The trailer for The Canyons looks like it will give you a neon-colored STD. There’s no escaping that brash aesthetic element, but the far more common commentary that seems to be happening is the funeral dirge being sung for movies. Some of the first promo imagery for the Paul Schrader-directed sexual thriller featured the crumbling insides of a theater; he recently spoke at length about the “systemic change” facing the filmmaking industry; and the meta nature of a producer (James Deen) and his actress girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan) anchoring the story brings it all home.
So it’s not surprising that the latest trailer for the film opens with Lohan’s character rhetorically asking if we still like movies before admitting that she’s just not that into them anymore.
Beyond the darkness and forced shock to be expected from anything Bret Easton Ellis is involved in, the quiet death of movies might be something we’ll be getting a lot of in this one. That, and a whole host of bad acting.
Wear protection and check out the trailer for yourself:
Hopefully this is the flat kind of acting that demands context in order to work. Otherwise, it’s going to be a like watching a pile of lumber with sex organs trying to find the humanity button.
The tough part is keeping up optimism in the face of everything going against this flick. Troubled production aside (because turbulence in the factory doesn’t mean the final product can’t be great), when the screenwriter has openly called the final cut “languorous” at an hour and a half, following its rejection from Sundance and SXSW, things start to look a bit bleak.
Good thing we get to judge it for ourselves on August 2nd.