Three things have happened in the past week that I never thought that I'd see in my lifetime:
1. William Friedkin's Cruising is slated for a Sept 18th release.
2. William Friedkin's Cruising is currently enjoying a theatrical re-release in several major cities.
3. People are actually talking about William Friedkin's Cruising.
Being a champion of this film is roughly the equivalent to being the defense attorney for a serial murderer - "they were born crazy, what's your excuse?" For the years since it's 1980 release, it has been discussed in the framework of "the most homophobic movie ever made" or as the beginning of the decline of one of America's most original filmmakers. For it's star, Al Pacino, it wasn't a matter to be discussed at all.
Of course, I was instantly drawn to the film.
Notes Drew Fitzpatrick of fringeunderground.com, "Maybe now, with gay-themed movies and television shows permeating pop culture with a more or less even balance of characterizations, the time might finally be right for Cruising to wipe away 25 years of bad cultural karma and take its proper place in the oeuvre of one of America's most consistently challenging filmmakers."
It gives me great pleasure (and a yellow hankie-size chunk of pride) to tell you that the DVD of Cruising can be purchased by following the link below.