Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Choice


Steven Soderbergh
10 sample films:

Side Effects
Traffic
Bubble
The Limey
Schizopolis
Out of Sight
Erin Brockovich
Magic Mike
Che
Oceans Twelve

or




Danny Boyle
10 sample films:

127 Hours
Trainspotting
Millions
A Life Less Ordinary
Shallow Grave
Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise
The Beach
Sunshine
Slumdog Millionaire
28 Days Later

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section

17 comments:

  1. I really like a lot of Danny Boyle's work, particularly 28 Days Later and Sunshine. He brings so much energy to stories that seem like they'd be sedate. However, this is an easy choice for me. I have to go with Steven Soderbergh. Few directors have moved seamlessly between mainstream films and indie experiments. Even some of his forgotten work like Che is incredible.

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    1. I am always fascinated by how effortlessly Soderbergh can move from mainstream to indie. In regards to Che, I find the first half (or Part 1) to be near flawless. The latter half is very problematic though.

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  2. I have only seen bits of both director's filmography but I am not a Danny Boyle fan. I HATE Slumdog, thought Trainspotting to be too jarring and 127 Hours was Ok, nothing great. 28 Days later is probably his only work I can say I like.

    Whereas Soderbergh has a great filmography. Traffic, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Ocean series. And I still haven't seen Out of Sight, Magic Mike, Che and so. Soderbergh for me too.

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    1. I highly recommend you watch Shallow Grave for Boyle and Out of Sight for Soderbergh. Those two are essential viewings in my opinion.

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  3. Soderbergh. Constantly (and confidently) tries new things and styles and does something interesting with all. Also, he's particularly great at eking great work out of his actors.

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    1. In defense of Boyle, he is one of the few directors who consistently jumps from genre to genre and still maintains a high level of quality. I would even argue that Millions and Sunshine are two vastly underrated films.

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  4. Damn sir, this is a hard one.

    It all depends on what you are looking for in a movie. Both are stylists but cut from completely different cloth. Boyle favours a more in your face eurotrash music video approach in which images crash together in bright flashes under great soundtracks. That being said, his movies do sometimes lack human depth although Millions, Slumbog and 127 Hours fixed that problem. In terms of sheer enjoyability and replay value Trainspotting and 28 Days Later have Soderberg beat.

    However...Soderberg is a great technicianand very much in the American tradition of sometimes getting to make personal movies and sometimes needing to play by the Hollywood rules, just collecting a paycheck to keep working. He's therefore less reliable to turn in quality work from an auteur perspective, but on that note, as a working filmmaker, name me another who has such a wide body of well made films (whether you personally like them or not).

    Again, tough call. Not sure I could decide.

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    1. You make solid points for both directors. Soderbergh’s body of work gives him the slight edge in my opinion but I think people are often too quick to dismiss Boyle’s directorial talents.

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  5. I do like Danny Boyle's films as I cite Trainspotting as one of my 20 favorite films ever.

    Yet, I'm going with Soderbergh as I feel he's done more prolific films and is a better technical filmmaker. Plus, he had a lot of balls doing Che no matter how much money he knew he was going to lose.

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    1. I agree with you that Soderbergh is a stronger filmmaker from a technical standpoint. His films have really helped to push the boundaries in regards to how audiences process films.

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  6. For me, it's Soderbergh, almost always. Definitely my favorite director of his generation. I'm devastated that his retirement is really happening.

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    1. I am hoping his retirement is more like a temporary sabbatical. Keep in mind that he has made six films in the last three years. He is due for a vacation.

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  7. Soderbergh, hands down.

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    1. No love for Boyle at all? Or just not as much as Soderbergh?

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  8. That's a tough call. Early in Boyles career I was a huge fan but Steven has consistantly brought about an extremely wide variety of wonderful films. I have to go with Soderbergh on this one buts its close.

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    1. I still rank some of Boyles early films amongst my favourites. I even found A Life Less Ordinary to be rather entertaining. Granted, I am in the minority on that particular film.

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  9. Love Boyle, but Soderbergh wins pretty easily for his range and extensive filmography. I like his experimentation a lot more as well.

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