Steven Soderbergh’s latest drama The Laundromat is inspired by the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal; The 2016 publication of leaked documents detailing financial and attorney / client information for more than two hundred thousand offshore entities. A leak that led to the eventual shut down of one of the largest providers of offshore financial services, Mossack Fonseca & Co.
Focused on educating and entertaining, I found Soderbergh’s film to be only partly successful at both. This is mainly because I had trouble staying engaged. Particularly, to my surprise, for much of Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman’s scenes. The way the film is written, structured and edited certainly didn’t help matters.
Soderbergh essentially shared the stories of some of the dealings of the offshore organisations / individuals who were helping the rich take advantage and get away with it. And they did it all with the help of the likes of Banderas and Oldman’s characters – the pair behind law firms like Mossack Fonseca & Co.
Eventually the whistleblower shows up; a character who, in real life has managed to remain anonymous, and this is where Soderbergh and the writers decided to get creative and give a face to the person behind the leak. It would be great to say that this is when things got really interesting. Sadly, no – due to the aforementioned story structure issues which resulted in the whole experience feeling quite disjointed.
The Laundromat felt like a series of very loosely linked stories that were somewhat entertaining on their own but together they didn’t make for a well put together finished product. Meryl Streep was of courser watchable, as always but that just wasn’t enough in the end.
Watch The Laundromat if you’re really, REALLY curious.
Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, André Holland and Melvin Gregg are the stars of director Steven Soderbergh’s new drama, High Flying Bird.
At the centre of the story is a sports agent who pitches a rookie basketball client an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during an NBA lockout / shutdown…
Right away, I like the rhythm and flow of this trailer edit. It’s giving me HBO’s Ballers vibes and a little hint of Entourage – another HBO show. I guess that’s why I first thought this was a TV series.
I want to see precisely what the intriguing yet controversial opportunity is and how far it gets. I also just really like the title, ‘High Flying Bird’.
Lastly, in reference to 0:19 in this trailer, when was it agreed that Basketball was the ‘sexiest sport?’ Surely football / soccer is the one.
Kyle MacLachlan, Michelle Ang, Bill Duke, Glenn Fleshler, Sonja Sohn, Caleb McLaughlin also star.
Imagine being committed to a mental institution against your will; a place where you’re confronted by your greatest fear. The question is, is it real or is it a product of your delusion?
Such is the plight of the young woman played by Claire Foy in director Steven Soderbergh’s latest horror / thriller, Unsane. Unsane also stars Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Jay Pharoah…
All the hype I’ve been hearing about Foy’s performance in hit Netflix series The Crown is I’m sure very well deserved. Having not seen the show yet, I’m hoping that watching Soderbergh’s movie will make me want to see The Crown even more. Plus, portraying madness is no easy feat – and I imagine that Foy will do a great job.
Why haven’t I already seen The Crown, you may wonder? I’m from London, England, darling. ‘The Crown’ is my every day, don’t you know?