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

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 9 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
This is not a good movie. If you are persistent enough it is watchable. Lohan/Tara and Dean/Chrisitan are in a swinging relationship. Tara seem to be tiring of this while Christians obsessions are getting stronger. Christian in his can do anyone/whatever he wants way does seem to love Tara (to the point where he will not let his bit on the side kiss him while he is doing her). So when Tara is seeing someone on the side then mind games/stalking start. the best thing about this movie is the use of mobile technology in a realistic (sometimes dark) way. This is a watchable film for all the wrong reason.
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I'm not an angry customer by the way, my stupid name just says that for some reason. I loved this movie, and everyone who was involved in it... Especially Lindsay, she gave a stunning performance, the film was shot stunningly with a low budget to work with. It was a film about Hollywood without a hollywood style, which was interesting to watch. James Deen's acting didn't convince me, he was constantly putting on that stupid mirror face the whole movie, which is really annoying. Mainly because you lose touch with the story sometimes when he does it, and his delivery isn't on point either, but for a porn actor it was fine, he did well for his first film outside of that industry.

Altogether a fantastic film, I'd recommend this to you solely from Lindsay's performance. She has a presence on screen (and when I seen her on stage in London) that just hooks you for hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ems on 30 May 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PP Prong on 12 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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Format: DVD
Can Lohan get any worse?? This was a messy film, so so slow and so pointless. James Deen the porn star was awful but Lohan was the worst thing in it

I cant even describe the story or the script
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
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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