Which Movies Did Steven Soderbergh Watch in 2014?

If you can't decide on which films to watch this year, you might want to take a look at what director Steven Soderbergh watched during 2014.

Below is just a list of the films Soderbergh saw last year, but he names every TV show, play, and book he saw or read as well. You should absolutely take a look at his blog and read the full thing -- and then start making plans to start watching and reading the same exact things, because Soderbergh has great taste, guys.

  • THE GREAT BEAUTY
  • THE MONUMENTS MEN
  • ICE CASTLES
  • NIGHT MOVES
  • ARLINGTON ROAD
  • BAD GRANDPA
  • ROBBERY
  • THE SPLIT
  • FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
  • KID AUTO RACES IN VENICE
  • THE ROUNDERS
  • TWA 800
  • NON-STOP
  • JUGGERNAUT
  • TAKE AWAY ONE
  • GONE GIRL
  • NOKAS
  • KLUTE
  • THE UNKNOWN KNOWN
  • MY MAN GODFREY
  • IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
  • PROXY
  • UNDER THE SKIN
  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
  • DIE HARD WITH VENGEANCE
  • ROBBER
  • HIGH RISK
  • RUNAWAY JURY
  • PIONEER
  • THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY
  • WALK OF SHAME
  • MR. KNEFF
  • FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
  • THE DAY OF THE JACKAL
  • SORCERER
  • CATCH-22
  • POINT BLANK
  • IN THE LOOP
  • THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
  • STATE AND MAIN
  • SE7EN
  • TO CATCH A THIEF
  • BLACK SUNDAY
  • DR. STRANGELOVE: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
  • THE ARMSTRONG LIE
  • THE CONVERSATION
  • JAWS
  • THE PARALLAX VIEW
  • I SMILE BACK
  • WHITEY: THE UNITED STATES VS. JAMES J. BULGER
  • ALIEN
  • FILM SOCIALISME
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI
  • THE OFFENSE
  • THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
  • ALTERED STATES
  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY
  • WORLD ON A WIRE
  • BOYHOOD
  • THE PAPER CHASE
  • THE RAIN PEOPLE
  • THE HAUNTING 
  • PANIC ROOM
  • APOCALYPSE NOW
  • RED DESERT
  • THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
  • CITIZENFOUR
  • PATHS OF GLORY
  • SPARTACUS
  • DINER
  • THE ARRANGEMENT
  • CITIZENFOUR
  • THE GODFATHER
  • THE KILLING
  • THE GODFATHER PART II
  • CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
  • NASHVILLE
  • MICHAEL CLAYTON
  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (B&W)
  • MAGIC MIKE XXL
  • BEWARE MR. BAKER
  • THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: WHEN SATAN CAME TO EDEN
  • BIRDMAN, OR: THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUES OF IGNORANCE
  • LIFEBOAT
  • CASABLANCA
  • WHIPLASH
  • CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
  • THE LAST DETAIL
  • THE GRADUATE
  • COHERENCE
  • HONEYMOON
  • THE BADADOOK
  • SUNSET BOULEVARD
  • MONA LISA IS MISSING
  • NIGHTCRAWLER
  • IDA
  • AMERICAN SNIPER
  • FURY
  • A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
  • FOXCATCHER
  • UNBROKEN
  • INHERENT VICE
  • SELMA
  • THE INTERVIEW
  • THE IPCRESS FILE
  • FUNERAL IN BERLIN
  • TOP FIVE
  • THE LAVENDER HILL MOB
  • THE RETURN OF W. DE RIJK
  • GASLIGHT

Soderberg watched 111 different films in 2014, although there are several repeats. That's quite a feat, but it just goes to show that watching movies is imperative to being a student of cinema (as well as a filmmaker).

How many of these titles have you already seen? Are there any films that you're surprised are on the list? Let us know in the comments.     

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Did he not see Interstellar?

January 6, 2015 at 8:02PM

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Peter Phillips
Filmmaker
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Lol that was my very first thought as well Peter.

January 6, 2015 at 10:03PM

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Mine as well. I'm shocked.

January 7, 2015 at 3:40AM

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Alessia Cremenescu
Film Student
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This makes me feel slightly less embarrassed for keeping a similar list. Though I definitely do not go as far as logging every individual TV episode, book, and play. Kudos, Mr. Soderbergh. Out-nerding the best of us.

January 6, 2015 at 10:55PM

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Oren Soffer
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He should just get a Letterboxd account haha. It's a lot less tedious and people can see what you've watched in real time!.

January 7, 2015 at 1:10AM

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Tim Brennan
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January 7, 2015 at 11:46PM

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Micah Van Hove
Writer
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That's pretty awesome. It looks a lot like my first log back in 2009/2010, though mine has become pretty excessive (/obsessive) since then...

If anyone is interested, I've uploaded the backbone here: markeriksen.com/logbook.html

January 7, 2015 at 4:52AM, Edited January 7, 4:52AM

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Watching 111 films a year is not imperative to being a filmmaker.

January 7, 2015 at 10:30AM

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Luke Neumann
Cinematographer/Composer/Editor
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Gonna agree to disagree on that one. I don't think you can really consider yourself any kind of artist - filmmaker, musician, etc - unless you keep up with the work of your peers, fellow artists and predecessors. We don't live and work in a vacuum!

January 7, 2015 at 9:04PM, Edited January 7, 9:04PM

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Oren Soffer
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I'm going to disagree with your agreement to disagree :)

If you watched 0 films in 2015 and only spent time working on your own creative projects you would cease to be a filmmaker? You would consider that "taking a step back" in your craft?

There are exceptions to every rule and there is NO absolute blue print. That my friend, is an indisputable fact. I think you can consider yourself a filmmaker if you make videos. I think you can consider yourself a musician if you make music. It's quite simple. No pre-requisites.

January 14, 2015 at 10:59AM

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Luke Neumann
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I'm going to disagree with your agreement to disagree :)

If you watched 0 films in 2015 and only spent time working on your own creative projects you would cease to be a filmmaker? You would consider that "taking a step back" in your craft?

There are exceptions to every rule and there is NO absolute blue print. That my friend, is an indisputable fact. I think you can consider yourself a filmmaker if you make videos. I think you can consider yourself a musician if you make music. It's quite simple. No pre-requisites.

January 14, 2015 at 10:59AM

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Luke Neumann
Cinematographer/Composer/Editor
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Gonna have to disagree with this one. I don't think any artist in any field - filmmaking, music, etc - can really consider themselves an artist unless they are fully immersed in that world, keeping up to date with the work of their peers and fellow artists as well as the past masters that came before them. We don't live and work in a vacuum.

January 7, 2015 at 9:06PM

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Oren Soffer
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Yeah I thought it was a little light too

January 7, 2015 at 11:48PM

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Micah Van Hove
Writer
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You're right, that's not nearly enough films, especially for an industry director. I'd say at least 600 to 1000 a year is imperative.

January 8, 2015 at 5:26PM

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You're right, that's not nearly enough films, especially for an industry director. I'd say at least 600 to 1000 films a year is imperative.

January 8, 2015 at 5:28PM

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You're right, that's not nearly enough films, especially for an industry director. I'd say at least 600 to 1000 films a year is imperative.

January 8, 2015 at 5:31PM

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You're right, that's not nearly enough films, especially for an industry director. I'd say at least 600 to 1000 films a year is imperative.

January 8, 2015 at 5:36PM, Edited January 8, 5:36PM

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You're right, that's not nearly enough films, especially for an industry director. I'd say at least 600 to 1000 films a year is imperative.

January 8, 2015 at 9:24PM

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Exactly! It's all about what gear you use, everyone knows that.

February 11, 2015 at 12:11PM, Edited February 11, 12:11PM

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Cassidy Hilton
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Am I the only one who noticed that you can't actually watch 111 2-hour movies in a year? There's only 8,760 hours in a year, so if you did nothing but watch movies and you didn't sleep at all, you could watch 73 movies back-to-back. So watching 111 movies in a year is physically impossible and Steven Soderergh did not actually do this. However this list still looks like a good bucket list of movies, just not a prerequisite for being a great filmmaker. This past year, I saw The Armstrong Lie, Boyhood, and Fury and they were game changers for me. Loved them each in their own way.

January 12, 2015 at 1:18PM

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Sarah
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umm...you may want to check your math.

January 12, 2015 at 10:08PM

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There is something wrong with your calculations (they got me interested as I watched 300+ movies past year, not that I'm proud of that or something).
While there is, indeed, 8760 hours in a year, you could watch far more than 73 movies in that time. Say, we subtract 8 hours of sleep from that amount: 8760-(8*365)=2920 hours left. Say, we subtract 3 hours a day for your food needs etc: 2920-(3*365)=1825 hours for watching movies without doing anything else while having time to sleep and eat. That's roughly 900+ 2-hour movies.

January 13, 2015 at 12:19AM

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R B
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I can't believe what i just read...i can't even...moving on.

February 11, 2015 at 6:44AM

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Stela P
director/producer
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Awesome! How do you manage to live on the planet Mercury?

February 11, 2015 at 10:46AM

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Jeeze, just one movie a night=365. You're dropping a few zeros on your math there lady.

February 11, 2015 at 11:08AM

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January 13, 2015 at 6:35AM

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Daniel Delago
Film Critic
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When I had time off school for summer just recently (in the southern hemisphere) I watched 64 movies in 42 days
Here is a list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073786491/

Also it would be interesting to talk to Soderbergh to see his thoughts on some of these movies.

February 11, 2015 at 2:40AM

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and which ones did he like?

February 11, 2015 at 5:25AM

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Tulio Campregher
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