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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 72. Sideways (2004)

August 8, 2011

72. Sideways [DVD] (2004)

Plot: Miles (Paul Giamatti) is a failed writer working as an English teacher. With the fate of his latest book hinging on a publisher’s decision, Miles is depressed with himself and what he hasn’t achieved.

Together with his soon to be married friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church), he embarks on a road trip through California’s wine country. As they’re both closing in on middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their true identities.
Also Starring: Virginia MadsenSandra Oh
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Written by: Rex Pickett (novel)
Alexander Payne (screenplay)
Length: 126 min
Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $71,502,303 (USA)

In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves. (tagline)

Review: This movie made my list even though Sandra Oh from Grey’s Anatomy is in it. Yeah, it’s that good a movie.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia:
During his audition, Thomas Haden Church stripped naked because that was what the scene called for. He later learned that he was the only actor to do that.

This movie also includes a lot of wine drinking, extraordinary acting from Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen.

How Paul Giamatti wasn’t even nominated in the best actor category is perhaps the biggest snub in recent Oscar History.

Favorite Quote:
Jack: If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot.
Miles Raymond: No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!

This is also one of three movies I went back to see again in the movie theater, the two others are The Hangover and Sweet Home Alabama. What can I say, I find drunk men and Reese Witherspoon appealing…

Oscar Count: 5 Nominations
1 Win:
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)
4 Losses: Best Motion Picture of the Year (Michael London) Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Thomas Haden Church) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Virginia Madsen) Best Achievement in Directing (Alexander Payne)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 73. Shaun of The Dead (2004)


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