Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Video Beaverhausen Visits Stonewall
Met with such hostile reception and poor reviews, the film folded quickly at theaters on limited release. I was hoping to see it at Chelsea Cinemas in Manhattan when it was released, but the theater quickly dropped it like a hot potato.
I pre-ordered the dvd from Amazon in mid-November and it arrived yesterday. I must say it is, indeed, just awful. How Jonathan Rhys Myers and Ron Perlman got involved in this mess is anyone's guess. I hope they walked away with big paychecks.
Stonewall bar on Christopher Street in Manhattan is still around, still going strong and still a gay bar, now even presenting live entertainment. It is legendary and its longevity is such a comfort. The riot happened in '69, the night after Judy Garland died, the summer after I graduated high school. It was summer, it was hot and the patrons just were not taking any more abuse.
But this movie rendition of Stonewall has a bad script, clumsy direction and camerawork, and trivializes events. Better you should spend your time watching the 1995 British film of the same name.