take a breath
"You’re supposed to expand your mind to fit the art, you’re not supposed to chop the art down to fit your mind."
If I ever make a film that is seen by an audience, I'll thank him in the credits for making me really think harder about cinema.
...I hate to sound like a broken record but...Having just seen Magic Mike...! Soderbergh continues his artistic decline. The film is completely dead- aside from the dance scenes which derive (some) energy from the blasting music and the game performers. But the dramatic scenes are handled with such, what's the word, apathy-on both sides of the camera: The script is strictly cookie-cutter. Soderbergh's direction is nonexistent. And the acting, save for McConaughey, is throw-away. Cody Horn takes the cake and delivers one of THE worst performances I've ever witnessed. And eventually even the dance scenes wear out their welcome...and that's when the film truly becomes...NOTHING.
Gonna take a sabbatical as you warm up on a No-No? Gonna ditch it all? Too draining – but you make it look so easy!
Having just seen HAYWIRE; Sadly another left handed outing from Soderbergh. He's made three of my favorite films: The Underneath, The Limey, Traffic. For those I'll always be grateful to him. But for the last 10 years he has produced one horrendous film after the other. BUT only three more to go: (Magic Mike is finished, trailer looks awful; Bitter Pill and Behind the Candelabra...then he's done...fingers crossed.).
And as for the "great action scenes" in Haywire: They aren't great at all. They're not tough as shit, they're not hardcore. They're not... REALISTIC. The fights were choreographed and you can tell. You could tell that the actors were just waiting for the other to throw a punch so they could pretend to be hit. If you wanna be original and real and NOT use shaky cam and fast cuts and NOT have punching sounds and dramatic music during the fights, then you better be sure that the fights are FLAWLESSLY executed. The fight scenes in Haywire WERE NOT flawlessly executed...
Damn, I would have loved to have seen his surreal, episodic film about the Korean War, modelled on Elem Klimov's Come and See, almost as much as his planned 'Ken Russell style' rock opera on the life of Cleopatra. Still, I think The Bitter Pill will be something to look forward to.
Having just seen CONTAGION; Soderbergh's decision to retire is a wise one, and not to mention, a welcome one.
Even if he isn,T one of my favourite director, he's probably one of those wich I respect the most. He always made movie following his vision, whetever they are big success (but also well made) Hollywood movie like Ocean'S or Erin Brokovich, really indie gem (Bubble, Girlfriend Experience) or 4 hour biopic on a Socialist revolutionnary that probably cost a lost and earn little.