Movie-A-Day #20: Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989).
Today is National Camcorder Day. While you can be forgiven for not thinking much anymore about an obsolete form of media, it’s hard to deny the pop culture impact of putting video technology in the hands of average consumers. It brought about a lot of changes, not the least of which was in the way modern technology has come to mediate our personal interactions. It’s a phenomenon Steven Soderbergh examined in his debut feature, “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” where the introduction of a camcorder is enough to ignite the powder keg of emotions beneath the surface of a seemingly placid relationship. It was powerful stuff at the time, but it seems almost quaint now in our wired 21st century world. Much like the camcorder itself.