" 'Fascism is theater,' as Genet said. And sadomasochistic sexuality is more theatrical than any other. When sexuality depends so much on its being 'staged,' sex (like politics) becomes choreography." — Susan Sontag, "Fascinating Fascism"
Fascinating Fascism, the movie: A film about the allure of submission, of turning one's body inside out for someone else, and the inherently political context for doing so. Exploding heads, misshapen spines, rotting flesh, and glazed-over eyes, all for the sake of art. Fassbinderian power plays bathed in blood.
Ten reasons to love American Honey:
1. Its look combines the aesthetics of Hudson River School painting, Days of Heaven, Killer of Sheep, Spring Breakers, and Levi's commercials, and somehow it works.
2. WE FOUND LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE
3. Andrea Arnold more or less redoes The Wizard of Oz, but without any of the corniness or pretense that usually comes with that sort of thing
4. Shia LaBeouf's rattail
5. The performances, but in particular Sasha Lane and…