01. “Sideways” (2004)
This is an American black-comedy-drama which is an adaptation of novel by same name. The film revolves around two men in their forties. One is a depressed teacher and writer, the other is veteran actor. Alexander Payne’s wine-drunk dramedy is, like any good glass of vino, likely to inspire buzzed introspection and giddy laughs in equal measure. Paul Giamatti is almost-middle-aged ennui personified, with Thomas Haden Church as his unfaithful sidekick; though steeped in melancholy, their raucous last hurrah in wine country is a celebration for the ages.