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[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 ]

Sideways
Starbuck [21:44] Comments: 4 []
 
The reason why I was on top of the multistorey car park was that myself and my good lady had just been to see Sideways, a film you may have heard great things about as long as you've not been too drunk to notice.

A fantastic film, we and the rest of the cinema patrons agreed during and past the closing titles. Funny, but more than that, painfully real, with Paul Giametti at his most awkward best. Characters you grow to love, despite their many flaws - much like real life. And the most honest depiction of wine over-indulgence I've seen on film - to my discredit I could see my own inebriation long-spent shames mirrored in Miles and Jack's many binges, and I wished I was out there with them for every joyfully miserable minute. (I must say that I try to keep these habits in the past nowadays - my current tipple is a slight can of 3% proof Asda lager).

If you've not already seen the film but you'd like to bluff about it to help alleviate your shame at being a cultural pariah, then the most fitting place to go would be the review on Decanter.com. Hic.


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Comment by Anonymous Gary, at February 24, 2005 6:48 am  :

Asda... 3%. Are you sure thats not urine, rather than lager? ;) For a nice tipple, try the Carling bottles you can get in Morrisons - about 10.99 for 24 :D



Comment by Blogger 3rd daughter, at February 24, 2005 7:21 am  :

um, i absoluted hated sideways. i could not find anything to like about a man who steals money from his mother (with no good explanation or follow up in the plot) and a guy who is putting it about a week before he is to get married. the only good thing was 'the end'... at least it was a freebie... have you seen garden state yet? it is fabulous and i highly recommend it.



Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at February 24, 2005 4:36 pm  :

Gary - I know. I'm usually a Tesco 4% green lager drinker, and mighty fine it is too. The girlfriend brought the Asda stuff on the very cheap, and it makes a nice change, if you don't fancy drinking alcohol as such...

Susan I liked it that despite their obvious, very deep flaws - a painfully anxious and depressed loser in love and life, Best Man to an insecure arsewipe of a "man" - it really got down to what friendship is about. You can't choose your friends, and you have to take the very rough with the smooth and forgive them their faults. We all have our flaws, though hopefully not all as bad as these two.

And it was so well acted - the inner struggle and turmoil on Miles' face when he took the money from his mother for the stag week he felt compelled to make work for his friend, and the look of despondency when his mother asked him if he needed any money - I almost wept.

But then I do like these painful, hard-to-watch films - I'm off to see Old Boy on Monday!

I was glad it didn't ever take an easy line on things, but SPOILER ALERTwas so made up that there was probably a happy ending in store for Miles and Maya. And to see the grin on my girlfriend's face made was worth the ticket price alone (and she detests real-life Jack-a-likes!)END OF SPOILER ALERT



Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at February 24, 2005 7:17 pm  :

... but mostly it was about wine. Deep, huh!

And there was a bloke in the audience who, when he coughed, sounded just like Tommy Cooper.


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