I'm a big fan of James Spader, have been for many years, and have watched lots of his more unusual features but this is probably my favorite one that doesn't get talked about very much. Secretary, a story of obsession, and a peak into the BDSM lifestyle (not in the Fifty Shades Of Grey kinda way), fits nicely into my wheelhouse of movies that are definitely not everybody's cup of coffee. Full disclosure now - this is one of those movies that if it is streaming anywhere today will have a plethora of "Warnings" attached to it - so consider yourself "informed".
This, and the movie 9 1/2 weeks are ALWAYS the ones I suggest to watch over Fifty Shades. I did watch those movies too (mainly because Em is OBSESSED with them, and as movies - ignoring the books - they aren't too bad), but that trilogy will never grab my attention the way this movie did. James Spader's performance is mesmerizing. It's the perfect storm when this couple meets - and the ending? I love it!
As an addendum written after I finished this ........ I was looking around to see if there were other pieces about this - as we all know that strange and unusual are the VIPers middle names .... and I found a piece explaining how problematic this movie was and how it would never be made since the #MeToo movement. For anyone that feels that might be true ... PLEASE DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE - because you obviously won't "get it"!
Jenn (With Additions From Dave)- Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
Before “Fifty Shades of Grey” ignited the flames and shed a light on the darker side of inner desires there was this little known 2002 gem called “Secretary”. Honestly if you’re into anything like that then this would be a way better movie to watch than “Fifty Shades” but that’s just my opinion. I don’t think I’m alone in that but I don’t expect many to be in my corner. Now, again if you know what “Fifty Shades” is then you can pretty much guess what this is about. Rich guy (also named Grey..... Coincidence?) needs a secretary, hires a girl that’s pretty much just a plain Jane and it takes off from there. Girl falls for guy, but it takes the guy awhile to realize this girl is everything he ever wanted. Sounds like “Fifty Shades”, but well it’s different in a lot of ways and the biggest one is that I think this shows that lifestyle better, and has more class. So if you liked “fifty shades” or hey, just that stuff in general, or even if you just want something different and out of the ordinary, then I would definitely check out “Secretary”. This is one movie that proves that higher box office numbers doesn’t mean its a better movie.
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And Now For The Giveaway
Melanie's Muses will be giving away an "Secretary" Prize Pack featuring the Secretary DVD from Jennifer, and Beauty Awakened and Finding Willow (because they had sexy couples on the cover) and stickers (Twilight - because obsession - and the Pineapple Pizza just because) from the Melanie's Muses Prize Hoard
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