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Sideways

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sideways

    If people could look past the amount of nudity, sex, language, and serious elements of this film, they would find a truly remarkable comedy. It does something that most comedies no longer do: it presents us with complicated characters and makes us care about them. Besides that, every single actor in this film beautifully plays out the terrific screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, which is the best of the year. In a generation of truly terrible taste in comedy, this film is a breath of fresh air that should be savored like a fine wine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An abstract portrait of real people

    This is one of the better films about the eccentricity of life, the bitterness of love, and the neurotic complexity of modern society. The four leads each bring their own unique perspectives to their characters. Virginia Madsen is radiant of her portrayal as an extremely fascinating woman, and she gives her all like no one business, and also, this could be the best movie of her career. Sandra Oh is always the stunning scene stealer. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church are especially excellent as the miserable would-be writer, and the struggling actor trying to have his last fling of freewill before his wedding. The direction of Alexander Payne is terribly original, and he always brings such great in-depthness to his films. This is one of the better movies that I have ever seen in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An amazing comedy/drama!!!

    I'm watching Sideways right now, and it is amazing. The story line is very good, the directing by Alexander Payne was very flawless, and the acting was really good. The movie had really funny parts in it, I was cracking up really good. This is definatley not a faily movie, but it is really good. After watching this I think this movie, should have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards instead of Million Dollar Baby. This is now one of my favorite movies of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Rarity

    Movies like this are becoming harder and harder to find, mainly because most of the movie going public finds true-to-life drama/comedy boring (see select previous reviews) They are the reason movies like this are so hard to find, and movies like The Matrix, The Pacifier etc...etc.. are a dime a dozen and make millions of dollars because stupid people just don't like to think or be entertained by anything other than bright lights, explosions, and computer-generated nothings. Needless to say, this is a wonderful movie. It's funny, sad at times, and real. Good movies like this are hard to find anymore. If you haven't seen it, and you like a good movie with real people and an awesome script, don't miss this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Story

    The Screenplay is very well adapted by Alexander Payne. It does the book very much justice. This movie has become one of my favorites.I also think it will become an instant classic, once it gets some more rocognition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie of 2004

    Undeniably the best film of the year. Here the script, the acting, the direction and the cinematography should be what defines greatness in the movies. All critics agree, there was no other film in 2004 that delivered like this one. Never meant to be compared to big Hollywood blockbusters, this "indie" movie got so much attention (well-deserved) that the average movie-goer, who wouldn't have normally seen Sideways, expected something far more grandiose and left disappointed. Nevertheless Sideways is a gem and will remain a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful buddy story...

    What a wonderful movie. Telling the age-old story that it REALLY is hard to love someone who doesn't love themself, is made anew in this intelligent and witty movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not for the dim witted

    ..which is why it wasn't quite the cinematic success so many horrible movies are... this is funny and clever. You will recognize the characters from real life, and find it impossible not to forgive their flaws and welcome them into your living room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sideways

    Comedy like this no longer exists outside of independent markets, which is a shame considering the fact that we could have more of these movies rolling out of Hollywood. That very fact that this kind of comedy is a rarity is the main reason why this should have been a stronger contender for Best Picture of 2004 at the Academy Awards. The sense of humor may seem dull, but in fact it's the kind of humor that makes genuine comedy. A good comedy film should not be all goof-off stuff, rather it must maintain a certain amount of drama and character developement. The standard issue Hollywood comedies do none of this as they seek good box office and even better DVD sales. Why do studios put out movies like "The Pacifier"? Not artistic reasons certainly, but for good attendance and home video sales. We should savor this film as long as it lasts because we probably wont see anything like it for a long time.

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    Posted July 2, 2010

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