Cruising

Cruising (1980)

Cruising first published by Little White Lies, as the 86th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Police patrolmen DiSimone (Joe Spinell) and Desher (Mike Starr) cruise in their radio car through Brooklyn’s Meatpacking district, notorious for its nocturnal nightclubs and BDSM scene. “They’re all scumbags,” says Desher as he surveys the streets filled with leather-clad…

Stranger by the Lake

Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac) (2013)

Strangers by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac) first published (in a slightly shorter version) by Film4. Synopsis: It’s passion à la plage, as writer/director Alain Guiraudie (The King Of Escape) relocates William Friedkin’s Cruising to the French lakeside. Review: Every day of the summer, unemployed Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) parks his car in a makeshift lot on…

Leather

Interior. Leather Bar (2013)

To accompany a special double bill of Cruising and Interior. Leather Bar that Katherine McLaughlin, Martyn Conterio and I are presenting at the ICA on 15 Dec, here is my review of the latter. Sending straight cop Steve Burns (Al Pacino) undercover to investigate serial killings in the gay leather scene of Brooklyn’s Meatpacking District,…