Wednesday, February 01, 2006
There's been plenty of chatter about Steven Soderbergh's Bubble, a 73-minute movie featuring non-actors and filmed on high-definition video in the Ohio Valley. It was released simultaneously last week in theaters, on DVD, and on cable and satellite TV. This has made theater owners and some film purists very nervous because it's an evolutionary step in exhibition. Bubble has done well or poorly, depending on where you get your news. I will always want to see movies on the big screen, but I'd rather have good movies than bad, regardless of format. I Netflix'd Bubble. I loved it. It's exquisite. Don't read anything about it, not even the DVD jacket. Just see it, whichever way you like (though the DVD includes great audio commentaries by the erudite and articulate Soderbergh as well as the infinitely interesting cast). He'll be doing five more films like this one. This is great news. It feels like the next step, whatever that may be.