LISTEN TO STEVEN SODERBERGH BREAK DOWN THE FILM INDUSTRY IN 30 MINUTES

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GOD IS THIS GUY SMART….

http://badassdigest.com/2013/04/30/listen-to-steven-soderbergh-break-down-the-film-industry-in-30-minutes/

WHY CONTAGION WORKS

GIVEN THE IMMINENT BEHEMOTH OF A COLUMN THAT HULK UNLEASHING ON YOU THIS WEEK, HULK GONNA KEEP IT SHORT AND TIGHT WITH THIS ONE.

SOMETIMES THE EASIEST WAY TO BOIL DOWN A MOVIE IS NOT TO SAY WHETHER IT’S GOOD OR BAD, BUT TO SIMPLY ASSESS IF IT “WORKS” OR NOT AND WHY. HULK’S RECENT ESSAY “PEGGY CARTER – WHY CAPTAIN AMERICA WORKS” FOR EXAMPLE TRIED DELVE INTO THAT KIND OF THINKING.

SO HERE IS A LIST OF ALL THE REASONS CONTAGION WORKED:

– IT WISELY DECIDES THAT THE MAIN “CHARACTER” OF THE FILM IS THE VIRUS ITSELF.

– SODERBERGH IS AN INSANELY SMART DIRECTOR. PEOPLE ACCUSE HIM OF OVERT FORMALISM, BUT WHEN HE TACKLES MAINSTREAM PROJECTS AND IS ABLE TO IMBUE HIS FORMALISM WITH A HUMANE, ORGANIC FEELING, AND THUS THE SKY IS THE PROVERBIAL LIMIT.

– HE SEEMS TO HAVE FOUND AN AMAZING WRITING PARTNER IN SCOTT Z. BURNS. TOGETHER THEY CRAFTED SOMETHING EXTREMELY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-RESEARCHED, AND COMMITTED TO REALISM.

-THIS REALISM IS ALSO SUPER FREAKING TERRIFYING. HULK NEVER TOUCHING ANYTHING AGAIN. HOLY CRAP, THE KEYBOARD!

– THE MUSIC CHOICES GIVE A “LOOSE” FEELING FILM A VERY NICE PROPULSIVE QUALITY. HULK ACTUALLY THINK THAT ONE OF SODERBERGH’S BEST QUALITIES IS THAT HE A GREAT EDITOR AND THAT EVIDENT IN THESE CHOICES.

– EVERY ACTOR BRINGS A NICE UNDERSTATED PROFESSIONALISM. HULK HAVE TO SINGLE OUT TWO PEOPLE JENNIFER EHLE FOR DOING SO MUCH WITH JUST SIMPLE LOOKS, SMILES, AND A FEW CHOICE WORDS. AND ALSO MATT DAMON, WHO SPENDS MOST OF THE TIME IN SURVIVAL MODE UNTIL THE TIME COMES FOR EMOTIONAL RESONANCE. TOGETHER THEY THE SOUL OF THE FILM.

– AND NOW THE MOST SUPER IMPORTANT REASON IT WORKS – CONTAGION TREATS THE GOVERNMENT’S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: THE DOCTORS, THE CDC, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WITH PROFOUND RESPECT AND ADMIRATION. FOR SOME REASON, MOVIES ARE ALWAYS SO CONTENT TO SLAM THE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO AT THE CENTER OF UNPARALLELED CRISIS. MOVIES ALWAYS RALLY BEHIND THE LONE MAN WILLING TO DECRY THE FACELESS AGENCIES WHO ARE NOT “ACTING IN OUR INTEREST!” IN FACT, CONTAGION IS WILLING TO GO SO FAR AS TO TELL A VERY UNPOPULAR TRUTH, THAT THESE FIGURES (THE JUDE LAW CHARACTER) ARE OFTEN MORE SELF-SERVING AND INSIDIOUS THAN COMMITTED PROFESSIONALS (AND OFTEN MORE CORRUPT).*

-AT THE SAME TIME THE MOVIE IS COMPLETELY FAIR AND MATTER OF FACT ABOUT THE COMPLICATIONS OF BUREAUCRACY. IT COULD OVERTLY DRAMATIZE THESE COMPLICATIONS BUT IT DOES NOT. THEY ARE SIMPLY THE REALITIES OF HANDLING MASSIVE PROBLEMS FOR LARGE POPULATIONS. HULK LOVED SEEING THAT EXPRESSED.

* SIDENOTE! AS PART OF THAT, THE FILM IS BRAZEN TO TACKLE THE IDEA THAT FACT HOLISTIC/ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC VALUE. HULK REALIZE THIS OPEN UP A CAN OF WORMS WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING IT TRUE. AND HERE HULK GOING INTO SCIENCE BANNER MODE. RIGHT NOW, THE FIELD OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS ON HEALTH IS UNDER-STUDIED, KIND OF MURKY, AND WHOLLY IMPORTANT. THAT IS BECAUSE THE MIND’S ABILITY TO ALTER PHYSICAL HEALTH IS SURPRISINGLY, PROFOUNDLY STRONG AND WE DON’T KNOW HOW OR WHY IT WORKS. BUT WE’RE STUDYING IT TO TRY AND FIGURE IT OUT. HOLISTIC/ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES MEANWHILE, HAVE BEEN RESEARCHED TO DEATH AND THE TRUTH IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE ABOUT ZERO SCIENTIFIC EFFECTIVENESS (THE STUFF THAT IS TRUE IS, LIKE,  VITAMIN C AND ZINC ARE GOOD FOR COLDS, ETC). THE TRUE VALUE OF HOLISTIC/ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IS THAT IT CAN IMPACT YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL STATE, AND THUS AFFECT YOUR HEALTH (AGAIN, THE MIND IS A VERY POWERFUL WEAPON IN COMBATING ILLNESS). BUT AGAIN, IT’S NOT ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING FOR COMBATING YOUR ILLNESS. THEY ARE EXACTLY AS EFFECTIVE AS A PLACEBO. AND THUS TO REALIZE THAT IS TO LOSE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT. SO IT IS SORT OF A PARADOX BECAUSE IT CAN REALLY HELP SOMEONE, BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS THEY THINK, BUT TO EXPLAIN THE REASONS IS TO REMOVE THE REASON IT WOULD WORK… SO YEAH… IT’S WEIRD, BUT IT’S THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. ANYWHO, THE FILM TACKLES THIS IN A VERY MATTER OF FACT AND NON-JUDGEMENTAL WAY AND HULK WAS PROFOUNDLY HAPPY TO SEE IT.

THINGS HULK THINKS ABOUT WHEN THERE IS NO POWER

HULK FINISHING UP OTHER COLUMNS SO IN THE MEANTIME, HERE’S EXACTLY WHAT HULK JUST SAID, A LIST OF THINGS HULK THINKS ABOUT WHEN THERE IS NO POWER:

-WHAT EVERY SINGLE OTHER MOVIE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IF DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK

-HOW JOHN HAMM DEALS WITH KNOWING THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON TALKING TO HIM, MALE OR FEMALE, JUST IS THINKING ABOUT KISSING HIM AT THAT MOMENT.

-SPORTS!

-WHY NO ONE SEEMS TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT WOLVERINE SMELLS BAD

-BUT NOT AS BAD AS BEAST

-WHY IS EVERYONE ON X-BOX LIVE SO DAMN RACIST? AND WHEN WILL THE POWER COME BACK ON SO HULK CAN PLAY X-BOX AGAIN?

-IF HULK’S MASSIVE HATE OF BRETT RATNER STEMS FROM A CHILDHOOD INCIDENT INVOLVING RATNER TOUCHING HULK’S BATHING SUIT AREA.

-WHAT IT’S LIKE TO RIDE A ROLLERCOASTER. HULK TOO BIG FOR ROLLERCOASTERS. #HULKPEOPLEPROBLEMS

-HOW THE MOST RIDICULOUS CAPITAL-H-HYPOCRISY STEMS FROM ANYONE BEING ANTI-IMMIGRATION IF THEY’RE NOT, LIKE, NATIVE AMERICAN. BUT THIS GOES DOUBLE FOR ANYONE OF THE ANYONE OF LATE 1800-1900’S WAVE OF IRISH, JEWISH, ITALIAN, OR GERMAN.

-ROCKS

-WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THAT ONE GUY HULK KNEW FROM HIGH SCHOOL (WHO ISN’T ON FACEBOOK).

-HOW THE LAST DECADE WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF GEORGE LUCAS HAD SOMEONE AROUND HIM TELLING HIM “NO.”

-THE PARENTS OF THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO SHOULD GET MEDALS FOR NAMING THEIR KIDS PERFECTLY: KIRBY PUCKETT, NAOMI WATTS, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, HANK AZARIA, HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS, AND HERBIE HANCOCK (THAT HIS REAL NAME?).

-WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE BUGS?

-HOW FUCKING SMART STEVEN SODERBERGH IS.

-WHAT HULK WILL SAY IN THE EVENT OF A SURPRISE ARRIVAL THE PEARLY GATES (AFTER YEARS OF ATHEISM)