Paul Schrader was responsible for giving us Taxi Driver, but he hasn’t had a movie worth mentioning since Auto Focus back in 2002. Bret Easton Ellis is responsible for American Psycho, but his novels haven’t had the best of luck when it came to adapting them for the big screen. Lindsay Lohan…well, lets just say TMZ owes her a debt of gratitude. So when you mention all 3 and their movie The Canyons, one has every right to be cynical. But I have to admit, I’m intrigued by what I see in this new trailer.
Am I crazy? Don’t answer that, but what was at first a movie that I could care less about just got moved up the totem pole to a category I like to call ‘slight possibility’. Now, we all know that a trailers job is to hook you in to what it’s selling and this trailer just hooked me. But as reality starts to set in, I realize this may be fools gold (giving the productions troubled history and less than stellar response at SXSW this year). But I also can’t look past the career of Schrader’s, which is peppered with movies that many would give their right arm to say they were responsible for. As for Lohan and Ellis (who is the screenwriter), they’ve had their moments as well.
The Canyons comes out…in theatres on August 2nd (but it will also be available on iTunes). I’m not saying I will rush to see this when it’s released, but I haven’t written it off yet either.