I only recently got round to watching his "B-sides" (thanks to this forum), and by now I've become somewhat of a Soderbergh-apologist as well.
A highly variable bunch (but even Full Frontal
I found quite enjoyable), but Bubble
is one my favorites so far. Low-budget (or no budget) that really touched a nerve. Or perhaps I just love the fact that Soderbergh just goes out and makes these kind of films. And I sure love his positively infectious attitude about film in general. Quite stimulating.
John Cope wrote:
Just re-watched Kafka
I wonder how the script read and how much of the style was embellishment attributable primarily to Soderbergh. He did adapt Lem Dobbs' script for The Limey as well so, assumedly, Dobbs was happy enough with their collaboration on Kafka (I take it he was less satisfied on The Limey--the commentary track on that disc is one of the best ever as his apparently genuine antagonism slowly unsettles and finally seems to disorient the normally unflappable Soderbergh).
I definitely had a good time with that commentary track. Soderbergh's bickering with Lem Dobbs is hilarious, especially when Soderbergh tries to explain to Dobbs that directing is a completely different thing than writing. When Dobbs accuses him of butchering large parts of his original script, or largely abandoning the script while shooting (naturally, quite a normal procedure with most films), Soderbergh almost desperately exclaims: "When are you gonna make your first feature?"
At least Soderbergh is always willing to take a critical note to his own work and assess his films in an open fashion, as a kind of continuous learning process. Much more insightful than the usual self-congratulatory patting on the back with most other Hollywood-directors.