Weekend Roundup: Quick thoughts on BBC’s The Fall, ONCE (2006) & Blindspot Series Update

Happy Monday all! Hope you had a relaxing weekend. I didn’t go to the movies but had time for some home cinema. My co-worker and I swapped dvds, I lent him Rocknrolla and he lent me ONCE, I think I got the better end of the bargain 😉

I saw Clueless on Friday and did this writeup on it yesterday, and also managed to see one episode of BBC’s The Fall. I’ve been curious about it for some time, partly curious to see if pretty boy Jamie Dornan actually have acting chops. I’ve only seen him in Once Upon A Time and he didn’t impress me there. Well he’s nice to look and he portrayed a sociopath pretty well, I kind of see why he was chosen as Christian Grey though I have no desire whatsoever to ever see it.


Gillian Anderson is excellent as the detective, her British accent is very convincing too. So far the first episode is a bit on the slow side, though it’s interesting that the serial killer’s already known so it’s more of a psychological thriller from both the killer & the detective’s perspectives, not a who-dun-it type of thriller. Not sure I want to keep watching this series though, I might watch a few more episodes to see if it’s worth continuing. So far it’s not as good as Broadchurch so maybe I might as well continue with season 2.


Before I get to my mini review of ONCE, I just want to give you a quick update on my Blindspot series. At this point I still have seven films to watch before the end of the year, but given that I want to have more time devoted to my script, I’m only going to watch half of that, not sure yet which one but I really want to see A Place in the Sun and The Big Sleep. I won’t have a Blindspot review this month, but hopefully later in August.

ONCE Well, as for ONCE, I’m glad I finally saw it! I saw Begin Again which was written/directed by John Carney a few months ago and loved it, so naturally everyone recommended that I checked out ONCE. I didn’t realize it was made in 2006, I thought it was released just a few years before Begin Again for some reason. It’s a much smaller film but has similar characteristics in that they feature some great music and centered an unlikely relationship between two musically-gifted people. Both also feature recording session scenes and a ton of great music!

I LOVE the naturalistic setting in Dublin, Ireland. I hadn’t heard of either Glen Hansard nor Markéta Irglová but apparently both of them are singer/songwriter themselves. It’s as if they’re playing themselves as Glen is Irish and Markéta is Czech, exactly like in the film. From the moment they met, there’s an effortless chemistry between them and you’re immediately swept up in their journey in realizing the dream of making a record. The music is absolutely fantastic… it proves that no matter what background you have, even if you’re not speaking the same language, music has a way to connect you in such a deep emotional level.


I’ve heard the song Falling Slowly before and it’s even more beautiful now that I’ve listened to it in context of the story. But there are a few other wonderful songs I enjoyed, like When Your Mind’s Made Up and the one Markéta sang at the piano in one particularly heartfelt moment between the two protagonists. I have to do a Music Break post on this film real soon.

It’s a small film with a big heart. Perhaps it’s on the melancholic side but the story is bittersweet and romantic. I’ve always loved an unconventional love story and this one is un-Hollywood as it gets. I was quite engrossed in it that I didn’t realize until later than neither one of the protagonists have a name. They’re simply billed as Guy and Girl! It’s amazing that they have such a genuine emotional bond… as the title says, something THIS special must only comes once in a lifetime. But the film is something I would probably enjoy watching more than once.


Excited for Mission Impossible: ROGUE NATION tonight, woo hooo!! In case you haven’t seen it, check out this featurette w/ Tom Cruise hanging off the side of an airplane. THIS is why you go see a Mission Impossible movie!

So that’s my weekend recap folks! How ’bout you? Seen anything good?

28 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup: Quick thoughts on BBC’s The Fall, ONCE (2006) & Blindspot Series Update

  1. Hi Ruth! I’ve been watching House of Cards; I’m almost done with season 2. Fascinating. Scary. Insightful.Smart.
    I bet I would love Once, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. Can’t wait to see MI5 !

    1. Hi Cindy! That’s cool you’re still watching House of Cards. I was into it initially but I’m generally not fond of political stories. Once is a good one, I think you’d appreciate the unconventional romance. The Mission series certainly still has legs!

  2. Can’t wait for MI. Looks quite good and I really have enjoyed the franchise. Oh, and definitely watch The Big Sleep. Bogart is in perfect form!!!

    1. Yeah, I really like the MI franchise overall and esp the fourth one. Wish Brad Bird were back for MI5 but still it looks pretty good. I will watch The Big Sleep 😀

  3. “Gillian Anderson is excellent as the detective, her British accent is very convincing too.”

    She should as she’s been a Londoner for some time. 😉

    Soooooo jealous you’re seeing “Rogue Nation” early! 🙂

    1. Oh I didn’t know that about Gillian but that explains a lot! I know she’s done some West End plays in London, one of them was with Toby Stephens.

      I can’t wait to see Rogue Nation, it just looks so darn cool!

  4. Glad you loved Once. Agree that it’s a small film with a big heart.

    Didn’t know you’re writing a script? Is it for a movie? I obviously have been missing updates

    Just saw Far in The Madding Crowds (2015). I liked and hated it, but it was an interesting story

    1. Hi Andina, nice to see you stop by, as always. Yeah I can’t believe I still haven’t seen ONCE but glad I finally did. I love the music, gotta do a music break post on it soon.

      Yes it’s a film script but really it’s just something I’ve always wanted to do, the goal is just to get it finished 😀 I only mentioned it a couple of times here, but it’s a drama inspired by my darling crush Stanley Weber so the male character is basically him.

      As for Far in the Madding Crowd, I’ve reviewed it a while ago (http://wp.me/pxXPC-9JQ) if you’re interested. I have a huge issue w/ the actor playing Sgt. Troy, I just didn’t believe Tom Sturridge in that role. Stanley would’ve been far more suitable in that character, if only I were a casting agent!

      1. I saw the doc Swell Season which is about the duo, too bad they go separates way. Good topic for a music break! Raise your voice is my #1 all time fave romance ost.

        Well, it’s a good goal. I also want to write a story, but just to sit and write alone is a challenge!

        I did read your review. I also didn’t like sgt. Troy. He should have more depth or at least played by more experienced actor.

        1. Hi Andina! Yeah, taking the time to write is tough enough, but once you get started on it, it’s hard to stop.

          I think what Sgt. Troy’s portrayal is lacking is charisma. Not only that the actor isn’t attractive physically, he also has zero screen presence.

  5. I’m a bit behind on my Blindspot series. I have watched 6 or 7 movies already, but haven’t got around to writing about them all. Nice to see you finally have watched Once, which is one of my favourite movies and one of the few soundtracks I still listen to on a regular basis.

    Haven’t seen the Fall, but I am planning on checking out Broadchurch. First have to finish Breaking Bad, finally have begun watching the last season, so I’ll have that done soon 🙂

    1. Hi Nostra! Well it was a tough decision to give up the Blindspot but I simply can’t commit to it right now. Yeah I’m glad I finally caught ONCE, the soundtrack is truly wonderful.

      Oh Broadchurch is excellent! I was very engrossed w/ season 1 and I’m sure season 2 would be just as good.

  6. I’ve always want to watch ONCE but somehow never gotten around to it, I’ll make sure to watch it soon.

    I rented Ex Machina over the weekend, I thought it’s great, reminded me of Blade Runner mix in with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, in fact I thought the look of the movie is very similar to Kubrick’s masterpiece. I’d love to see a sequel of it, Eva is the real world now, it would great to see her story expanded. Then I watched Lost Souls, a behind the scenes documentary making of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU; it’s not a great doc about behind the scene dramas but it’s fascinating of how a disaster shoot can be when two of its stars acted like divas. Also, the original director was obviously in way over his head. Give it a watch if you want to see a good example of how a film can be destroy before it even started shooting.

    Can’t wait for Rouge Nation, it’s getting great reviews so far from major critics. So I’m hoping for a fun spy/action flick. I’m seeing it this Thursday night.

    1. Hey Ted! Glad you enjoyed Ex Machina too. Yes it’s very reminiscent of Blade Runner. Yes, a sequel w/ Eva in the real world would’ve been cool to see.

      Lost Souls sounds intriguing though I haven’t see THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU but the BTS drama would’ve been interesting to see.

      I haven’t read anything about Rogue Nation, want to go into it blind, but glad to hear the early buzz was good!

  7. I didn’t see much this weekend. Except for The Straight Story and The Player. I’ve been kind taking it easy more as I decided not to post everyday.

    1. All right then, I’m looking forward to seeing those two classics. Yes, it’s sooo late to get to ONCE but it’s worth the wait!

  8. Izzy

    Keep with The Fall! -it’s disgustingly addictive towards the end and you wonder why you’re still watching it, but you still do!…..if you can stand any more of Gillian Anderson’s rasping voice that is 🙂

    1. Hi Izzy! Ahah, I actually don’t have any issue w/ Gillian’s voice. I wasn’t as engrossed as I did w/ Broadchurch but I might still give it another shot, hopefully it gets more addictive as you said. Jamie is nice to look at though 😉

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