Movie Diary 6/16/2021

Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011). Re-watched it for an upcoming lecture on end-of-the-world movies. Mm-hmm. To say that it “holds up” from the perspective of 2021 is an understatement, and it’s pretty damned eerie to watch the parallels unfold – I’m extremely glad I didn’t watch this eight months ago, when everything was worse. You wish that reality had had germ-hunters like Kate Winslet and Jennifer Ehle around (and Elliott Gould, too), although maybe we did. Soderbergh’s direction is very shrewd, mostly consisting of people talking in rooms but with a sure-handed flow that keeps it all coursing along through the bloodstream.