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

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Format: DVD
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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I did my research before I watched this and watched anyway. Maybe I'm a masochist...

It's a very low budget movie, written by Ellis with Deen in mind. He seems to want to recapture the magic of American Psycho but this misses the mark. Since the role was essentially written for him, James Deen had to be in it and being that porn stars aren't known for their acting chops, this was obviously a risk. However, Deen isn't as bad as I thought he might be. Yes, he pulls his arrogant face a lot but I get the feeling he was directed to play it that way because there are moments when he isn't posing and is more 'real' so it's a shame he didn't bring more of himself to the role. He certainly looks the part of a spoiled trust fund kid, if anything, and I think with a few actual acting lessons, he'd do better in another role.

Lohan (Tara) is a mess. Physically, she looks one step away from rehab. This helps in that she is such a wreck, her chaotic life and messed up relationships in the movie actually make a type of sense but I personally, don't see Christian's character being attracted to that. He chooses people from an app based on looks for hookups, even the girl he cheats on Tara with looks better and more together than Lohan. Harsh but true. Lohan gives little glimpses of being an actual actress, especially when she's a sobbing mess (I guess she didn't have to dig too deep in that regard) but you can tell the director had to basically shove her along to keep the movie afloat.

The sex scenes have been over hyped because I've seen more explicit stuff in American Horror Story. For an orgy with real porn stars in it, this was tame in the extreme (apparently, Lohan didn't want to do it and freaked out so much the director had to strip to make her more comfortable).
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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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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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A very good film,a little bit sad.But good
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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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There's not even any reason to give a synopsis to this dog of a film, its a comeback movie for Lindsay Lohan, and to prove she's serious, she gets naked and does lots of things you would have never expected her to do in Mean Girls....

The fact of the matter is, she didn't need a comeback, she hadn't done anything of really any relevance since the aforementioned film, and then that film didn't sell because of her, it sold because of the fabulous writing and the nasty streak it had.

This is just nasty, and has some streaks, but hey are just from the fake tan.

But wow, this is from the guy who wrote the excellent American Psycho, and Less Than Zero. Even The Informers was a half decent look into the excesses of the rich.

And it's directed by the guy who wrote Taxi Driver. Another wow.....

So again, this is all about the excess of the rich, and how they can influence the lesser people with their money, lifestyle, and bedroom disco lights.

But to be fair, any film that has some called Funk in the film, and James Deen, has to be going somewhere.

That's right, straight in the bargain bin.

Worthless filth.
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