This is not just a gay film, nor a great film that just happens to be gay. As [B. Ruby] Rich writes, the “queer present negotiates with the past, knowing full well that the future is at stake”. At the heart of Poison – alongside the other pioneering films of New Queer Cinema– is a conscious temporal attempt to confront the abusive history of queer as a category of shame, and to move it in a completely different direction. Haynes’ film is therefore a significant entry in the history of cinema.
March 01, 2015