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In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.
Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle. Both meet two beautiful women on their trip and become romantically involved with them.
Wine is probably the most boring subject on Earth, so how come Payne’s film about a lonely, bitter best man (Paul Giamatti) taking the soon-to-be-groom (Thomas Haden Church) on a week-long tour of vineyards is so bloody good? Perhaps because of Giamatti’s astonishing characterisation, which imbues an arrogant, self-destructive, self-hating pseud with a completely disarming humanity. Or perhaps because it’s not really about wine at all, but love and friendship and the choices that people make that end up deciding and defining their lives. It’s the antithesis of formula filmmaking: incredibly entertaining, but also about something, and featuring – quite unexpectedly – a handful of brilliant sight gags.
If ever proof was needed, and I'm not sure it is, that Paul Giamatti is one of the greatest character actors of our time, then Sideways really is it. Alexander Payne's bittersweet comedy puts him front and centre as Miles, an eighth grade English teacher who undertakes an eventful wine tasting road trip with his best friend, and both create a truly wonderful character whose journey is quite the joy to follow. Sideways ends up being one of those movies you really aren't quite prepared for - shot with a love of California and it's vineyards, often funny and equally quite moving, it's a superbly written and performed portrayal of lost hopes, dreams and self-discovery.
Now I'm no fan of…
4th of July really took it out of me. After the events of my day, I feel like Sideways is the perfect sobering film to watch late at night.
"I am a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of sewage."
Is that funny at any other time of day than 12am?
Probably. But it sure helps.
Sideways is a buddy comedy/drama that is a tranquil yet chaotic wine tasting trip through the mediocrity of middle aged life. Its a mid-life crisis movie more than anything, and hits all the low key notes that go along with that kind of story setup. I find that like a bottle of wine it gets better…
This is one of those films that is just too good to review.
As soon as it finished, I felt like I wanted to watch it again. Another wonderful Paul Giamatti performance, he really is a comedy hero. A subtle comedic hero. In fact the entire cast are fantastic. This is not a film about real life, but it feels exactly like a film about real life. And that takes a great deal of skill.
I love this film more than I love fine wine.
Wine the movie. Only joking, this film is full of great and lovely performances especially the terrific Paul Giamatti. Alexander Payne's sensitive direction and sharp witted and intelligent script are really excellent and its a marvelous study of friendship, sorrow and identity which is both incredibly funny and sad.
Alexander Payne makes intelligent films for adult audiences that usually have a dark satirical edge and comedic traits running through them. As "indie" as they come, Payne delivered something really special here.
"Election" had a deeply wicked humor that is rare in mainstream film-making of recent years. "About Schmidt" wasn't really for me but I appreciated what Payne was trying to do and "The Descendants" had yet more human drama and conflict that he's so good at.
"Sideways" though will be the one I always come back to. It's touching,sad, sentimental with a cynical and brutal honesty about both relationships and friendship. Paul Giamati was the guy who got overlooked come Oscar time even though he delivers the performance of…
Jack: If they want to drink Merlot, we're drinking Merlot.
Miles: No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!
well-written movie with an interesting set of characters. i cant be the only one who doesnt see how drinking buddies reminds them of thos great movie
I'm baffled I've taken this long to put into words just how much I adore this film. In the talented hands of screenwriter Alexander Payne, the all-too weary buddy movie formula seems fresh, intelligent and mature, due in no small part to the brilliance of the chalk and cheese performers at the helm.
Cinema has thrown up many unforgettable comedy duos; The 1950′s had Curtis and Lemmon, the 40′s had Hope and Crosby and 2004 had Giamatti and Haden Church for a brilliant albeit one-off get-together as old friends Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church). Think Dumb and Dumber with a higher IQ and a shirt from Marks and Spencers…stained in wine. If like me, your knowledge of…
was ich eigentlich vor hatte...
ich gehe zum regal -
betrachte es eine weile und entscheide mich dann mehr
oder weniger spontan für einen payne, jahrgang 2004.
der wurde mir schon oft empfohlen und hat sogar den
ein oder anderen preis gewonnen.
nach dem öffnen:
auge: ein wenig eingetrübt, leicht rosa mit tupfern ins kupferne
nase: modrig bis bleiern
zunge: leicht hölzernd mit vergabelungen ins harzige
abgang: leichte säure, umrundet von einem kirscharoma
nach dem parker-system : 72 punkte
...aber ich hatte keine lust drauf und habs gelassen.
schauspielerisch ist das schon okay, aber im großen und ganzen
waren mir die charaktere und die handlung ein wenig egal
und eher unsympathisch. bei einer weinprobe, hätte ich
wohl kein weiteres…
What an absolute joy this film is.
Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church deliver career-defining performances as two buddies who embark on a week-long journey to northern California’s wine country in celebration of Church’s final days of bachelorhood. They meet the luminous Virginia Madsen and perky Sandra Oh and unsuspectingly fall in love.
Director Alexander Payne focused just as much screen time on wine as he did with his main characters, and it adds a certain richness and sweetness to this funny, warm, heartfelt movie. I loved this movie so much, I wanted to wrap my arms around it and give it a big hug.
“Sideways” is truly the most exquisite film of '04.
Alright road trip comedy drama which gained a cult following after its release. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church put in good performances and their chemistry is solid in a pretty standard film.
I think this is the kind of film that everyone can relate to. The Beauty of the Alexander Payne's films is that there are no hidden messages. The Script speaks for itself.
Inevitably, it makes you wonder about the takes you run on life and how to follow the right path.
Even tough Thomas Haden Church received an academy award nomination, I think Giamati is better, so depressive, yet so funny.
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