Tag Archives: Steven Soderbergh

Mosaic

HER STORY BEGINS WHERE HER LIFE ENDS.  A murder mystery that came in the shape of this miniseries and a mobile app featuring the same footage but allowing viewers to choose perspective. Innovative, but what matters for this review is the presentation of the miniseries. The story follows two timelines; the relationships between a successful … Continue reading Mosaic

Haywire

THEY LEFT HER NO CHOICE. After a successful mission to Barcelona, covert operative Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is sent to Dublin to pose as the wife of an MI6 agent (Michael Fassbender) – but realizes that she’s been set up. 2012 was a busy year for director Steven Soderbergh, but this action flick has better … Continue reading Haywire

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

Behind the Candelabra

What Steven Soderbergh announced as his “final” film is a straightforward HBO biopic detailing the love affair between flamboyant Vegas entertainer Liberace and the decades-younger lover he took in the late 1970s. Seen from Scott Thorson’s perspective, it was a relationship begun with open eyes but turned into a bizarre rollercoaster of kitsch, drugs, jealousy … Continue reading Behind the Candelabra

Side Effects

ONE PILL CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. After a suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) prescribes a new, experimental drug for Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) who’s battling depression, but it has weird side effects… What starts out as an intriguing look at psychiatry, drugs and depression turns into a standard thriller in its second half, … Continue reading Side Effects

Contagion

Nothing spreads like fear.   When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a trip to Hong Kong, she’s caught a cold that quickly turns out to be something much worse – and the start of a global pandemic. A good example of hyperlink cinema, where we are introduced to multiple characters and storylines, a jumbled narrative … Continue reading Contagion

The Informant!

BASED ON A TATTLE-TALE. An executive (Matt Damon) at an Illinois-based company informs the FBI of a price-fixing scheme, but the agency’s new, naive liaison has surprises up his sleeve. The somewhat true story of Mark Whitacre who became an informant but eventually also a burden to the FBI gets a laidback treatment by Steven Soderbergh; Marvin Hamlisch’s score also … Continue reading The Informant!

The Good German

IF WAR IS HELL THEN WHAT COMES AFTER? In 1945, reporter Jacob Geismer (George Clooney) arrives in Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference but is drawn into a murder mystery involving a former lover (Cate Blanchett). Director Steven Soderbergh’s film noir may have dialogue and a degree of violence that is inconsistent with old 1940s … Continue reading The Good German

Ocean’s Thirteen

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. When Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by a billionaire (Al Pacino), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang exact revenge. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but here’s a funny thing that often happens when you’re … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen