Sex, Lies and Videotape.
I tried to continue my recovery from the August cold I have with a little red wine, good company and Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape." While this movie talks a lot about sex, it isn't really that graphic. I enjoyed watching it for three reasons:
1. There are a lot of movies in the 80s that I missed growing up. My parents were really weird about me seeing rated R movies, so I missed out on some good stuff. My first rated R movie was Rock the Cradle, and it was really scary. I also watched with a couple of my girlfriends"Blueberry Hill," which has one all nude love scene, and we thought we were watching porn. In fact, a few weeks later my friend was horrified to see that her mom and step-dad had rented that movie and invited her to watch it, too. We were all aghast that our friend had been invited to watch porn with her mom.
2. I judged people a lot when I was little. My grandparents were charter members of the church I attended every Sunday for eighteen years. I didn't always believe everything in church, especially once I reached high school and hung out with the atheists-freaky kids on the speech team. But, when I was young, I thought sin was everywhere. If my friends dad would have just one beer in the fridge, he was a drunk. If my friend said "Oh my God" then they needed to pray for forgiveness. I remember being ten or so and being at an older friends house. She had a copy of "Sex, Lies and Videotape" lying with a bunch of other movies. I remember sort of judging her for having such a "dirty" movie. However, every time that I saw a sin, I also remember finding comfort in it. I like the idea that other people had problems and were not perfect. Perhaps that's why I now embrace my own vices so wholeheartedly?
3. I love James Spader. He has that allure I can only liken to John Malcovich. It's a sexy sort of knowing and mischievousness in his charisma that I rarely find in other actors.
If you missed this movie in 1989, you should check it out.