Directed by Steven Soderbergh
I know that I’ve already sort of written about this movie, (I put it at the number 8 spot on my top 10 films of 2009) but I just watched it again recently and felt like I needed to say more. Quite simply put, this movie is just too goddamn good. For the life of me, I can’t understand how it didn’t get nominated for best picture, and certainly I don’t understand how Damon did not get nominated for Best Actor, because this is a performance for the ages. He completely becomes this character of Mark Whitacre. And not only that, he makes you feel for him. He makes you laugh at him. And finally, he makes you pity him. No movie has ever made me laugh so hard, and then with one simple scene, make me regret all the laughing that I did before and feel actual remorse for the things that I find funny. Because make no mistake, Mark Whitacre is not a stable man. He is not a well man. But some of the stuff that comes out of his mind are absolutely hilarious. Whether he’s discussing what would make an awesome T.V. show, the camouflage of Polar Bears, or the feel of wool on his skin, every thought is absolutely insane and funny as all hell.
A little has to be said about Soderbergh as well. I was recently discussing the merits of his filmmaking style with a friend and I came to this decision (and yes, for any other filmmakers out there, I know how bold what I’m about to say will sound) Steven Soderbergh is the closest thing we have to Stanley Kubrick. They are both masters of artistic subtlety and seem to approach filmmaking in general with the same ideals. (I’m more or less excluding Soderbergh’s work on the “Ocean’s Trilogy” from this comparison, but even there he shows signs of restraint that most other filmmakers would never dare do.) If you need proof, check out Soderbergh’s “Solaris” it’s a work of beautiful god damn art.