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.
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…
There’s something elegant about Soderbergh’s debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape, which earned him the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. Soderbergh, the youngest director to win the award, kick-started 90’s independent cinema with his mature, otherworldly, yet grounded examination of — well — sex, lies, and videotape.
Soderbergh — who was twenty-six at the time — tells a story in need of an experienced understanding from its director. A story of grand importance, but also personal, and small. The story of a bored, inhibited housewife (Andie MacDowell), and her lying husband (Peter Gallagher). The story of Graham (James Spader) who is a mysterious observer, impotent, and serious. And the story about how these characters crash into each other,…
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'm attracted to the insularity of this four-person drama. These people exist between a comfortable bourgeois house, a sparse apartment, an office, and a dingy bar; to them, there is no outside world. They call one another on the phone—as sister, spouse, lover, friend—in order to gossip or arrange their betrayals. The quartet's sex lives are tightly intertwined. Together they're like an equation, with erotic variables added to or removed from either side of an equals sign. First-time director Steven Soderbergh often maps out the give and take within this closed loop through editing: through temporal disjunctions in image and sound. Theirs is a fractured world, where the experience of sex and lies must be mediated through the videotape. It's…
James Spader's all "hey laaaa-dy! Can I film you with the sex and the lies and the videotape ohhhh"
Yes - there all those things here, but not combined well enough to make this film all that interesting.
I don't understand how Peter Gallagher wasn't a bigger name, he would've fit in nicely on Twin Peaks as well I think, maybe as Ben Horne? Who knows.
The start of Soderbergh.
performances beyond belief, brilliantly shot, a perfect soundtrack. there's insight & understanding here rarely seen in real life, let-alone on film. fascinating & essential. long live stevie sodie, angel among men
Sex, Lies, and Videotape is an amazingly written and powerful film. The movie that started indie films in the 90's, Soderbergh's directorial debut is an immaculate and intelligent marvel.
Following this film's success, the concept of fun Hollywood movies for all was dead, and instead the studios started churning out similarly serious though unchallenging middlebrow Oscar-bait for grown-ups, and terrible, everything-bigger-than-before comic book FX fests for the kids. So thanks for nothing, Steven Soderbergh. As for the film itself, it's enjoyable enough, though not as deep as it seems to think it is. Andie MacDowell is surprisingly good as a sexually unadventurous, uninterested prude whose husband is cheating on her with her sister. Into their lives comes a laid-back James Spader as an overly quirky guy who gets his rocks off by watching interviews he's recorded with women about their sexual histories. The film has an agreeably non-judgemental attitude…
i liked it but i sort of expected more? maybe it's a grower
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I saw this film for the first time, many years ago. In fact, when I first saw this film I was probably a teenager and probably liked it more because of it's sexual subject matter, rather than for the reasons intended. When I re-watched it again tonight, I realized that there was a lot here to take in and a lot to like. Lets start with the cast of characters, of which Soderbergh doesn't waste any time establishing. In fact, Soderbergh gives us all we need to know about each character within the first ten minutes (maybe less) of the film and from there we have enough information and feel like we already know everyone included. He establishes Ann as…
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…