Everyone prepared for The Canyons to be a disaster? Disappointed. Everyone prepared for The Canyons to be a surprise success? Disappointed.
The sad truth is that Paul Schrader's Kickstarter-funded L.A. picture is Bret Easton Ellis by the numbers, right down to the dull sex and "sudden" violence. It isn't particularly Brechtian; it's just old hat. That said, Lindsay Lohan is low-key captivating. Those puffy cheeks and dark eyes exhibit shame and embarressment. They cry real tears. Everyone else in the film is so wooden—word to James Deen's dick—and shark-eyed, but Lohan feels alive. —RS