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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 09:13 am

Lee owes me movie-time for something, so I've been making him watch films I like with me. It's been making me focus a lot on the films I come back to over and over again, and I thought I'd post about that here, because hey, movie recs!

First one I considered making Lee watch:

1. Secretary (2002 film) -- About a mentally-disturbed, self-abusive young woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who gets a job as a secretary in a lawyer's office and enters into a BDSM relationship with her boss (James Spader). Right of the bat, it seems as though this can be an uncomfortable film that, if not executed properly, can tumble into distasteful disaster. But actually, it's really really good! It's well acted by both leading actors, and has a free, uplifting spirit that one wouldn't expect. It's really a film about finding your place and coming to terms with who you are, with your desires. I like that it doesn't poke fun at the BDSM style or make it into something dark and scary. Instead, it's a sweet, funny love story where the characters just happen to like their sex...a little bit differently. It makes me smile.  
 
 
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