All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
As far as feature film debuts from great directors this isn't bad. It shows none of the signs of the lack of experience which hold back many such movies. But it's also no Eraserhead. It has an interesting enough story to keep you hooked, the pacing and cinematography bear the seeds of the great director to come, and most of the acting is solid (a few actors at the beginning of their careers who would end up making it pretty big too). But despite the subject matter being right up my alley (psychology) and being from a director I know and love I wasn't really blown away. Fun and worth seeing for fans of Soderbergh, but not required reading.
Steven Soderbergh’s directorial debut is one if the best that I have watched from the 1980s. Soderbergh’s filmography is all over the place. He has tackled so many genres over the years. His films always have such a unique feeling to them. Sex, Lies, and Videotape is filled with energy that makes it coast by at a brisk 100-minutes.
The whole cast is phenomenal here. I always like seeing Peter Gallagher pop up in a television series every now and then. Even though he, for the most part, plays the same character in everything I have seen him in, he sure does he know how to play it. Everyone here brings an incredible amount of charisma to their role. The…
I was always peeved that this film won the Palme d'Or over Spike Lee's film. So much that when I first watched it, a few years ago when I was getting started in film, I turned it off after 15 minutes and claimed it to be one of those film classics that I didn't approve of. Because I was being edgy back then. Finally coming back for a full viewing on a Saturday afternoon, I prove my young self-worth wrong again. It's truly amazing at just how mesmerizing, audacious, and downright sexy Soderbergh’s debut is.
It's been said that Sex, Lies, and Videotape is the independent film that got mainstream audiences into independent films and while that was certainly true…
Once you get past James Spader's hair, this little masterpiece will really get under your skin. In fact, despite all of his hard work since, Soderbergh has never made a film with as much raw emotion and power as this one. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that everything happens so quietly. This isn't the kind of film that jumps in your face and forces you to watch the curiosities within. Instead, it just slowly unfolds while you sit there with nothing meaningful to say about it.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape turns out to be everything films like Shame were trying to be and more. The characters are stranger and filled with quiet horror, the plot moves…
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
Film 124 out of 700
So again for the March Mystery Challenge I get a film by a first time director. Now I know what you are all thinking, that I hated it. Well you would all be wrong.
Now by no sense am I saying I love this film but you can tell that this is a Steven Soderbergh film. The other great thing about this film is that is isn't perfect so the director only had room to grow. The actually subject matter of the film doesn't overly interest me but once you actually start to think about the themes of this film:…
I don't consider myself a fan of Steven Soderbergh but after revisiting Sex, Lies, and Videotape I have a renewed sense of respect for his craft. This was his very first feature-length film and remains one of his best. I may not be a fan of Soderbergh but I am a fan of this film.
Soderbergh brought out a vulnerability in the actors, providing them with career-defining roles. Besides the soft-spoken and sweet Andie MacDowell, the most noteworthy cast member is James Spader. Obviously, I'm going to be a bit biased as I have been in love with him since I was old enough to recognize what attraction entails. With that aside, this was Spader's first great role, sure, he…
I've found that the most challenging thing for a director to accomplish in their first film is a sense of character of the piece and that the characters in the piece are human (not real or performative or subtle but distinctly human) and Soderbergh makes clear his familiarity with both. A large number of visual consistencies in Soderbergh's career are already evident here and this score from Cliff Martinez is one of few that I would actually describe as haunting. It's easy to see what made this such an appealing contender and winner for the Palme d'Or.
As his debut feature, and at the tender age of 26, Soderbergh proves he is a master of his craft. Directing, writing, and editing the film, Soderbergh displays a level of control that veterans who are triple his age can't even muster. The film deals with sexuality in a nuanced and intelligent way, never presenting it's characters as hack cliches. Each of these characters has an issue with sex and with the arrival James Spader's character, their carefully cultivated world is shattered.
Steven Soderbergh début is a wonderful achievement considering the age he directed Sex, Lies, and Videotape. It's such a mature film, it's hard to believe the man at the helm was only 26 at the time. The script is excellently balanced between humour and drama, not mention it's originality. The movies heart lies with it's actors, strong performances all round from actors and actresses I've never really paid to much attention to. It's a clever, thoughtful and engrossing piece, and while it's Soderbergh's first it still remains one of his best.
Small, simple, elegant.
Though how awesome is it that a main character in this has the name John Mulaney?
Re-watched with the commentary by Soderbergh and Neil LaBute, which gives some useful insight into the filmmaking process behind the film, but also includes a little too much self-loathing.
And so begins my Stephen Soderbergh retrospective, with this, his first film, a slow introspective drama that already shows off the director's fascination with unique camera work in select moments.
I think Cliff Martinez's work here does some real heavy lifting and is on par with both the direction and acting. Good work all around, one of the best.
A film that could not be made today. There's a certain air of "filth" that lingers with VHS, especially with Cliff Martinez' score backing it up.
It's infatuating. The aesthetic, the perversion of it; and the performances are so damn human.
There's something about that central premise: taping somebody you (almost) know confess their darkest sexual secrets and then watching it back for a retrospective, filtered thrill. It's simultaneously intimate and distant. The contrast is so warped, the allure makes sense.
Side note: Has Paul Dano based his entire career off of aping James Spader's performance in this?
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…