Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Steven Soderbergh really likes 'Avatar' interviewed director Steven Soderbergh about his upcoming film The Girlfriend Experience. At the end of the interview, after discussing his other upcoming films The Informant and Moneyball, he was asked why he thought recent films didn't have the same impact or longevity as earlier classics. His response? ComingSoon shares:

We were asking why he thought recent films didn't have quite the impact or longevity as the classics, and he gave us a great response about how the volume of movies being made and seen made it hard for anything to have the cultural impact of a movie like The Godfather or be remembered. He was disappointed there weren't those sorts of benchmarks in the movies being made today, but he surprised us by adding that he thought James Cameron's Avatar would be one of those benchmarks:

"I've seen some stuff and holy sh*t. It's the craziest sh*t ever. That could negate everything I just said," he told us.

A lot of people are eagerly anticipating the film, being that it's Cameron's first narrative feature film since Titanic way back in 1997, but nothing has been seen of the movie beyond a poster and a brief report from TIME last month. To have a reputable and discerning filmmaker like Soderbergh give it such high praise certainly makes one optimistic that Cameron's return will be the stuff of cinematic legend.

I wasn't excited about Avatar before this. But if Steven Soderbergh's description of Avatar is "holy shit", then I'm on board.

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