Monday, July 20, 2009

Sideways - December 2004

This low-budget indie flick exceeds its pedigree by featuring some of the best acting I’ve seen all year. Two friends spend a week in California wine country the week before one gets married. Although they don’t seem to have anything in common, over their twenty-year friendship, they’ve created a symbiosis of dysfunction and reliance upon each other. One – a womanizer, gets what he deserves and the other, a high-functioning alcoholic gets to know himself.

Paul Giamatti – you’d recognize his face if you don’t recognize his name – turns in an award worthy performance, as man who hides from everything behind a wine bottle but curiously, never slurs his words — the sign of a true professional.

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