Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Before The Matrix trilogy or V for Vendetta, never mind Speed Racer, the Wachowski Brothers made a movie that remains a classic of lesbian film, pairing Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly as two small-time criminals with a plan to make their big score by putting one over on the Mob. Watching this film, you'd be hard-pressed to imagine that it was written and directed by a couple of straight boys making their second feature film. The heat between Gershon and Tilly is so intense, it's a wonder the screen doesn't melt. There are some gruesome scenes of violence, too, but the center of the story is the pas-de-deux of these two women figuring out how far they can trust one another, both in love and in crime. A dozen years later, it's a real treat to see it in 35mm on a big screen, even though it's already in any serious queer film buff's DVD collection. MUST SEE

Bound, dirs. Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, 1996 USA 108 min., available on DVD

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