the canyons
Paul Schader make a rocky return to filmmaking, bringing a script by Bret Easton Ellis to the screen with the help of porn star James Deen and the loose canon that is Lindsay Lohan. The results are predictably erratic, with Deen doing a decent job of embodying Ellis’ trademark voice of disenfranchised LA types. Lohan is genuinely decent at times, in a role no one else likely wanted, but for someone of Schrader’s past stature, this is clunky, flat and vacuous fare, albeit with glimpses of something more. Far more interesting is Stephen Rodrick’s feature for The NY Times about Schrader’s struggles making the film and, against everyone’s advice, casting Lohan in the first place.

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