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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.
The vagueness feels like a term paper you have to grade.
Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction.
"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.
Disappointingly, the entire project possesses little actual merit as a whole, hindered greatly by a contrived arc with minimal persuasive gumption and desire to properly inform.
Joylessly over-enunciates all of its questions in bluntly literal ways.
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.
A very curious attempt by James Franco to create an omitted scene from the film "Cruising". It is short, confusing and without much sense as to why the scene really needed to be shot.
Utterly pointless, pretentious and stupid.
The film started off with the promise of being the reimaging of the lost scenes of the Al Pacino movie, "Cruising". Then it some how turned into a hot mess of a lot of nothing. I was as confused as Val most of the time. I understand what Franco was saying when he spoke about believing that we are brought up in a box and nurtured to believe that only a certain way of loving, living, and expressing yourself sexually is to be between a woman and a man. I liked that he pushed for a more out of the box kind of documentary, but it all just got so messed up along the way. And the Dom guy was super creepy, IMO. It's not something I would watch again. But not because of the content, but because of the confused mess it is.
Not at all what I expected. The film is not so much about the seedy material that might have been cut from the original Cruising film -- it's more about contemporary reactions to the material and challenging modern society's value judgments about sexuality. Thought provoking. I recommend this film for an audience with adult attitudes and open minds.
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