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Film Reviews

Jan 24, 2013
Independent Voices Drown Out the Buzz: Highlights of the Sundance Film Festival
“One of the sharpest, best surprises of the festival”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Jan 20, 2013
Interior. Leather Bar. at Sundance
“I appreciate films that challenge the audience and leave them thinking, and I think Interior. Leather Bar. does just that.”
FILM THREAT

Feb 12, 2013
Berlin Review: ‘Interior. Leather Bar’ Is A Surprisingly Successful James Franco Experiment On Male Sexuality & Filmic Process
“We have been critical of Franco before, and probably will be again for the times his experiments cross the line from personal exploration into pretentious exercise. But with “Interior. Leather Bar.” that line is walked cleverly (are Mathews and Lauren perhaps a good influence as collaborators?), and Franco has finally delivered a side project that does at least some justice to his eclectic artistic ambitions.”
INDIEWIRE

Jan 1, 2014
Feeling Extra Queer: ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ highlights what it’s like to be an extra in an explicitly gay film
“Let’s think about 1980.”
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Jan 13, 2014
Bi-curiouser and Bi-curiouser!
“Interior. Leather Bar. is so weird and so different and so perfectly itself that there’s no better single word for it than queer, and I mean that as a compliment.”
GAWKER

Jan 1, 2014
Review: ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ an unsettling provocation
“A cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. The Film is intriguing and discomforting in equal measure, using its brief running time to frame thoughtful, boundary-pushing questions.”
LA TIMES

Praise for INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
“Awesome! complicated, strange and avant-garde.”

– Gus Van Sant

“A bracingly provocative and fearless ride defying easy categorization. Mathews continues to forge his own path doing what no one else in queer cinema is doing. I loved this film.”

– Andrew Haigh

“A beautifully-made cinematic guide to penetrating the membranes of sexual fear that separate us.”

– John Cameron Mitchell