Steven Soderbergh

How ‘sex, lies, and videotape’ Changed Indie Filmmaking Forever

It began with three brief items in his notebooks. “A film about deception and lost earrings,” went one. “Everybody has a past,” went another. And finally, “Friend on the couch. Affair with the wife.” The filmmaker jotted down those three ideas in 1986; three years later, the movie those three ideas spawned became the sensation of the nascent Sundance Film Festival, the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and an international box office smash. The young writer/director was Steven Soderbergh, the film was sex, lies, and videotape, and its release 25 years ago was, author Peter Biskind would later write, “the big bang of the modern indie film movement.” … Read More

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Does Indie Film Have a Future?

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Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’ Brings a Contemporary Eye to Old-Timey Medicine

When we compare films and television these days — and we shouldn’t, because (despite some obvious shared storytelling tools) they’re different beasts entirely, but we do — we tends to praise the larger canvas of a television series, the way that its creators can take their time to build a world and spin a yarn, playing the long game. But that’s an idealized take on the medium; thanks to recap culture and Twitter consensus, the viewing public can give up on a show in a mere episode (sometimes less than one) if it doesn’t deliver immediately. This is all a roundabout way of saying that The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s new drama for Cinemax (premiering tonight) is a show that demands patience, and rewards it. Soderbergh puts his narrative on a slow simmer, and it takes several episodes to come to a full, rolling boil — and when it does, it’s brilliant television. But tonight’s pilot is not one of those inaugural outings, like Breaking Bad’s or Homeland’s, that grabs and shakes you; The Knick pulls you close, whispers quietly, and slides a dagger between your ribs. … Read More

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Starz Orders Anthology Series Based on Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

Steven Soderbergh may have retired from directing feature films, but he’s about as far from becoming a Fort Lauderdale mall-walker as you can get.… Read More

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Watch the Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax Drama ‘The Knick’

Cinemax released a trailer for the upcoming Clive Owen drama The KnickThe Knick is set in downtown New York in… Read More

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The 25 Most Underrated Movies of the 2000s

Today, our friends over at the Criterion Collection are giving the Blu-ray upgrade treatment to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Wes Anderson’s 2004 comedy/drama — a film that arrived with sky-high expectations (it was Anderson’s first film after the acclaimed Royal Tenenbaums, and star Bill Murray’s first since his Oscar-nominated turn in Lost in Translation) that it didn’t quite meet. But few films could have, frankly, and seen from this distance, Life Aquatic holds up quite well; in fact, it’s one of many films from the first decade of the 21st Century that doesn’t seem to have the reputation they deserve. In the spirit of celebrating such overlooked gems, we’ve assembled this list of the most underrated pictures of the 2000s. … Read More

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10 of the Strangest Films Starring Non-Actors

Based on Michel Faber’s novel of the same name, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin invites audiences into a parallel alien world where Scarlett Johansson plays an otherworldly seductress luring unsuspecting men into a van. Much has been made that Glazer had the actress perform this erotic stunt in reality, adding a fascinating layer to Glazer’s murky, hypnotic world. Eventually the entranced men were made aware of the truth and consented to be part of the film, which explores constructs of desire and power. It’s one of the stranger ways non-professional actors have been used in cinema. Here are ten other films starring non-actors in strange roles to rival it. … Read More

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