2019 Film Reviews – 62: The Laundromat [dir. Steven Soderbergh; 2019]

What a curious little film. First, Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman appear – playing two lawyers at the centre of 2016’s Panama Papers scandal – and proceed to give us a direct-to-camera lesson in the development of the barter system and the creation of money. Then Meryl Streep pops up, trying to navigate the treacherous world of fake insurance policies following the death of her … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 62: The Laundromat [dir. Steven Soderbergh; 2019]

Film Review: Contagion [dir. Steven Soderbergh; 2011]

Soderbergh’s movies tend to be so slick and stylised, that they often convince you they’ll be memorable whilst you’re actually watching them. But as the days after the initial viewing pass, you realise that they’ve left you with little more than a sense of… well, slickness and stylishness. Contagion is a case in point. It’s a brisk, confident, thoroughly gripping story of the consequences of … Continue reading Film Review: Contagion [dir. Steven Soderbergh; 2011]