On this tape, Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature, Sex, Lies and Videotape. One of those films whose title alone becomes part of the cultural zeitgeist.
Andie MacDowell is in an unsatisfying marriage, and we meet her talking to her therapist.
She’s married to Peter Gallagher.
Her sister is Laura San Giacomo.
When the movie starts, MacDowell and Gallagher have a visitor. James Spader is an old school friend of Gallagher, and he crashes at their place for a day or two before finding his own place to live.
Gallagher and San Giacomo are having an affair. MacDowell isn’t interested in sex very much. And Spader is only really interested in his ‘art project’ which involves him videotaping women he knows talking about sex.
And that’s pretty much all the happens in the film. MacDowell realises Gallagher is cheating on her, Spader records both San Giacomo and MacDowell, MacDowell and Spader hit it off, and she leaves Gallagher.
I was not a big fan of this film when it came out. I find it hard to like a movie when I don’t like any of the people in it. None of these people are evil, but they’re not very nice either.
Plus, I was deeply shocked by the wantonly brutal destruction of videotape on display.
But I can appreciate there’s a cool aesthetic to it as a film, and I’ve certainly enjoyed plenty of Soderbergh’s other movies.
After this, recording continues for quite a while, with a lot of a movie called Agonia about Tsarist Russia.
Then, this recording stops, and underneath there’s the end of Cinemattractions featuring the video for Prince’s Batdance. I hated that whole album. I thought the inclusion of Prince’s songs into the Batman movie was the ultimate example of tone-deaf corporate synergy. Burton was at least trying to make something vaguely serious, with some distance from the 1966 TV series, and then the corporate heads of Warner Brothers saw a chance to crowbar in one of their artists, and we get Prince songs all over the soundtrack, where they just don’t fit. Prince is bright and poppy, not at all what Burton was trying to do. It’s always annoyed me.
After this, there’s the start of some basketball. I used to play basketball at school, mainly by virtue of being over six feet tall. I’m not a good team player, so I was never brilliant, and I never particularly got into watching it on TV. I just don’t have the sport gene. My sisters got them all, being rabid Watford supporters.
But at least this basketball show has an expert called Mike Shaft, which sounds like another KYTV character.
The tape ends during the game.
- Pepe Jeans – Jason Priestley
- Vauxhall Astra Van
- Theakston Best Bitter
- Salon Selectives
- Virgin Atlantic
- Salon Selectives
- drink? Any ideas?
- American Express – Terence Conran
- Kwik Fit
- Pond’s Performance
- Bird’s Eye Potato Edgers
- Lynx Tempest
- Daily Mail
- Imperial Leather – Paul Merton
- trail: Wild at Heart
- KP Nuts
- Kotex Simplicity
- Color Magic
- Malaysia Airlines
- Kronenbourg 1664
- trail: Critical Eye – Women from 10 Downing Street
- National Savings
- Peugeot 306
- Batchelor’s Pasta ‘n’ Sauce
- Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum
- Tia Maria
- Party Time
- Mr Kipling
- Tennent’s Pilsner