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Side Effects and Steven Soderbergh’s Career Upodcast Review

Although Behind The Candelabra didn’t get a theatrical release in the US but did in the UK, we revisit Steven SoderBergh’s second to last movie, Side Effects.

Is it a bird, is it a plane?  No, it’s a Steven Soderbergh thriller with more twists in it than dress-changes in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Upod returns to the fray in quick time with a podcast dedicated to possibly the great man’s last ever directed film.  If you believe the rumours that is.   We at Upodcasting have a typically varied take on the Sod: he’s great, he’s OK, he’s overrated.  That said, Side Effects does truly unite us and there ain’t that many movies that do that!

So if this is to be Steve’s final cut, what has he left us with?  It’s pretty much the Jude Law and Rooney Mara show from start to finish, with effective enough filler parts from Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  So whilst the pared down cast makes it seem relatively simple, there are so many twists and turns a red herring would get lost whilst looking for a wild goose.  Thankfully, we navigate these and can say the film is really about: mental illness, “big” pharma, psychiatry, manipulation and revenge.  Plus of course all of the moral – or otherwise – hazards that accompany such matters.  It could be suggested that when you throw such a volumes of mud at something, then only some of it will stick.  And whilst there are certain things that don’t quite ring true enough, the vast majority do and we’re left with a cracking good thriller with a hefty dollop of Hitchcock as things unfold.

So Steven (Moby and Jim Rash have yet to be seen in the same room), if this is truly your last film as a director, then you’ve left us with a cracker and we’re grateful.  And if not, then we just chalk this one up to being another on the long list of successes over your prolific 25+ year career.
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Fight Club Alternative Posters

Maybe not the most recent movie but defintely one that influenced a generation of men to shave their heads, waiting to be shot up into space like a bunch of Space Monkeys. The Shortlist has put together some of the most interesting designed posters for this David Fincher, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton flick by some very creative designers. Here are some of our favorites. His name is Robert Paulson, his name is Robert Paulson.

Source: The Shortlist

Hop over to the Shortlist for some more posters and also the names of the artists!

Let us know which one is your favorite in the comment section below!

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Episode 10 Double Feature: Kick-Ass and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

For our 10th Episode we give you two reviews for the price of one free podcast! This week Upodcast team also talks about the iPad launch, cooking with a coffee pot and solar powered back packs

A spoiler free discussion on Kick-Ass that we got to watch earlier as Asim and Martin are lucky to live in Blighty.

We also have a full review for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of the Swedish film adaptation of the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Check out the trailers and full episode to stream or download after the jump! Read More