Side Effects (2013)

If a doctor asked you to be the guinea pig for an experimental drug, would you do it?What kind of side effects would make such an experiment too risky?Would you feel better if you knew that good results would advance the doctor's career? What if you learned that pharmaceutical companies were using you in a strategy to make more money?Shouldn't we hope to find drug-free solutions before turning our bodies into elaborate chemistry experiments?These are disturbing but relevant … [Read more...]

Contagion (2011)

My review of Contagion is published at Filmwell. … [Read more...]

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

a review by Jeffrey Overstreet • Magnolia Pictures. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Sasha Grey, Chris Santos,Peter Zizzo, Glenn Kenny. Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. 77 minutes. Rated R (for sexual content, nudity and language). •No, I can’t say I found it fun to watch a real porn star (Sasha Grey) dramatize an expensive call-girl’s tedious, humiliating, self-destructive work.But I can say I found it, um, "revealing" to watch The Girlfriend Experience — Steven Sod … [Read more...]

Laura Bramon Good on “The Girlfriend Experience”

I've been following Laura Bramon Good's writing since she spent some time at SPU as the year's Milton Fellow, leading the Milton Center writers' group. She's an excellent writer with a big heart, and I love her contributions to the Good Letters blog at Image.This week, she's written on the new Soderbergh film, The Girlfriend Experience. Here's an excerpt: I’ve seen The Girlfriend Experience twice: once, under the guise of professional development for my anti-human trafficking day-job, and a … [Read more...]

Specials: Defending “Bubble.” Poo-pooing Proulx’s poo-poo. New Issues of Paste and Risen! Bad Refs.

Defending Bubble. What to do when friends disagree over movies?Jessica Poundstone wrote in to take issue with Adam Walter's assessment of Soderbergh's Bubble: The real reason I'm commenting is that I think Bubble deserves a much more careful viewing than Mr. Walter has given it. I'm not saying it's one of Soderburgh's very best, but I thought the film was a fascinating attempt to make a movie via a method (using non-actors, filming in their own town using elements of their real lives) that … [Read more...]

Specials: New Ron Sexsmith music! Greydanus flunks V. Walter on Soderbergh.

NEW RON SEXSMITH MUSIC! My friend Jessica Poundstone, a vigilant Ron Sexsmith fan, send me this today: Well, you're probably all over this, just haven't gotten around to posting it on your blog yet (where the heck DO you find the time to write so voluminously there??? It's staggering - I don't make it over for a week or two and I have to take 45 minutes to catch up!) but there's a sneak peak of a new song off of the new Ron "Sexy" Sexsmith album up at his site: Also, apparently, according to … [Read more...]

Ocean’s Twelve – “Recess” for the Stars

It's hard to come away from Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve without a bad taste in your mouth. After all, it appears that immensely talented individuals have channeled gobs of money into a high-profile project that a) has little or nothing of substance to offer, and b) appears to be packed end to end with famous people who wanted an excuse to celebrate their own popularity and coolness.But then again, both films are thoroughly entertaining, and this new one provokes a thousand laughs. I … [Read more...]