Certain blockbusters with secure financing and definite distribution don’t receive as much press as Paul Schrader’s The Canyons has enjoyed. Then again, those movies don’t take the calculated risk of hiring Lindsay Lohan in the lead role.
First, there was the in-depth, behind-the-scenes report from the film’s chaotic set, which spelled out the difficulties that come with hiring Lohan. We’ve also heard leaked audio of an on-set fight, and an official clip that looks amateurish, at best.
Schrader tells IndieWire all of this reaction to modern celebrity only feeds into his movie’s point, as he claims The Canyons is “cinema for the post-theatrical era.” The director tells the site, "These people are all talking about making a movie but they don't really care about movies." The movie, on a grand scheme, might actually be about the end of movies, in general.
And yet, the director’s confident that – despite negative buzz – the movie will resonate with audience if and when they’re able to see it.
But will it ever open? Sundance and SXSW programmers passed on the opportunity to premiere the film. The movie doesn’t have a firm release date at the moment, though journalists seem compelled to put a microphone in front of Schrader and get his opinion of Lohan, whom pop culture still can’t get enough of. I hope we see The Canyons someday, and I hope it resonates in the ways Schrader says that it might. We’ll see.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.