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Plot: Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. With his career seemingly fading and the fate of a book hinging on a publisher's decision, Miles is depressed with himself and what he hasn't achieved. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do, as if he were a minor actor who got a taste of success. With his best friend Miles, the two embark on a road trip through California's wine country. Miles wants to give his friend a nice sendoff before married life, while Jack simply wants to have a fling beforehand. As they're both nearing middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their identities. Runtime: 126 mins Release Date: 20 Jan 2004
Sideways is a beautiful portrait of mid life disappointment. The backdrop is lovely California wine country, and the casting is flawless. Every single performance in this film is surprising, pitch perfect, and unusual. The movie has the remarkable ability to capture sadness and desperation in just the light that allows the audience to recognize the humor. The ending is satisfying but not too pat. In short, this is the best film of 2004.The standout performance in the film was Paul Giamatti's. I cannot believe he was passed over for an Oscar this year. He should have been nominated for <more>
American Splendor, and he definitely should have been nominated for Sideways. His performance was beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking and so human. Paul Giamatti, ignore the Academy! Every year they have less credibility. The people who know films and acting at all know that you are one in a handful of truly great actors working in Hollywood today.
This film has Oscar buzz all around it. It's a beautifully crafted, brightly written string of pearls. Its lead players, Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, are both actors we remember seeing from time to time for at least the past fifteen years but whose names never before appeared on our radar screens. Here they both enter the arena of notable film actors and memorably so. The film is a comedy drama to a great extent at least in my own mind influenced in style by my late friend, John Cassavetes. Finely directed by Alexander Payne, its comedy issues from the breast of <more>
characterization and not contrived, pasted on sit-com lines. This alone is rare in film and denotes craft writing of the preeminent kind.The icing on this cake is its constancy and within that its splendid subtlety. The story is simple; two friends get together for a last weekend of wine tasting in some of Southern California's wineries just before the marriage of one of them. As it unfolds we see that the story clearly issues from the breast of the two characters, a hapless English teacher still suffering over his divorce of two years past. He has written an honest novel instead of a commercial one so we know that it will not be published some time before the reveal. The other, his pal since college some twenty years before is a fringe actor about to be married but struggling to retain his youth through womanizing. This Lothario is no less pathetic than his writer friend. The film is beautifully cast with the extraordinary Virginia Madsen as the writer's acquaintance with potential to be more. Highly recommended; be prepared to laugh for just over two hours with very little let up while at the same time being conveyed to the essence of our humanity.
Alexander Payne is becoming a magnet for me. I wait for his films. He is an eminently American director that can look in with the incisive eye of an incisive foreigner. Besides all that, he is a poet. In "Election" he gives us an electro shock disguised as a Teen College Comedy. I laughed in horror at the cleverness of the storytelling. In "About Schmid" he forces us to look into one of the darkest corners of our society and find ourselves there. And he does it in the funniest most entertaining way. In "Sideways" he trusts his audience enough to put impossible <more>
hurdles for us to love his characters -- Paul Giamatti and his mother's money, for instance -- and yet, we have to admit he's made his point. We are all people. He manages to surprise us with our own capacity for compassion. Vittorio De Sica, Billy Wilder and Mario Monicelli come to mind. Yes Mr. Payne you are the ticket!
Strong Acting, Character Development and Dialogue (by emp32)
I love movies like Sideways for many reasons. One may be that I will never see a commemorative Sideways bottle of wine or the Sideways happy meal at McDonald's. My point is that Sideways is a great movie and nothing more. It doesn't rely on blockbuster star power. It doesn't need flashy special effects or gimmicks. Paul Giammatti performs flawlessly as a flawed and deeply troubled character. I found myself forgetting he was acting. I only saw the character he was playing and became engrossed by his presence. Thomas Haden Church offers a very nice contrast by playing what appears <more>
to be a two-dimensional, sophomoric, womanizer. The story is simple and focuses more on character development. It is easy to connect with each of the main characters. They may not be likable but what they are is human. If you can't relate to them personally, they remind you of a family member or close friend. Overall, this film is for those who like movies based in reality, which as you will see can produce some of the most bizarre and comical situations of all. If you like movies with jokes you don't have to think about Who doesn't from time to time don't worry, this film has a surprisingly high amount of low brow, immature, vulgar humor, mixed with the dry and subtle. Give it a try. 9/10
What a refreshing adventure great writing really is. Through the mind, heart and soul of a filmmaker like Alexander Payne you can enter forbidden territory and dive into experiences that, at first glance, seem so far removed from our own. Little tales with enormous, universal implications. Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen jump out of the screen and as soon as the movie ends we find them sitting next to us. We get home and find them waiting for us there, we even find them on the mirror looking back at us. This is the sort of movie going experience that will never get old. <more>
Its strength is in its truth. You may not like it, you may even resent it. Good, that's what art is all about. It provokes you. It motivates and inspires you. And as if all that wasn't enough, it entertains you it amuses you, it gives you one hell of a great time. I want another Payne soon in a theater near me.
If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving (by ferguson-6)
Greetings again from the darkness. Writer/Director Alexander Payne was the creative force behind one of my favorite films from the past couple of years with "About Schmidt". With "Sideways" he proves his insight into human nature was no fluke, but instead, an amazing gift. He captures many Hollywood stereotypes such as mid-life crisis, groom-to-be cold feet, post-divorce confidence crunch and the overall desire to be loved, or at least liked. What makes Payne's work so unique is his ability to deliver multiple messages, with brilliant comic twists, using little more <more>
than unlikeable lead characters and sizzling dialogue! Moral bankruptcy is at a peak in "Sideways" as one of our leads the magnificent Paul Giamatti from "American Splendor" and "Man on the Moon" steals cash from his mother and the other Thomas Haden Church from TV's "Wings" is on a mission to have his bachelor party last an entire week while claiming we just don't understand his plight. Also delivering a wonderful touch to the film is Sandra Oh Diane Lane's pregnant buddy in "Under the Tuscan Sun" . Oh has very unique looks and mannerisms, but is terrific as one of Church's conquests. The soul and spirit of this film belongs to the drastically underrated Virginia Madsen if you have never seen "The Hot Spot", make it priority viewing . Madsen sister to cult favorite Michael Madsen of "Kill Bill" and "Reservoir Dogs" fame literally jumps off the screen with her eyes and smile. Her character wants so much for a better life, but is strong enough to avoid her past mistakes. She is the one we root for. This is an excellent film and nice character study with a snappy jazz score. Payne has proved he should be considered among the best filmmakers of today - now could someone please help his film obtain better distribution!!!
Excellent expose of narcissism on two sides of the same coin (by ociopia)
A woman's take on this is probably not the same as a man's. Initially I was put off by Charles Hayden's Church's character crudeness and Giamatti's character's repulsiveness but that changed was I was able to look below the surface. By the end of the movie, I felt very sorry for Church as he was not only dumb and shallow, he was actually so empty that whatever female was before him became a mirror of his need to connect with anything that felt like caring. Church did a fabulous job and was incredibly believable as a has-been wannabe, desperate to hold on to his dream <more>
of the kind of good life that is bought by charm and good looks. He is just on the edge or realizing his time is running out and that is a whole lot for this character to absorb as he has never given much to the concept of "thought."Giammeti is a pitiful, self-absorbed, destructive, depressed alcoholic whose in possession of two "things." He knows a great deal about wine and he has written a book. Nothing else informs him. Yet his performance is so nuanced that we are able to fill in his depth of character and decency primarily through his huge, limpid eyes. What a performance. He should have been nominated for an academy award. This is a role that comes along once-in-a-lifetime for this type of character actor, like Liza in Cabaret.The women are really nothing more than backdrops or props for the men to expose themselves. Madsen is lovely but you do wonder what on earth she really sees in this man. While he may be redeemable, he is really pretty much a self-absorbed jerk. It is most interesting that this film has been released at the same time as Closer, as they are similar in their exploration of self-absorption. Though Closer explores how destructive its characters are to each other, in the end, Closer is not as intimate and seems more artificial than the sweetly revealing Sideways.
Writers, pay attention. This is a well written film. Yes, it has all the things people notice: dialog, motion, characters, arc. But it has something else on which this remark is based: good conceptual structure.You just cannot write well unless you understand how to engineer the artificial worlds of reference. You also have to have a workable solution to the problems of introspection and folding. All writing is folded these days. All writing has some approach to introspection. These are unavoidable facts of the game.Often, the solution is to combine the two. Thus, you'll have your <more>
characters know they are in a movie and let you know. About a third of all movies have this structure. But what if you want to be "true," or give the theatrical appearance of natural life? Well, here's one novel solution.The world of the real requires that you define or circumscribe a world; you then define characters and let them bump around in this world according to the laws and boundaries you have proscribed and communicated. The viewer, naturally, is outside this world, so understands the boundaries.But how then to give the riches of introspection and folding? Well, you have to define other worlds, one or two that are outside the one of the action, but which they refer to. That's what we have here.First, note that our characters are a writer and an actor. The girls are props, just like the car, for all the work they do. Those two characters live in the little bubble world of the film. But sideways, there are two other worlds.The first is the world and book that Mailes has written. The small circle of the writing we see has a simple narrative structure: Miles is our surrogate. We see what he does and nothing else. It is the most restrictive possible. But Miles tells us the sideways world of his book has a complex narrative structure that shifts and eventually escapes narrative. A simple world of writing referencing a complex world of writing. That folding without explicit introspection. A great solution.But that's not all. On the other side is another referenced world, one that _does_ spill into the zone we see: the esoteric world of wine. In fact, the movie revolves around a scene where Miles and Myra wax poetic about the world of wine as if it were a mirror of their world with all the complexities of needs and desires.God solution. Clever writing.Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
A slightly uneven, but very enjoyable film (by guyfromjerzee)
After seeing "About Schmidt," I was deeply impressed with Alexander Payne and said to myself, "I can't wait to see his next film." Well, his next film came along and I was very satisfied with the results. I didn't enjoy the movie as much as "Schmidt," but it still displays Payne's knack for creating characters that are fascinating and quirky, yet realistic. These are definitely not caricatures. We've seen a good deal of movies about guys having pre-wedding jitters, and living it up before marching down the aisle.But this movie puts an interesting <more>
spin on that premise: The guy about to get married is the free spirit, while the single guy needs to loosen up. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church are both magnificent. Their chemistry is pitch-perfect. I've loved Giamatti ever since I saw him as Pig Vomit in "Private Parts." In "Sideways" he gets the chance to play the lead. I haven't seen "American Splendor," so this was my first chance to see him in a lead role. Some actors are greatly talented, but don't have the chops to play the lead. Giamatti is not one of those actors. You can argue that he's been typecast as these paranoid George Costanza types. But typecasting is no excuse. He's always able to play a variation on that type of role, in every character he inhabits. He's an extremely gifted actor with a great face that's full of expression - especially in his eyes. But since he doesn't have "leading man looks," Hollywood will probably keep on snubbing him and choose people like George Clooney or Tom Cruise to play lead roles. I don't have anything against those two actors, but let's face it - Giamatti is a better representative of the average man, in looks and behavior. Thomas Haden Church is mainly known for his sitcom work in shows like "Wings" and "Ned and Stacey," but hopefully he'll have more decent movie roles lined up after this film, because he really is an underrated talent. Plus, his comic timing is impeccable. The thing I've always liked about Payne's movies is he tends to choose actors who look like regular people. That includes the supporting cast and extras. There is a scene in which an overweight couple has sex, but the fact that they're having sex is not what's played for laughs. One person on the site criticized the movie for being about two losers. First of all, I think "loser" is a subjective term that has been twisted around to death. Second of all, if they're losers because they encounter problems that everyday people face, then it's a pretty stupid reason to dismiss the film. What do you want to see? A movie about two billionaires? I want to see movies about everyday people! That's the beauty of independent film. You get the chance to see and relate to characters, who are not too much unlike yourself. Like "About Schmidt," the movie is filled with hilarious moments the greatest being the one involving a naked, middle-aged man running down a street , it maintains a great human element. And the story is never predictable. You can never expect a Hollywood ending from a Payne film. It actually leaves things pretty open-ended - the way a lot of films should end. Now onto what I didn't like...the movie drags in certain parts. I felt the wine jargon was a little overdone. Let's not forget that there are people in the audience me being one of them , who aren't very knowledgeable about wine. So I could've done without the long passages of dialogue about the most trivial aspects of wine. But that aside, this is definitely a film I would recommend. If you're in the mood for a nice, character-driven dramedy - this will suit your needs. 8 out of 10