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The Canyons (2013)

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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.

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Ryan (as Nolan Funk)
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Gina
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Cynthia
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Dr. Campbell
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Hoodie Guy
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Reed (as Chris Zeischegg)
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Randall
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Jon
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Erik (as Phil Pavel)
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Young Hot Guy
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Jaden
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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.

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It's not the hills.

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language throughout, a bloody crime scene and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Vale do Pecado  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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$13,351 (USA) (4 August 2013)

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$49,494 (USA) (25 August 2013)
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As described in a New York Times article by Stephen Rodrick about the film's unusual production, Paul Schrader directed a sex scene naked in an effort to placate the reluctant Lindsay Lohan. [Jan. 10, 2013] See more »

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When Tara and Christian are by the pool, Tara's sunglasses are on her face whenever the camera faces her. But her sunglasses are on her head when the camera is behind her. See more »

Quotes

Jon: I'm going to Palm Springs this weekend and uh, well, why don't you come?
Ryan: Aren't you going with Billy?
Jon: No.
Ryan: You mean, me and Gina?
Jon: No. Just... huh... me and you.
Ryan: Well... Sure. Why not? But... why wait?
Jon: Exactly.
Ryan: Let's do it now.
Jon: Yeah?
Ryan: Yeah. Suck me off, right now. Right here. Now. In the office.
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Great movie, typical Ellis - detached and cruel
4 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think that a lot of the criticism of "The Canyons" is missing the point. All of Ellis' stories have a detached quality in them which makes them hard for audiences to relate to, especially on screen. They seem "unreal".

A constant theme in Ellis' work is the existential "ennui", the boredom and emptiness of life, the absence of deeper meaning. His main characters feel that something is missing, but they can't pinpoint what it is. As an audience, we know what they are missing - connection with themselves and others, and genuine emotion. This is why there is so much disconnect between the protagonists and the viewers.

It may be that the choice of Hollywood as a backdrop for this display of existential emptiness is an unlucky one because few people can relate to wealthy Hollywood life on a personal level.

However, I applaud the filmmakers for at least having the guts to try. The people in this movie are all choosing materialism over personal connection, and mechanical sex instead of intimacy, an orgasm is for them a reflex just like sneezing. Neither money, sex, nor social status provide happiness for those who get it in abundance; only those who don't have it in abundance think they will bring happiness. The values that popular culture upholds are devoid of value.

In addition, I think James Deen does a perfect job playing a narcissistic, controlling, emotionally empty vessel on the verge of snapping, and Lindsay Lohan (this is her first movie I've seen, and given the bad press, I'm positively surprised) does a great job playing a woman despairing from choosing hell in physical luxury, while starving emotionally.


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