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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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.
I absolutely adored it! It often reminded me of how we should be more forgiving because we humans have such a great propensity to make unwise decisions and choices! Were perpetually flawed!
It has one the greatest and most underrated actors in Hollywood Paul Giamatti! Between him and his partner in crime Thomas Haden Church they had me either snickering or shaking my head at how silly we can be!
Throughout the film I kept thinking we know these people they are our friends, lovers, family, co-workers or even ourselves! It's totally human! Which makes it totally relatable and that is why the film works!
Recommended by Aracno via my "Movie Request Hotline" list! The synopsis just doesn't do it justice! I never would have seen this film on my own so I'm ecstatic you prompted me to see this! Aracno Thank You So Much!
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.
I admit it, I love Alexander Payne as a filmmaker and, even though I recognize I am not particularly the target audience of his films (at least most of the times), I can't help but to fall in love with everything involving his little dark comedies. Take Sideways as an example, I don't really enjoy wine nor talking about it and I don't really know what's it like to be married or divorced, but the writing is so good and the execution is so careful that I end up having a great time. Here, he creates a film that is continuously funny (the dialogue is great and the jokes are more hit than miss) and still feels dramatic & heartfelt in…
"Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet."
And thanks to that emotional speech that Paul Giamatti's character gives to Virginia Madsen's Maya explaining why he is so passionate about Pinot Noir, the sales for that wine actually rose by more than 20% compared to the past year. The characters in this film are fascinating, but it was the wine that took the center stage and became a metaphor for the entire film. I'm not an expert in wines, but we all know that the older a…
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…
Thomas Haden Church is pretty epic in this. Pity he never really did anything similar again. Or did he?
Alexander Payne's film manages to be both entertaining and surprisingly potent at the same time. Part of this is due to the script, but the talents of Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen should not be minimized.
Virginia Madsen truly grounds the entire film as she explains her love of wine to Giamatti's character to a realistic level of poetry. As funny as the movie is, it is also a realistic glimpse into friendships and the pursuit of love.
Payne's "Sideways" is full of magical surprises.
In Vino Veritas
This is another one hell of road-comedy drama, a film which I haven watched over more than 40 times. A wonderful film, such an extraordinary cast, of Giamatti and Church, enjoyed the often quarrel between Miles (Giamatti) and Jack (Church).
Two guys in a kind of mid life crisis go on a road trip along Californian wine fields. Paul Giamatti is depressed and taking pills, his pal Thomas Haden Church is in his last week before his wedding and is more interested in women than in wine. Great movie.
Watched in preparation for a wine tasting trip to Australia. Very good film.
Sideways has a good soundtrack and excellent acting and chemistry between the two leads (Even if the concept is sorta unbelievable), but not much else. The story is aimless, and not in a good way. It spends too long moping about and tones clash between fun light hearted comedy and serious heavy drama. A lot of the plot is moved purely by coincidence as well, and the constant relationship struggles become really disinteresting towards the end. Still a fun movie, but not much else.
Mr. Nice guy a super wine lover and his smart friend goes on a trip.
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