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The Canyons (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (2013)

Lindsay Lohan , James Deen , Paul Schrader  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Writers: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Producers: Braxton Pope
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EMAGK1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) team up for THE CANYONS, a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year's most controversial film. Young trust-fund baby Christian (James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend-turned-plaything Tara (Lindsay Lohan) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina, is trying to get her boyfriend Ryan the lead role. But unbeknownst to Christian and Gina, Ryan and Tara were once a couple, and as soon as the two meet again at an audition, their romance is rekindled. When Christian discovers that Tara has been having an affair, he begins to play a series of cruelly escalating mind games with both Ryan and Tara, leading to an act of violence from which there can be no redemption. Featuring fearless and unprecedented performances from its young cast, THE CANYONS is a thought-provoking examination of privilege run amok.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promises much, delivers very little August 26, 2013
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The movie pretends to portray the life of an aspiring model in LA that finds that is not always easy to make it in Hollywood. It starts OK, tries to develop a story with a somewhat complex love triangle. From there though, it goes down really quick, never gets to a point that makes sense, the characters individual stories are never fully explained and the few images that could attract some of the viewers leave you with more questions than answers. I would not call it soft porn since it does not make it that far, even though some scenes are close, but an attempt to tease the viewers that gets lost in the camera movement and angles. Of course the acting is second class, even Lindsay that is the more experienced actress in the movie (and that is saying something) more often than not looks like she is trying too hard. Some of the dialogues are vague and empty and leave you wondering why in the world that scene was even there. Overall, I would not recommend it but if you like independent noir type films; then you can probably find some parts that you like in this movie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The (Not-So-Grand) Canyons December 12, 2013
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With Paul Schrader directing, Brett Easton Ellis penning the screenplay, Lindsay Lohan starring and porn stud James Deen as the leading man, the erotic thriller "The Canyons" seemed like a dicey proposition from the outset. With the exception of Deen, the careers of the others have certainly seen better days; "The Canyons" is unlikely to herald a reversal of fortune for anyone involved. Like a dessicated amalgam of its creators greatest hits--think Schrader's "American Gigolo"/"The Comfort of Strangers"/"Auto Focus" meets Ellis' "American Psycho"/"Rules of Attraction"/"Less Than Zero"--"The Canyons" feels redundant and oddly unsexy. Neither erotic nor a thriller, the film could have been much better in the hands of someone like Brian de Palma, who usually excels at this type of campy, melodramatic trash (except for his unfortunate remake of Alain Corneau's "Love Crime"). To be sure, "The Canyons" would have been a better film, had Schrader and Ellis infused it with even the slightest grain of humor, but they spin their dark take with a deadly earnestness that robs the film of any trace of suspense or pleasure. In the past, Ellis has evinced a snarky, gleefully twisted sense of malice that enlivened even the sketchiest projects but in "The Canyons", it's hard to believe that he actually wrote anything other than a very basic outline of the plot. Certainly, the dialogue is such that the actors often seem to be winging it, ad libbing and spouting scripted bits on the fly. (The atrocious dialogue and barely-there script notwithstanding, Ellis probably still would have made a better director for this material than Schrader).

The acting is not as terrible as I expected it to be.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writing and Performances Do Not Shine August 26, 2013
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Interesting ideas, but the writing and acting were sub-standard. Difficult to say whether it was the acting weighing down the writing, or the gravitation field created by the combination of the two that caused the movie to implode.

The makers deserve credit for making this happen outside the studio system with Kickstarter funding, but the quality of the effort has somehow under performed even its $250,000 budget.

The idea of a "post-theatrical" movie is intriguing, but this production made the idea feel like the makers view the future of film closer to pornography than art, and perhaps considering those involved, that was the statement they were attempting to make.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Down and Out in Hollywood Hills March 28, 2014
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Why did Paul Schrader bother? "The Canyons" (2013) has the look and feel of generic softcore on a Friday night. There's no attempt at filmmaking - just a display of waxworks. Career low points for all concerned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic American Psycho March 4, 2014
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After the terrible reviews, I was surprised how wonderful this film is. I suspect it has something to do with haters of Lindsay Lohan. She was very good and believable as a young, beautiful woman willing to sell her body ( and thus her spirit) to a man who will 'provide' for her--allow her to live in wealth. She considers working an ordinary, low paying job as hell. The wealthy young man she is living with, Christian, is a sociopath. A hollow man if there ever was one. It's a believable story of the depths people will go to make it in Hollywood, even if 'making it' is a low level producer or actor. The director, Paul Schrader, knows this LA landscape and terrain well, drawing a richly layered yet claustrophobic world. The despicable Christian, the wealthy, gorgeous sociopath, is a realistic Patrick Bateman (Main character of American Psycho). If you liked that film, you should appreciate this one. And Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote the novel American Psycho was the screenwriter for The Canyons.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A canyon of emptiness August 28, 2013
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
it was the worst movie I've seen in years.
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Published 21 days ago by nick
4.0 out of 5 stars "Nod for me...Nod for me-baby"...
I am going to state my cons or pros of this movie, and then I am just going to s...t the f...up, and make you decide if the movie is good or not:

CONS:

I told... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luke
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ending was dumb AF.... Logan was hot and her tips looked great..
Published 1 month ago by BenjaminCrisp
2.0 out of 5 stars sex and depravity the results are rather boring. The film never seems...
"The Canyons" wants to be a shocking movie about the depraved sex life of young Hollywood- but for a film with so much nudity, sex and depravity the results are rather... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jose Pelaez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good adult movie
I'm a big fan of Lindsay Lohan so I bought this movie. There's several times of nudity in the movie including Lindsay. It's not a family movie but it's interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JMK
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
At least Lindsay Lohan is naked thru portions of this film... Otherwise, worthless.
Published 1 month ago by Alissyn Hafer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not sure what is going on here, it's all over the place to me....
Published 1 month ago by Donqueako Jordan
1.0 out of 5 stars WORSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
Honestly, I've seen porno movies with far superior stories, characters, dialog, acting and directing than this miserable pathetic borefest. Read more
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