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…
A very apt title. There is indeed sex, lies, and videotape(s) in this film. A very voyeuristic, sexy film with a great electronic score by Cliff Martinez. I very much enjoyed it.
An erotic, fascinating melange of confused sexuality and self-discovery.
"Sex, Lies, and Videotape" shows us how sex pervades and accents our emotions- clouding our judgement and seeping into every corner of our lives. In watching the main characters grapple with various sexual neuroses, we see how destructive and pointless sex can be when it isn't coupled with genuine human emotion. It's a powerful force, and it'll swallow you whole if you let it.
Terrfic performances, slick direction and boundless intelligence. Recommended.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Had a slow start, then I started to get into the characters then it ended.
In between I despaired at what was presumably an artistic choice on Soderbergh's part, as opposed to amateurish incompetence, regarding the sound, which I can only describe as the cinematic equivalent of using the microphone built into your 80's camcorder.
I can't tell if Andie MacDowell is a good actress or not. But I liked her in this. I think she has a screen presence regardless.
The sister in this made me think that's what Michael Jackson was aiming for.
Would have been nice if James Spader spoke up a bit.
Chalk this up as another movie where Americans can't pronounce Graham. Someone…
I always thought i had seen this, but then i realised i Had that Vision of laura San Giacomo and that Poster on my Brain . so lets give this a watch
Kudos to Soderbergh for using the Oxford comma in the title
A young Sandy Cohen and Robert California team up in a deeply interesting and thought provoking, yet slow moving film. Love Peter Gallagher, even when he's playing an unlikeable character. It may be from 1989, but it's really not noticeable. The acting was good, the story was interesting, it just didn't have any extra oomph to get it into "great" territory, just very good.
An well directed indie film, that has new thoughts about sex and intimacy in general. If this movie didn't have the director it did, I'm not really sure what it would be. The movie was very talky, dramatic, and even a little strange. However, it was the smartly written script and great direction that made it excellent. This script takes dramatic archetypes (the cheating husband, the other woman, etc.) and uses them to analyze different aspects of sex or just human nature in general.Then there is the odd character, Graham (outstanding performance by James Spader, the whole cast really), which adds the excitement and a completely different perspective for the already standing theme. Overall really great movie, though I think I need to think about it more.
This is superb, so clear and economical, but also just fuckin' eery and weird. And a weird cast that suits it perfectly. A classic.
"does exactly what it says on the tin"
The film has been put on a pedestal ever since its release, it is a cinema classic in terms of its reputation and influence on independent films. But It's more than just sex, lies and videotapes, its about how the sex, the lies and the videotapes are revealed and how they affect these corrupt or damaged characters. Unfortunately I didn't care about these characters, so their on-screen trials and tribulations didn't affect me as much as I hoped they would.
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