Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.
I'm afraid this is going to be one of those reviews where I end up going on and on and on about someone in it rather than being about the actual film. Sorry.
It seems to be quite a personal trait. Whenever I read reviews from people on my activity page, they may well pay some attention to the performances and the people in it but they can usually reign themselves in to the point where they actually mention other aspects of the film in some depth. Me? I just go on aimlessly deconstructing and then reconstructing the performances in the film and completely forgetting half of what I was going to say when the film finished.
But why change…
Who's to say that love needs to be soft and gentle?
First time I've had the chance to see the entire film.
The reason I liked this movie isn't because of the odd subject matter, but because the "love story", for lack of a better term, seems more heart felt and genuine to me then most romantic films that seem to come out every year. James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal are damn near perfect for these roles making Peter and Lee seem just like normal people struggling to understand who they are.
Steven Shainberg showed us with this film that there is someone out there for everyone. Be it a study of dominant and submissive personalities or an unconventional love story,this is a touching and often very moving film.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is the emotionally sensitive Lee, a young woman recovering after a stint in hospital after a dangerous incident involving self harm. Attempting to put her life back together she embarks on a typing course and after showing a natural aptitude seeks a job as a secretary.
When she first meets Mr. E Edward Grey (James Spader) she is awkward and shy. Unprofessional and emotionally stunted,Lee is surprisingly hired as Edward's secretary. Sensing something about her, Edward becomes sexually aroused by her…
Film #7 of Scavenger Hunt #15
Task #28 - A film with a terrible boss
Now, I've not seen 50 Shades of Grey, and I know it's probably not even worthy of being compared with this film, but it seems to me like too much of a coincidence that the male characters in these two films are called Mr Grey. I thought for a minute that maybe Secretary was based on an earlier, lesser known book by E. L. James, but apparently they're completed unrelated. Strange.
Anyway, Gyllenhaal puts on what's probably still her best performance to date. I've never even heard of this Spader guy, but he didn't do a bad job either. Also, Jeremy Davies, who I'll always see as Daniel Faraday from LOST. "We have to go back, Kate!"
Fifty Shades Of Grey brought the dominant/submissive lifestyle fully into public awareness. Always clandestine and behind closed doors, it was something private and almost seedy that nobody ever discussed openly. Although the writing in Fifty Shades was bollocks and never even registered a twinge in my trouser department, it did however make more people talk about things most thought were too private to mention. Now I'm a pretty closed book when it comes to my sex life, it's between my wife and I and nobody else, but when I had mentioned I had seen the film to someone at work it seemed to open up a dialogue that had me even more intrigued. To cut a long story short, I…
Sometimes something will hit you directly where you live and provoke such a strong response that it becomes a touchstone to a point in your life where things changed. Where a deeper understanding of yourself emerges from seeing a little bit of you in something else.
This was the case with Secretary. For awhile I had a very hard time reconciling my desires with the teenage ideals of romance my hormones put me through. It didn't help that anything BDSM-related you were bound to find on television or in movies was either used as cheap titillation or crass humor. Or worse yet, it was seen as something only as something akin to sociopathic behaviors.
So when this came along, I…
A thousand times sexier, more transgressive (and less regressive) and more authentic than 50 Shades... could ever aspire to. Essays on essays could be written just on the sexual symbolism in the production design.
Film #10 Of the June 2016 Scavenger Hunt.
Task #28 A film with a terrible boss.
This movie is just another case of begins interesting, then after all the tension and build u is over, it becomes dull and there is just no reason to watch.
It's also kinda Fifty Shades, cause the dude is actually named Mr. Grey, It's kinda funny, but everyone else on here must have mentioned it before.
Tho I'm not the biggest fan of Maggie Gyllenhall she gets a pass for me in this, she is just crazy in this, or everyone is something kinda stupid in this.
James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal blew me away ...
Fifty Shades Of Grey was a fan fiction story based on Twilight, right? That's bullshit, it's a fucking rip-off from this movie...I mean both bosses are coincidently called Mr. Grey? I call bullshit. And that's just the beginning. There are far more similarities.
Ow yeah, very good movie by the way. James Spader...phenomenal.
Film #16 of my June Jubilee Scavenger Hunt
Task #28 - A film with a terrible boss
I feel that ive heard a story about a rich man named Mr.Grey, hiring a young insecure secretary, whom eventually turns in to his submissive which then quickly turns into a very dysfunctional relationship before. If i could only remember what movie that was...
Sure, the lady who wrote the 50 shade books called it fan-fiction of twilight, but there is no goddamn way that this story just coincidentally is exactly the same. Well, not exactly the same though. You see, this movie is actually pretty good.
The characters have depth, the story has meaning, it has an actual ending, and it is…
When "Fifty Shades of Grey," which I haven't seen, came out, I heard a lot of people talking about how the film really didn't do justice to the theme of sadomasochism. I also heard about how "Secretary" did a much better job. And with that, my curiosity was piqued. Well, I didn’t buy the ending but other than that I thought "Secretary" explored a somewhat taboo subject in an interesting way. I think both Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal do a good job with their parts. All in all, I thought this was pretty good until the very end. ...7 outt 10.
I adored James Spader as a true DOM! He portrays in this.
This type of BDSM relationships, sexy, dangerous but let's say not all submissive women are as this passive, that is the only downfall I have with this YET ....Maggie delivers in playing her role.
Nothing is more rich, fulfilling myself with the dynamic I love in real life portrayed perfectly in film. Yes, to me and many others it matters. I do enjoy the dialogue driven like this that can also be moving. Honestly, watch this and you will see this is more than sex and also a deep look with hurt/comfort within the BDSM dynamic, which is realistic. Amazing film.
Not the strangest movie I've seen but definitely up there for one of the quirkiest. Gyllenhaal's acting was amusing, awkward but genuine. Her relationship with Spader was intoxicating. Enjoyed the gaudy 90's inspired set designs, especially that bizarre dinner date at the laundry mat. Thoroughly appreciated how "earthy" the office atmosphere was with its strangely beautiful orchids and later the grass-covered bed - a visual representation of how natural it was for them to embrace their sexual sub/dom desires, which was a stark contrast with the outside world: plastic, glittery and fake (Gyllenhaal smashing the snow globe at one point). A few loose ends here and there but that didn't keep me from enjoying it.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…