Thursday, December 20, 2007
My recent post on the films of Steven Soderbergh got a lot of attention here and it was interesting to read how many different reactions people have towards his films. One of my most controversial favorites seemed to be OCEAN'S TWELVE, the much maligned second film from the popular trilogy, so I was happy to see that Eternal Sunshine Of The Logical Mind's writer Bob Turnbull is a fellow fan. Bob left a nice comment for me and included this link which features his great look at this underrated gem.
Bob hits on something that I really love about the film and that is that it is more of an 'art' film rather than just a slick commercial venture. To me the film works as Soderbergh's homage to all of those great sixties co-productions that would attempt to draw in art house and mainstream fans with a sharp international cast, European locals, and a undeniable sense of inventive fun. OCEAN'S TWELVE even manages to look like one of these productions, which is one reason I think so many modern fans and critics turned off to it.
The film remains to me one of Soderbergh's key works, and the best of a very fun and energizing trilogy. Head over to the above link to read Bob's nice appreciation for it, and I have added Eternal Sunshine's link to my film blog roll.