11Jun10:40 amEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

It is probably a contrarian point of view, but I have always thought there was something off about Quentin Tarantino’s films. Granted, he has made some entertaining ones. But they are not quite on the level of genius or even excellent films that many would have you believe.

As an alternative to some of Tarantino’s campy films, consider Out of Sight (1998), the Steven Soderbergh-directed film based on the great Elmore Leonard’s novel.

In my view, Soderbergh does a better job of interweaving several different story lines at once in an ensemble cast, something that Tarantino does in all of his films to a lesser extent.

via RottenTomatoes.com:

Steven Soderbergh directed this crime caper adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard. When ex-con Jack Foley (George Clooney) robs a bank, his car goes dead, and Foley lands in a Florida prison. His escape from prison doesn't go as planned, since it's witnessed by deputy federal marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Foley's pal Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames) intervenes, with the result that Sisco winds up in the trunk of the getaway car with Foley, and the two realize they're attracted to each other, despite being on opposite sides of the law. However, that doesn't stop Sisco from her mission to capture Foley, who has spent much of his life in prison. Flashbacks introduce Foley's fellow prisoners, including dim dude Glenn Michaels (Steve Zahn), violent Maurice "Snoopy" Miller (Don Cheadle), and insider trader and billionaire Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks), who talks too much about his wealth. This later leads to a break-in at Ripley's posh Detroit estate by Miller, his brother-in-law Kenneth (Isaiah Washington), and menacing White Boy Rob (Keith Loneker). While seeking a hidden safe, the group threatens Ripley's housekeeper Midge (Nancy Allen). Foley and Bragg are in on this operation, but they wind up outwitting the others, and Sisco is close on their trail. The film features uncredited cameos by Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson, and was shot in locations in Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan.

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