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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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…
I really hate wine, and this movie has got me wanting to drink some wine.
This film is filled with GREAT performances.
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.
I think I'll like this
More the older I get and
The more I lose dreams.
outstanding piece of work, in terms of writing, directing, acting, editing: all top notch.
Payne is probably one of the few directors, who in my opinion, never dissapoint.
Paul Giamatti is by far one of the best, most talented and most underrated actors working today. He has so much potential and he shows no problem with a leading role, shining like a star in this lovely, poetic and wine-y masterpiece.
My second favorite film of Alexander Payne's and a great comedy about both the male psyche and mid-life disappointments.
I kind of liked it, but couldn't explain why.
Sideways one of my favorite films of all time. Alexander Payne's masterpiece never gets dull at any moment and Alexander Payne acting choices in his payne's films are top notch.
Perhaps my favorite comedy/drama ever. Smart writing, dramatic, beautifully shot, very funny and overall a pure joy to watch. Love this film!
One of my favorite films. Everything is done perfectly.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING