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…
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…
Endlessly fascinating. Has some of the most charged, unsettling moments of conversation--on sex, no less. Layering of voiceover over certain images, and the pointed cutting from one scene to the next is astounding. The whole thing just has a flow to it that's truly impressive. With a first viewing though, I feel like I've only scratched the surface.
I'm not so sure this movie has aged very well. The acting just wasn't that great for the serious tone. Sure, James Spader was creepy enough, seeing through everyone. But some scenes just took me out, not convincing me that these were real people.
I realize this was the dawn of age of Sundance and Steven Soderbergh's first film and other the actors were beginning their careers. It's meant to feel indie and edgy, but it just didn't ring true for me.
Much better than I remembered. Similar to other Soderbergh films, though, Sex, Lies, and Videotape kept me at more of distance that I would have liked. For a film about intimacy and interpersonal communication, it can be pretty clinical. Soderbergh seems more interested in exploring his themes on a psychological level, and I would have preferred him to explore them on a human/emotional level.
At Least He Listens
In 1989, my sister's best friend Thao had a Thing about James Spader. I don't know why; I never knew Thao all that well. But she did. It wouldn't surprise me to know that she was one of those rare people who saw Crash in the theatre, simply because he was in it. Certainly she was the only high school student I've ever known who had seen this. She's about my sister's age, so she would have been about fifteen at the time. I can only assume she saw it on video, though I guess it's always possible that she did manage to see it in the theatre. (Thao was in a car accident as a…
I saw this when it first came out and a lot of fuss was made about the sexual content, on re-watch it's a decent movie with some good performances. James Spader is underrated and under-utilised.
I remember at the time this being heralded as a brilliant debut by a great new director. Even so, I can't remember anything other than the opening after 26 years so it can't have been that brilliant. It's ok and at least it's not Hollywood.
Maybe I just didn't get it, or maybe it has to do with my overall disinterest with Soderbergh, but I found this movie to be super dull, While the main character played by Spader is the only real interesting thing about this movie, everything else was just so lackluster to me. I don't get why people love it so much.
Very solid directorial debut from Soderbergh.
Great film that manages to make the little thing feel big. Lots of interesting dialogue, good chemistry, and a nice intensity at times. Second time seeing it and I enjoyed it just as much as the first.
really liked the acting in this a lot. the dialogue felt natural in an awkward sort of way. was a little underwhelming (probs from the hype i've read about it over the years) but i loved seeing the beginnings of soderbergh's style in 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!
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…