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VIDEO ESSAY: Peter Andrews: The Soderbergh Vision

“My policy is to have my name on a movie only once,” says Steven Soderbergh, so quoted by video essayist Nelson Carvajal. “Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.”
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 21, 2013 8:42 AM
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SIMON SAYS: MAGIC MIKE and the Camera

Steven Soderbergh's recent use of digital photography in "Contagion" (2011) and "The Girlfriend Experience" (2009) has a painterly quality. In "Magic Mike," Soderbergh's visual flourishes establish concerns better than anything his characters say.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 28, 2012 9:17 AM
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TRAILER MIX: MAGIC MIKE vs. COYOTE UGLY

Films that showcase nightlife as a business have a way of settling into their guilt, reminding us that parties have moral consequences despite being the main attraction (think "54," which uses a whole institution to symbolize nightlife's rise and fall).
  • By R. Kurt Osenlund
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  • May 1, 2012 8:59 AM
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PAUL ROWLANDS: Will the real Steven Soderbergh please stand up?

Whenever friends ask for my opinion on Steven Soderbergh, I reply, "Which Soderbergh?'" Are they referring to the man who directs super-stylish, cool, intelligent entertainments such as the "Ocean's" trilogy (2001 - 2007) and "Out of Sight" (1998), "Traffic" (2000) and "Erin Brockovich" (2000), or the man who directed such idiosyncratic experimental features as "Schizopolis" (1996), "Full Frontal" (2002) and "Bubble" (2005)? On the surface, his career choices seem among the most perverse and erratic of any modern filmmaker. There aren't any other contemporary directors who are able or willing to switch from one genre and style of filmmaking to another and exhibit such different sensibilities. It is entirely possible to love one side of the man's professional identity, the entertainer -- a side currently represented by his bruising action picture "Haywire" (2012) - whilst remaining ambivalent about his other, equally important and equally characteristic side, the experimenter.
  • By Paul Rowlands
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  • January 27, 2012 7:00 AM
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