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

2.8 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews

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While calculating young movie producer Christian (Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, his actress girlfriend, Tara (Lohan), hides an affair with an actor from her past. But Christian becomes aware of her infidelity, which leads the young Angelenos into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EMAGK1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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Nope I'm not saying that just to get your goat, Ms. Lohan actually did announce her intention to run for the highest office in the land next time around. Let's table the topic for a minute and talk about The Canyons. I can't remember the last time I yearned for all characters in a flick to meet an untimely fate, but that's exactly what I felt while watching (ironically, the only character I didn't hate *was* murdered). By the end I was thinking on a broader scale, hoping the whole of Los Angeles would succumb to a zombie apocalypse à la Fear the Walking Dead, or a Putin airstrike (I really shouldn't joke about the latter). As for James Deen, don't get me started. I heard on NPR (of all places) that he is being accused by various porn "stars" of being a rapist. Enough said about James Deen. Well, one more thing: his character in The Canyons is possibly the most annoying movie antagonist in the history of celluloid. The Canyons doesn't seem to have a protagonist.

Back to Lindsay. This is the first time I'd seen her in anything. I don't even know who she is or why people make such a big deal about her (addiction problems? what is special about that?) Verdict after watching: I still don't care, other than some strong feelings about having her makeup artist fired. However, I surely appreciate Ms. Lohan for NOT having fake boobs, as implants are one of mankind's worst inventions, right up there with mustard gas. In fact, I am giving The Canyons 2 stars instead of 1 due to Lindsay's real boobs coming out not once, but thrice. While I sincerely hope someone other than Ms.
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