Friday, May 02, 2008


Those who are fans of James Spader's work on BOSTON LEGAL will be well served to hunt down this obscure gem of a raunchy film. Spader plays a lawyer with some sexual problems of a deviant nature who hires a new secretary, amazingly played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has more than her own share of problems. As a matter of fact, every character gracing the screen has a problem and this is where SECRETARY succeeds where so many films fail...character development. Gyllenhaal's treatment of Lee Holloway should have garnered her an Oscar nod and it's one of the most compelling characters I've seen on screen in a good while. Granted, it was a 2002 release and there was plenty of stiff competition not to mention most don't know this film even exists. Spader looks like he's auditioning for the role of Alan Shore in this one though I suspect even Shore would not be involved in the S&M antics that E. Edward Grey does. SECRETARY also gives Jeremy Davies a chance to do that weird quirky thing he does in all of his work and it compliments the rest of the cast perfectly. Smart, tense, warped and sexy as oh Hell this is a definate one for the strong of heart.


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