Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)
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In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, "Cruising." Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and "off camera," as unsimulated gay sex happens
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"Interior. Leather Bar." is a Rubik's Cube of a movie, an intriguing, layered puzzle that isn't easily solved.
We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it's the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke.
It largely consists of Franco musing about depictions of homosexual activity on film.
Uses the notorious Friedkin movie as a starting point for a discussion about identity, perception, an actor's mask and the fear and power of on-screen sexuality.
A movie that continually puzzles over what it is and why it is being made.
The "reimagining" is the subject of much conversation, but little true engagement.
With Travis Mathews's help, James Franco's persona forms a kind of symmetry: 1980's dubious homophobia against 2013's risible homophilia.
This is the embodiment of the Franco that Franco was poking fun of in This is the End. And there's a reason that schtick was funny - this Franco isn't insightful, he's dull.
This is a curious film, an important film and, in its oblique way, a very funny film.
Interior. Leather Bar. isn't as concerned with accurate depictions of historical footage as it is interested in deconstructing Friedkin's ideas and reassembling them in a contemporary context.
A supremely masturbatory endeavor that prominently features naked men actually masturbating, Interior. Leather Bar. is obsessed with itself and with its co-creator, but its fascination is understandable and even justified.
...Franco has finally delivered a side project that does at least some justice to his eclectic artistic ambitions.
A truly one-of-a-kind film from James Franco & Co. seriously, intelligently and movingly addresses sexuality in film
"Interior. Leather Bar" is ultimately more an idea for movie than a movie, the rap sessions ramble, and it feels half-baked by the time it gets to its climactic twist, which isn't as clever as it thinks.
The effort is stronger, more effective as an inspection of backstage planning and the reins of phobia, isolating and confronting modern prejudices via the reverse engineering of old ones.
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