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Sideways [Oct. 31st, 2004|07:31 pm]
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I have never seen a film earn a 100% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Sideways, the latest by Alexander Payne (also responsible for Election and About Schmidt), has accomplished this.

I hated it.

It's basically the tale of two middle-aged men who tour the Central Valley wineries for a week before one's wedding. Or, more accurately, it's about two men facing middle age and freaking out about it. Payne seems to be fascinated by this theme; it was prevalent in Election, and it was moved back to post-retirement in Schmidt, but still. At 124 minutes, this film is just way too long to listen to these guys' bitching and moaning. Sheesh. Like a little cheese with that wine?

It's also a movie of geeks. Instead of computer geeks, comic book geeks or music geeks, here we have wine geeks. But they are pretty much the same as all those other geeks...introverted, nerdy, and able to discuss forever the subject of their geekdom.

I have no idea why every critic included on Rotten Tomatoes' site rave about it so. I suspect they must have seen it where they actually served the wines in the film. Lots of it. The only bright spot is Sandra Oh, one of my favourite actresses (Korean-Canadian. See Last Night sometime) and, conveniently, Payne's wife. There's also a pretty funny rant involving Merlot. And it was pretty cool to see Andersen's again...it's a landmark for anyone driving from Northern California south.

Just because a wine is supposed to be good, because it comes from a sucessful vineyard and wins many accolades, doesn't mean it tastes good. I've found some pretty brilliant wines at Trader Joe's for $2.99 that beat the corks off some expensive wines. And just because a movie is shown at a Landmark theatre doesn't mean it's better than a mass-produced film. This is an excellent example.
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[User Picture]From: nonethewiser
2004-11-01 01:24 am (UTC)
We saw the preveiw for that at Huckabees on Thursday. John said, "That looks pretty good," and I said, with great lack of enthusiasm, "maaaaaaybeeee."
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[User Picture]From: johnnyg
2004-11-01 02:17 pm (UTC)
This is not true: no words were spoken. I gave Rhia my, "I'm not sure about that one" look and she flashed back her "doubtful" look. She says now she misread my eyebrows.
On the otherhand, I was totally sold on the new Wes Anderson movie--before I knew it was the new Wes Anderson movie--from the opening shot of Bill Murray in a shiny blue wetsuit.
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From: drewberry4
2004-11-01 02:02 am (UTC)
i think it's one of those movies that everyone says they like because they feel like they have to like it. I got that impression even before you posted this. magazines and reviews and everything are touting it as pure genius, and that kind of turns me off to it.
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From: lifewithmikey
2004-11-01 10:23 am (UTC)
Wait, the Central Valley has wineries?!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-01 12:58 pm (UTC)
Well, they were in Solvang and Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara county), and to me, that's Central Valley...below the Bay Area, and definitely not Napa or the foothills (there are quite a few wineries up in the Grass Valley/Nevada City and Placerville area...)
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2004-11-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
Official California winedom:

Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez/SLO/Atascadero/Salinas Valley = "Central Coast"

Lodi/Amador/Sierra Foothills = "Central Valley"

I visited Firestone Vineyards before it became famous. :-) My late grandfather worked for Firestone Int'l and had met Brooks several times (Tool^H^H^H^HAndrew's dad) - I may have even spotted the young kid (this was 1980).
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-01 05:01 pm (UTC)
I learned it differently...my dad being a botanist and travelling all over the state...But my definitions pretty much follow Area Codes, of all things.

Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez/SLO/Atascadero/Salinas Valley and Lodi/Modesto (below SF Bay Area and above Fresno) = "Central Valley" = old 209 (before split)

Amador/Sierra Foothills/Placer County (North East of Sacto, the "gold country", where the soil is red and dusty and there are pine trees) = "Foothills" = 530

And then "Napa" which is basically above San Francisco, west of Davis...or, 707.
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2004-11-01 05:48 pm (UTC)
The scary thing is that these areas are codified. Yes, our esteemed *cough* Legislature has made laws 'bout dem dar things.

But then again les françaises have done the same thing - actually, I could say les Européen (cheese from Parma)...
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-01 06:14 pm (UTC)
True...my bad for learning the "scientific/botanical" regions...

Hey, I got the fortune today! Thanks!!!
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2004-11-01 07:05 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
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From: lifewithmikey
2004-11-01 11:06 pm (UTC)

SLO/SB is not 209!

Actually, the entire coast from Thousand Oaks to San Simeon is 805. I don't ever remember Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties being part of 205, unless it was a really long time ago.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-01 11:32 pm (UTC)

Re: SLO/SB is not 209!

I know Fresno was 209 once upon a time...I just lump em' all together.

I mean, for me, everything below Fresno is "Southern California."
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From: madbaker
2004-11-01 03:34 pm (UTC)
Where do you think Thunderbird is brewed? Modesto!

(Okay, maybe that's a bad example.)
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