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'House Of Cards' To 'Her' To The Smiths: Here's What Steven Soderbergh Watched, Read & Listened To In 2013

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 14, 2014 at 12:11PM

While we may marvel at James Franco's ability to do twenty thousand things at once, Steven Soderbergh may have him beat. Though he may have "retired" from making movies, Soderbergh still has a TV show coming up ("The Knick"), producing gigs, Broadway productions and more all in various states—not to mention running his site Extension 765—so we have no idea how he still has time to watch, read and listen to music at such a prolific rate. Because seriously, just check out his methodical list of everything he watched, read and listened to (or at least bought on vinyl) in 2013.
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Steven Soderbergh Television

While we may marvel at James Franco's ability to do twenty thousand things at once, Steven Soderbergh may have him beat. Though he may have "retired" from making movies, Soderbergh still has a TV show coming up ("The Knick"), producing gigs, Broadway productions and more all in various states—not to mention running his site Extension 765—so we have no idea how he still has time to watch, read and listen to music at such a prolific rate. Because seriously, just check out his methodical list of everything he watched, read and listened to (or at least bought on vinyl) in 2013.

There are a couple interesting things to take away here, firstly, he sees a lot of stuff early, likely because his opinions are hugely respected among filmmakers. You'll notice that he watched Susanne Bier's still MIA drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper last March, "47 Ronin" in January (a full year before it hit theaters) and "Her" in May (you may recall he did a radical edit on the movie which helped Spike Jonze shape his final cut). He also watched Liam Neeson's upcoming "A Walk Among The Tombstones" quite few times last August. Why? Well, good pal Scott Frank (who wrote "Out Of Sight") brought him on board as an editor and Mary Ann Bernard might even get a co-editing credit on the film when it comes out later this year. 

Soderbergh is also a big TV guy it seems with "House Of Cards," "The Americans," "Boardwalk Empire," "Borgen" and more all getting ample viewing time. Meanwhile, his vinyl habits tend to run toward the classics, though he did snatch up the new record by My Bloody Valentine.

Check it all out below, and since it's Valentine's Day, if you don't have a gift yet, be sure to hit his store for some cool swag for the movie lover in your life.

Steven Soderbergh — SEEN, READ 2013

All caps: MOVIE
All caps, star: TV SERIES*
All caps, italics: BOOK
Quotation marks: "Play"
Italics, Quotation marks: 

"Short Story"

01/01/13 THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

01/02/13 HOUSE OF CARDS* (3 episodes)

01/06/13 A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT: THE ENDURING SAGA OF THE SMITHS, Tony Fletcher

01/07/13 HOUSE OF CARDS* (3 episodes)

01/08/13HOUSE OF CARDS* (4 episodes)

01/09/13 HOUSE OF CARDS* (3 episodes)

01/12/13 ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION, Peter Trachtenberg, RIFFIFI

01/14/13 47 RONIN

01/15/13 VIOLENT SATURDAY

01/20/13 THE STRANGE LIFE OF YUKIO MISHIMA*, YOKUKO

01/21/13 SMASH*

01/22/13 WRITTEN ON THE WIND

01/24/13 PERSONA: A BIOGRAPHY OF YUKIO MISHIMA, Naoki Inose with Hiroaki Sato, IGNORANCE; HOW IT DRIVES SCIENCE, Stuart Firestein, THE CRAWLING EYE

01/25/13 DOUBLE INDEMNITY

01/27/13 ONE LAST STRIKE, Tony LaRussa with Rick Hummel, GIRLS*

02/01/13 THOMAS JEFFERSON’S CRÈME BRULEE, Thomas J. Craughwell

02/06/13 SMASH*

02/07/13 VISITORS

02/08/13 LE SAMOURAI

02/09/13 KOYAANISQATSI

02/11/13 CHOKE, Sian Beilcock

02/14/13 CASABLANCATHE STING

02/15/13 NW, Zadie Smith

02/16/13 GIRLS*, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE

02/17/13 STRANGE BODIES, Marcel Theroux, THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN* (2 episodes), GIRLS*, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE

02/18/13 AMOUR

02/19/13 ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, MASTERMINDS* (7 episodes), SMASH*

02/22/13 SPITALFIELDS LIFE, The Gentle Author

02/23/13 THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS, Jess Walter, KING OF HERRINGS

02/24/13 POWAQQATSI

02/25/13 LIFE OF PI

02/26/13 MASTERMINDS* (6 episodes), SMASH*

02/27/13 MASTERMINDS* (5 episodes)

02/28/13 MASTERMINDS* (4 episodes), 12 ANGRY MEN

03/01/13 THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

03/02/13 ISTANBUL PASSAGE, Joseph Kanon

03/03/13 BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, MASTERMINDS* (3 episodes)

03/04/13 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

03/06/13 PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS, Richard Lloyd Parry

03/08/13 TOP OF THE LAKE* (3 episodes), SMASH*

03/09/13 SERENA

03/10/13 INSIDE MEN* (4 episodes), GIRLS*

03/11/13 THE HOT ROCK

03/12/13 TOP OF THE LAKE* (3 episodes), SMASH*

03/13/13 THE SAPPHIRES

03/14/13 VISITORS11 HARROWHOUSE

03/15/13 THE OUTFIT

03/16/13 SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MANGOLDFINGER

03/17/13 GIRLS*

03/19/13 SMASH*

03/20/13 THUNDERBALL

03/22/13 FREUD’S NAKED TRUTH*, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOOTHREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

03/23/13 ASSHOLES: A THEORY, Aaron James, TOKYO OLYMPIAD

03/24/13 Singani63 ad shoot, PHIL SPECTOR

03/27/13 SMASH*, CASINO ROYALE (’06)

03/28/13 QUANTUM OF SOLACE

03/29/13 SKYFALLNEW YORK, NEW YORK

03/30/13 “Neva”, Guillermo Calderon

03/31/13 THE STAIRCASE* (2 episodes)

04/02/13 SMASH*

04/03/13 19 Purchase Street, Gerald A. Browne

04/05/13 THE BIRDCAGE

04/07/13 THE DINNER, Herman Koch, NOVA: ANCIENT COMPUTERS*, MAD MEN* (2 episodes)

04/08/13 MY LUNCHES WITH ORSON, Welles/Jaglom/Biskind, F FOR FAKE

04/09/13 KILLING THEM SOFTLY

04/10/13 SLEUTH (’72)

04/11/13 THE FORTUNE

04/12/13 THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER, Junot Diaz, THE FUN PARTS, Sam Lipsyte, VICE*,REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER*

04/13/13 LOUIS C.K.: OM MY GOD*, SMASH*

04/14/13 MAD MEN*, VEEP*

04/16/13 30BY30: JIMMY CONNORS*

04/19/13 THE TRIAL (’63), REBECCA

04/20/13 SMASH*

04/21/13 MAD MEN*, VEEP*

04/23/13 “Here Lies Love”, David Byrne/Fatboy Slim

04/24/13 “The Fragments”, Jonathan Ferris

04/26/13 BIG DATA, Viktor Mayer Schonburger, Kenneth Cukier

04/27/13 BEAUTIFUL RUIN, Jess Walter, “Mexican Manifesto”, Roberto Bolano

04/28/13 SMASH*, MAD MEN*, VEEP*

04/30/13 THE ENTERTAINER

05/01/13 MANHUNT: THE SEARCH FOR BIN LADEN*

05/02/13 TOM PAPA: FREAKING OUT*

05/03/13 HER

05/04/13 SMASH*

05/06/13 CITIZEN VINCE, Jess Walter, VEEP*, MAD MEN*

05/07/13 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER*

05/09/13 LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, David Sedaris, MCCABE & MRS. MILLERDUEL

05/10/13 SEXY BEAST

05/11/13 COLUMBO: MURDER BY THE BOOK*, ALL ABOUT EVE

05/12/13 THE ART OF THE NOVEL, Milan Kundera, MAD MEN*, VEEP*

05/14/13 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER*, SUNSET BOULEVARD

05/15/13 THE WAY OF THE KNIFE, Mark Mazzetti

05/19/13 TIRZA, Arnon Grunberg

05/22/13 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER*, MAD MEN*

05/23/13 VEEP*

05/25/13 SUN DON’T SHINE

05/26/13 SMASH* (2 episodes), MAD MEN*

05/27/13 NEW YORK* (EP. 4)

05/28/13 Finished Earl Holliday album

05/29/13 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER*

05/31/13 DIRTY WARS

06/02/13 THE KILLING* (2 episodes), MAD MEN*, VEEP*

06/06/13 “From the Diaries of Pussy-Cake”, Gary Shteyngart, BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (3 episodes)

06/07/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (3 episodes)

06/08/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (4 episodes)

06/09/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (5 episodes), MAD MEN*, VEEP*

06/10/13 MAN OF STEEL, BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (3 episodes)

06/12/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (3 episodes)

06/13/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (3 episodes)

06/15/13 THE MAN WHO SEDUCED HOLLYWOOD, James Gladstone, BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (2 episodes)

06/16/13 THE ELEPHANT MAN, BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (2 episodes), THE KILLING*, MAD MEN*, VEEP*

06/20/13 WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES, Karen Joy Fowler

06/23/13 THE BLING RING, VEEP*, MAD MEN*

06/25/13 MIDNIGHT IN PEKING, Paul French

06/27/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (2 episodes)

06/28/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (2 episodes)

06/29/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE* (3 episodes)

06/30/13 THE KILLING* (2 episodes), ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

07/01/13 THE SKIES BELONG TO US, Brendan I. Koerner, THE KILLING*

07/02/13 THE AMERICANS* (PILOT)

07/03/13 WORLD WAR Z, BORGEN* (3 episodes)

07/05/13 BORGEN* (5 episodes), PANIC ROOM

07/06/13 BORGEN* (2 episodes)

07/07/13 TOKYO DRIFTER, THE UNIVERSE* (1 episode), KEVIN HART: LAUGH AT MY PAIN*, CHINATOWN

07/09/13 BORGEN* (4 episodes), KEVIN HART: I’M A GROWN-UP LITTLE MAN*

07/10/13 EMPIRE OF ILLUSION, Chris Hedges, BORGEN* (3 episodes)

07/11/13 THE IMMIGRANTWHITE HOUSE DOWN, BORGEN* (3 episodes)

07/13/13 SPRING BREAKERS

07/14/13 THE KILLING*, THE AMERICANS* (2 episodes)

07/16/13 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

07/17/13 DEAR LIFE, Alice Munro, HELP!

07/18/13 THE HAUNTING OF BARRY BOSTWICK*, THE HAUNTING OF NADINE VELASQUEZ*

07/20/13 THE HAUNTING OF FAIRUZA BALK*, EVERYDAY DRINKING, Kingsley Amis, CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES: 10 MOST TERRIFYING PLACES*, THE AMERICANS*, THE HAUNTING OF JAY THOMAS*

07/21/13 BORGEN* (3 episodes)

07/22/13 BORGEN* (4 episodes)

07/23/13 BORGEN* (3 episodes)

07/24/13 THE AMERICANS* (5 episodes)

07/26/13 THE AMERICANS* (3 episodes)

07/27/13 THE AMERICANS* (3 episodes), AMERICAN HAUNTING*

07/28/13 ROB THE MOB, THE KILLING* (2 episodes), TRANCE

07/30/13 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

07/31/13 OBLIVION

08/01/13 A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

08/03/13 LUCKY JIM, Kingsley Amis, EUROPA REPORT

08/04/13 THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, THE KILLING* (2 episodes), THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW

08/05/13 THE WHITE QUEEN* (1 episodes)

08/06/13 THE DAY OF THE JACKAL

08/09/13 A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

08/10/13 CLEAR HISTORYTHE ONE I LOVE

08/11/13 BREAKING BAD* (2 episodes)

08/12/13 A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

08/13/13 KLUTE

08/14/13 A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

08/17/13 THE KING’S ENGLISH, Kingsley Amis

08/19/13 DR. STRANGELOVE: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

08/20/13 THE OLD DEVILS, Kingsley Amis

08/21/13 BREAKING BAD*

08/24/13 SHOCKPROOF, JACK IRISH* (1 episode), BLOWUP

08/25/13 BREAKING BAD*

08/26/13 THE SOCIAL NETWORK, METS VS PHILLIES*

08/28/13 A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

08/29/13 THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, Junot Diaz

09/01/13 LE PETITE, Michele Halberstadt, BREAKING BAD*

09/02/13 SNAPPED*

09/03/13 THE LAST FIVE YEARS

09/08/13 VISITORS

09/09/13 BREAKING BAD*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

09/14/13 MAYWEATHER VS. CARNERO*

09/15/13 LOW LIFE, Luc Sante

09/19/13 BREAKING BAD*

09/21/13 GENIUS ON THE EDGE, Gerald Imber, MD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

09/23/13 BREAKING BAD*

09/24/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

09/25/13 SALINGER, David Shields and Shane Salerno, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMTHE KNACK…AND HOW TO GET IT

09/26/13 Begin principal photography on THE KNICK*

09/28/13 THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT

09/29/13 BREAKING BAD*, HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*, HELLO LADIES*

10/01/13 GRAVITY

10/05/13 HOUSE OF VERSACE*

10/06/13 HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*, HELLO LADIES*

10/07/13 X/Y

10/13/13 HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

10/20/13 HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

10/24/13 CITIZEN KANE

10/26/13 DAVID AND GOLIATH, Malcolm Gladwell, “Betrayal”, Harold Pinter

10/29/13 HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

11/02/13 POLTERGEIST

11/03/13 HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

11/04/13 JFK: THE SMOKING GUN*, JFK: INSIDE THE EVIDENCE*

11/05/13 TOM PAPA: FREAKING OUT*

11/08/13 AFTER HOURS

11/09/13 THE RETURNING* (1 episode)

11/10/13 “The Winslow Boy”, Terrence Rattigan, HOMELAND*, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

11/11/13 THE FLAT, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JFK (PART ONE)*

11/13/13 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JFK (PART TWO)*

11/14/13 THE FOUNTAINHEAD, LOUIS CK: OH MY GOD*, “Find the Bad Guy”, Jeffery Eugenides

11/15/13 BEFORE MIDNIGHT

11/16/13 HAWKS VS. KNICKS*

11/17/13 HOMELAND*

11/20/13 BLUE JASMINE

11/25/13 HOMELAND*

11/26/13 BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

11/27/13 GRAVITY

11/28/13 ZODIAC

11/29/13 ENOUGH SAID, BOARDWALK EMPIRE*

11/30/13 I AM MALALA, Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb, “Fun Home”, Lisa Kron, Jeanne Tesori, THE KINGDOM* (2 episodes)

12/01/13 HOMELAND*

12/05/13 COMPUTER CHESS

12/08/13 HOMELAND*

12/09/13 GETTING ON* (2 episodes)

12/11/13 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, GETTING ON*

12/13/13 AMERICAN HUSTLE

12/14/13 TIM’S VERMEER

12/16/13 HOMELAND*

12/19/13 THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY: A ROBBER’S TALE*

12/21/13 THE CIRCLE, Dave Eggers

12/22/13 THE CRUCIBLE, Arthur Miller, GETTING ON*

12/23/13 ALL IS LOST

12/27/13 GOSFORD PARK

12/28/13 DISSIDENT GARDENS, Jonathan Lethem

12/29/13 THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY: A COPPER’S TALE*, GETTING ON (UK)*, GETTING ON*

12/30/13 ONE SUMMER, Bill Bryson, OUT OF THE PAST, HOUSE OF CARDS* (3 episodes)

12/31/13 HOUSE OF CARDS* (2 episodes)


--------------------------------- VINYL 

DU CHANT A LA UNE  Serge Gainsbourg

THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR  Soundtrack  Herbie Hancock

NIGHT TRAIN   Oscar Peterson

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS  Soundtrack  Richard Rodney Bennett

THE FABULOUS JOHNNY CASH  Johnny Cash

NOW HERE’S JOHNNY  Johnny Cash

JOHNNY CASH AND HIS RED HOT AND BLUE GUITAR  Johnny Cash

RYAN’S DAUGHTER  Soundtrack  Maurice Jarre

ARMED FORCES  Elvis Costello and the Attractions (2)

THE GREAT ESCAPE  Soundtrack  Elmer Bernstein

HIP AFGHAN 70s BEATS  Volumes 1&2  Ahmad Zahir

INFORMATION INSPIRATION  Shuggie Otis

THE ROYAL SCAM  Steely Dan

MEAT IS MURDER  The Smiths

SKETCHES OF SPAIN  Miles Davis

CHARADE  Soundtrack  Henry Mancini

HELP!  The Beatles

DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED  The Moody Blues

MBV  My Bloody Valentine

GET HAPPY!  Elvis Costello and the Attractions


This article is related to: Steven Soderbergh, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Serena, Her


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