Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Lateral Movement

I watched the movie "Sideways" last week. See, I suck at being a movie buff because I watch one, maybe two, movies a week. The characters were entertaining and you could read a lot into them. The actors were good and convincing. Wine-dude really looked heartbroken and you could surmise that, aside from his wife leaving him, his father had also previously been ill and possibly committed suicide. His book was obviously too long and most assuredly just an emotional dumping ground. The Church-guy, better known as "Lull" from "Wings," was funny but an idiot.

What I'm trying to say is that it was entertaining but didn't seem to have a clear message other than "there is a sad man out there who may be getting better." I got the sense that the love for wine was a displacement for the love he felt for his ex-wife. Maybe that was obvious or maybe I'm completely wrong.Maddox wrote a funny bit about the movie Sideways. Maybe I should take his advice and actually read the book. Enjoy.


Native Minnow said...

I don't like merlot anymore either :-)

ShootingStar said...

I was also fairly dissapointed w/ this movie. I kept trying to make something out of it all, but nothing really came together. Part of the problem, for me, is that it was fairly hard to attach myself to a character. I mean they don't have to be like me, but I couldn't quite understand their motivations most of the time.
But even after the only really funny moment in the movie, Merlot remains my favorite wine.

Native Minnow said...

And what was the "only really funny moment in the movie" Shooting Star?

I liked several, but hands down would have to be the scene where he goes into the bedroom, gets the wallet back and runs back to the car.

Then again, I probably liked the movie a lot more than you guys, even though I don't drink wine.