Movies that are slightly off.
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.
I feel as if I know Laura San Giacomo from somewhere, but after checking her IMDb-page, I am pretty certain that I have never seen her in anything, no movie at least; must be the distinctive nose in combination with the hair that (strongly) reminds me of some other actress I cannot recall right now. Anyways, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, the more-or-less debut of director Steven Soderbergh, of whom I had already seen nine features before this, many of which I like, but none of which I love. Until now! Because Sex, Lies, and Videotape is undoubtedly (in my opinion at least) his best work to-date, and since he claims to be retired, it will probably defend that title for…
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…
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.
Since Sex, Lies And Videotape ended, and in fact pretty much the whole way through its running time actually, I found myself wondering why I keep giving Steven Soderbergh chances.
Because I just don't like his films. I only liked Out Of Sight. But I do know why I keep coming back to him and it's because he does, to his credit, have an interestingly varied career behind him in terms of genre. I like a director who is able to jump from genre to genre with seemingly little effort, which is why is perhaps the main reason why I find him to be extremely frustrating.
To me, this latest attempt to try and find something else in his career…
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…
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 will have some stuff to say about this one for sure.
A truly eerie film accompanied by a near perfect score from Cliff Martinez. While it was a great film, I don't think it deserved to beat out DTRT at Cannes.
An interesting debut for Steven Soderbergh that was probably more impactful when it came out. Nowadays I feel like a film that tackles the themes it is trying to explore would be way less tame in it's portrayal. But I actually like the fact that it didn't go for the gratuitous portrayal of sex and focused more on the feelings that sex nurtures inside all of us.
The story is very simple and avoids being too bloated. Many things are implied instead of outright explained and there is much to be inferred about the relations between characters by seeing how they react to certain lines of dialogue. It isn't ashamed to have "embarrassing" conversations about sexuality and it feels refreshing…
Steven Soderbergh's directorial debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape is a really good film. Andie MacDowell stars as Ann Bishop, who is unhappily married to a successful lawyer, John, played by Peter Gallagher who is sleeping with her sister. The movie focuses on the relationship that blossoms between Ann and old friend of John, Graham who is played by James Spader. Andie Macdowell and James Spader give really strong performances, their characters are really three dimensional and flawed but also endearing. I really found the characters interesting although I would of liked some scenes of all of them interacting with each other. Nearly all of the scenes, aside from a dinner scene, only have two characters in them. While the movie…
Young couple, Ann (Andie MacDowell) and John (Peter Gallagher) are stuck in a loveless and sexless marriage that's based on lies and betrayal. But when John's eccentric college buddy (James Spader) comes to town, sexual expression comes into a new form.
Cudos to "Sex, Lies and Videotape" for it's excellent writing by writer/ director Steven Soderbergh- which forms great character development. Within the first few lines spoken by each of person, we get a clear sense of who they are and though out the film get a confirming personality type throughout. For this, Soderbergh is a pro in creating an interesting pool of characters so different from each other yet somehow linked. Also, James Spader in particular gives the best…
An interesting first outing from Soderbergh. You can definitely see that there is someone home behind the camera. I didn't completely buy everything he was selling, but it's still an interesting and entertaining movie.
Soderburgh morphs characters so real, their feelings so tangible, that the story, which is at points quite weak, becomes gripping.
An erotic drama which puts character/motivation and the human psychology before shameless sex scenes.
Steven Soderbergh is a consummate filmmaker, but he's repressed all his knowledge of human behavior; in fact, I'm not sure he's actually met a real human before. Andie McDowell, James Spader, and Peter Gallagher's dimple all bring their A-games, but the stilted script and cold direction hobble their performances and this film.
Um filme extremamente simples, mas ao mesmo tempo bastante feliz na maneira como trabalha.
Acho incrível como o Soderbergh concilia duas temáticas muito distintas (o sexo nas relações e o efeito da imagem no real) sem deixar que uma se sobreponha à outra, exibindo um equilíbrio tão... sensível. Mas o que é mais foda, porém, é que ele 1) sabe distinguir a abordagem alegórica dos temas do desenvolvimento de seus personagens e 2) consegue estabelecer um clima de terapia entre esses quatro personagens que serve à tese e a eles mesmos. Se o Soderbergh poderia optar pela saída mais fácil e relegar o personagem do James Spader ao papel incômodo de terapeuta do grupo, por exemplo, ele conscientemente coloca este…
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