Soderbergh's "The Good German" ... Isn't?

At a recent DGA screening of Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German," the post-movie reactions were ... not kind. Hostile, even, some might say. (I still wanna see it.)

From THR's Risky Biz Blog: "New Yorkers are a tough crowd -- at least when it comes to Steven Soderbergh's latest picture. The director got the Bronx cheer at a DGA New York screening of "The Good German" followed by a Q&A Saturday night. ... The negative reaction seemed to stem from the film's emulative stylization and the uneven acting. ... I sat near a guy who guffawed, sucked his teeth and said "Oh, puhleeze!" loudly enough that everyone in the auditorium could hear him."
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Click here for the full blog entry, and feel free to visit Cinematical for some more thoughts on the story. Me, I love the old-school noir stuff, so I'm still pretty psyched to see "The Good German," which stars George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire. (Plus, Soderbergh's been known to divide an audience or two in his time, so why should this movie be any different??)

Find out for yourself on December 15th (limited) and 22nd (wide).

Comments

Huck

Tucker Bailey

So much for this being the new "Casablanca"...

Nov 28 - 05:51 AM

cardow

Andrew McCardle

Test screenings don't amount to much, isn't this how we lost The Magnificent Ambersons?

I'm still seeing this asap.

Nov 28 - 06:55 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

well...the two reviews up so far have been positive so I'd take this story with a grain of salt

Nov 28 - 07:16 AM

Zen Bullet

J D

Oscar contenders are dropping like flies this year . . .

The only Best Picture-worthy films I've seen are:

United 93(a great film that achieves it's aim with tight focus and intensity . . . not to mention its incredible final minutes)

The Prestige(which won't be nominated; but it's one of the most intelligent entries in cinema that I've come across in recent years)

The Departed(an unusual nominee . . . but one of the few good ones we've got)

. . . and although I thought it was a lightweight(but a good one):

Little Miss Sunshine


I was really hoping that The Good German/Shepherd duo would complete the BP list.

. . . Maybe "The Painted Veil" or "letters From Iwo Jima" can fill in, but I doubt it.

Nov 28 - 07:31 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

Hardly and also this one isn't off the charts yet by any stretch

Oscars hopefuls that still have yet to be released:

Dreamgirls

The Good Shepherd

The Blood Diamond

The Painted Veil

Letters from Iwa Jima

Pan's Labrinyth

The Good German

Apocalypto

The Pursuit of Happyness(most likely only for acting)

The Holiday(most likely only for acting)

Childern of Men

Also tell me what what Oscar wannabes have flopped it's not like there's been a ton of films that have bombed. It's just that there haven't been very many so far atleast not among mainstream films. I still say The Queen will be nominated, then the Last King of Scotland, Little Miss Sunshine, and United 93 are on the outside looking in.

Nov 28 - 08:00 AM

Zen Bullet

J D

I stand (somewhat) corrected:

From the films you list and mention:

Dreamgirls
The Good Shepherd
Apocalypto
The Queen

. . . are definite possibilities for Best Picture nominations(provided that the first three are as good as their trailers make them out to seem). Also, there's the Mell "hate" issue.

The Blood Diamond: looks like a solid thriller, but little else.
The Painted Veil: As I've said before, wait and see, but it seems iffy
Letters From Iwo Jima: can it pull out of the seriously flawed shadow of "Flags"?
Pan's Labirynth: Intriguing, certainly . . . but I really doubt it's BP chances.
Children of Men: A great story premise, but opinions/reviews are already mixed.
The Last King of Scotland: A certainty for a Best Actor win, but not Best Picture


As for flawed or flopped Best Picture hopefuls, here are some:

All The King's Men
The Black Dahlia
Flags of our Fathers
World Trade Center

. . . and opinions from the audience for "The Good German" cite not only stylistic issues, but problems with the plot as well.

Nov 28 - 08:26 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

well we'll have to wait and see on this one; I'm not sure all films are designed to do well among test screener. IMO Good Night and Good Luck probably wasn't popular with screeners that didn't stop it from being an awards season and critical success though.

Nov 28 - 02:15 PM

Mikeal420

David Goldman

I haven't seen the film, but I'm sure Soderberg did a fine job. He was probably trying to reflect the "classics" of the 30's and 40's. A lot of these films, like "Casablanca" and"Notorious" are great films, but their style by today standards always seems a bit "uneven". The acting is often so over the top that its hard, even for me, to take the classics seriously

Another example was the brilliant "LA Confidential", which perfectly epitomized the 50's crime drama, albeit with our level of violence. Many complained the acting and dialougue were too over the top to be believable without realizing thats what made the film so brilliant

Nov 28 - 07:47 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

Hardly and also this one isn't off the charts yet by any stretch

Oscars hopefuls that still have yet to be released:

Dreamgirls

The Good Shepherd

The Blood Diamond

The Painted Veil

Letters from Iwa Jima

Pan's Labrinyth

The Good German

Apocalypto

The Pursuit of Happyness(most likely only for acting)

The Holiday(most likely only for acting)

Childern of Men

Also tell me what what Oscar wannabes have flopped it's not like there's been a ton of films that have bombed. It's just that there haven't been very many so far atleast not among mainstream films. I still say The Queen will be nominated, then the Last King of Scotland, Little Miss Sunshine, and United 93 are on the outside looking in.

Nov 28 - 08:00 AM

Zen Bullet

J D

I stand (somewhat) corrected:

From the films you list and mention:

Dreamgirls
The Good Shepherd
Apocalypto
The Queen

. . . are definite possibilities for Best Picture nominations(provided that the first three are as good as their trailers make them out to seem). Also, there's the Mell "hate" issue.

The Blood Diamond: looks like a solid thriller, but little else.
The Painted Veil: As I've said before, wait and see, but it seems iffy
Letters From Iwo Jima: can it pull out of the seriously flawed shadow of "Flags"?
Pan's Labirynth: Intriguing, certainly . . . but I really doubt it's BP chances.
Children of Men: A great story premise, but opinions/reviews are already mixed.
The Last King of Scotland: A certainty for a Best Actor win, but not Best Picture


As for flawed or flopped Best Picture hopefuls, here are some:

All The King's Men
The Black Dahlia
Flags of our Fathers
World Trade Center

. . . and opinions from the audience for "The Good German" cite not only stylistic issues, but problems with the plot as well.

Nov 28 - 08:26 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

well we'll have to wait and see on this one; I'm not sure all films are designed to do well among test screener. IMO Good Night and Good Luck probably wasn't popular with screeners that didn't stop it from being an awards season and critical success though.

Nov 28 - 02:15 PM

Zen Bullet

J D

I stand (somewhat) corrected:

From the films you list and mention:

Dreamgirls
The Good Shepherd
Apocalypto
The Queen

. . . are definite possibilities for Best Picture nominations(provided that the first three are as good as their trailers make them out to seem). Also, there's the Mell "hate" issue.

The Blood Diamond: looks like a solid thriller, but little else.
The Painted Veil: As I've said before, wait and see, but it seems iffy
Letters From Iwo Jima: can it pull out of the seriously flawed shadow of "Flags"?
Pan's Labirynth: Intriguing, certainly . . . but I really doubt it's BP chances.
Children of Men: A great story premise, but opinions/reviews are already mixed.
The Last King of Scotland: A certainty for a Best Actor win, but not Best Picture


As for flawed or flopped Best Picture hopefuls, here are some:

All The King's Men
The Black Dahlia
Flags of our Fathers
World Trade Center

. . . and opinions from the audience for "The Good German" cite not only stylistic issues, but problems with the plot as well.

Nov 28 - 08:26 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

well we'll have to wait and see on this one; I'm not sure all films are designed to do well among test screener. IMO Good Night and Good Luck probably wasn't popular with screeners that didn't stop it from being an awards season and critical success though.

Nov 28 - 02:15 PM

Racer Z

Shannon Potratz

[b]Test screenings...[/b]
Mean little to me since your average movie-goer "not too bright!"

I love the noir style film, so I can't wait to see it!

Nov 28 - 09:27 AM

07wsf

Spike Friedman

[b]It's not a test screening...[/b]
DGA screenings are limited to members of the Director's Guild and their friends and family. These are often the people who vote for the Academy Awards. I went to the DGA screening of Traffic a few years ago, and it got a very positive response. The fact that this went differently does not bode well for the film's chances with the Academy, though I too am still interested in seeing the film.

Nov 28 - 11:28 AM

Racer Z

Shannon Potratz

[b]Be that as it may...[/b]
I'm not interested in what a limited audience thought of the film. I prefer to make my own judgments. And the fact that it's Oscar chances may suffer means even less. Why we put so much stock in the Academy Awards is beyond me. I don't need them to tell me what to see. There have been a great many terrific films that have gone virtually ignored by the Academy. The whole event is little more than a PR campaign for fluff filmmakers and Hollywood butt-kissers.

Nov 28 - 12:03 PM

nogard64

Nogard64 64

as far as Oscars go I'm rooting for The Pursuit of Happyness! Havent seen it but I see potential

Nov 28 - 10:28 AM

07wsf

Spike Friedman

[b]It's not a test screening...[/b]
DGA screenings are limited to members of the Director's Guild and their friends and family. These are often the people who vote for the Academy Awards. I went to the DGA screening of Traffic a few years ago, and it got a very positive response. The fact that this went differently does not bode well for the film's chances with the Academy, though I too am still interested in seeing the film.

Nov 28 - 11:28 AM

Racer Z

Shannon Potratz

[b]Be that as it may...[/b]
I'm not interested in what a limited audience thought of the film. I prefer to make my own judgments. And the fact that it's Oscar chances may suffer means even less. Why we put so much stock in the Academy Awards is beyond me. I don't need them to tell me what to see. There have been a great many terrific films that have gone virtually ignored by the Academy. The whole event is little more than a PR campaign for fluff filmmakers and Hollywood butt-kissers.

Nov 28 - 12:03 PM

Racer Z

Shannon Potratz

[b]Be that as it may...[/b]
I'm not interested in what a limited audience thought of the film. I prefer to make my own judgments. And the fact that it's Oscar chances may suffer means even less. Why we put so much stock in the Academy Awards is beyond me. I don't need them to tell me what to see. There have been a great many terrific films that have gone virtually ignored by the Academy. The whole event is little more than a PR campaign for fluff filmmakers and Hollywood butt-kissers.

Nov 28 - 12:03 PM

dc00777

dan calhoun

I saw the trailor and the film looks great. And as people have said it's only one test audiance. I'll decide for myself

Nov 28 - 12:20 PM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

well we'll have to wait and see on this one; I'm not sure all films are designed to do well among test screener. IMO Good Night and Good Luck probably wasn't popular with screeners that didn't stop it from being an awards season and critical success though.

Nov 28 - 02:15 PM

vic40186

victor lopez

I THINK Dreamgirls is not gonna make it, looks awful.

Nov 28 - 02:43 PM

daycare

chris mark

It do not matter how the film looks. After it was shown to people they said it was great. It has been getting alot of reviews. It will hands down be at the oscars. It lived up to the buzz.

Nov 28 - 05:26 PM

daycare

chris mark

It do not matter how the film looks. After it was shown to people they said it was great. It has been getting alot of reviews. It will hands down be at the oscars. It lived up to the buzz.

Nov 28 - 05:26 PM

frogleg

Josh Quarles

I thought "Letters from Iwo Jima" comes out next year - making it ineligible for this coming Academy Awards anyway.

As for what I think on the Oscar nominations, "The Departed" has got to be in there somewhere. I realize that's a little off-topic, since it's already been released, but I'm just sayin'....

Nov 29 - 08:11 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

I was assuming the Departed being nominated goes without saying

Nov 29 - 09:26 AM

insanemansam5

Samuel Ewing

http://imdb.com/title/tt0498380/releaseinfo

Nov 29 - 09:28 AM

sunmaster14

First Last

[b]Good German?[/b]
There's no such thing as a "good" German

Nov 29 - 12:23 PM

Reeven

Jud Widing

I don't listen to these early folks. I'm still seeing this no matter what.

Nov 29 - 06:56 PM

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