All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
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…
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.
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…
η σεξουαλική ένταση που δημιουργεί, η υπόγεια διαστροφή, οι κοφτοί, ρεαλιστικοί διάλογοι, οι αντιφάσεις των χαρακτήρων που βγαίνουν ήρεμα στην επιφάνεια μέχρι να φτάσει το φινάλε και να συνειδητοποιήσεις πόσο η σκηνοθεσία του Σοντεμπεργκ τους έχει "εκθέσει" και ξεγυμνώσει όπως ακριβώς τις γυναίκες στις βιντεοκασέτες. my soderberg's favorite
Sex is weird, but not
Nearly as weird as in this.
Sexy time for all!
A self-assured, entertaining, and profound debut feature film by Steven Soderbergh. One of the best films of the 80s.
"That's beautiful... That's really beautiful."
Το σενάριο του Sondebergh είναι απίστευτο,γεμάτο κοφτούς και ωμούς διαλόγους.Οι χαρακτήρες όλοι τόσο διαφορετικοί και όμως βλέπεις πως όλοι τους είναι μαζί,δέχονται ή ακόμα και ανέχονται ο ένας τον άλλον παρά τις αντιθέσεις τους.Δεν ξέρω αν μπορώ να το χαρακτηρίσω αριστούργημα αλλά σίγουρα είναι ένα απίστευτο ντεμπούτο από έναν από τους καλύτερους σκηνοθέτες του σήμερα.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I forgot this was one of my favorite movies. Thanks for the rewatch suggestion, Anne-Marie!
Soderbergh conjures a palpable mood with every one of his pictures; one wonders if there are as many layers underneath as the sheen implies. Microscopic zoom-ins on conversation, disorienting audio bridges, the way James Spader fidgets within the frame. This is all tightly constructed, which is beyond impressive for a directorial debut and shows not only a formal signature emerging but also a true talent with actors, Spader the brightest among them. It's well-paced too, if that needs to be said.
Maybe it was the Hitchcock zoom-in on Cynthia, mid orgasm, that made me question where all this technique was going. That shot grabs your attention, but does it fit in this movie? My question means to point out that…
A bland housewife starts an odd relationship with a man who has a deep voyeurism fetish while her husband cheats on her with her sister. What a stunning work of art. This is one of the best independent films I've ever seen. Powerhouse performances all around. James Spader, Andie MacDowell, and Laura San Giacomo are all Oscar-worthy, and even Peter Gallagher does solid work as the philandering husband. Soderbergh's direction has never been better either. I always thought Laura San Giacomo was an awful, awful actress based on her work in Just Shoot Me!, but she's breathtaking here. And Andie MacDowell uses her blandness to perfect potential playing the scorned wife. An absolutely stunning film.
This movie was definitely dialogue driven. Not what you'd expect from the title, but then the title is more like an equation where you don't understand the variables. Turns out the solution (for which you have to watch the film to get the missing integer) is intimacy.
In spite of the fact that there is no action in this film, I was engrossed the entire time. The film doesn't judge its characters, and we only know what a real observer would know about them. But even more, the characters lead ordinary lives that could unravel into chaos at any moment. I love this statement about life because it's so true on so many levels.
Along with Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, this was a very influential film in the broadening of my cinematic horizons.
I remember being so fascinated by the dialogue that I actually recorded it to audio cassette so that I could just listen to it.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…