In 1980, William Friedkin and Al Pacino went ‘Cruising’ for a critical bruising

James Franco and Travis Mathews' Interior. Leather Bar. is inspired by the movie-biz legend that director William Friedkin had to cut 40 minutes from his 1980 film Cruising to avoid the studio taboo of an X rating. Some readers might ask, what was Cruising? The backstory of this dour psychological thriller is more interesting than the movie itself. Read more [...]

James Franco’s ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ is a commentary on something or other

Co-directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews, Interior. Leather Bar. includes a few explicit scenes of gay sex, but it’s really the intellectual wankery on display that defines the movie. This is the term paper that Franco never got around to writing at UCLA, Columbia or NYU. Read more [...]