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.
Christian kinda-sorta uses his family money to produce movies by day; by night, he arranges three-ways with his girlfriend Tara at his minimalist Malibu mansion with just a few taps on his smartphone. He is about to start production on a low-budget slasher flick in New Mexico starring Ryan, the blandly handsome boyfriend of his assistant, the blandly pretty Gina. But unbeknownst to him, Tara was involved with Ryan a few years ago-and has started up an affair with him again. Christian, meanwhile, is having a fling on the side with the blandly pretty Cynthia, a yoga instructor who used to take acting classes with Ryan. Ryan, meanwhile, gets hit on left and right by pseudo-connected Hollywood types.Written by
On Bret Easton Ellis' Podcast, he claims to now have a new appreciation of the film, saying he had trouble at first accepting Paul Schrader's vision of his material, but in the end, has come to an understanding over his reservations during the creative process. He also openly praises Lindsay Lohan's performance, calling it "searing," and blames the film's perceived 'failures' on Lohan's reputation in the media, which has nothing to do about the film's quality or her performance in the film. He continued with saying he believes the film to have ended up as being a success both creatively and financially for all those involved. He concludes with saying he is very proud of the final product. See more »
When Ryan comes upon Cynthia stabbed to death in her apartment, the camera does a slow close-up pan across her "corpse" in which the actress's pulse is clearly visible in her neck. See more »
Don't worry, baby. It'll be alright. It'll be okay.
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Two versions of the film are available: a rated and "unrated director's cut". The unrated version features about a minute of additional footage edited from the rated version. A sex scene at the beginning of the film, which featured the characters of Tara, Christian, and Reid, had to have cuts made to meet the content standards of iTunes. Thus the shots of Reid indulging in masturbation had to go, since they were unsimulated, unlike the other sexual content shown in the film. See more »
I was eager to see 'The Canyons' because of Paul Schrader, Brett Easton Ellis directing and writing respectively, and Lindsay Lohan as the lead. I'm not a LiLo fanatic by any means, but I have always thought that given the right script and director she would be primed for a comeback. And if she can clean up her personal life then maybe she deserves one. The film for me was neither horrible nor far from perfect. The movie opens with scenes of boarded up movie theaters's, and I don't quite get the symbolism there since Hollywood seems alive and well. It is puzzling to me though that the Schrader/Ellis team had to go the Kickstarter route to raise a minute $250,000 for the budget. As you probably know, the film center's around two couples- a trust fund 'doucebag' named Christian who hasn't even read the script for the movie he is helping fund and Lohan as his girlfriend Tara, and unknown to Christian, Tara's ex Ryan, who is now dating Christian's assistant. Ryan has also been cast as the lead in the movie, and he and Tara are still hooking up. You would think Christian wouldn't be jealous of Tara's sex life since he constantly invites strange men and women into their bedroom, but of course he is. He suspects Tara is sleeping with Ryan, and things spiral out of control from there. Much has and will be said about the sex scene's in the film, but for me what really worked was Lohan's performance. You can sense that the actress knows her career is in trouble, and when she talks about needing to be taken care of, and not wanting to go back to being poor, you start to wonder where the acting stops and her real life begins. The movie isn't perfect, and the performances are flawed. I'm not at all happy with the ending, but I still think it's worth watching.
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