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"...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..."
"...Most of them, come to think of it. Let ‘em wander off into the Andalusian sunset, heavy-leaded and sagging sideways off their stallion into dust while an Ennio Morricone score bodes ill in the background...."
"...First of all, maybe you need to watch your goddamned sassy mouth. Second of all, if you absolutely can't control what comes out of your mouth, keep your dukes up, your chin down, and your hips sideways..."
"...The superlative CGI work takes the rub off the fact we’ve seen this kind of vision of societal collapse and crumbling infrastructure before. There’s a terrific, pure-action set-piece set in a skyscraper that’s toppled sideways; you’ll get woozy from the M.C..."
"...However, local audiences will be familiar with many of its cast. It follows the three Brooks sisters – Isa (Aleksa Palladino, Boardwalk Empire, Manny & Lo), Annie (Jennifer Lafleur, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon), and June (Lindsay Burdge, a SXSW regular with A Teacher and The Invitation, and an Austin Film Festival veteran with another supernaturally tinged family drama, The Sideways Light) – through a tale of mystery and loss..."
"...Most of the time, the cast is avoiding a lion, hiding from a lion, running from a lion, getting knocked down by a lion, or praying not to be eaten alive by a lion. You rarely see their distressed faces, which are usually downcast or sideways as they fend off the clumsy (or is it hungry?) advances of their overgrown house cat castmates..."
"...The Sideways Light. Writer/director Jennifer Harlow's film stars Lindsay Burdge (who also starred in last year's A Teacher, which was filmed in Austin)..."
"...• Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) • Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair) • Brian Helgeland (42) • Rian Johnson (Brick) • Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) • Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) • David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) • Ray McKinnon (Rectify) • Jeff Nichols (Mud) • Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) • Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) • Norman Steinberg (Blazing Saddles) • Jim Taylor (Sideways) • Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) • Beau Willimon (House of Cards)..."
"...Now in their early 40s and on summer vacation in Greece, their love is still palpable but so is the passage of time and the weight of life’s constant demands. They still playfully tease and taunt each other, and their sexual desire remains strong, yet each reads so very much into every spoken line and sideways glance..."
"...There she was, all oversized button-up, patented nerd frames, sneaks, and hair that hadn't seen the MSNBC touch-up crew for weeks. Her sideways grin was only apparent when she lifted her head, which, for the most part of the first half of the session, stayed down..."
"...(A sideways hat ought to provoke a sideways look: otherwise you’re one of them. Dude, you look stupid and your head is shaped like a clown shoe, ya’ yo-yo.)..."
"...Almost more grating than Perry's modern minstrelsy, however, is his sloppiness as a filmmaker. Madea lifts grocery bags from her shopping cart to her car trunk as though they contained nothing weightier than dryer lint and then allows them to flop over sideways before closing the lid..."
"...The other great red wine for the holidays is Merlot from the New World. Pay no attention to those silly rants in Sideways..."
"...The rest of the cast is just as good; in a less showy but still essential part, Six Feet Under's Conroy practically folds her body into itself as Jack's drab, defeated wife who seeks solace in drink and the Bible. Screenwriter Angus MacLachlan (Junebug) takes an interesting sideways approach into examining spirituality..."
"...A title card reads, “More of this is true than you would believe,” but it’s impossible to tell what’s factual in this fictionalized take on Jon Ronson’s book about Army experiments in the paranormal because it all sounds so deeply ludicrous. Never uninteresting – but never entirely successful, either – The Men Who Stare at Goats takes a sideways approach toward the 300-pound gorilla in the room..."
"...Starring: Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi, Thomas Haden Church, Vanessa Williams, Nicole Ari Parker, Ronny Cox and Martin Sheen. When did the relatively unterrifying actor Thomas Haden Church, best known for his roles in Sideways, Spider-Man 3, and TV’s Wings, morph into the completely nightmarish Tommy Wiseau, the Bizarro World, actor-writer-director hyphenate behind the disastrous cult movie The Room? Like Spidey's nemesis, the Sandman, Church has somehow rearranged his molecular structure to mimic that of Wiseau, right down to the feral ebony mane and the creepy, mesmeric gaze..."
"...Cahill’s observations about modern life in its indistinguishable corporate sprawl seem obvious, and they are, but his fresh emotion brings a spark that is at once self aware and innocent. The plot has a few small surprises with moments of surreal revelation that make apparent writer-director Alexander Payne’s (Sideways, About Schmidt) involvement as producer for this untried filmmaker..."
"...Everyone from Lance Bass and Richard Chamberlain to Dave Matthews wanted a piece of this mess. The strange cherry on top is that the screenplay was co-written by Academy Award-winning writer/director Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) and his writing partner, Jim Taylor..."
"...The second incident happened when one of the rafts came through Boat Reamer Rapids. After splashing through the turbulent water, the boat slid sideways onto a big, volcanic rock in the middle of the stream called Old Fogey...."
"...The transfer would mean national exposure, a significant salary increase (from the neighborhood of a quarter-million to a round million, plus endorsements), and career promotion to the top of his chosen field. Yet Spritz (né Spritzel) is unhappy and feels like a fraud, and the chilly ice- and snow-encrusted Chicago-area landscape (courtesy of Sideways cinematographer Phedon Papamichael) reflects his gloom..."