Trailer: Paul Schrader’s The Canyons

Welcome to 2012 and the inevitable trickle-to-flood of kick-starter or otherwise crowd-source financed film experiments. With The Canyons, Paul Schrader adapts a Bret Easton Ellis novel, casts Lindsay Lohan and films in aged black and white. I might be completely on board for this if it were not the terrible acting, and I don’t believe it is bad due to aiming for a 1940’s noir (clearly where the trailer aesthetic is coming from), I think it is just bad acting. Either way, the film will be presented in a more contemporary fashion, this is merely the marketing folks putting out trailer is in traditional styles (a 70s sleaze version is tucked under the seat.)

Thoughts? Would you drop hard earned $$$ to see this in the cinema? After all it’s written by the guy who wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and directed Autofocus and Affliction.

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Jandy Hardesty

At least the ’70s-style trailer is believable. I’d be more likely to see it based on that. The ’40s trailer is terrible.


Not only is the acting bad, the cheap, digital cinemtography is atrocious.

Andrew James

Starring Gus Van Sant?

oh… kaaaay….


is it supposed to be bad?

i don’t get it.