Matthew and I watched several episodes of Coupling (the BBC one, not the atrocity which was the American adaptation that died quickly–as it should have). And when we were done wiping the laughter tears from our eyes, we watched Secretary.
I totally missed Secretary when it came out in 2002. Despite winning the 2002 “Special Jury Prize for Originality” at Sundance, I hadn’t heard much about it.
It’s a must-see for happy little BDSMers everywhere. I’ve thought James Spader was cute, quirky, and a bit sexy from his roles in Stargate and Wolf, but after seeing him in Secretary, ohmygod! He has, in a single bound, jumped up to the top of my drool-fetish-male-fantasy list. *swoon* I must see Sex, Lies, and Videotape now.
Secretary is marketed as a “dark romantic comedy” but I think that’s mostly because they didn’t know what niche to stick it into. It’s a wicked, naughty, sensual movie of power, relationships, and self-affirmation. Better than Story of O. Much. It was absolutely delicious.