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Sideways
A sophisticated date movie about male midlife malcontents and the women who love them, from the director of Election.
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Film Review  November 5, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh. Sideways is a smart and delightful romantic comedy, yet in the course of creating his new charmer Alexander Payne has sheared off some of the rambunctious edges that made his previous films, About Schmidt, Election, and Citizen Ruth, such marvelous studies in social parody..."

Texas Baseball Flashes Sideways
Surprising similarities between 'Lost' and UT baseball
DAILY Sports  June 8, 2010, by Will Eidam
"...In what the producers of Lost described as a flash sideways, a story format was used to show alternate lives of all the characters that fans had been following for five previous seasons. These characters were almost exactly like fans remembered them, only there were a few obvious differences..."

Austin Film Festival: The Sideways Light
Home with the family, both living and passed
DAILY Screens  October 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In the Texas supernatural drama The Sideways Light, the threat of life beyond the veil seems far less terrifying than dealing with the strains of family life. Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher) is Lily, a twentysomething who has become the guardian and watchdog over her senile mother Ruth (Annalee Jefferies, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Hellion)...."

Over Under Sideways Down
The resurrection of DJ Jonathan Toubin
Music Story  July 27, 2012, by Greg Beets
"...The 40-year-old former Austinite – one of my best friends since high school – was touring through Oregon with his celebrated Soul Clap & Dance-Off, a vintage R&B sock hop of sorts that had recently earned Toubin a profile in The Wall Street Journal. Another one of his turntable affairs, the maximum rock & soul-themed Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down, was packing 'em in each week at Home Sweet Home on Manhattan's Lower East Side...."

Beside the Point: Solid Waste: Willie Rhodes Slides Sideways
City announces SWS 'reorganization' – Rhodes to head 'Code Compliance'
News Column  June 5, 2009, by Michael King
"...Dunbar had barely left the building when the long-anticipated reorganization of Solid Waste Services was announced, by means of a brief memorandum sent to council late Friday from Assistant City Manager Robert Goode and with virtually no alert to the media. Goode's memo ostensibly highlighted the separation of the "Code Enforcement" division from SWS and its "rebranding" as "Code Compliance," while not very successfully burying the real news: Effective immediately, longtime SWS Director Willie Rhodes has been kicked sideways – "Mr..."

Few 'Sideways' Glances
The critical consensus at 'The Austin Chronicle' deems 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' the best movie of the year
Screens Story  January 7, 2005


Nebraska
Woody is a man of few words who might not be all there, but Bruce Dern is all there and that's more than good enough for us.
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Film Review  November 29, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...A dry and exacting humorist whose films include The Descendants, About Schmidt, and Sideways, Alexander Payne makes observational comedies from an arch remove. His funny, detached picture of Midwesterners here is par for the course (just because the Nebraska-born and -bred director is of the people doesn’t mean he isn’t smirking at them), but he gets great work and genuine feeling out of his lead actors..."

Blue Is the Warmest Color
This three-hour-long French film has been much hyped for its graphic sexual content, but it's the less explicit stuff that makes it worth a watch.
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Film Review  November 1, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...There’s no understating her titanic, lavishly textured performance that takes us from a teenager hitching up her jeans and ever fiddling with her hair to the been-through-the-wringer near-grownup at film’s end, still a little unsure in heels. Blue Is the Warmest Color has its wobbles, but Exarchopoulos will knock you sideways...."

Side Effects
Jagged turns and sinuous style are the mark of Steven Soderbergh's taut drama, which stars the very well-cast Rooney Mara and Jude Law.
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Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...She seems as dispassionate as he seems taut and stressed. And then, just as you become resigned to Side Effects’ blitz against our society’s willingness to seek personal solutions in pills, the narrative veers sideways into the investigation of a murder..."

The Descendants
George Clooney teams up with Sideways filmmaker Alexander Payne for this funny but tender story that's a little too smug for its own good.
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Film Review  November 25, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Voiceover opens the film and pops up occasionally, sometimes to describe the depths of the family's dysfunction. What we're told and what we're shown by director and co-writer Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) don't always square: The girls seem more precociously rebellious than tyrannical – OK, so Alex has a habit of calling people twats – and Matt, who is publicly roasted for his failures as a family man, is never seen as anything less than a competent and loving caretaker...."

Death and the Maiden
Adapted from the stage play by Ariel Dorfman, this spare, hideously intense film is Polanski's version of a cinematic roller coaster: up, down, sideways, it leaves your heart pounding and...
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Film Review  February 3, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Stuart Wilson. Adapted from the stage play by Ariel Dorfman, this spare, hideously intense film is Polanski's version of a cinematic roller coaster: up, down, sideways, it leaves your heart pounding and your palms clammy and it's very, very disturbing..."

I Like It Like That
A vibrant, passionate, romantic, funny, funky, and thoroughly realistic slice of black and Latino Bronx life that flies off the screen in the first few moments and doesn't let up...
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Film Review  October 21, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...There's so much going on in Martin's film that this brief introduction to the plot is almost pointless; suffice to say, not a moment of screen time is wasted. Velez and Seda have a wonderful onscreen chemistry between them, and young newcomer Melly (who, according to the press release, just walked off the street and got the part) is compelling as their beleaguered son, all sideways glances and quiet, sure movement..."

London
Narrated in the diffuse tones of Paul Scofield, Keiller's film is an atypical documentary look at modern London through the eyes of a pair of apparently middle-aged lovers, both of...
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Film Review  October 21, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Toward the end of this 84-minute travelogue from hell, you begin to wish that the narrator would stop beating about the bush and just come out and state the obvious: “London's a bloody mess.” But instead, Scofield yammers on in that peculiarly sonorous voice of his, allowing just the slightest tone of condescension to creep into his voice as he endlessly name-drops 18th-century poetic and literary figures. As a sideways glance at the plight of London in the Nineties, Keiller's film gets the job done with surreal aplomb..."

Louis Sachar: Top of His Class
Books Story  February 25, 1999, by Barbara Strickland
"...Since 1978, Austin author Louis Sachar has been creating a body of work -- an oeuvre, if you will -- that has inspired stalwart affection among readers aged seven to 12. Sideways Stories From Wayside School, The Boy Who Lost His Face, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, and others, are well-known to many children..."

Wine of the Week
Try France
Food Column  July 13, 2007, by Wes Marshall
"...The film Sideways profiled an over-the-top love affair with the Pinot Noir grape. While the central coast of California offers some of the country's best examples of the grape, the true Pinot believer inevitably ends up having a painful and intense relationship with the Pinots of France – especially Burgundy..."

They Might Be Angels
For Blue Lapis Light, dance artists Laura Cannon and Nicole Whiteside become heavenly creatures
Arts Story  October 5, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Nicole Whiteside and Laura Cannon are not, in fact, winged messengers from on high, but for the past few years, they've gotten so good at aerial dance work that they can pass for angels. As leading dance artists for Blue Lapis Light, the company founded by site-specific choreographer Sally Jacques, Whiteside and Cannon have raced sideways across the faces of buildings, launched themselves off ledges and glided artfully through the evening sky, and hovered and twirled four stories, 10 stories, 12 stories above the ground, to the amazement of audiences gathered below..."

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
Arts Story  May 27, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Blown Sideways Through Life, Zachary Scott Theatre Center..."

The Cured
The zombie apocalypse is over. So now what?
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Film Review  March 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Like all the best zombie movies, the story is not a straight analogy, but a metaphor, one that touches poignantly and mournfully on complicity and guilt, on the logic of violence and the seduction of extremism. That's barely the start, with questions of addiction, forgiveness, refugee integration, AIDS, and even a sideways comment on American immigration policy..."

Downsizing
Alexander Payne creates a small word with big ambitions
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Film Review  December 22, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Story elements blend science fiction, comedy, and drama to create tones and a trajectory that wobble in different directions but also keep viewers from easily predicting in what direction the narrative will turn next. Writer/director Alexander Payne and his longtime writing partner Jim Taylor aim for a more expansive storyline here than in such previous projects as Sideways, Election, About Schmidt, and Citizen Ruth..."

Transformers: The Last Knight
Stick meet dead horse

Film Review  June 23, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The film’s intellectual peak turns out to be Texan inventor and Autobot pal Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) quoting the Arthur C. Clarke maxim “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” which may be a sideways reference to cinema itself, although I doubt it, but in the context of this movie, ties together the wizard Merlin’s striding stick and alien tech throughout history..."

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