Film fans everywhere should prepare themselves for this treat. In this newly released clip from her upcoming contemporary noir film The Canyons, Lindsay Lohan spends about two minutes fruitlessly searching for her mobile phone. But just as you think nothing is going to happen in this sub-Lynchian nightmare of domestic mundanity… something happens!
First of all, why is she holding the telephone to her ear when she should be listening out for the ringtone? And secondly, why does this movie look so cheap?
We know that movies are made on tiny budgets these days, but even consumer cameras can get better image quality than this! The production looks like it belongs to a medium-to-high budget porno flick — which is an interesting segue in to this fact: her co-lead is an actual porn actor by the name of James Deen, who is making his mainstream debut in this film.
In fact, every piece of key talent in this film seems ill suited for a latter-day Lindsay Lohan vehicle. Behind the camera is director Paul Schrader, perhaps best known for writing Taxi Driver and Raging Bull for Martin Scorsese. On script duties is Bret Easton Ellis, the American novelist of the late 80s, whose books include American Psycho, Rules of Attraction and Next to Zero. Ellis is quite a vocal fan of the Fifty Shades books, so the fact that the aggressive male character in his script is named Christian only lends an extra dimension of intrigue. Respected director Gus van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting) appears as a psychiatrist in a rare on-screen performance, perhaps doing Schrader a solid favour.
The New York Times recently published a pretty lengthy set report detailing an troubled shoot: the old-before-her-time starlet seemed to turn up late almost every day and any filming had to be accommodated around power struggles between Lohan and Schrader. On one occasion, Lohan refused to come on set for a key sex scene that she had been aware of for weeks:
Another hour passed, and Lohan eventually moved to the bed but wouldn’t remove her robe. Schrader worried that the early-morning sunlight would begin streaming through the house. He thought of sending everyone home. But then he realized that there was one thing he hadn’t yet tried. He stripped off all of his clothes. Naked, he walked toward Lohan.
“Lins, I want you to be comfortable. C’mon, let’s do this.”
But then a funny thing happened. Lohan dropped her robe. Schrader shouted action, and they filmed the scene in one 14-minute take. About halfway through, Lohan looked directly into the camera and flashed a dirty, demented smile at Schrader. He smiled back.
The movie sounds like a complete train wreck but the full article is definitely worth a read.
[Source: New York Times]