Steven Soderbergh went on a self-imposed hiatus from directing feature films (his last effort was 2013’s Side Effects), but now he’s back with the August 17 release Logan Lucky. The project once again features a collaboration with Channing Tatum (who starred in Side Effects and Magic Mike), and it features a return of the heist element featured in Soderbergh’sOcean Eleven films. This time out,two brothers (Adam Driver,Tatum) who attempt to abscond with money from a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Riley Keough, who delivered a standout performance in last year’s American Honey, and a scene stealing Daniel Craig co-star.
Coming out August 4 is Columbus, an indie film that centers on a Korean American named Jin (John Cho) who travels to Columbus, Indiana after his architecture scholar father slips into a coma. Haley Lu Richardson gives her finest performance to date as the youth who strikes up a friendship with Jin. Reminiscent of such walking and talking films like Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, Columbus is a filled with beautiful visual compositions from up and coming filmmaker Kogonada and excellent work from the two leads.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Detroit and the recent Blu-ray release Black Butterfly. Take a listen below for our August movie preview!!
Although director Steven Soderbergh claims he is stepping down from making movies after Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra, an artist of his caliber is bound to return to the cinema within several years.
Soderbergh experienced a similar creative cross in the road after his disappointment over the 1995 feature The Underneath. During this period, the filmmaker penned the book Getting Away With It and shot the indie films Schizopolis and Gray’s Anatomy.
During the Side Effects press conference, Mr. Soderbergh was asked if there was any direct link between his first project (Sex, Lies, And Videotape), and Beyond the Candelabra, which stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his companion Scott Thorson. Although most of the director’s films are cerebral in tone, Soderbergh couldn’t help but give a witty answer to the reporter.
“I felt very fortunate that Candelabra ended up falling where it did, not only because I worked with Michael and Matt before, but it seemed to me to exist in a continuum with the first film,” said Soderbergh. “At the end of the day it was a relationship movie, and the core of it was two people in a room. The difference in this case was they were in a hot tub. I look at that as quite a progression.”
Click on the media bar and hear Soderbergh talk about Side Effects as a progression of the thriller genre that goes all the way back to Billy Wilder’s classic flick Double Indemnity. Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is also heard in the clip:
Opening Friday, Side Effects features director Steven Soderbergh pairing up once again with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, the writer behind Soderbergh’s comedy/drama The Informant. With Side Effects, the two continue to blend genres, as the storyline is a medical drama and love story all mixed into the complex dimensions of a thriller. Featuring Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a mentally unstable woman who kills her just released from prison husband (Channing Tatum), Side Effects is one of Soderbergh’s more accomplished pieces. The movie also stars Jude Law as the woman’s dogged psychiatrist.
There are twists in the picture, and without giving too much away Soderbergh explains why Side Effects was such an intriguing project. To hear Mr. Soderbergh, click on the media bar below:
Although January and February are usually months reserved for films that, for lack of a better word, suck, director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film Side Effects delivers the goods as a first rate thriller. The story of a mentally ill woman (Rooney Mara) who murders her just released from jail/insider trading hubby (Channing Tatum), Side Effects is a feature filled with twists. Just when you think the picture is focused on the woman’s journey, the feature takes an entirely unexpected turn. Jude Law gives a first rate performance as the psychiatrist who finds his life directly affected by this tragedy.
During last weekend’s press conference for Side Effects, Mara and Law talked about what made the movie a unique working experience, as they both talked about the intelligence of the material. To hear the actors talk about Side Effects, click on the media bar below: