Sideways

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks all the hype about Sidways is nuts:


“…beyond the movie’s occasionally slack pacing, I would cite a coy ambivalence about its main characters as its principal flaw.”
–A.O. Scott, discussing what he calles The Most Overrated Film Of The Year


The film lagged tediously in many places, and I couldn’t agree more about the characters–I hated them, possibly because the film refused to.

via Cinetrix


Postscript: More dissenters:



Alexander Payne has made a real show of talking about a revival of 1970s cinema aesthetics; his film, however, plays like a dumb sitcom. The spit bucket of wine over the head, the ramming of a car into a tree on purpose in order to stage a story about an accident, Virginia Madsen’s infantile sense of betrayal at the news of the wedding, and that extended, cruelly condescending episode about retrieving a lost wallet from a naked, overweight white trash couple while they are, of course, in the middle of humping vigorously—all of these amount to a movie that is blatant crap.

7 Responses to “Sideways”

  1. guy
    January 4th, 2005 | 3:36 am

    ah, nothing like the new york times to make my morning…

    i really liked sideways and i thought it was a fun movie to watch, but definitely no masterpiece. so, yeah, if what he says is true – that all sorts of ‘film critics’ thought it was a shining diamond – then it is overrated.

    that doesn’t mean that i don’t recommend watching it – it’s funny and moving and honest, and the acting is good in 80% of the scenes.

    and compared to the pieces of shit that usually make it to oscar nominations, this one is actually worth the movie money.

  2. cynthia rockwell
    January 4th, 2005 | 11:28 am

    i didn’t like sideways and found it moderately entertaining. but it’s true that most oscar-nominated films are shit, so this one wouldn’t be out of place there.

    have you seen huckabees yet?

  3. guy
    January 4th, 2005 | 11:53 am

    no, i still find it hard to get myself to watch a film that has ‘heart’ in its title.

    saw a poster for a new wim wenders movie on one of the streets here. i wonder what it’s called in english..

  4. cynthia rockwell
    January 4th, 2005 | 12:03 pm

    ‘don’t come knocking’?

    huckabees (just pretend that’s the whole title, no *heart*) is playing at the cheap davis sq theater and if it’s still there when you get back i’m going to drag you there and buy your ticket.

  5. guy
    January 4th, 2005 | 8:27 pm

    yeah! i love assertive women– ok, if you drag me, i’ll go.

    i actually think land
    of plenty
    is a closer translation to the hebrew title i saw, and it’s also released 2004.

  6. cynthia rockwell
    January 5th, 2005 | 8:24 am

    prepare to be dragged!

  7. Gregory Ricci
    January 23rd, 2005 | 4:24 am

    “…and that extended, cruelly condescending episode about retrieving a lost wallet from a naked, overweight white trash couple while they are, of course, in the middle of humping vigorously—all of these amount to a movie that is blatant crap.” Yeah.