And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)
Critic Consensus: Even if And Everything Is Going Fine isn't one of Soderbergh's more commercial efforts, this collection of judiciously edited performance footage of the late monologist Spalding Gray gave the director a chance to show a rarely-seen side of his artistry.
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Critic Reviews for And Everything Is Going Fine
Soderbergh's editing neatly duplicates Gray's methods, showing us how memory treats the same material at different stages in a life, applying those different coats and shades of lacquer.
This was obviously a labor of love for Soderbergh, and a fitting memorial to the artist.
A brilliantly conceived documentary, one with uncommon respect for -- and understanding of -- its subject's life and art.
This is not a standard bio-documentary. It is the artist giving us a guided tour of himself, through a mosaic of clips from his shows and TV interviews, craftily assembled by Soderbergh.
You're left with as rich a sense of this man as you would in a more typical work of nonfiction. But the film's deceptive, meticulous editing also reveals that Gray's odd ambition met a cultural moment in which it could take root and thrive.
Think of the film as Gray's final monologue.
Audience Reviews for And Everything Is Going Fine
Just such a...mesmerizing movie, with Steven Soderbergh -- quite the minimalist himself -- providing no subtext, no narration, no epilogue or outside talking heads. "And Everything Is Going Fine" is a movie constructed in a way so as to have Spalding Gray describe his life in his own words via archival monologues, a la "Stories We Tell" only they aren't recreations (the only thing I think that prevents the latter from being absolutely perfect.) I feel like I'm tripping on my writing after hearing shear talk for ninety minutes. That's because "Everything" is a verbal journey. It's also all MOVIE, and quietly sorta perfect. It brings you to tears without manipulation. I'd call it Soderbergh's best ever but my hesitation is in that...well, it feels strange to call it HIS movie when. You know. Whatevs. Let it be. Just see it.
Spalding is an interesting guy but this movie didn't make we want to run out and see him (if i could). I does impress me when someone can just stand in front of a crowd thats not necessarily a comic and hold there attention with a story. He has a calm voice and presence that draws you in and makes him sympathetic.
A fabulous tribute to a master of monologue. The American version of Stuart McLean..albeit it a Stuart McLean who is actually witty and has stories to tell that are actually interesting.
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