Rope of Silicon Movie Club

Movie Club Reminder: Steven Soderbergh's 'sex, lies and videotape'

Taking questions now...

Sex, Lies, and Videotape - Movie ClubI need a reminder to remind me when to post the reminder as I should have gotten this up yesterday, but today will have to do. This past Monday not as many participated in the discussion of Ang Lee's The Ice Storm as those that took part in the Picnic at Hanging Rock the week before, but hopefully it's because you were all getting ready for this coming Monday where we'll take a look at Steven Soderbergh's feature directorial debut sex, lies, and videotape.

Written and directed by Soderbergh, this film earned Soderbergh a screenplay nomination, a Palme d'Or win at Cannes, a Cesar nomination, four Spirit Award wins and the Audience Award at Sundance where it got its start. In addition to that, its cast -- James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo -- also earned its share of kudos and acclaim.

If you have not yet watched sex, lies and videotape you can visit the Movie Club homepage where I have links where you can purchase it or rent it.

I am also taking questions and topics for discussion that can be emailed to movieclub@ropeofsilicon.com. Along with a few thoughts from myself on Monday, I will present a few questions and topics to get the conversation started and any input you would like to add in advance is certainly welcome.

I have included the Club rules and information below as well as the poll for the next title to be added for discussion. As of the posting of this reminder David O. Russell's Flirting with Disaster is winning over Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers, which seems to be stuck in a perpetual case of the second place blues. Will the lead remain? Just two days left to decide.

WHEN

Movie Club discussions begin every Monday at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST.

WHERE

Movie Club articles will be posted like any other article. They will be added to the homepage and will always be visible on the RopeofSilicon Movie Club homepage.

FORMAT

The RopeofSilicon Movie Club is set up to mimic your standard book club, a place to come and explore themes, questions, etc. regarding the movie of that week along with your thoughts on the movie overall, the performances, direction and whatever else caught your attention. I will post a few thoughts of my own along with questions and topics to start the conversation and you are more than welcome to email in questions and topics of your own to movieclub@ropeofsilicon.com.

QUESTIONS & TOPICS

I will do my best to come up with a selection of questions and topics to discuss for each title, but I also invite you to submit questions and topics as well. You can do so by emailing me at movieclub@ropeofsilicon.com. This way I can compile and track the questions easily and make sure you're continually involved not to mention, you'll probably be able to come up with even better questions than me.

THE RULES

The rules are simple and, if necessary, will update as we go along.

  1. No topic is off limits as long as it pertains to the movie of the week or comes as a natural progression of the conversation.
  2. Keep your comments to a reasonable length. I know the urge to write a lot at once is there, but try to rein it in and get out one thought at a time. That way the conversation will move more fluidly and make sure none of your thoughts are overlooked.
  3. NO BULLYING: This is important, while you are free to disagree, do so in a mature manner. Hopefully I won't have to explain that any further.
  4. Suggestions for future Movie Club titles must be emailed to movieclub@ropeofsilicon.com. Comments on actual Movie Club articles pertaining to future discussions and not the film being discussed will be deleted to make sure we remain on topic.

SCHEDULE

The schedule of upcoming films will always be listed at the top of the RopeofSilicon Movie Club homepage with links on where to find and watch the upcoming movies and get more information on each.

Additionally, at the bottom of the article for each week's Club selection will be a poll where you will vote to determine the next week's title out of a list of five potential movies. These movies will be selected by myself, but I will also be taking suggestions, which you can also send in to movieclub@ropeofsilicon.com.

VOTE FOR THE NOVEMBER 19, 2012 SELECTION

Use the following poll to vote for the November 19, 2012 Movie Club selection and to suggest films for future entries direct all your emails to movieclub@ropeofsilicon.com.

Vote for the November 19, 2012 Movie Club selection.

  • Flirting with Disaster (David O. Russell) (69 Votes)
  • Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman) (64 Votes)
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes) (22 Votes)
  • Beat the Devil (John Huston) (12 Votes)
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati) (11 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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And that about does it. If you have any more questions about the club feel free to ask away, otherwise I will see you here on Monday for our first gathering and hopefully it will be a successful one. Book clubs are typically limited to only a few people, but hopefully this club will continue to grow and grow as the number of people that can be involved is limitless.

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  • Jack

    I'm for sure taking part this week. Sex, lies, videotape is my second favorite Soderbergh film next to Magic Mike-it was awesome, alright, get off my back!

    I'd love to hear what the consensus is on Killing of a Chinese Bookie, though I only saw the 108 minute version not the 2hr one. If I had a movie club, I'd probably pick:
    Happiness, The Comedy-yes, it just came out but needs to be discussed, The Piano Teacher

    Also, Brad, are you on letterboxd? It's a free social networking site like Twitter where you can keep a film diary and rate films? I know Laremy has an account, but I believe it hasn't been update in quite some time?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I am on letterboxd, but I find myself forgetting to use it and update it. Here's my page.