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Top 10 seriously messed-up movies

Hard Candy

Summer may not officially end until later in September, but come on: Labor Day has passed, and summer is over. It’s time to put away summer spectacles and let cool breezes and chillier moods wash over you. You can get away with less ebullient movies in the fall than you can in the summer; this goes for Sundance Channel, too — just check out this month’s lineup. It’s hard to get too bummed out by a well-told story or a stylishly made film (then again: DANCER IN THE DARK), but these are 10 seriously messed-up stories. In ascending order of potential to disturb you…

Secretary

10. SECRETARY
Honestly, about 80 percent of what’s messed up about this story is Maggie Gyllenhaal falling in love with James Spader. I mean, yes, the sadomasochistic dynamic of the sex-slash-romance between a domineering boss (Spader) and his new assistant (Gyllenhaal) will be off-putting to some. But the movie’s deadpan-comic overtones and Gyllenhaal’s engaging performance make it more of an intelligent rom-com than a searing psychodrama. And yet: There’s just something unwholesome about Spader being in a rom-com at all. For that matter, there’s something unwholesome about Spader being someone’s boss; just ask anyone at Dunder-Mifflin.

Don’t miss HARD CANDY and SECRETARY, airing this month on Sundance Channel.

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