Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Assume the position.
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…
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…
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…
...... i need a cold shower
Gyllenhaal is so good in it that it's absolutely worth watching, but this one just wasn't for me.
Shove your Fifty Shades of whatever up your arse, kids.
This was such a charming, heartfelt and actually really romantic little film about an unconventional love story. The two leads are so awkward and adorable and authentic, you just gotta love them. I was also pleasently surprised by the non-judgmental way the film explored Lee's sexuality.
I can't tell you how much I love this movie. Everyone who discovered themselves watching Fifty Shades (I apologize on behalf of the entire BDSM community for the portrayal by a complete idiot) should watch this movie. It's the heart and soul of the whole thing. Unlike that garbage, wherein he's terribly broken and only the love of a good woman can save him from this abusive sickness, these people both know life has fucked them up, and they try to cope as best they can, and even though she could be considered naive in the beginning she makes her choice with her eyes wide open, unlike little miss never heard of sex apparently over there, in the process showing him that being fucked up a little in the head doesn't necessarily make you a bad person, and that seeming demon might be just the thing someone else needs to feel complete.
The precursor to 50 Shades of Grey, I mean the boss is even named Mr Grey. I appreciate that it takes a more realistic approach to the S&M scene. Neither lead is super model sexy, they're already pretty messed up and bizarre, and you can see in their backstory why they'd wanna be into bondage. Beyond that the story is kinda predictable. I'll give credit to Gyllenhaal for being willing to do some of the things she does in this movie
Not easy to put a rating on this. Once you get past her borderline behavior (~ minute 50) this starts to be a really fun movie.
It gets even better when you look at the movie afterwards and see all the rom-com elements. Hell, they even got the running-trope in there.
A sexy feminist masterpiece that promotes sexual freedom and dissects the emotional release and satisfaction of the dom/sub relationship. Completely and utterly romantic and joyous. A celebration of love, sex and interpersonal relationships. So good.
This was 50 times better than the Mr. Grey rip off. How there wasn't a copyright infringement lawsuit baffles me.
honestly, this was adorable and i totally understand why my mother really likes this movie
Movies with sexually adventurous women, from coming of age films to slut-shamey cautionary tales and everything in between.
In no particular order.