CRUISING was a controversial, protested movie when it came out all the way back in 1980, and it seems to have remained an oft-debated subject ever since. Is it demonizing of the NYC gay community, or a humanizing look into a subculture some people never experience? Is it a secret classic in thriller filmmaking or a hot mess that doesn’t even make any sense? Was Al Pacino really doing inhalants when he filmed that ridiculous dance scene? These are questions that two straight white guys probably shouldn’t even be addressing, but it’s a podcast, so here we are. Sorry. Hopefully nobody pickets outside BOaB studios.
January 12, 2022