You guyz. I totes forgot to honor Steven Soderbergh on his 50th birthday on Monday but The Stubborn Jodieness of Jodie, who also just turned the half-century mark, was all I could process. And process. And process. Anyway... Soderbergh announced his retirement so long ago and kept right on making movies that it's started to seem like a comic dark cloud that's hung over his career since, oh, sex, lies and videotape (1989).
I couldn't begin to list my 50 favorite things about him, or even my top ten films since I haven't been a completist and he's often as much of a deterrent as a draw for me (especially this past decade). But there's no denying that he's a restless, creative guy who occassionally crafts something masterful.
Here are his five essential films according to my brain... aka my favorites. I love them so much more than the rest of his output that it's not even close. That said I have very very dim memories of King of the Hill (1993) and some people swear by it. (Which five Soderberghs are closest to your heart?)
- sex, lies and videotape (1989, Palme D'or at Cannes, Oscar screenplay nom)
- Out of Sight (1998)
- Erin Brockovich (2000, Best Director nomination with Oscar)
- Oceans Eleven (2001)
- Magic Mike (2012)
And how thrilled are you that Behind the Candelabra, his Liberace biopic, is not so very far away now?