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Director Steven Soderbergh
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Reviewed by reidca on January 15th, 2006
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I'm only about 30mins into this commentary but was compelled to do my 2c. Yet another exceptional commentary from Soderbergh who is joined by filmmaker Neil LaBute. Soderbergh seems to be a pro at these let's get a second director tracks (witness Seabiscuit or Catch-22) and they bounce off each other well, gently ribbing each other as they chat about casting (the Andie MacDowell role was written for Elizabeth McGovern but her agent wouldn't let her do it), art direction budget was $5000, the use of camera as voyeur, the Baton Rouge locations (they had no sets) and Soderbergh often criticizes himself on his first directorial effort. He talks about stealing the overlapping dialogue from The Graduate and offers his tape of "The Making Of The Shining" to LaBute.
Reviewed by ipatrick on April 6th, 2013
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Excellent commentary. I found it to be a little too technical for such a character and dialogue driven film but still, very interesting and entertaining. soderbergh was apparently not entirely happy about the outcome and criticizes the movie a little but which is refreshing for a filmmaker to do and emphasizes the power of editing a d script.
Reviewed by sedna on March 1st, 2014
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I find that Soderbergh really knows what he's doing when it comes down to commentaries. He once said that he wishes these things existed for him when he was growing up / learning to be a filmmaker as they are better than any film school. With that in mind, he's always illuminating about the process of how a film was made. What's also great is that he brings other people on as guests to discuss his films with him, or the process of filmmaking. This one is no exception. A track that has inside information on the making of, inception, anecdotes - all done in an informative way.
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