At the premiere of the much anticipated Bret Easton Ellis-penned film, The Canyons (held at Lincoln Center), veteran director Paul Schrader explained the controversy the film has generated since production: "The phenomenon of Lindsay Lohan makes normal people do stupid things."
Not even the New York Times was immune to the excitement of seeing Lohan back on the screen, as a story following the production of the Kickstarter-funded low budget indie became an exposé of her antics throughout filming. Schrader later added, you can "shoot around bad behavior, but Lindsay's just magic," and the sole reason you should be hitting IFC Center this weekend (or iTunes, Vod, Xbox and other digital platforms August 9th). Her performance in this seedy, semi-erotic, Hollywood noir reminds you why she's continued to fascinate the public, years past her expiration date as just another child star gone wrong.
Plot wise, we get a classic Easton Ellisian world of unlikeable, duplicitous characters doing bad things to each other, caught in the trappings of the B-movie business. The cast is led by real-life pornstar James Deen as a sexually adventurous low level movie producer, who unknowingly casts his girlfriend's (Lohan) former love (hunky Nolan Funk) as the star of his next slasher film.
In The Canyons, Schrader also explores his idea of "post apocalyptic cinema," suggesting the death of film's mass-viewing. To illustrate, Schrader gave us stills of abandoned movie houses that could be taken straight out of the horror film Deen might be making, or symbolic of the world of soulless zombies his characters are inhabiting. Lohan is in her "Angie Dickinson/Gena Rowlands" stage, the director later remarked. Leaving her ingenue stage behind, she's a revelation in The Canyons. One only hopes that this means she'll never suffer through another Lifetime or Scary Movie campfest again.
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