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:…
Soderbergh's Palme d'Or-winning debut feature, a talky chamber piece about a man who interviews women about their sexual histories and preferences, was hugely influential in the rise of independent American cinema during the early 90s and though its frank discussion of sexual mores may now seem relatively tame, it remains a compelling and intelligent dissection of relationships and the way sex can often define them. James Spader plays the drifting, enigmatic Graham, whose quietly inquisitive presence ruptures the lives of old friend John (Peter Gallagher) and his wife Ann (Andie MacDowell), who live affluently in Baton Rouge but are trapped in an unhappy, sexless marriage. Graham's subtle but probing line of questioning reveals the fault lines cracking under the weight…
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.
Proving you don't need a big cast to highlight how fucked up human relationships are.
Film #19 of Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge
Task #17: A film featuring a fetish!
Steven Soderbergh's 1989 classic is a fascinating look at...well, sex, lies, and videotape. It's also about love and communication and pleasure and problems and how these all get wrapped up in our relationships. It's really quite a smart and provocative film. It drew me in instantly with some really interesting and dynamic camerawork in the first few minutes. This sort of goes away as the film goes on, but every once in a while there is a simply stunning shot or sequence. The climax and ending was a bit of a letdown simply because I didn't think it went where it could have gone which might…
Soderbergh's debut is sexy and well written. It deals with a repressed housewife facing a cheating husband and a failing marriage, a situation that blows over with the arrival of Graham, an odd childhood friend. However the film does well in tackling human interaction and conformity. The acting is all around good but major props go to James Spader for pulling off a character that could just as easily have looked extremely ridiculous. It remains interesting throughout and doesn't feel like a first feature.
The thing that first hits home about Sex, Lies, and Videotape is the quietly penetrative mood (made possible through a smart use of silence) that acts as a conduit for every subsequent compelling interaction or piece of dialogue. Through this mood, Soderbergh generates a legitimately sexy, funny, and real piece of entertainment with subtle dramatic elements of the story allowed to unfold naturally, therefore making them more effective. The deeply intelligent screenplay drives everything expertly, with naturalistic performances from supremely capable players (there's an extended conversation between McDowell and Spader that's absolutely riveting) communicating its subtle comments on the ways in which sexuality and deception motivate the most mundane of relationships with grace and poignancy. The "first" independent film remains one of the greatest even after nearly three decades and deserves to be considered a benchmark for the genre as it continues to evolve.
Utterly fascinating. It explores some hard truths and human behavior in a way that's raw and telling, but it's really compelling. The film is stripped back and simple in terms of setting, but extremely layered and complex in terms of dialogue, conversation and relationships.
Steven Soderbergh's Palm D'or winning debut film is still as powerful as it was over 20 years ago.
watched last week for the first time, became an instant favorite
The concept sounded great - Spader is fantastic but ultimately I didn't really give a shit and it felt like a slog at number of points.
Further thoughts can be found on my blog at kcfilms.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/a-week-in-netflix-wc-290615.html
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…