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Soderbergh Aficionados?
« on: September 08, 2011, 10:52:37 AM »
Anyone who feels exceptionally qualified in Soderbergh films and wants to help with the upcoming Top 5, let me hear from you, please.
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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 12:12:20 PM »
Ive seen 20 of his movies, and actually have one arriving tomorrow from Netflix.

Whats the top 5?

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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 01:12:53 PM »
We're looking for Top 5 Soderbergh Scenes.  We want this Top 5 to be really special as we're all Soderbergh fans.  We're really anxious to include scenes from his early work and "lesser Soderbergh."

Whacha got?
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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 01:32:06 PM »
Let me be first to mention the Trunk Scene from Out of Sight.

It's hard to pick a popular definitive scene. For example, I love when Andi McDowell learns about James Spader's habit in in Sex, Lies. The was the iced tea almost spills from her glass. Or these two moments from Erin Brockovich...



Then comes a shot that still confounds me, one of the years very best.  We watch Julia Roberts as Erin get into her beat up junker of a car.  There are no edits as she pulls into traffic, and as she crosses the intersection… BAM!  Her car is smacked so hard it spins around.  Nothing about it looks computer generated.  A truly startling moment.



There’s a great moment with Marg Helgenberger, playing the mother who refused to sell her land.  We hear her kids playing in an above ground swimming pool behind her.  We don’t give it much thought until Helgenberger registers the potentially lethal effects of the deadly chemicals in her water.  Suddenly it becomes a scene of tremendous horror as she rushes her kids out of the pool.

Those are two scenes that speak more to me, and I think any list of great Soderbergh scenes will depend on the viewer.

Except for that trunk scene. It stands out like putting The Professional on a Top 5 Hitman Movies list.
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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011, 01:32:42 PM »
Two that jump out at me, outside of the Clooney/Pitt/Roberts realm of his movies:

I love the reveal scene in Bubble.

Several people describe their various eye injuries in a very cringeworthy portion of Gray's Anatomy.

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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 01:34:58 PM »
Let me be first to mention the trunk scene from Out of Sight.

Yeah, well, you're the second, but who's counting?  This is exactly why we need to think beyond Out of Sight, though Out of Sight is out of the Pantheon for this Top 5.  Come to this with scenes that others will overlook, maybe.  We know the popular choices.

(Thanks, 1SO!)
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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 01:38:17 PM »
Edited my post with 2 more suggestions. Plus Ocean's 11 - the story of the 3 people who came closest to robbing a Vegas casino. Though the Bellagio Fountains is more of a sentimental favorite.

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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2011, 09:52:05 AM »
Anyone else have a suggestion for us?  The facebook feed is full of great ideas, but no repeats with the scenes noted here.

1SO and jrod...those are stellar suggestions!
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2011, 10:46:05 AM »
Trying to remember more from other films.

The Underneath - the arrival of William Fichtner really shakes that film up.

Schizopolis isn't for everyone, but there's a tremendously funny monologue that I will always remember.
“Dear attractive woman number 2, only once in my life have I responded to a person the way I've responded to you, but I've forgotten when it was or even if it was in fact me that responded. I may not know much, but I know that the wind sings your name endlessly, although with a slight lisp that makes it difficult to understand if I'm standing near an air conditioner. I know that your hair sits atop your head as though it could sit nowhere else. I know that your figure would make a sculptor cast aside his tools, injuring his assistant who was looking out the window instead of paying attention. I know that your lips are as full as that sexy french model's that I desperately want to CINECAST!. I know that if for an instant I could have you lie next to me, or on top of me, or sit on me, or stand over me and shake, then I would be the happiest man in my pants. I know all of this, and yet you do not know me. Change your life; accept my love. Or, at least let me pay you to accept it.”

The Limey - I just remembered the brilliant one-shot scene where some thugs throw Wilson out. He pops into the frame walks back inside and starts shooting. The shot ends with a close up of Wilson warning the survivor "You tell 'em I'm coming!"

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Re: Soderbergh Aficionados?
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2011, 10:48:07 AM »
I'd be sure to mention The Limey.  There's a great scene with Terrance Stamp walking in front of a red brick wall and then entering an off-screen building and just creating mayhem while looking for his daughter.  There are a bunch of great scenes in this movie that could be referenced.

It's been a few years since I've seen Traffic, but there are a few good ones in there for sure.  I love the scene at the end with Benicio Del Toro at the baseball park.  It's a nice respite from all the craziness with Michael Douglas and his daughter (another good moment but maybe not for the top list).
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