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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Which film directors would you like to see move to TV (as Soderbergh says he’s doing)?

Steven Soderbergh is thinking about doing some television work. From The Hollywood Reporter:

“American movie audiences now just don’t seem to be very interested in any kind of ambiguity or any kind of real complexity of character or narrative — I’m talking in large numbers, there are always some, but enough to make hits out of movies that have those qualities,” he told the Associated Press. “I think those qualities are now being seen on television and that people who want to see stories that have those kinds of qualities are watching television.”

Ouch. He’s right, of course. I think many of the problems with Soderbergh’s Magic Mike is that it simply does not create compelling and complex characters (and yet fails to replace that with any of the flash big movies tend toward these days). Magic Mike as a 10-episode HBO miniseries could have given the narrative more time to explore its characters.


Which film directors would you like to see move to TV? And what would you like see to him/her do with TV that he/she isn’t doing with movies?

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