Director: Steven Soderbergh
Year Released: 2005
Rating: 1.0

Soderbergh - ever the innovator! - decides to 'strip' cinema down to its barest essentials, taking away creative plotting, character development, beautiful cinematography, professional acting and a complex score, and leaving you with questionable HD imagery (which, at times, is hard to make out), a score consisting of about three chords played over again (by Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard, no less) and a story that ultimately wouldn't be out of place on one of those TV programs like "Law and Order," all played by non-professionals (makes you wish for the old tyme-y cinema, huh?). Would be nothing of distinction had an "A-list" Hollywood director not be behind the project "slumming it" and releasing it simultaneously on DVD, in the theaters and on cable - a first in the history of movies, I gather - so if anything, it's more of a landmark in terms of the packaging and distribution of the movies than in the actual manufacturing of a movie.