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December 21, 2005

Sideways – better after 12 months bottle ageing

5 out of 5 stars

I watched Sideways again last night. Still a damn fine film, but a few observations.

Firstly, this is one of those films that just works better on the small screen – it makes it more initmate and seems to bring you closer to the characters.

Secondly, Miles is a lot more pathetic than I remember him being when I saw it for the first time. I found my sympathy for him draining as the film went on. Luckily it recovered at the end, but mostly I found myself wanting to give him a big kick in the cojones.

Thirdly – it's much funnier than I remember. We watched it over two nights and it just seemed to improve when you took time to savour it and reflect on the previous scenes.

We both wanted to go back and watch Ghost World again – one of the best films I have seen in the last 10 years and see if a similar film felt that much better on the small screen. It's on the amazon rental list…

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