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Focus: sex, lies and videotape (1989)

In Actor, Director, Film on 2011/04/22 at 11:42 am


Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written By: Steven Soderbergh

Why YOU should watch the film:


I say the word innovative, but probably shouldn’t use the term so lightly, since it’s so easy to get confused. What I mean is that this is the mother of all independent films, the one who originally brought indie films to a larger audience. An accidental happening? Perhaps. But even so, why this film lured in so many moviegoers is unquestionably because of its subtle yet irresistable story. One we can’t stop thinking about, with characters as memorable as they are forgettable. I know I’m getting all mixed up here, but here’s the deal: sex, lies and videotape tells us a story we’ve heard before: the overachieving husband. the neglected and beautiful wife. the exteriorally¬†ideal marriage. But then comes the turn: the husband is having an affair (not a spoiler folks, the film breaks it down to you pretty much instantly). his love interest is his wife’s plain-looking and carefree sister. Now, if this were like any other film it had focused entirely on the relationship between these two lovers, but this movie explores much further than that and focuses its attention (or at least WE do) on the wife and her encounter with an unknown man who is thought-provoking to the very least. He is played by James Spader who portrays the character equally subtle yet irresistable because after all – he’s not that interesting really. But then again…. why are we so intrigued by him? The answer is good acting and good writing. This film won the Palme d’Or in Cannes 1989 and Spader for best actor, and we can see why. With a director making his ground-breaking debut, having filmed a movie he had written in eight days, Soderbergh achieves something that every aspiring director wants with his or her first film, namely to tell a story that is ridiculous in its simplicity but also universal because of it. Throw in some sex and some lies and some videotapes (not pornographic in any way) and you’ll end up with one helluva film. Brilliant.

sexy, french, dilemmas (note: deliberate title fail)

In Film, Life, Travel on 2011/04/12 at 9:29 pm

i’m leaving for lyon on thursday and i’m stressed beyond imagine. not only do I ¬†have to fix everything for my doctor applications abroad before I leave, but I have so much other stuff to do that are so insignificant yet ridiculously essential, the term ‘should I laugh or should I cry’ has never been more convenient. on the other hand I couldn’t be happier that I’m travelling to southern(-ish) France where the weather reaches 30 degrees celsius and the fact that my adorable friend Julia is waiting for me there. but happy-go-lucky thoughts have never suited me anyway so let’s get back to the complaints, shall we?

I’ve ENDLESSLY been trying to post a draft that I’ve been working on for so long now and all this time I’ve never been able to push the publish button. it’s on this film that really lingered with me, called sex, lies and videotape, and before you let your imagination go haywire, I assure you: it is not a sextape. wouldn’t it be funny if I started recommending those in my blog as well since they in fact are films, more or less.

in any case. maybe a lyon-post will pop up before, maybe not, but the soderbergh film is on its way.