Interior. Leather Bar 2014 NR CC

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Inspired by the mythology surrounding the highly controversial 1980 film, CRUISING, starring Al Pacino - in which, 40 minutes of sexually explicit material was forced to be cut out - filmmakers James Franco and Travis Matthews set out to re-imagine the lost footage.

Starring:
Val Lauren, James Franco
Runtime:
1 hour 1 minute

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Interior. Leather Bar

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Genres Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Director James Franco, Travis Mathews
Starring Val Lauren, James Franco
Supporting actors Brenden Gregory, Brad Roberge, Robbie Acklen, Osbaldo Daniel Alvarez, Andres Barcelo, Samantha Barrows, Nick Buda, Seana Carroll, Collin Chavez, Jol Devitro, Julie Diaz, James Franco, Brianna Getrost, A.J. Goodrich, Jonathan Howard, Caleb James, Anna Kooris, Michael Lannan
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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What gay man doesn't?
R. Duval
That being said, I think he's still finding his way as a writer and director but I respect his efforts to explore the film medium.
K. Harris
The main actor did not really want to do his part in the movie and that is how I felt after wasting an hour and 15 bucks.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 11, 2014
Format: DVD
I love movies and, more than anything, I appreciate those within the Hollywood system who still take chances and push boundaries. There is a certain carefulness and an unfortunate homogeneous quality to the film product released for mass consumption. In many ways, I really respect that James Franco still exhibits an adventurous spirit and parlays his fame into initiating independent side projects that interest him. He does exactly what he wants to do (from an artistic standpoint) and there should be a lot more of that in celebrity culture today! I don't need my celebrity filtered through a gauze of political correctness with a pre-recorded message written by a public relations firm. That being said, I think he's still finding his way as a writer and director but I respect his efforts to explore the film medium. "Interior. Leather Bar." is his latest provocation. Not really a full fledged documentary, the movie explores what happens on the set (it's all apparently done in one day) of an experimental project conceived by Franco and writer/director Travis Mathews.

I am fully prepared to see five star raves that equate "Interior. Leather Bar." to a brilliant social critique. I'm also expecting to see plenty of one star dismissals that call this pointless and even pornographic. I'll just say this. There are some interesting discussion-worthy ideas brought up by the movie, but there is little to no follow-through on examining these notions with any depth.

So, the idea behind "Interior. Leather Bar" is to reconstruct forty minutes of lost footage from William Friedkin's notorious "Cruising." This 1980 film starring Al Pacino was definitely controversial for its day for its rather one sided depiction of a same sex culture.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A guy in the plains on April 15, 2014
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This is not a movie but a porn-umentary. Awful; I have seen the original film Cruising and Franco's "film" is a disgrace to claim it was a vision of what the 40 minutes that were cut from the original film would be like. This was more about James Franco getting face time on screen to talk about a vision that was unrealized and pointless. Franco took the character from the film and turned it into a real character, the straight lead actor that resembled a younger Al Pacino that was uncomfortable with what he saw on the set. The lead definitely struggled with being a straight man in a gay film as Al Pacino's character dealt with being a straight man in a gay underworld.

The viewer spends more time watching the filming of what seemed to be 2 scenes. I'm not sure if the two scenes even added up to 40 minutes; no, they didn't.

At one point the "actors" in the film were discussing how sexually charged the film was going to be. Sadly, it was a big flop!

Franco had a great opportunity to make something significant and focused but instead it was an unorganized mess with no vision whatsoever. Do not waste your money purchasing this "film".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mister on April 21, 2014
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The premise is very interesting; recreate the cut 40 minutes of CRUISING....that was the theory.
The reality is a movie that simply got lost because the vision wasn't strong enough.
They recreate the 40 minutes (which you don't see but small, boring, vanilla clips) and then focus on the straight actor who has to play a gay man...oooohhh, such a challenge! What a stretch!
Throughout the movie, everyone stands around and wonders what their doing....I recommend you don't watch this film or you will wonder why you ever did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FilmFoodie on April 18, 2014
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I found this potentially innovative piece an exploitative ruse. Message movies are tricky. It helps if there is a more universal appeal and a clear relatable point of view. It'll help you to know this is a mocumentary; a movie within a movie of sorts that breaks the fourth wall in innovative ways. For me it sets but denies expectations by pretending to be something it's not. When it exposes itself as a ruse the point is nullified. Starting as if a documentary about filming a vision of the scenes deleted from the 1980 film Cruising, I expected the process of recreating the scenes and the final vision rendered. Cruising was a bad Hollywood film from 1980 starring Al Pacino; I didn't go in expecting a titillating experience. I maybe expected some message about ignorance, how far we've come with comparisons using dated standards, something along those lines. But, the film seemed to be exploiting its focus on actors thrown together at the last minute who are about to film gay sex and we were going to watch. I was a bit baffled by that. However, as the film slowly progresses, focus continues on the actors, mostly the lead who is uncomfortable about the project. So, I switch gears thinking I'm watching a doc about the reactions of actors about to make these scenes, an expose on mens' attitudes about gay sex, or unconventional sexuality, or a statement piece about sex as art or the fear of sex in the modern age. (The film focuses solely on the male actors. Attitudes of the crew where the women are don't exist.) The ruse was exposed to me, when on camera, an actor is directed what to say during what was first depicted as a not so interesting candid conversation.Read more ›
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