Story: James Spader can’t get it up in the presence of a woman, unless he’s watching women talking about sex on videotape.
Why You Should Watch It: To some of my peers, it might seem weird to celebrate the only movie to ever win Best Pictures at both Sundance and Cannes… as well as being one of the pioneers of independent cinema. But here’s the thing. It’s not available on VOD anywhere. It’s rarely screened at retrospectives. And…
… I had a conversation with my girlfriend’s brother recently. Who called Steven Soderbergh an artist. Why? The Liberace movie, “The Informant,” even “Traffic” but when I mentioned “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” he admitted he never heard of it. He’s 27. He loves Soderbergh and was unaware of the existence of this masterpiece – and the Sex, Lies, and Videotape full movie is available on YouTube.
But here’s the reason why you should see it again ( even if you’ve seen it 15-20 times like I have back in the 90s). Like many great films, its a crystal ball into the future. We are James Spader today. More turned on by what we see on the screen than real life. We have very serious issues getting it up for flesh and blood, but for pre-recorded stuff, we will sacrifice many things. I can’t think of any other movie that tackles this subject with such skill and foresight. Gaze into the crystal ball of the early ’00s and check out the Sex, Lies, and Videotape full movie, while it’s available.