By Sheerly Avni | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2013 at 1:11PM
Per usual, the director waxed acerbic on the Sorry State of Film Today and eloquent on the oeuvre of Joe Eszterhas – a writer whose chief legacy until now has been parody commentary and drinking games (take a shot if you thought you’d ever see the words “oeuvre” and “Eszterhas” in the same sentence).
Despite a prior agreement not to discuss Soderbergh’s imminent retirement from filmmaking, the question came up – hilariously – during his shot-by-shot breakdown of a key confrontation between the two characters played by Jude Law and Rooney Mara.
Other highlights of the 40-minute free-for-all included: Law’s description of the complicated number-coding system he used to keep track of character and plot-twists; a discussion of Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity"; and Soderbergh and writer Scott Burns' double-team rebuttal to the last and dumbest question of the evening, in which an audience member asked them whether they had sacrificed a deep critique of big pharma in the service of “just” telling a story.
Spoiler free highlights plus review roundup below: