Commendable because the studios clearly wouldn't invest the money he required to make a big budget sports movie, so he went ahead and did one anyway, only on a micro-budget. This is far from an amateur effort, and with Hollywood on a mission to franchise every sequel to a reboot, the only way original movies are going to still be made is by director's thinking outside of the box. Soderbergh may be going to extremes by shooting on an iPhone 7, but at least he's showing that stylish, professionally made original movies are not dead yet.I don't find the director's iPhone obsession commendable, I find it annoying.
Filmmaking shouldn't be easier and easier for anyone to do. One of the biggest issues with films today is that there are far, far too many...& most of them are 'amateur crap' as it is...(!)