Franco & Mathews, playing themselves, stage a contemporary, imagined production of the lost bar scenes as their actors battle (sometimes as frenetically as the original Steve Burns) their own internalized homophobia…at times, the attention to their panic does the experiment's broader mission a disservice. This docufiction is Franco and Mathews’ attempt at addressing age-old questions of assimilation vs liberation.
"it's in bad taste" "well, we shot it in a tastful way". I hate Franco for picking up books to adapt and fuck up, but when the guy starts a project from scratch with the objective of confronting and defy audiences and mentalities, I have to ride along with it. It's nasty and to the point and I wish there were more movies like this.
FNC '13 Mathews and Franco's decision to revisit the missing footage from 'Cruising' is just the jumping off point for this brave, fascinating but in the end unsatisfying experiment. Mixing in recreation, frank discussion, gay pornography with a 'meta' type self examination makes for an interesting hour but needed a little more length and substance to be fulfilling. Well worth a watch but not revelatory.
what kept this from being perfect (and it came close) was honestly that it feels like it needed a third act. according to the DP at the q&a, they only had two days to shoot because of james franco's schedule, which is a shame because there are brilliant things happening here (despite my reservations about franco as an "artist") that really deserve another half hour of film. that being said, it's still fascinating.