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January 31, 2005

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matttbastard
"Sideways" is superb, though not untroubling.

i haven't seen this film yet, although i'm looking forward to doing so in the very near future.

what did you find troubling about it, hugo?

Hugo Schwyzer

Well, Matt, I don't want to give away all of it. The womanizing is graphic (though dead-on accurate in terms of dialogue, I thought), and it left me a bit unsettled. That said, the film is absolutely worth seeing, but it is one of the most "adult" films (in the authentic sense of the term) I've seen in a while.

aj

Speaking of films... I would like to add that I thought "In Good Company" was a very good movie. Not only did it touch on age dynamics in the workplace, but I thought the conflicts that the young male character "Carter" faced illustrated what many young men may be feeling about success, family and interpersonal relationships.

matttbastard
Well, Matt, I don't want to give away all of it. The womanizing is graphic (though dead-on accurate in terms of dialogue, I thought), and it left me a bit unsettled. That said, the film is absolutely worth seeing, but it is one of the most "adult" films (in the authentic sense of the term) I've seen in a while.

lol now i'm even more intrigued ;)

and my heartfelt thanks for not tossing out any spoilers.


another film that's on the top of my must-see list is dogville, directed by controversial danish filmaker lars von triers (probably best known in north america for breaking the waves), without a doubt the most critically polarizing movie of 2004.

my wife (who happens to be danish) turned me on to his films (and the 'dogme' movement in general) several years ago.


Aegis


Hi Hugo... I have been reading your blog with interest, although I have a slightly different understanding of gender that makes me skeptical to a lot of your positions.

I don't think you should be troubled by Sideways: in fact, I read it as a polemic against dishonest womanizing (something that I can agree is a problem). Even though at first the womanizing friend seemed to have the upper hand on the more passive and less "masculine" main character, but in the end the dishonesty caught up with him. Without his macho facade, the "bad boy" suddenly became very helpless and immature.

Amy

Hugo, as I'm sure you know by know, Africa is one of my passions, particularly because of how readily its people are forgotten. It was an excellent point to make, though I can't help but notice that all of the comments above are about movies and none about Africa. And Hotel Rwanda was not included in the movies mentioned.

Hugo Schwyzer

Amy, it's on my list! We're going to see all the nominees by Oscar night! Promise!

aj

"The womanizing is graphic (though dead-on accurate in terms of dialogue, I thought), and it left me a bit unsettled."

Well, I don't know if anyone is actually going to read this a few days after the original post... but I'll add my opinion. I too always try to see the nominated films (although I was very discouraged last year when I really only needed to see one film to have seen the winners... LOTR)...

I saw Sideways tonight and would agree that the womanizing seems acurate... but it was the Stephanie character who really bothered me the most. And Hugo - don't be unsettled by it.. afterall just have hope that the guy will have a life altering shift in faith and will see the errors of his ways.

Now to the bigger problem with this movie - how on earth could this be considered one of the top 5 movies of the year ????? To me its just another garbage Hollywood excuse to show cheap morals, nudity and sex. I really resent movies like this (and 21 Grams from last years nominees) getting unwarranted attention just because of an Oscar nod.

I can think of many movies this past year which were far superior; like "The Phantom of the Opera" -which may not be as good as the play - don't know never seen it- but was beautifully filmed and told a gripping love story without being "dirty".

In my opinion, there is no comparing decent films like "The Aviator" and "Finding Neverland" with the trash that is "Sideways". (And incidentally, if they just could have kept the same story, cleaned up the language, and kept everyone's clothes on... it wouldn't have been half bad.)

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