Thursday, March 10, 2011

Which is Better?

Pre-2000 Steven Soderbergh
Sex, Lies, & Videotape
King of the Hill
Gray’s Anatomy
Out of Sight
The Limey


Post-2000 Steven Soderbergh
Erin Brockovich
Full Frontal
Ocean’s Trilogy
The Good German
The Girlfriend Experience
The Informant!

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section.


  1. Tough one, haven't seen all for either period but I say post 2000. If only because (at the risk of causing ire to many) I think Erin Brockovich is one of the best made films of the decade - for its genre, and generally. Directing wise I can't think of one false-note Soderbergh makes.

  2. Pre-2000. Big time. Just can't beat Out of Sight and Sex, Lies and Videotape. Man, I need to see The Limey again. Been way too long.

  3. I've only seen Oceans Eleven, which is kind of embarassing... so I don't know, obviously.

  4. Hmmmm...this is a tough one, Soderbergh isn't a director I like much so I haven't seen all his films, I'm going to have to go with post-2000 though, as I though Che was pretty good.

  5. That is tough considering that I haven't seen a lot of films by Soderbergh. I want to see his post-2000 since I'm familiar with a lot of those movies he made then. Yet, I can't judge it since I haven't seen a lot of his pre-2000 films. At least he gave me one of the best cinematic experiences ever with Che as I was lucky to see both parts at a roadshow presentation.

  6. @Andrew – I had no idea you were such a huge Brockovich fan. I enjoyed the movie but would not rank it in Soderbergh’s top five personally. However I do think it is one of Julia Robert’s best performances.

    @Aiden – I lean slightly towards the pre-2000 as well, though I really liked Solaris and some other post-2000 films. Yet the trio of Schizopolis, The Limey, and Out of Sight are what do it for me. Sex, Lies, & Videotape is good but it does not "wow" me the way it does most people.

    @Limette – Ocean’s Eleven is a good starting point, I would recommend you see Out of Sight, King of the Hill, and Traffic next. Then ease your way into his less mainstream works after that, you can always sprinkle in the other Ocean’s films in between. While Schizopolis is hilarious I would not recommend jumping into that right away.

    @Jack – Che was quite good! Though I really enjoyed the earlier years (aka part one) a lot more than the later years. Found that the pacing in the second half really slows down.

    @thevoid – Did Soderbergh show up for the roadshow screening? I would have love to witness a Q&A session for that film.

  7. Unfortunately, he was not present at that screening. Yet, I did receive a booklet with that screening. There weren't a lot of people there anyways when I went to see it. At least we all liked it.

  8. @thevoid - Even without Soderbergh it sounds like it was an awesome experience nonetheless.

  9. I haven't seen all of either, but I like most of what I see from Soderbergh. That said, despite my love for the Ocean's trilogy...where Out of Sight goes, so go I.

  10. @Fletch - Out of Sight gets better with each viewing. I find I have to be in a certain mood to watch some of Soderbergh's other films, yet I can watch Out of Sight every single time it is on TV without hesitation.


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