Just Once…

March 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm (Movies)


I was checking out my list of the 50 Best Films of the Past Decade, and I had realized I had forgotten a movie or two, or three or four, so I just wanted to take the time to point out a few films that are definitely worth checking out, from a documentary to the best crime gangster film I’ve ever seen.

Once is a romantic musical film that is so worth your time. It’s the story of two immigrants in New York, both from middle Europe, that eventually end up meeting each other through playing music on the sidewalks of the city. Glen Hansgard and Marketa Irglova portray their parts so convincingly and through a series of run-ins on the streets they fall in love and begin playing music together. This music narrates their journey together, including the Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly” that will give you chills through the movie. I found it at Wal-Mart the other day for $10, and it’s definitely worth it.

The Departed was, and continues to be my favorite crime-drama-epic-tragedy film of the past 10 years. Jack Nicholson runs a New York crime family who sends an undercover prodigee (Matt Damon) into the ranks of a police force to sneak behind their ranks, while their head of department (Martin Sheen) sends in their own (Leonardo Dicaprio) undercover into the mob. Scorsese films this beautifully with these unforgettable shots in beautiful locations, with some fantastically written dialogue that builds up scenes with really long shots in the same locations and some brutal, unflinching violence that constantly reminds the audience the danger each and every one of the characters is in. It also won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, and two others. It’s at Target I know for $7-$10.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a must-see for nerds and fans of competitive gaming. This documentary following the adventure of Steve Wiebe trying to overthrow the all-time high score record for the arcade version of Donkey Kong. You can’t help but root for Wiebe, and the great shots the crew that follow him gets beautifully narrate the journey. It’s on Amazon for little over $17, but you may be able to find it on G4 time to time.



  1. The James said,

    I really want to see the kong one

  2. earlman27 said,

    It’s totally awesome you’d love it…

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