Video Picks Archive
This week my picks are The Limey (1999 - ) and Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989 - ).
With the successful premiere of
last weekend, director Steven Soderbergh is bigger than ever.
His previous film also happens to be coming out on video this
week, so I'm making it this week's pick. Terrence Stamp plays
an aging English ex-convict who travels to America to find out
how his daughter Jenny was killed. Peter Fonda plays a shady
record producer who was Jenny's boyfriend, and Stamp comes after
him for revenge. Soderbergh creates a dynamic setting for
an action film that deals with how it is really impossible
to retire from a life of violence. At times, he lets the
overblown style dominate The Limey, but a strong performance by
Stamp and a witty screenplay by Lem Dobbs (Dark City) make it
Soderbergh did have an auspicious start in the film business, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes for his directorial debut, which is the second film this week. Peter Gallagher plays a successful lawyer, who is cheating on his frigid wife (Andie MacDowell) with her sister (Laura San Giacomo, in her film debut). The situation is intensified when his old college buddy (James Spader) comes to town, and introduces the sisters to his fetish: videotaping women as they talk about sex. Soderbergh also wrote the screenplay for this incredible low-budget feature. All four leads give wonderful preformances, especially Spader, who could use more work like this. You'll be hard-pressed to find another film that deals so frankly with sex without coming off as "dirty" or exploitative.
For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
The Limey (1999)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Guide to Star Ratings
Capsule Reviews © 2000 Matt Heffernan