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The Canyons

Directed by Paul Schrader
United States, 2013


When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.

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The Canyons Directed by Paul Schrader
Possessing the same sly satirical bite as Paul Verhoeven’sShowgirls, Schrader’s film is all the more effective for it being so closely tethered to real life… The film is an unabashed love poem to Lohan. Her performance is mesmerising, like a glitterball hanging in an abattoir.
May 08, 2014
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But I think that there’s something significant here beyond new ways to make and watch movies, and that is The Canyons’ highlighting of the anti-spectacular as a model for what capitalism in America feels like right now. In fact, I’d argue that The Canyons is an important movie because it identifies how desperately many of us still want to believe that the larger-than-life, commodified good life is still available to us…
August 17, 2013
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It is a mess, certainly, but a fascinating, sometimes brilliant one, and necessary—a bizarre coalescence of influences and talents representative of and germane to the obsessions of its progenitors.
July 14, 2018
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