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Reel Reviews – Sideways

Reel Review #33: “Quaffable, but uh… far from transcendent. ” Yes, Miles is a bit of a wine snob, but this movie is not one to turn you nose up at. Sideways is one of the best reviewed and most recognized films of 2004, and deserves every bit of attention it received. Great writing and fantastic performances are combined for a “transcendent” movie going experience. It is time to take a look at Sideways. Also, listen for details on our Sideways giveaway courtesy of Fox Searchlight Films.

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8 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Sideways”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Tim Elliott Apr 5th, 2005 at 11:07 am

    Michael,

    Excellent review of Sideways, my favorite film from 2004. I noticed you posted it before my lunchtime walk and I listened to it as I enjoyed our warm weather here in Minneapolis. In fact, my normal route — which is about 3 miles — became about 4 as I walked to the nearest Target to pick up a copy for myself ;-) They even had a hot, smokin’ deal on the DVD at $15.99. Also looking forward to the Grape Radio panel show on the film later in the week.

    Keep up the great podcasts!

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Brian Clark Apr 5th, 2005 at 11:34 am

    Great movie and better review. Pretty dark movie – I thought Miles (the merlot slayer) was a pompous snob and total loser who used his wine geeky terminology to make himself feel superior – I guess he really did not have much else in his life. But in the end the movie sure did make wine (and the Santa Barbara area) look like a lot of fun. Go Pinot.

    Have a glass for me.

    Brian Clark

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 ColdForged Apr 5th, 2005 at 1:21 pm

    One of the few movies the wife and I got out to see recently. Loved it, beautifully made, beautifully acted, beautifully shot. Great take on it again, Michael.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Michael Apr 5th, 2005 at 2:55 pm

    Wow! Tim Elliott and Brian Clark, two wine lovers, chime in right away. Thanks for the comments guys.

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Michael Apr 5th, 2005 at 2:56 pm

    ColdForged,

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the show. Thanks again for all your help in moving the site to its new domain.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Greg C Apr 6th, 2005 at 12:19 am

    Great review Michael,

    Grape Radio and yours are 2 of my favourite podcasts. Now I’m really looking forward to your round time dicussion with the guys on the movie (are you able to play back snippets of the film as you’re discussing it?). I was going to ask if you were going to stream it, but with timezone differences I guess I’d have to be up in the early hours of the morning to listen/participate anyway. :-) I see Michael B from Rock & Roll Geek is starting to experiment with streaming.

    The merlot line in the movie was obviously very funny but it would be interesting to hear from the grape radio guys what’s really behind this comment in general regarding wine expert’s views on merlot. Just a suggestion for the discussion.

    Cheers
    Greg,
    Brisbane Australia

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Rob Apr 10th, 2005 at 8:32 pm

    I listened to your review of Sideways this morning. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I will before your joint podcast with
    the wine people. In the mean time, I’d like to make a comment about Thomas Haden Church.

    My only previous exposure to him was his role as Lyle van de Groot in George of the Jungle. No review of Sideways that
    I’ve heard mention this so I suppose it amounts to trivia except that it’s worth noting that he was terriffic in that role.

    George of the Jungle was one of those movies that I only came to appreciate because of repeated viewings. For this I have to thank my daughter who was three at the time that I rented it for her. I didn’t particularly care for it initially but I
    rented it twice more and finally bought it since she kept asking for it. George is goofy but entertaining and probably the best I can say for it is that it captured the spirit of the Jay Ward/ Bill Scott cartoon far better than Rock & Bullwinkle and Dudley Do_Right.

    If you ever find yourself watching George, pay attention to Church and Holland Taylor who play’s Ursula’s mother.

    Thanks for the show,
    Rob
    Seattle

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Lenny May 15th, 2005 at 8:06 am

    A very good movie ! And it drives home the point that it’s a man’s world – especially in the Hollywood dream factory. Would the Paul Giamatti character get within 50 ft. of the Virginia Madsen character in real life? The movie plays to the male fantasy that no matter how much of a loser you are you have a shot at someone who is beautiful and intelligent if you only get up the courage to connect with her. Being a bald, drunk and angry man is no obstacle ! You can see this inequality everywhere – in any Woody Allen movie to TV shows like The King Of Queens. It makes me feel good but it must make women angry. You never see the reverse situation in fantasyland. If Roseanne Barr comes back to TV maybe this time she will be married to a Brad Pitt type. Now that wouldn’t pass unnoticed, would it ?

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