Already infamous in cinephile circles due to a quite candid and lengthy New York Times back in January, Paul Schrader’s microbudget and somewhat self-conscious sleazefest, The Canyons, gets a glossy and pretty solid trailer. The film was penned by Bret Easton Ellis and stars Lindsay Lohan and pornstar James Deen. This new, quite brief, piece of advertising echoing the kind of trailers usually put out by Sophia Coppola, makes the whole affair feel like a lament for the death of cinema with a montage of abandoned movie houses in Los Angeles kicking things off. Have a look below and tell us if you are interested in one of the odder projects of 2013. IFC picked it up, so one can only expect a very, very small cinema release, which might be apropos, thematically.
Undoubtedly (to me anyway) Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring will act as the Yin to Harmony Korine’s Yang in the shallow soul meltdown of post-MTV America. I’m far more looking forward to Emma Watson struting her stuff here, than swinging an axe in This is the End. What is up with Ms. Watson stealing from celebs? Is this a genre? Check out the excellent, quite stylish, trailer below.
I know that two movies does not a trend make, but doesn’t Sophia Coppola’s youth driven heist film remind one a lot of Spring Breakers? I know that Korine and Coppola are miles apart stylistically, but, at first blush, they seem birds of a feather at least spiritually. Emma Watson, Leslie Mann and Gavin Rossdale star in a plot inspired by actual events involving a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
In the ‘real’ story, not only was was Paris Hilton robbed, but also Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox. Is there a healthy dose of schadenfreude to be injected into the proceedings, or is it empathy for the privileged elite? It could go either way.
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.