Sideways (2004) (mini-review++)

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(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Sideways

acting 8

directing 7

effects 6

editing 7

writing 7

SW SCORE: 35

3.5 out of 5 šŸ™

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A fine indie dramedy about wine snobs, led by an earnest performance by Paul Giamatti. Thomas Haden Church plays a great incompetent asshole who collapses into himself. Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen play sane, strong, and vibrant counterparts to their buffoon male leads (the characters, not the actors, for the record). The ending is only worth a shrug but I don’t think a typical Hollywood romantic ending would have been appropriate at all.

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Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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