For critics, favorite movies always present a sort of quandary: more often than not, they are dependent upon the purity of an emotional connection, and frequently resist attempts to objectify their artistic merits in the same way we would the latest blockbuster or arthouse offering. Mind you, there are plenty of critics who count 'The Godfather' or 'Bridge on the River Kwai' among their most beloved films and their bona fides are indisputable, but Gene Siskel's all-time favorite was 'Saturday Night Fever,' and while it's one of my favorites as well, it may or may not hold up in the same way as either of the aforementioned classics. All of which brings me to 'Out of Sight.'
When 'Out of Sight' was released in 1998, I was on the same Elmore Leonard train as everybody else, but I wasn't a George Clooney fan and hadn't been knocked out by many of Steven Soderbergh's post-'Sex, Lies and Videotape' films. But after just one viewing, I was inextricably obsessed with the film, and took at least three other people to see it while it was in theaters, and subsequently subjected everyone else I knew to it on DVD. But until Universal Studios Home Entertainment released it exclusively on Blu-ray at Best Buy, I probably hadn't seen it for eight or nine years. So you can imagine that when time came to take a look at it for this week's "Shelf Life," I was pretty nervous about whether it would still retain the same charms as before.