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Musicians From “Once,” The Swell Season, Get Their Own Documentary

The song “Falling Slowly,” from the movie “Once,” is one of the most romantic songs ever. (The Academy, which gave them the Oscar for Best Song, would certainly agree!) A lot of us squealed when we learned the actors Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová had a real-life relationship in addition to their big-screen courtship. Calling themselves The Swell Season, Glen and Marta have toured the world performing the same style of low-key folk music everyone loved from “Once.” Now The Swell Season has gotten their own documentary, also called—shocker—”The Swell Season,” that explores the musicians’ lives behind the movie that made them both famous. [YouTube] Keep reading »

The Top Ten Chick Flicks He’ll Like

Women love movies. Dudes love movies too. Unfortunately, women and men don’t always love the same movies — that’s why we once vetoed a dude because he couldn’t see the cinematic power of Fear. When you’ve got a boyfriend or even when you’re just going on a date with someone new, going to the cinema necessitates negotiation. You want emotions and romance and hot guys, he wants explosions, and blood, and protruding limbs. You want Reese Witherspoon, he wants Bruce Willis. 27 Dresses sounds awesome, 28 Days Later not so much.

Now be honest, how many times have you been talked into seeing a movie that ends with an epic battle where the hero’s head comes flying off at the sharp edge of a masculine sword? If the answer to that question is anything other than “zero,” you need our help in choosing chick flicks he’ll actually like.

Lucky for you, we’ve assembled an amazing list of compromises: 10 chick flicks your dude will totally like. We understand all the elements that make up a great movie: a compelling story, some humor, and a hot person or, you know, five. But before that, start off with Ask Men’s Top Ten Guy Movies Women Will Like. You can opt for one of their’s next movie night, or you could skip the blood and guts fest and give HIM a lesson in film appreciation with these chick flicks he’ll have a hard-on for, after the jump… Keep reading »

Cutest Oscar Couple: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova photo

Can we just utter a lil’ sigh? What’s got us most psyched about this year’s Oscars is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova being nominated for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly”, one of the tunes they penned for Once, a movie they also starred in. The two are together in real life and were handpicked for the roles in the movie, about an Irish musician (Hansard) who makes an album with a Czech women (Irglova) he meets in Dublin. The film is overwhelmingly romantic, without having the slightest bit of sex or even kissing in it. And the soundtrack is amazing. Here’s Hansard and Irglova posing together for an Oscar portrait. We hope they win! [Fox Searchlight] Keep reading »

Oscar Music Strategy

Besides the opening monologue, the best part about the Academy Awards is the musical performances. My all-time favorite was Three 6 Mafia doing “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,” from Hustle and Flow. Looking at this cool graphic, it seems like there might be a method for winning an Oscar for Best Song — including the words “love,” “heart,” dance,” or “remember” in your lyrics seems to help. (There are definitely exceptions, like the aforementioned tune.) Out of this year’s nominees, we’re rooting for “Falling Slowly” from Once, despite the fact that it contains none of these words. [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

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