All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
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 One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
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…
"Pinot needs constant care and attention."
I'm not gonna mince words here. I find it very hard to talk about Sideways. Sure I have seen so many movies which have made me tear up and get emotional. That's not very hard to do when you consider how manipulative cinema can be. No, Sideways is hard for me to talk about because never have I seen a movie that makes emotion such an abstract puzzle. In my four viewings, I have never once reached an instant emotional reaction in the moment as I would have expected. My first viewing I even thought maybe something was wrong because I wasn't responding as I should've been. The movie was far too good to…
I remember I loved this movie when I was 23, unfortunatley I am not 23 any more. That is not to say I didn't like the movie or it was totally without charm, but the profoundness I loved turned into the wank a friend accused accussed it of back in 2004 after I gushed over it. I think most of it, was the wine is life and life is wine stuff, and the whole miserable writer aspect. Payne seems to over playing his hand and over writing the script.
But because it was Alexander Payne, there were glimpses of truth and acctual emotion that he would achieve better in The Decendants and especially Nebraska. I love the moment where Giamatti…
Commentary track just as great as the movie. Paul and Thomas sound tipsy and with gleeful verbosity attempt to best the other with their self-deprecating wit. What a waste that they only made one movie together, this chemistry is too good for one movie.
Two ex-roomates on a jaunt through the vineyards of California. Slightly depressing and slightly uplifting in equal measure making for quite an interesting post coming-of-middle-age drama.
im not sure why i watched this
Brilliant acting by Paul Giamatii, I was so impressed
A story which captures loneliness,depression and heartbreak in a beautiful way
Miles entire Pinot rant?
I feel you bro.
*sips his $4 Cabernet*
The greatest part of this movie is the main characters and their dysfunctional friendship. Most movies will show one friend helping the less functional friend, whether it be love advice, motivation, financial help. This movie had two very dysfunctional friends dragging each other down through the entire film. And just when they think they hit an all time low, they have to deal with their friend's all time low. Great movie.
I also realized wine connoisseurs are pretty annoying.
This was great. The comedic dialogue and humor had me dying the entire film. Both characters played so well together it really made this one special. (And there's nothing like watching a idiot dig his own grave by trying to be "the man.")
If anyone orders merlot, I'm leaving. I am not drinking any FUCKING merlot!
I love this film so much. This is one film I can watch any day, any time, in any mood.
I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…