It’s not exactly clear why there’s been such a boomlet in explanatory, often didactic, films about recent history. It can’t be merely a reaction to the anti-intellectualism of Trump because films like The Big Short predated his rise. Perhaps it’s a response to our information-saturated culture and a need to cut through the volume of digital noise. Whether it’s trusting the audience too much that they want to know how complex systems work, sensing that they might tune out unless it’s laid out clearly, or cynically doubting they won’t understand without a spoon-fed explanation, these films all share an urge to inform and not just entertain. It’s impossible to deny that Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, an instructive explainer on the Panama Papers leak of 2016, is a product of this moment in cinema.
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Steven Soderbergh is busier than ever. Within just the past eight months, the director has released an experimental app tied to an HBO miniseries (Mosaic), two feature films (Logan Lucky and Unsane), and he reportedly has another one called High Flying Bird that’s almost finished. But he’s showing no signs of stopping: a new report says the Ocean’s trilogy director will next step behind the camera to direct a Panama Papers movie called The Laundromat. Read more about the project below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Steven Soderbergh is great at many things, but he is terrible at retirement. He spent his break away from film directing working in TV and theater and serving as a DP to his former AD. Eventually he decided to give up on this whole “retirement from movies” thing altogether and started prepping Logan Lucky as his next feature, and now he’s lined up another movie after that.
As announced by Grey Matter Productions and Anonymous Content, Soderbergh will produce and potentially direct a movie based on the Panama Papers. In one of the largest data leaks in history, 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonesca were revealed, detailing the legal and illegal ways that the rich and powerful hide their money. More on the Steven Soderbergh Panama Papers movie below. Read More »