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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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…
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.
"I'm really not much of a writer. I'm not much of anything, really." This movie hurts so good.
Hands down, one of the best 'shittiest best friends' ever committed to celluloid.
One day I'll do a long write up about how this film is a masterpiece, but for now I'll just say see this film if you haven't already; preferably with a glass of Pinot.
So funny and sweet and wonderful.
A simple, strangely familiar, Giamatti movie; just a little too slow around the middle.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Short Film Analysis Week 8: Sideways:
Sideways is a film as based in comedy as it is in depression. It perfectly captures the essence of life and all its ups and downs in a week span in Miles’ life. From his humorous but depressing moment of chugging the bucket of wine to him walking in on his friend Jack mid-intercourse you truly gain an insight on what leads him to finally open that bottle of 1961 Château Cheval Blanc at that lonely burger joint after Jack’s wedding. The point of view of Miles’ enthusiastic aura at the beginning of the road trip to when he finally meets Victoria and realizes she’s pregnant is shocking in its sheer decay of his emotions.
"No. I'm am not drinking any fucking merlot."
Sideways was never going to be live up to the hype that the "critical reception" section of this films wikipedia page had built up in my head, which had me thinking I was about to see one of the greatest films of all time.
That it's not but Sideways is however extremely enjoyable, Paul Giamatti being the stand out piece in a rather enjoyable picture. For a film that is over two hours I was surprised how fast paced the whole film was, it didn't drag at all.
As long as you ignore some of the critics that have way over praised this film, this is one of Alexander Payne's best though it's more Election and rather than his masterpiece Nebraska.
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