Following discussion on Anna's Fifty Shades of Grey thread, here are a selection of other themes with either a BDSM…
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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…
homegirl went on hunger strike for days just to get james spader to spank her again
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.
i too would go on a hunger strike for james spader.
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…
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It's so much more than a sadist meets masochist story.
wow i like this a lot less than i did 10 years ago
Yeah, really weird movie. It left me wondering what to make of it all. The director doesn't really have much other work that has met much praise or is even very well known. If I knew more about him it might give me more of an idea of what he's trying to say here.
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A well made if slightly shallow feel-good look at S&M. Perhaps this was not true when it came out, but now I feel that (for people like me) S&M is not seen as that strange and the film's sentimentality and surface-level exploration of these themes suffer for it. It also has some weird pacing flaws and other strange decisions (voice over used a total of two times, with no real need?), in addition to very strong qualities like Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance and the two main characters' chemistry. So, a rare film I feel is quite flawed but still very enjoyable and deserving of being watched.
Masochism taken seriously-ish. Very nice though. I appreciate a lot its effort of telling story about masochism in a reasonable manner, without being too serious.
Started off as a little weird and off-putting, but budded into a safe/sane/consensual sort of thing overall which was actually romantic and made clear that a submissive person in a relationship didn't mean that they were weak-willed.
Movies about/starring women and girls of all ages. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but…
I probably like romance/romcoms a bit too much for any straight male, suggest some more like these please?
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…