Excerpt: Miles (Paul Giamatti) and his friend Jack (Thomas Hayden Church) once had visions of lives in which all their dreams would be realized, with fame, fortune, and all that goes with immense success.
Summary: 'Sideways' follows an odd couple of friends whose last ditch effort to make something of their lives is a disaster worth watching. The humor doesn't dip to the lowest common denominator, and it's balanced by some strong acting by all four actors.
Conclusion: Sideways is a remarkable film. It explores some pretty dark territory while accenting Miles' downward spiral of self-doubt and loneliness with a genuinely subtle and intelligent sense of humor.
Excerpt: Sideways tells the deceptively simple tale of two middle-aged friends who drive up the Californian coast together to spend a week tasting wine. The trip is to celebrate the impending wedding of Jack (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck actor who's landed himself a wealthy fianc�e.
Excerpt: I’d like to propose a toast to Paul Giamatti, who manages, yet again, to portray the unlikely hero in such a way that irritably dazzles onscreen. First, it was his depiction of comic writer Harvey Peykar in American Splendor .
Summary: Moving away from his native Nebraska for the first time onto what proves to be even more fertile soil in the wine country of California's central coast, Alexander Payne has single-handedly restored humanism as a force in American films in "Sideways."