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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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…
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…
"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…
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…
Se hace larga, pero es agradable.
Can't believe I never took time to watch this. Such a great little film about friendship, the writer's life, depression, lying, and wine. everyone does great work, shit is funny, and damn, Sandra O was fine as hell in the early aughts.
Depressing and uplifting at once.
Now I just wait until someone offers me a Merlot...
This is one of those films I always thought was so great from Alexander Payne who makes fantastic stuff but I was always afraid that if I rewatched it, I wouldn't like it that much but it turns out, it is as good as I remember if not more. Alexander Payne knows just what to get out of his character on the screen and they seem like real characters. Thomas Hayden Church gives his best performance to date in film and I think this film made him be a better actor. Paul has given good performances in his life and this is certainly one of his best but who knows what his career will give him but it seems right…
slow, borring, spent the hole movie tthinking.. is going to happen something? No climax at all. Didn't even seemed to be a decent story.
Like a fine wine, this film will only get better with age...
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My least favorite Alexander Payne movie, though I love Giamatti in this and anything else.
This movie is objectively good. However, there's just something about it that makes me not quite enjoy it as much as his other films. Can't really pinpoint exactly why. Just the vibe it gives me I guess.
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