To echo your past opinion issued last week (â€œSideways to the top,â€? cover story, Jan. 13-20), my wife and I are avid movie fans and cannot understand the acclaim â€œSidewaysâ€? has received and how it continues to make the lists of best movies of 2004. The primary ingredient in all great movies, â€œconflict,â€? centered on two losers trying to find: a. a way to get laid, b. a Pinot Noir that would solve world peace, c. golfing, (finding the right club), and or recovering a wallet and contents (best part of the movie).
On a scale from one to 10 we rated this a five to six, with apprehension. No sour grapes, but when I think of great acting Giamatti and Church donâ€™t come to mind. Virginia Madsen brought some emotional depth to her character, and Sandra Oh brought enthusiasm to her role. This past yearâ€™s film harvest was influenced by private cellars; hopefully 2005 will be a vintage year in film making.
George and Christina Sheffield