We watched the latest film in our queue, the 2004 comedy-drama Sideways. My wife didn’t quite like the movie, and stopped watching about halfway, but I soldiered on until 2am. The move stars Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh. It’s basically a character piece, as you spend the entire movie watching the characters talk and interact. Miles (Giamatti) and Jack (Church) go on a road trip for to the Santa Ynez Valley in Northern California as a last hurrah before Jack gets married. However, Miles is depressed/traumatized over his recent divorce, and is still a mess. Over the course of the week, Miles has find himself. Jack too, but it’s basically about Giamatti’s character. Here’s an excerpt from IMDB.com about it:
Giamatti’s character is a wine lover, or oenophile, so there’s a lot of wine tasting and drinking. They meet up with Madsen and Oh, and life ensues. Madsen and Oh were enjoyable.
I was wondering what all the hubbub was about this movie when it came out, as it was nominated for many awards, and won other others, such as the 2005 Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, The Golden Globes Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, etc. It’s an interesting movie, if only to watch the actors interact and emote, and the writing was excellent. It’s not a life-changing movie, though I may want to try a nice pinot noir the next time I’m out for dinner.