Cruising

Cruising ★★★★

I definitely get why this was protested by gay rights supporters. On a superficial level, it looks like the movie is denigrating the gay community by painting the community with a broad brush. But if anything, I think the police looked a lot worse and that this had a pretty sharp view on police brutality and bureaucracy. I like that Al Pacino's character had to reckon with becoming part of a system that would demonize whole communities including this one while getting a glimpse into the humanity of the very men who were being alienated for their sexuality. It's a flawed work but it's especially fascinating to see how this movie has been reclaimed by LGBTQIA scholars to some extent.