Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy — who labored collectively on the creepy crime thriller “Nightcrawler” — have reunited for a brand new Netflix Authentic movie, “Velvet Buzzsaw.”
Whereas “Nightcrawler” wasn’t excellent, it was tense and unsettling, crammed with eerily lovely photographs of nighttime L.A., plus a career-best efficiency from Gyllenhaal. It’s exhausting to consider that the identical crew was answerable for the muddled “Buzzsaw,” a movie that tries to mix art-world satire and horror films scares, finally failing on each counts.
The setup includes the dying of a mysterious artist, forsaking a trove of surprisingly compelling work. Quickly, although, everybody concerned in selling or promoting these work begins dying too.
On the newest episode of the Authentic Content material podcast, we’re joined by Jon Shieber to attempt to perceive what went fallacious right here. The film isn’t significantly humorous or scary — as a substitute, we’re caught with apparent jabs on the hypocrisy of the artwork world, interrupted by boring, unimaginative dying scenes. And whereas Gyllenhaal is attempting one thing in his portrayal of pompous artwork critic Morf Vandewalt, the outcomes are extra head-scratching than compelling.
This episode isn’t only one lengthy pan, although. We additionally provide our (significantly extra constructive) impressions of the Netflix collection “Russian Doll,” which stars co-creator Natasha Lyonne as a New Yorker who retains dying and repeating the evening of her 36th birthday. And we talk about Tremendous Bowl streaming numbers and new particulars about Disney’s streaming service.
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