Steven Soderbergh Lists Everything He Watched And Read In 2014

Steven Soderbergh Lists Everything He Watched And Read In 2014

As you probably already know by now, Steven Soderbergh gets more done in a day that most do in a week. Even in his “retirement,” he’s knocking out one of the best shows on television at a mind-boggling pace (“The Knick“), and this past fall, he spent his time producing, editing, and lensing “Magic Mike XXL.” Those two jobs alone would be more than enough to fill the days of anybody, but Soderbergh also spent 2014 watching a lot of movies and TV shows, and squeezing in some reading too. And over on his website Extension 765, he’s revealed everything he consumed in 2014.

It’s a lot to wade through, but here’s some interesting highlights that jumped out at us: he watched Stanley Kubrick‘s “2001: A Space Odysseytwice three times, and read Piers Bizony‘s making-of book; it doesn’t look like he finished “True Detective” or “Transparent“; last month he watched a cut of “Magic Mike XXL”; he watched “Jaws” twice in the span of a couple weeks; on the same day he watched “Ida,” he took in “Peter Pan Live!” (that’s quite the double bill); and he also found time for “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” and we’d love to ask him about that one.

Check out the full list below, which includes his music purchases on vinyl. And to check out what Soderbergh watched and read in 2013, click here.

Seen Read 2014

All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story”

01/01 TRUE DETECTIVE (2), MRS. FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERY

01/04 Want Not, Jonathan Miles,

01/05 “The Library”

01/11 HOUSE OF CARDS (5)

01/08 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK

01/12 GIRLS

01/13 THE GREAT BEAUTY

01/16 30FOR30: THE PRICE OF GOLD

01/18 HOUSE OF CARDS (5)

01/19 HOUSE OF CARDS (2), GIRLS

01/21 DAYS AND NIGHTS

01/23 HOUSE OF CARDS

01/26 Cat Sense, John Bradshaw

01/27 THE KNICK (3)

01/28 THE KNICK (3)

01/29 THE KNICK (4)

01/30 Roth Unbound, Claudia Pierpoint Roth

01/31 GIRLS

02/01 Mad as Hell, Dave Itzkoff

02/02 The Ask, Sam Lipsyte

02/04 THE MONUMENTS MEN

02/08 THE COUNSELOR

02/10 GIRLS

02/14 ICE CASTLES

02/15 NIGHT MOVES (’75)

02/17 THE AFTER, ARLINGTON ROAD

02/18 TRUE DETECTIVE (3)

02/21 BAD GRANDPA

02/22 ROBBERY (’67), THE SPLITFOREIGN CORRESPONDENT

02/26 KID AUTO RACES IN VENICETHE ROUNDERS

03/01 THE AMERICANS

03/02 My Autobiography, Charlie Chaplin, GIRLS

03/03 MADNESS IN THE WHITE CITY

03/05 SILICON VALLEY, THE AMERICANS

03/07 Broken Bells at Webster Hall

03/09 GIRLS

03/12 THE AMERICANS

03/13 TWA 800

03/14 SILICON VALLEY (2), NON-STOP

03/18 JUGGERNAUT

03/19 THE AMERICANS

03/21 DOLL & EM

03/22 TAKE AWAY ONE

03/23 GONE GIRL

03/25 “The Library”

03/26 “The Library”, THE AMERICANS, DOLL & EM

03/27 “The Library”

03/29 “The Library”, GONE GIRL

03/30  NOKAS, “The Library” (2)

03/31  AMERICAN GREED

04/01 “The Library”, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

04/02 “The Library”, THE AMERICANS

04/03 “The Library”

04/04  HOKE

04/05 “The Library” (2), KLUTE

04/06 “The Library” (2), VEEP, DOLL & EM (2)

04/08 “The Library”, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, DOLL & EM

04/10 THE AMERICANS, DOLL & EM

04/13 MAD MEN

04/14 VEEP

04/15 Opening night of “The Library”

04/16 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, THE AMERICANS, MY MAN GODFREY

04/18 IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

04/19 PROXY

04/20 UNDER THE SKIN, MAD MEN, VEEP

04/22 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

04/23 Free for All, Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp, THE AMERICANS, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

04/25 DIE HARD WITH VENGEANCE

04/27 VEEP, MAD MEN

04/28 Tenth of December, George Saunders

04/28 ROBBER, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

04/29 HIGH RISK

05/01 RUNAWAY JURY

05/02 PIONER

05/03 THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY (’42), BROOKLYN BOMBSHELLS VS. MANHATTAN MAYHEM

05/04 WALK OF SHAME, MAD MEN, VEEP

05/05 LOUIE (2)

05/07 Five Came Back, Mark Harris, MR. KNEFF

05/10 SILICON VALLEY (3), INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE AMERICANS

05/11 MAD MEN, VEEP

05/12 LOUIE (2), FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

05/14 THE AMERICANS

05/15 KEY & PEELE (3)

05/16 THE DAY OF THE JACKAL

05/18 A Spy Among FriendsBen Macintyre

05/20 VEEP, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, MAD MEN

05/21 SORCERER, THE AMERICANS, LOUIE (2)

05/23 THE THICK OF IT (5)

05/24 THE THICK OF IT (7)

05/25 Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, THE THICK OF IT (2), MAD MEN, CATCH-22

05/26 POINT BLANK, THE THICK OF IT (4), LOUIE (2)

05/31 IN THE LOOP

06/01 No Place To Hide, Glenn Greenwald, W1A (4), THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

06/02 VEEP, THE THICK OF IT, ARVINGERNE

06/03 To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris, THE THICK OF IT, LOUIE, THE SLAP

06/04 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE SLAP (3)

06/05 THE SLAP (2), STATE AND MAINSE7EN

06/06 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (2)

06/07 The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, THE SLAP (2)

06/08 VEEP (2)

06/09 LOUIE (3)

06/14 Summer House with Swimming Pool, Herman Koch, TO CATCH A THIEF

06/15 Killer of Demons, Christopher Yost and Scott Wegener, BLACK SUNDAYDR. STRANGELOVE: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

06/16 LOUIE (2)

06/20 THE ARMSTRONG LIE

06/21 THE CONVERSATION

06/22 It Won’t Always Be This Great, Peter Mehlman

06/23 JAWS

06/26 ARVINGERNE (2)

06/29 My Struggle: Book One, Karl Ove Gnausgaard, THE LEFTOVERS

06/30 OLIVE KITTERIDGE (4)

07/02 My Struggle: Book Two, Karl Ove Gnausgaard, PORTLANDIA (2), THE PARALLAX VIEW

07/03 I SMILE BACKWHITEY: THE UNITED STATES VS. JAMES J. BULGER

07/04 ARVINGERNE (3)

07/05 ARVINGERNE, CODE BREAKERS, JAWS

07/06 ARVINGERNE (2)

07/07 ARVINGERNE (2)

07/11 ALIEN

07/12 My Struggle: Book Three, Karl Ove Gnausgaard, FILM SOCIALISME

07/13 KIM PHILBY: HIS MOST INTIMATE BETRAYAL (2)

07/15 COME TO PAPA (Largo)

07/16 RED OAKS

07/17 The Last Magazine, Michael Hastings

07/18 AMERICAN GRAFFITI

07/19 THE OFFENSE

07/20 THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI

07/21 ALTERED STATES

07/22 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

07/24 HIS GIRL FRIDAY

07/25 WORLD ON A WIRE

07/26 BOYHOODTHE PAPER CHASE

07/27 THE RAIN PEOPLETHE HAUNTING (’63)

07/28 PANIC ROOM

07/29 The Rule of Nobody, Philip K. Howard

07/30 APOCALYPSE NOW

07/31 RED DESERT

08/01 The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Tom Rachman

08/02 The Great Degeneration, Niall Ferguson, CUBS VS DODGERS

08/09 THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

08/10 Yours in Haste and Adoration: The Selected Letters of Terry Southern, Nile Southern and Brooke Allen (galley)

08/11 CITIZENFOUR

08/12 PATHS OF GLORY

08/14 SPARTACUS (’60), DINER

08/16 THE ARRANGEMENT, KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS: AFTERLIFE

08/17 I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes

08/18 KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPOCALYPSE

08/19 CITIZENFOUR, MYSTERY OF THE NAZCA LINES

08/21 THE GODFATHER

08/23 CRIMES OF PASSION, THE KILLING

08/24 THE GODFATHER PART II

08/25 THE PARALLAX VIEWCARNAL KNOWLEDGE

08/27 NASHVILLE

08/30 The Power of Noticing, Max. H. Bazerman

09/01 MICHAEL CLAYTON

09/06 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (B&W)

09/07 Proof: The Science of Booze, Adam Rogers, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

09/09 COME TO PAPA (Largo)

09/11 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (B&W)

09/12 BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, DC

09/21 BOARDWALK EMPIRE

09/20 The Staying Guests, Sarah Waters

09/29 Begin principal photography on MAGIC MIKE XXL

10/02 BOARDWALK EMPIRE

10/11 BOARDWALK EMPIRE

11/05 BEWARE MR. BAKER

11/06 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, MAGIC MIKE XXL

11/07 BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2)

11/08 THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: WHEN SATAN CAME TO EDEN

11/09 The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis, GETTING ON, THE COMEBACK

11/10 AMERICAN GREED, LIFEBOAT

11/14 MAGIC MIKE XXL

11/16 GETTING ON

11/18 CASABLANCA

11/20 WHIPLASHCARNAL KNOWLEDGE

11/21 THE LAST DETAIL

11/22 THE GRADUATE

11/23 THE COMEBACK, GETTING ON

11/24 COHERENCE

11/25 HONEYMOON, HITLER’S RICHES

11/26 1864, VICIOUS (2), AMERICAN GREED, TRANSPARENT (3)

11/27 TRANSPARENT (6)

11/28  THE BADADOOKSUNSET BOULEVARD

11/30  MONA LISA IS MISSING, GETTING ON

12/01  MAGIC MIKE XXL

12/03  NIGHTCRAWLER

12/04  IDA, PETER PAN LIVE!

12/06  AMERICAN SNIPER

12/07  BLACK MIRROR (2), GETTING ON

12/08  BLACK MIRROR, FURY

12/09  A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

12/10  FOXCATCHER

12/13  BLACK MIRROR (3), KEY AND PEELE

12/14  GETTING ON

12/15  MAGIC MIKE XXL

12/16  BLACK MIRROR: WHITE CHRISTMAS

12/17  UNBROKEN

12/18  INHERENT VICE

12/20  AMERICAN GREED (4)

12/23 SELMA2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

12/24  The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Piers Bizony, THE INTERVIEWTHE IPCRESS FILE

12/25 Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik, VICIOUS, FUNERAL IN BERLIN, UTOPIA (2)

12/26 TOP FIVETHE LAVENDER HILL MOB

12/27 A Little Lumpen Novelita, Roberto Bolano, The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami

12/28 MAGIC MIKE XXL

12/30 THE RETURN OF W. DE RIJK

12/31 The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel, GASLIGHT (’40)

VINYL

CHEMICAL CHORDS  Stereolab

THE SPECIALS LIVE  The Specials

THE SMITHS  Strangeways Here We Come (2)

TRAFFIC  John Barleycorn Must Die

THE KNACK  Soundtrack  John Barry

THE STRANGLERS  Aural Sculpture

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE  Like Clockwork…

S/T  St. Vincent

KIND OF BLUE  Miles Davis

THE BEST OF AL GREEN  Al Green

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS  Vince Guaraldi Trio

A CHRISTMAS ALBUM  Various

A CHRISTMAS OF MIRACLES  Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

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Comments

DEW

I’m guessing he watched both GONE GIRL and CITIZENFOUR twice long before their respective releases for editing advice to the directors.

Sonya

I love this list but it is actually, "Miss Fisher" not Mrs. Fisher…she’d hate that!

VickieM

I’m impressed that he watched Finding Vivian Maier. No Life Itself though. I wonder why.

LauraL

his wife-Jules Asner’s birthday is on valentine’s day-hence the Ice Castles viewing. Maybe she’s the GIRLS and AMY SCHUMER fan?

Odin

@cirkusfolk Mr. Soderbergh still has time to watch screeners before The Academy votes. I’m curious how much you get done in a year that you call him lazy?

dan

He should really use letterboxd

David Prichard

Sleep optional huh?

Chris

Any info on THE RETURN OF W. DE RIJK?

Davey

I hope he’s not voting for the Oscars because he hasn’t seen many of the eligible films.

Daniel

Guess he´ll be having another Magic Mike XXL night this Saturday or Sunday.

Joseph

Steven Soderbergh doesn’t watch Game of Thrones.

MDL

To the guy who wrote: ‘kinda lazy if u ask me.’. First, why must prospective Academy voters only be expected to watch films that might potentially be nominated? Second, most Academy voters wait until the nominations are official before they see the movie so that the movie is fresh in their mind and they can make a better decision. Third, he may not vote. So let him watch what he wants to.

Charles

Soderbergh loves John McTiernan. That’s why he watched Die Hard With A Vengeance. He’s mentioned McTiernan alongside Spielberg and Cameron when talking about the best directors of action. He said he studied all three guy’s films before making the Ocean’s movies and Haywire.

Mindy

why would he bother to see a bunch of terrible movies end of year oscar-bait movies?

bohmer

Steven isn’t into Game of Thrones at all. And it is rather strange to stop True Detective at ep5

Ken G

@CIRKUSFOLK

He watched The Social Network a bunch of times before it came out too. I’m guessing Fincher shows him early cuts of the movie and asks for his input. Pretty cool.

B

I’m trying to imagine what kind of mood he was in to watch The Babadook and Sunset Boulevard on the same day.

samNYC

and he watched CARNAL KNOWLEDGE and THE GRADUATE in the 2 days after Mike Nichols passed away.

SamNYC

funny he only watched 1 eps of True Detective (burn) and obvs he wasn’t interested in seeing this year’s men oscar bait..probably waiting for screeners.

Aaron P.

I plan on watching MAGIC MIKE XXL, at least that many times in 2015.

cirkusfolk

In fact, it seems he didn’t watch a lot of the films that actually came out in theaters this year. No Imitation Game, no Theory of Everything, etc. I hope he doesn’t get to vote in the Academy Awards. Kinda lazy if u ask me.

cirkusfolk

He actually watched 2001 three times, yet didn’t watch Interstellar. Weird. I see he got to see Gone Girl twice in March even though it didn’t come out til October. Must have some pull.

daniel

Nice! The Offence is a really disturbing, hugely underseen film.

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