of her all time favorite soundtracks, calling it "a magical musical."  In a heartfelt Amoeblog written by Miss Ess last December, the San Francisco employee praised the little film for its integrity, accurately describing it as a film "about people who are flawed but good hearted."

If you haven't seen the film or heard the soundtrack yet, both are highly recommended and are available at Amoeba Music. Also look for releases by the Frames (Glen's band) who also do a version of the Oscar winning song. Remember that Glen also stars in another classic Irish music-based film, The Commitments -also available on DVD.

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