All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
A movie that puts intellectualism above story and heart, which is completely fine and makes perfect sense for this film.
A few beautiful shots throughout, such as the introduction of Peter Gallagher give a peek at what Soderbergh would become.
A feeling that I missed at least half of what the movie is talking about when we talking about sex no matter how closely I was paying, I know I'll have to give this a rewatch.
The actors seemed to mostly be playing roles that would become their bread and butter, to varying degrees of effectiveness.
The film that changed independent film forever, and introduced the world to the unfathomable genius of Steven Soderbergh!
Outside of the clear theme of the difficulty of human connection, I wonder how much of this film is about the way we retreat into art, pining for those very connections.
I guess it comes down to one question: How much of himself does Soderbergh see in Graham Dalton?
Watched in the 1990s
Really liked this, but hard to talk about what Soderbergh is doing on an editing and shot level here. There's an overlapping quality to the way these people and their psyches interact--the most prominent form of this, to me, being the fact that almost all telephone calls are heard perfectly clearly, as if it was voiceover, rather than it coming through a technological medium with audio quality issues-- that comes through the editing that is really affecting to me. Soderbergh's obsession with video (analog here, not digital) starts here.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape is essentially a series of conversations between several characters—there is sex, and lies, and videotape, but each of those is also a condition of the story existing at all; together, they form the canvas on which these characters are joined together.
Soderbergh’s hand in his debut is hardly less steady than the rest of his career shows, and it is nothing if not methodical in its pacing. Every scene has a point, carefully hooking the audience just so, the characters slowly revealing their habits and deceits both commonly human and vaguely surreal, the latter of which seems equally the consequence of a low-budget as it is an intentional style, crafted as it were from the available…
Over the last decade or so I felt that Soderbergh tends to make emotionally distanced films (and it works, at least for me), so it was very interesting to revisit his debut and see that it wasn't always the case. A very intimate movie with extremely assured handling of the themes. A real pleasure.
Completely entrancing. Performances that have yet to be topped by any of the members involved. Masterful direction and a fascinating script. Truly a masterful debut if there ever was one.
I love this film.
I can see how Steven Soderbergh blew up after making this film. It's a terrifically acted film with great characters and great composition. Definitely didn't disappoint after all the hype over it.
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…