Parenthetically, remember when Daniel Day-Lewis gave up acting to learn to make shoes? That's cool, I guess--I mean, seriously, I do wish I knew how to make shoes in the manner of the Italians--but what about us, guys? What about the movie-going public? Shoes and paintings don't put a movie on the screen, my friends.
Here's a discussion from Dan Kois, who watched every Soderbergh film to that point (leaving out Magic Mike and the new one, Side Effects and also Haywire). (And here's a ranking of those films, in Kois's judgement.)
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And here's a long and wide-ranging interview with the director, on Vulture.
What are my favorite Soderbergh films, you ask? There are many:
- The Limey (perfect.)
- Out of Sight (brilliant--based on one of my favorite Elmore Leonard novels--the two, film and book, are perfectly suited.)
- King of the Hill (perhaps underviewed? I heartily recommend this.)
- Erin Brockovich (one of my favorite categories of movies: an exceedingly well-made, well-written popular/-ist film)
- Traffic (Benicio del Toro, ladies and gents.)
I hope you have a really good time painting, Steven Soderbergh. And I hope you find a great television show to direct. And I also hope--I really really hope--that you start making films again. I think that should happen in maybe five years. Five to seven years.