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Sex Lies And Videotapes

Viewed: 14 April 2003
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Other

Not what I expected. It reminded me of the Big Chill, a film not for my generation. Very simple story about sex mostly. Lies and videotape plays heavily into to it. I guess I was thinking more of Madonna, at least thats how the title would portray it. It was entertaining; A married man is cheating on his wife with her sister, a college friend comes to sleep on their couch. He fell in love with a women 9 years ago and ran, as a result he is now impotent in the presence of a women. He interviews women about their sexual experience and gets off to them. Basically thats it till it all hits the fan.


Oceans 11

Viewed: 21 November 2004
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Other

Smart enough, funny, pretty good for a standard Hollywood blockbuster. It makes the heist seem very clever, until you start to think of the details. Like the elevators not having cameras. The casting was good, the cameos clever. A well rounded and enjoyable film, might see the next one on video.


Oceans 12

Viewed: 25 April 2005
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Other

Why was this movie two hours long? They felt they were so clever that they couldn’t cut it down anymore? If it were 30 minutes shorter I would have like it more. I thought I was picking up all these references to other crime films, Le Cercle Rouge among others, but now I’m thinking I read too much into it. Really it gave me the idea that Ocean’s 12 should exist in the film world of heists (especially sixties films) so the historical thieves would be from other movies. But that would probably be too much for the intended audience.


Erin Brockovich

Viewed: 7 February 2006
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Library

The film is rather long and I dont really like the Brockovich character. Julia Roberts plays her well (viewing the bonus interview with Erin Brockovich, shows how well). The movie is designed to pull more heartstrings then get into the inner workings of her detective work and resorts to the exhausted Julia pouring over paperwork, or the throwaway scene of her collecting water samples. Nor does it elaborate on the treating phone call she receives, does anything happen? Are there more phone calls at least? We never find out. But we do get to see plenty of her juggling work, family and relationships which all wraps up nicely in the end. I wanted Erin Brockovich to be more lawyering/detective work drama, then detecting/feel good drama, but I cant say I was in the target audience.


The Good German

Viewed: 11 February 2009
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Netflix

A Film Noir recreation set in immediate post-war Berlin, The Good German is technically proficient, but never reaches beyond an academic exercise. It never conveys the devastation of the environment and only dabbles in the noxious morals of survival.


The Informant

Viewed: 19 April 2010
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Netflix

The Informant seemed listless. The comedy never sharp enough, the music blunt, the plot never imbuing the importance of the story. I think the excellent This American Life episode about Mark Whitacre spoiled it for me. I wanted the film to be far better and more reaching. Also to make me laugh. It focuses solely on Mark Whitacre the pathological lying crazy person, to the detriment of the rest account. Sure Matt Damon looks funny, but it never really advances beyond that.


And Everything Is Going Fine

Viewed: 01 February 2013
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Netflix

A retrospective of Spalding Gray's life, compiled from Spalding Gray's interviews, monologues and performances. The documentary is so skillfully edited, that it could be one of Gray's monologues. It's as witty, intelligent and entertaining as Gray himself.


Behind The Candelabra

Viewed: 14 June 2013
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Listed in: Movies, Other

Great casting and performances throughout. The stories strength relies on the strength of Scott and Liberace's relationship. As the relationship wanes, so does the film.