"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Nov 262013

photo for Billed as a “searing indictment of Hollywood culture” and a “sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature,” this boring film is actually the swan song of auteur writer and filmmaker Paul Schrader (writer of “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver”). The story revolves around an arrogant young trust-fund baby (adult-film star James Deen), his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), his producer (Amanda Brooks) and her struggling actor boyfriend (Nolan Funk) as they attempt to make a horror film and navigate rekindled romances and violence. This road down the canyons wanders aimlessly through what seems like 40 years-worth of desert dialogue and tame sexual situations. There’s little to like about any of these characters, and their dialogue (written by screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis) is so divorced from reality that I marveled at how both Schrader and Ellis have squandered their talents. Available in rated and unrated director’s cut. Vitals: Director: Paul Schrader. Stars: James Deen, Lindsay Lohan, Nolan Gerard Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston, Gus Van Sant. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.049 million, IFC Films. 1 stars

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