Interior. Leather Bar. Reviews

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June 18, 2020
Palo Alto native James Franco deconstructs the fallout, 30 years later, from the queer protests directed against William Friedkin's inflammatory melodrama about cops and queers, Cruising...
February 28, 2020
[Travis] Matthews made a sophisticated bit of sexual time-travel that allowed Franco to create another bit of self-reflection.
August 29, 2019
Has to be one of the most excitingly experimental queer cinematic projects of recent memory.
August 28, 2019
Mathews and Franco's collaboration is notable for an almost complete absence of the homophobia in which Cruising is saturated.
December 21, 2018
A film about boundries. About how we life the censorship. About how we do not want to see in a film but we must. A good audiovisual exercise. [Full review in Spanish]
August 23, 2018
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.
November 27, 2014
Joylessly over-enunciates all of its questions in bluntly literal ways.
April 21, 2014
A movie that continually puzzles over what it is and why it is being made.
April 10, 2014
"Interior. Leather Bar." is a Rubik's Cube of a movie, an intriguing, layered puzzle that isn't easily solved.
March 6, 2014
We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it's the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke.
March 6, 2014
It largely consists of Franco musing about depictions of homosexual activity on film.
March 4, 2014
The vagueness feels like a term paper you have to grade.
March 4, 2014
Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction.
March 4, 2014
The "reimagining" is the subject of much conversation, but little true engagement.
March 4, 2014
With Travis Mathews's help, James Franco's persona forms a kind of symmetry: 1980's dubious homophobia against 2013's risible homophilia.
February 9, 2014
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.
January 23, 2014
This is a curious film, an important film and, in its oblique way, a very funny film.
January 16, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
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.
January 3, 2014
...Franco has finally delivered a side project that does at least some justice to his eclectic artistic ambitions.
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