Okay so this is a spanko blog, you can see where this is going. For anyone who hasn’t watched the movie Secretary, why are you still sitting there reading this? Go rent it, now! Alright, that’s as toppy as I’ll get. I’ve always been a fan of James Spader. From the unlikeable pretty boy Steff in Pretty in Pink to the over the top nerdy Mr. Richards in Mannequin.
Sex Lies and Videotape, White Palace, Crash. He’s clearly an actor who likes to keep off the beaten path. I was an avid fan of The Practice and have every season of Boston Legal on DVD. But it was after watching Secretary that James Spader earned a special place in my heart.
Secretary came out in 2002 and although I reside in the home state of the Sundance film festival, I didn’t see it until several years later. I don’t recall why it came up, but a coworker who was an independent film buff mentioned it. I went and got myself a copy and watched it many times. I always hid the DVD in my computer desk drawer, as if someone seeing I owned it would immediately out me as a spanko. Lol. But at the time, I had not come out into the lifestyle yet, didn’t know there was a lifestyle. One thing I did know was that the first spanking appears 49 minutes into the film. Seem a little exact? Go look it up. I’ve watched that scene a few times. 😉
Secretary is about much more than spanking, of course. The dynamic between Edward and Lee’s characters, played wonderfully by Maggie Gyllenhaal, is fascinating to watch. In more mainstream media, it seems that any characters into kink get portrayed as freaks. The Killer Inside Me, anyone? This movie is the only one I’ve seen that seems to give a more accurate perspective of how these characters think and feel and that they are otherwise “normal” people.
I don’t know what a vanilla person’s perspective on this movie would be since I’m spanko minded, but I always notice the little details when watching this. How she intertwines her fingers with his after he first spanks her. The look on her face when she goes to look at her freshly spanked bottom in the mirror. His quiet but firm tone of voice. Her happiness at eating four peas as her family looks on in awe. Her cunning delight when she finally gets called into his office again after the worm incident.
In the overall picture of the movie, the spanking parts are brief. But the relationships between these characters is what pulls me in. And there are so many things that I can relate to. Upon seeing the part where she swats herself with the brush, I thought other people have done that? Lol. The scene where Lee is making out with her boyfriend and tries to place his hand on her bottom but he keeps moving it up to her back. Then she even lays across his lap sticking her bottom up high which just makes him think she wants to have sex. That always makes me laugh.
Am I personally into everything that they do in the movie? No. Please don’t tie me to a stove and throw tomatoes at me. But this kinky love story will always remain a favorite. So much so that I even borrowed her name as my own scene name. Gasp. Yep, the cat is out of the bag, my name’s not actually Lea. And don’t even start with me on how I spelled it wrong… Lol. As for James Spader, I’m glad that he can delve into the unusual roles. E. Edward Grey will always be my favorite. And now, some memorable lines.
God, I love this movie.