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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5 of 6 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lomax on 1 Oct 2014
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This is an excellent film. Yes it is slow. Good, makes you feel you have truly entered the world of a disturbing set of characters and observed the consequences of their choices and conversations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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By OwenDavies2 on 7 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Not the best movie around Lindsey isn't very great imo James Deen is the best thing about it and when you consider he is a former porn star doesn't say much :/
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
There are bad movies that make you angry. There are bad movies that make you laugh. And then... there are bad movies that make you feel a little depressed and icky, but mostly just bored.

"The Canyons" is the last kind -- a hollow low-budget melodrama that begins and ends with empty pretension. It has roughly the same kind of story (shallow rich people, sex, murder) that Bret Easton Ellis has been writing for the past several decades, centering on a rapidly deteriorating Lindsay Lohan and her smoker's croak.

Rich brat/movie producer Christian (James Deen) is in a relationship with Tara (Lohan), an aging party-girl who desperately wants the financial security he gives her. Every night, Christian brings in other people (both male and female) to have sex with Tara while he watches, and sometimes they participate in group sex.

Tara convinces Christian to cast struggling actor/bartender Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk) in his latest schlock movie -- without mentioning that Ryan is her ex-boyfriend, and that she's having a secret affair with him. But Christian suspects what Tara and Ryan are up to -- and he sets out to destroy his rival in any way possible. Even murder.

Even before it was made, "The Canyons" was overshadowed by the forces behind it -- it was written by Ellis, directed by Richard Schrade, and starred the perennial train-wreck Lindsay Lohan in her "comeback." What was more, the movie was funded by Kickstarter and distributed on VOD. This movie could have been on the vanguard of the new wave of entertainment production...

... but to do that, it would have to be good. And it's not.
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