||[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.