Secretary makes submissiveness look like the new disco
In the mood for some good old-fashioned S&M? The ultimate date movie for the open-minded comes in the form of a coming-of-age tale about a girl from a mental institution who becomes infatuated with her lawyer boss, for whom she is a secretary.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives a startling performance in the title role as a submissive who discovers a new way to experience life. James Spader’s hot-cold, red marker-toting lawyer allows the actor to play a full range of emotions as he comes to terms with his fetishes.
Ultimately, the film paints the relationship — which includes him beating her rear in an effort to prevent her from cutting herself and in-office practices such as bringing him papers with her arms cuffed to a pole, which is fastened around her neck — as normal. During the making-of featurette, director Steven Shainberg details times when he explained the story to people. They kept asking, “So, does she get over her problem?” He replies with, “No, that’s the point of the movie.”
This scenario inherently alienates half the mainstream moviegoing audience, and the film makes no apologies for that fact.
But with a witty script and standout performances, the film may just do its part in opening eyes for others who think it’s wrong to boss people around — in the boardroom and in the bedroom.
USF gives it away in Memphis 34-33
At the half, a 14-point lead meant USF was on track to win its first conference game in over a calendar year. That energy was kept up even with under five minutes to go when the Bulls were up 33-20. Then USF watched as its lead went from comfortable, to slim, to nonexistent in the […]
Club teams missing competition, friendship due to COVID-19
Under normal circumstances, Grant Nolder, president of the USF flag football team would be preparing for the club’s biggest competition of the year, the Swamp Bowl. The annual tournament, hosted at UF, typically takes place during the fall semester and features some of the best club flag football teams in the country. Winners of the […]
Bulls battle with ECU in OT win
Coach Brian Gregory said Tuesday the Bulls didn’t play complete, 40-minute games in their two losses last week. It’s debatable if they did Wednesday night against East Carolina (11-18, 5-11) at the Yuengling Center, but it was more than enough to put up a 73-68 overtime win. “It’s funny. There were stretches where we played […]
First SG scholarship rewards student leaders
Student Government (SG) launched the first-of-its-kind, merit-based scholarship to students Nov. 5 on USF’s Tampa campus. As a part of Student Body President Britney Deas and Student Body Vice President Travis McCloskey’s platform, Bull S.H.I.F.T., — Success, Health, Innovation, Finance and Tradition — the SG’s Student Leadership Scholarship consists of two merit-based scholarships which will […]
On-campus Jabil institute sparks anticipation from students
A plan drafted on a bar napkin two years ago has now become the USF Jabil Innovation Institute, a multi-million dollar institute combining the College of Engineering and the Muma College of Business. Senior Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation Joel Momberg and Jabil CEO Mark Mondello jotted the idea down […]