The Agony & the Ecstasy
Lovers of D/s, we have a winner! The accurate depiction of BDSM in mainstream film and TV is an elusive pleasure. So many try, and so many fail by an habitual reliance upon cliches and more cliches. So when a good one does come along, the satisfaction of authenticity is all the sweeter.
Released on Netflix last winter, South Korea’s Love and Leashes is a sublime exploration of the dominant and submissive relationship and what we learn about ourselves along the way. The kink is understated yet potent, proving a less-is-more approach often does the trick.
True triumphs are few and far between, however, while the failures are so bad that hellfire is the only way to wipe their memory from existence. From best to worst, note the dizzying highs and shameful lows of S&M-tertainment.