Steven Soderbergh

The Girlfriend Experience

Sasha Grey in The Girlfriend Experience

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 August   Barack Obama born, 1961 On this day in 1961, Barack Hussein Obama II was born, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. His parents were Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr, the former an anthropologist from Wichita, Texas, the …

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Contagion

Gwyneth Paltrow not feeling too good in Contation

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 February     Mass inoculation using the Salk vaccine, 1954 On this day in 1954, Jonas Salk started the first mass trial of his polio vaccine in Pittsburgh. At the time polio was killing more children in the USA …

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Side Effects

Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum in Side Effects

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 February     Damages for thalidomide children, 1968 On this day in 1968, the High Court in the UK presided over a settlement to 62 children born with deformities caused by the drug thalidomide. Thalidomide had been first marketed …

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Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich

    After Sex, Lies and Videotape, director Steven Soderbergh’s career starting sliding and looked like it was going to go from thumbs up to belly up. Then he came back hard with two great movies in two years and laid down the template for his working practice in the future. Which was more or …

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Traffic

      Traffic started life as Traffik, a 1989 mega-mini-series following the heroin trail from Pakistan through Germany and into the UK. It was brutal, it was gruelling and it was a cracker. The decision to remake it as a leg-knotting 2hr 20 min single film, and transfer the action to Mexico and the …

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