The Canon Episode 59: SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE

Let's talk about sex.

This week The Canon goes back to the dark ages of 1989, when the world of indie film as we know it today didn't exist. We go back to a time when Steven Soderbergh's first film, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, helped bring it to life. Starring Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo and Peter Gallagher, this small film about a couple, a sister and a weirdo with a video camera exploded into the world and changed everything, as well as launching the career of Steven Soderbergh, who wrote and directed it. 

In this episode I make the argument that Sex, Lies completes the trilogy of Sundance films that birthed indie cinema (along with Clerks and Pulp Fiction), but in the grand tradition of making some sort of error every episode I totally - and stupidly - forgot Slacker, a movie I absolutely adore and that was incredibly important to me as a young film fan. Accept my apologies in advance; we'll get to Slacker on this show eventually. Some day. 

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