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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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.
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…
This movie was soul crushingly real. I was hurt when the characters were hurt. You don't have to of ever of been in a relationship to feel and relate to truly made me think.
Also had Alexander Payne been through some shit or what!
So, so good. So great to watch this again 10 years later. Terrific writing and performances.
Aside from this writer cringing every time Miles' book was brought up, this was not only an awkward film, but it's populated by characters who aren't real people and are instead very obviously only characters in a movie and they behave and speak as exactly that.
So I saw this thing when it came out in theaters.
It was about California and how it's probably going to slide into the ocean at some point. I dunno WHAT that shit's about.
There was a lot of booze, too.
Kinda like a Titanic-shaped snot-bubble on the red bulbous nose of Hollywood, really!
I hated the movie because it was vapid.
Unfortunately, years later it came back to psychologically bite me straight in the ass, so I guess it was a good movie after all.
Sometimes in times of need you need to sit down and watch some Alexander Payne.
•الشخصيت و القصة :
"مايلز" هو كاتب لم يحقق قدرا من النجاح،ويبدو أن أمله الأخير-وهو نشر كتابه الأول-مرهونا بإرادة الناشر , ولديه خبرة واسعة في في أنواع النبيذ و معرفة مواصفاتها
أما "جاك" فهو ممثل تلفيزيوني غير مشهور وشبه متهور في اتخاذ القرارات لانه دائما ما يقع في مأزق
ويبدو واضحاً أن الاثنين يعانيان من أزمة منتصف العمر. لقرر (مايلز) أن يصطحب صديقه (جاك) في رحلة في رحلة عبر حقول الكروم في كاليفورنيا قبل زواج جاك، ولاستكشاف مكان لم يكتشفاه من قبل لتحدث لهم مصائب في رحلتهم .
لتبدو رحلتهم كما لو أنها لاكتشاف هوياتيهما، والبعد عن خيبة الأمل.
•رحلة كوميدية درامية ممتعة
الفيلم أجاد في صناعة الشخصيات وأتساع العلاقات رغم أن الفيلم إرتكز على عدة نواحي : "كوميديا،رومنسية،مغامرة،دراما" وفي ظني نجح في سردها جميعا. ويوجد في الفيلم ما هو الكثير من المواقف الطريفة و اللحظات الحزينة حين تقبل الواقع
Maybe i will drink some wine too ..
Quite funny, quite sad, quite real.
I always thought I didn't like Sideways, but now I don't know how I missed the considerable brilliance on display here the first time round. Breezily comedic, beautifully relaxed and true in its in its meandering narrative path, constantly buoyed by a lightly jazzy score, all gently masking a melancholic consideration of the pleasures and pains of life and the choices and mistakes we make as viewed through the veil of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis. It also features endless gorgeous sun-dappled Californian countryside, and it really does make you want wine! Payne films 'drunk' incredibly well too - his shaky, in/out of focus camerawork around a tottering Giamatti attempting to phone his ex-wife felt uncannily…
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