In this occasion I take the opportunity to share what I consider to be the movie that had the most impact on me: Schizopolis by Steven Soderbergh.
These themes of absurdism, dread and emptiness are issues that I can relate with the grand scheme of living. The sensation with being stuck with a lifestyle that doesn’t cut the mustard. Where Schizopolis excels is in making a poignant observation of the American lifestyle (and life in general for that matter) by taking a strong turn to the absurd, both within the story and on the metaphysical level of filmmaking, often with hilarious results.
Steven Soderbergh followed The Underneath, a superb neo-noir that expertly uses widescreen framing and color photography to its full potential, with Schizopolis, a film motivated by his feelings of artistic impotence. This is somewhat surprising given that The Underneath is one of his best films, one of the best neo-noirs from the nineties, and one of Soderbergh’s more underrated works. Schizopolis is more well-known and seen (thanks to ) but unfortunately, it is a stale work that only exists for the director’s edification. After Schizopolis, Soderbergh reportedly felt rejuvenated and made Out of Sight, which ended his commercial slump so we can all thank this experimental film for Soderbergh’s commercial and artistic turning point. However, Soderbergh’s exercise in experimental-comedy is far more interesting to think and write about than it is to watch.