The Canyons 2013

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Paul Schrader directs this erotic thriller starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen. When film producer Christian (Deen) discovers that his girlfriend Tara (Lohan) is having an affair with one of his actors he works himself up into a jealous frenzy. As Christian's reality spirals out of control he takes out his pain on Tara through a programme of psychological torture, cruelty and violence.

Starring:
Chris Zeischegg, Jarod Einsohn
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The Canyons

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Chris Zeischegg, Jarod Einsohn, Philip Pavel, Nolan Gerard Funk, Jim Boeven, James Deen, Lindsay Lohan, Gus Van Sant, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston
Director Paul Schrader
Genres Thriller
Studio Koch Media
Rental release 12 May 2014
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PP Prong on 12 May 2014
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This is a straight to DVD offering that seemed to get a variety of readings on the geiger counter of critical acceptance. It is, indeed, a blend of interesting material, some of it plain tawdry and some of it scintillatingly tawdry in its unrehearsed, thrown together coherence.

The Canyons is a tale about the dependent and the controlled, deceit and betrayal in a post cinematic world of eroded certainties and streaming paranoia.Lohan is very good as the ennui ravaged central female character in the film's web of obsessive digital interplay,and Deen is convincing as its menacing, manipulating force. The stripped down You Tube self-consciousness of the narrative, although sometimes feeling a little contrived, is actually very effective and at times creepily startling. The out-and-about street sets and brash, curtainless interiors are interesting, as is the home-made feel of the thrumming soundtrack which reminded me of stuff John Carpenter used to knock up in the eighties. There's something of a Mulholland Drive feel to the scenes - although this is by no means attempting to be a Lynchian film - and maybe it is a story that partly goes to similar places. Whatever it is trying to be,and wherever it is trying to go, I liked it. And if, as is widely rumoured, it cost less than half a million to make it really is a job well done.
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The Canyons is not a good film. However, I stuck with it all the way through. I could have turned it off, but I didn’t. And, even though I knew it could have been better, I didn’t entirely regret the experience. Because, somewhere buried deep within the screenplay, is actually quite a good little film.

It’s written by (American Psycho-famed) Brett Eastern Ellis, who specialises in showing us shallow, rich, decadent characters. Therefore, don’t expect to particularly identify or relate to any of the leads. It’s about a rich young man who has links to the film industry. He starts to suspect that his girlfriend is having an affair and sets about destroying his potential rival.

Its plot is nothing special, but, there must have been a way of getting a little more intrigue out of it. However, all you have is beautiful people, wandering in and out of equally beautiful (or actually quite sleazy) locations, having conversations and then moving on to the next.

Yes, despite being pretty short on action, it definitely had a ‘vibe’ to it. It was certainly raw, as if it was filmed on video without much thought going into the shots’ framing or lighting. If you’ve seen David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive, then you’ll know the kind of haunting atmosphere which was created here (only minus the supernatural element). That’s the main reason I stuck with it. The film was genuinely creepy, showing us much of the seedy underbelly of L.A.

It’s a hard film to watch, especially during the first two halves, as little excitement is contained within. If you’re looking forward to the sex scenes, they’ve been somewhat exaggerated and you can probably find better on Youtube! You need to be in the right frame of mind to watch quite a slow movie with no real redeemable characters if you want to get something out of this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 9 Jun 2014
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Ok this is a very bad film ; yet I absolutely loved it ; its so Brett Easton Ellis , how all characters are obsessed by their mobile phones and how the sex is empty and the houses amazing. I wanted to scream with delight , my partner thought it was utter rubbish . Plus Lindsay is such a train wreck , channelling her inner Elizabeth Taylor / Sharon Stone but with cellulite and attempting to make her post surgery face move . This will be a classic so bad its good film ! Watch and enjoy with a few drinks .
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By ems on 30 May 2014
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Don't bother wasting your money. I thought this would be full of suspense, it dragged on and went nowhere. Boring
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tartan viewer on 23 Feb 2014
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This is wonderful actually, reviewer no. 1. I felt it was a beautiful exploration of the ZEITGEIST. The Greatest Writer and Director of the last 30 years? Whaddaya want?
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