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By nature, poetry is like totally gay. Even gay people know it. Even Gaylord Perry knows it. Even Perry Mason knows it. Even Mason Crosby Stills & Nash & Young know it!!! Allen Ginsberg was both gay and a poet, so the dude had his finger way on the pulse, and all over men’s bodies!! When he wrote his seminal Howl, it not only spoke to the Beat-off Generation, but to many a future generations to come. Of course not everyone agreed that it could or should be considered a work of written art and thus a court case against its publisher to cease publication went public and pubic words came forth!!!!!!! Rob Epstein (he made The Times of Harvey Milk doc, which was FARRRR greater than the movie Milk) & Jeffrey Friedman have ventured out to capture the essence of Ginsburg, the meaning of Howl and the fight for free speech, all rolled into one wild bizarre ride to the pharcyde, in crisp black & white, candy-colored color and wondrously stark animation
Their Ginsberg is pan-sexual James Franco, and while he might not look exactly like him or David Cross with a beard, he’s got the sound down, and juss about everything else. Hell, we wanted to bang him the instant we heard the Howling words spew from his pretty mouth! The courtroom drama features attorneys Jon Hamm (looks like he juss walked off of one Mad Man set and onto another) & David Strathairn, judge Bob Balaban, and expert literary witnesses Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Alessandro Nivola and Treat Williams, which is by far the weakest part of the triptych, but necessary lessthenone. As for the animation, that shiz was more moving than Howl’s Moving Castle!!! Disclaimer: we’ve never seen Howl’s Moving Castle! Straight or gay, poetry is here to stay, and Howl will forever have its say! And now will forever have its sight! Hip-hip who-Gayyyyyy!!!!!!!!
Is He or Isn’t He?: if you haven’t already warrick dunn so, DO read this NY Mag article on the hard to figure/finger out James Franco
Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers
Howl is currently screaming at the moon in limited release!
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…