Designed to cause shit. This is not an overrated films list because opinions are subjective. However I would love to…
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
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
James Spader get over yourself; Maggie Gyllenhaal loves you and wants to be spanked, so stop being an edge lord.
Secretary is one of those special films that takes a topic that would primarily be used as exploitation and does not take that route instead approaches the subject with care and makes it seem realistic and unshocking. The topic of Secretary is BDSM and the Gyllenhaal/Spader love and not so much love story seems to be one of cinema's most passionate romances. Gyllenhaal is a introvert that still lives with her parents and has a perchant for cutting herself because of the chaos of her home life, her father is an abusive alcoholic. Once Gyllenhaal takes a job as a secretary for Spader things start to heat up, Spader quickly takes an intrest in his new employee which starts as…
What can be generally described as a romantic drama, Secretary is a simple story about a woman falling in love with a man and how two complicated souls can truly complete each other...albeit in a very unorthodox way.
Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has returned from the mental hospital to find none of the family problems in her household have dissipated since her breakdown. Convinced to take up a trade, Lee takes a secretary job at the law offices of E. Edward Grey (James Spader), a draconian task master who Lee immediately admires despite his harsh treatment of her. What starts as admiration however soon blossoms into full blown obsession as the abrasive Mr. Grey and the submissive Lee become entangled…
Secretary is listed as a comedy, though I'm not sure why. This film is a serious, almost depressing look at the interactions of two very anxious people, and it succeeds as this incredibly well. David Lynch regular Angelo Badalamenti provides a soothing, jazz-infused score which floats each scene along, accentuating the deep, dimensional performances of both Spader and Gyllenhaal. The unique subject matter plays subtly and isn't exploited for cheap effect, a trap which the script could easily have fallen into. Instead, it unfolds much like any other romantic story, albeit with much more creativity and empathy.
Why see Fifty Shades of Grey when you can see Fifty Shades of Spa-der? History will declare this the better movie, after all.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
"Although it remains axiomatic that Spielberg and Lucas should be condemned for using CGI to alter their own classic films,…