Okay, we're recording, as the Unenthusiastic Critic shares her secret, most deeply personal thoughts on Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape (1989).

Thirty years ago, Soderbergh's low-budget debut feature scored big at Sundance and Cannes, became a critical and commercial hit, and helped usher in a revolution in independent film. Now, we're sitting down for Nakea's first viewing, and having an artsy, intimate conversation on some deeply philosophical questions, like: Are all men trash? Should potted plants be used for foreplay? And is James Spader's haircut here a mullet or a Farrah-Do?


0:00: Prologue: from sex, lies, and videotape
0:42: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
14:01: Interlude: Original Trailer
15:55: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
51:02: Outro and Next Week's Movie
52:32: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: sex, lies, and videotape (dir. Steven Soderbergh, Miramax, 1989).
—Articles Referenced: "sex lies and videotape: Some Kind of Skin Flick," Amy Taubin,; "Criticwire Survey: Does 'Independent Film' Still Exist?",; "sex, lies, and videotape at 30: How Steven Soderbergh’s erotic drama changed independent cinema forever," Kambole Cambell, The Independent; "A Film Career Built on Videotape (Sex and Lies, Too)," Amy Nicholson, The New York Times; "Andie MacDowell Remembers How ‘Sex, Lies & Videotape’ Changed Her Career," Diane Garrett, Variety; Review by Roger Ebert,
—Books referenced: Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (Simon & Schuster, 1998) and Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film (Simon & Schuster, 2004).
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