Sex, Lies and Videotape

Year: 1989
Production Co: Outlaw Productions
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: James Spader, Andie McDowell, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher

Steven Soderbergh dropped right off the radar after his groundbreaking 1989 Cannes winner. It wasn't until Solaris) to crowd-pleasing and smart commercial fare (Traffic, Out of Sight). His CV lists steady work during the 1990s, but few except for his hardcore fans would know about it.

It's hard to pin down actually what was good about this film. I'd consider it more a calling card to a talent rather than a good film. At the time I remember 'it's a guy having an affair with his wife's sister and an impotent stranger who turns up and upheaves everyone's life – big deal', and that's the plot in a nutshell.

The filmmaking technique could have been something special at the time, or maybe it was the nature of art considering itself that you can see in a hundred different ways today. Certainly nothing about the characters or the story grabbed my interest.

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