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Plot: After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art. Runtime: 113 min Release Date: 01 Feb 2019
A daring and very original piece of filmmaking. (by LoveItIfWeMadeIt)
Here we are with one of the best screeners I've ever gotten and I can't wait to see and hear people talking about Velvet Buzzsaw.Say what you want, in my opinion Gilroy is right up there with the best currently working directors. He takes chances, is completely fearless, and to me it always worked out so far.This will be divisive as hell, but rather that than playing it safe, right? I'll watch this endless amounts of times, just like Roman J. and Nightcrawler, although I think his directional debut is still his best work.I hope you yes you! enjoy it as well and find a lot to <more>
think about just like I always do with these thought-provoking and artistically pleasing films.
"What's the point of art if nobody sees it?"Wow! Just wow! I've got a lot of comments on this one. I'm really glad I didn't take the reviews on this to heart and decided to judge for myself. I've seen a lot of movies and hardly anything anymore moves me but this was a rare treat. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. It felt fresh and original. I love horror films and I can't recall a horror film dealing with art in this manner so kudos to the writer Dan Gilroy on this one.I am not an art critic and I don't know much about the art world or art <more>
in general. I think most of it is pretentious and I don't understand a lot of what many art shows are about. I know it's basic but my idea of good art is something that touches me that I find in Marshall's or T.J. Maxx. I don't really have any expertise on whether people in the art world are portrayed correctly in this or not. I will say though that when the art world started revering stuff like Mapplethorpe I feel THAT is when true art kind of went off the rails and now I'm not sure if anyone has an idea of what true art is or not. It's all become subjective. The one scene where Tom Sturridge visits John Malkovich in his studio portrays this perfectly. Malkovich has a pile of trash bags on the floor and TS thinks it's art and is looking at it in all seriousness. I mean really?If someone wants to express themselves through "art" then good for them if they can find an audience but I have to wonder if some of the art through the years has not been truly art but more of a statement to try to show how pretentious the rich are - to make fools of them in proving that they will buy anything. The problem is how do we know anymore what is truly art and what is strictly a vehicle for making money. Since that line has become blurred along the way I don't know if it's possible to be able to know if an artist's renderings are truly personal or not. If something is born out of a truly creative spirit then that should be considered but just taping together a bunch of junk mail and charging people to look at something they themselves could make at home well then that's where it's not art anymore. Art used to mean strictly paintings or drawings but it has been expanded to mean anything an artist wants to do which means someone throwing trash bags down on the ground could be interpreted as art and the person who did that gets revered as some kind of genius and that takes no thought.But I digress...This movie pokes fun at the art world's pretentions and how art has become about money and not really the appreciation of an individual's creative talent and art for art's sake.I think some people are rating this low because it is advertised as a horror film and in one way it is but mostly it's not. If you take it for what it is I believe more people would appreciate it than those who go into it thinking they're going to be terrified.I find it hard to believe that not many people understand the movie or understand the ending. IMHO it made perfect sense and I'm not somebody who considers myself to be that intelligent or know that much about films. I just watch a lot of movies and it seemed very clear what this movie was about.Basically it was about a bunch of people in the art world and their greediness. Morf Vandewalt played by Jake Gyllenhaal is a shallow and dismissive art critic whose reviews make or break artist's careers.Rhodora Haze played by Rene Russo runs an art gallery. She used to be in a band way back in the day but decided to branch out into art which became her occupation. It is through this transition that she has become very greedy, cutthroat and lacking in moral character.Josephina played by Zawe Ashton is one of her employees who has ambitions to move up in the art world and make a name for herself but her personal issues cause Rhodora to not trust her commitment. One day Rhodora tells Josephina that she cannot work with clients anymore until she proves herself worthy of that position. This makes Josephina upset and seemingly desperate to redeem herself.One day as she's on her way out of her apartment building Josephina sees a cane on the ground. She looks up and notices part of an arm hanging off the floor above her. She goes up to investigate and discovers that there is a man lying on the floor dead. After they call 911 it shows Josephina getting her mail. There is a man there who appears to work for the apartment complex. He is removing the dead guy's name from his mailbox. He starts chatting up Josephina and basically tells her that the dead man had strict instructions to destroy everything in his apartment upon his passing. After this exchange Josefina heads back to her apartment. On her way up she notices the dead man's apartment door and decides to go inside. Upon entry she discovers thousands of pieces of disturbing artwork that appear to belong to the dead man. As Josephina walks through the apartment we begin to see the wheels turning in her head. She takes the paintings and then hatches the idea to pass these off as her own discovery. She begins to tell people that she is the representative of this artwork.Rhodora comes to Josephina's apartment and forces her way in. She starts looking at the paintings and she basically threatens Josephina by reminding her of her noncompete clause. Rhodora basically says she'll ruin Josephina if she tries to go ahead with her plan to pass these paintings off as her find. Josephina is reluctant but she knows Rhodora has her over a barrel and thus she has no choice but to enter into a shady partnership together.Rhodora starts generating buzz about the paintings after they discover that the artist is Vetril Dease. No one seems to know who this artist is but soon enough they are landing clients due to the approach they take in selling the paintings. They make them appear to be rare and in short order the money starts rolling in.In fact the paintings are not in short supply as there were about 1000 in Dease's apartment. Rhodora decides to hide that fact from the public and orders her assistant Bryson played by Billy Magnusson to take a majority of the paintings to storage. She plans on utilizing them in the future to make more money once they get past the initial demand for the paintings.On the way to the storage facility Bryson stops off to inspect what's in the crates. Upon seeing Dease's artwork Bryson decides to steal a few pieces for himself. After he gets back in his truck and sets off for the storage facility he lights a cigarette and one of the sparks lands on his T-shirt and engulfs him in flames. He is able to get the fire out but when he looks in his rearview mirror he sees an apparition of Vetril Dease himself which makes him crash into a abandoned autobody shop. He is able to get out of the truck and make his way inside the shop. He finds a sink where he starts to splash cold water on his burns. There is a painting on the wall above the sink of monkeys who are working on a truck. As Bryson is splashing water on his burns you see the monkeys start to move. They come come off the truck in the painting and next we see their actual arms reaching out and grabbing Bryson and pulling him into the painting.Thus starts off a series of deaths relating to Vetril Dease's artwork.Dan Gilroy should win an award just for the sheer fact that he somehow got John Malkovich to act against type. His performance was very understated. His last scene on the beach was everything. Just taking sheer joy in his art like a child would even though it would wash away was a very touching last moment to show. At his core he hadn't lost his soul to the almighty dollar.Natalia Dyer who portrays Coco-a lowly young employee of Rhodora's who also has ambitions of her own to move up in the art world but isn't taken seriously impressed me in this. When I was first introduced to her through Stranger Things there was something very offputting about her. She was thin to the point of distraction but in this she looks like she has gained some weight so I was able to focus on her acting rather than wondering why she was so thin. Her acting is very understated-she isn't flashy or showy. She acts very realistically. One other reviewer said she was the only "good" moral one in this but I had a different takeaway. She was just as "bad" as the others but her fault wasn't with being greedy for the art. She went behind her employer's back and told confidential information to a competing gallery. She didn't even know these people but she confided in them like you would a friend strictly so she could get a job. She may not have done anything to get the art like the others but she was willing to double cross people to get ahead with regards to position. Those actions have consequences and her lack of loyalty although understandably so bit her in the butt when she ended up with no job and had to go back home.I know Hollywood is trying to make Daveed Diggs happen because of Hamilton but whatever talent he has on stage does not transfer to the big screen. He is very bland and mostly just stands around with his mouth open. He brings scenes down when he's in them. The best thing about him in this is his cornrows.I like Toni Collette and she was pretty good in this but her part was short. Maybe it was because she looked so drastically different but her part could have been played by anyone. She was kind of forgettable which is usually not the case with her roles.All the actors did a good job but I feel like all I'll remember about this is Vetril Dease, his art and the mystery surrounding him. The art is the focus and the actors are just tertiary characters.I can't believe this was put out by Netflix. Their originals have been embarrassing and while this doesn't completely redeem them it sure won them a few points with me.
With Velvet Buzzsaw, Dan Gilroy succeeds in simultaneously subverting melodrama and slasher film as devious and deluded characters are slowly consumed by the art around which their world revolves.While installations, paintings and ghastly portraits pervade both scene and story, Gilroy's double helix of character arcs, drawn from a clique for whom Art is a business, provides a satisfying juxtaposition. While caricatures to begin with, farce turns to melodrama as hubris turns to hamartia as characters evolve and interweave. Here is the comedy and the tragedy.Walking always a fine line <more>
between the profane and the profound, elements of horror lurk in almost every frame. Gilroy shows he is as well versed in Horror as he is in Greek Tragedy.Long before the end of this film, you'll know you need to watch it again. It will be studied in film schools for years to come. A modern day masterpiece.
Fun Movie! And people, it's a horror. (by anthonyrathswohl)
Please don't take it so seriously. It's a fun horror movie with great acting.
Amazing cinematography poking fun at the irony of the Art World (by chloelj)
I just saw this at Sundance and Jake absolutely killed it in this film! All of the characters were over the top and fantastic!The cinematography of the filmwas stunning-as it should be in an art film. My co-worked says it wasn't his favorite as far as horror goes but I'm not an avid horror viewer and I loved it!If you love art and fun acting-you'll love this
No wonder the professional reviewers hated it (by ukproject)
This movie is a massive dump all over the pretentious professionals who make a living not out of creating anything, but out of critisizing everything.I stopped reading professional movie reviews a while ago because their opinion carries no merit whatsover. I've lost count of the number of movies trashed in reviews that I've watched and appreciated. I'd rather read a single line expletive laden IMDB user review than the convoluted over analytical pretentious crap spewed out by professional critics.While the medium here is artwork rather than movies, the point is still the same. A <more>
bunch of know it alls seeking to benefit from the work of others by doing nothing more than providing an opinion, and a worthless one at that, who then capitulate one by one to their own greed.
If you hurt art, art will hurt you back. (by Spookylicious)
I dived in with an open and curious mind and I've been entertained and had a good time.It's an eerie story regarding some art pieces that shouldn't have been taken. Whose the perfect victim for a cursed object that kills whoever profits by greed from it? Greedy profesionals from the "chic" art-gallery bussiness.An artist pours their experience, soul, emotions and illusion into a piece, and when all that is just treated for the "chic" and "popular" value and exploited, without any apreciation on all that's behind, something's wrong.We see that <more>
in different moments from artists that suffer the consequences of these greedy profesionals that don't care about the artist, just about that sweet dolla, and their own reputation and ego.In a world driven by this kind of behaviour. It's the own art's responsability to put an end to them.I can clearly see the message Dan Gilroy was transmitting and I loved it and applaud him for it as an artist myself. Thank you.PD: I read some people saying that the characters don't feel true. And oh my sweet summer children, stay in that place of ignorance, because those kind of people really exist in the "chic" art-exhibit and fashion world. And they are as obnoxious OR EVEN MORE as the ones portrayed so well by this great cast of actors.
You can't sell the Beach! Let alone hang it on someone's wall and that's what the movie is about (by tomsuthblack)
The movie is an ambitious attempt that suffered from one major problem. The movie's great ambition is to define art, true art that expresses a true human experience, and to differentiate it from overpriced items collected by dumb rich people who wish to buy taste and sophistication with money. The movie's major problem is that it failed to translate this message into a comprehensible cinematic experience which could reach, and be enjoyed by, the largest possible audience. What A pity . Let me try to show you how this happened:The story here is a fantasy based on an interesting magical <more>
assumption: What if the experience reflected by each and every work of art becomes real, and becomes felt by those who look at it. What if art becomes "so moving" that it actually moves before your eyes, vibrant with life?What if the monsters on a painting come alive to reflect the suffering that led the artist to draw them? What if the pain, fear, melancholy, menace and agony reflected by a work of art all become physical and materialized?The only factor that would allow you to survive and keep your sanity in such case would be the honesty of reflection, honesty of art. Any pretense in representing your feelings can devour you, any pretense in assuming you can reciprocally understand other people's feelings through their art can turn you to a prey for their torments. You can only be safe in such conditions if you stick to the real feelings. Only then can you create real art.To do that, you need to create your art by yourself for yourself, not as a posh pretentious craftsman catering to the taste of a market, but as a playful child, messing around on a beach, making circles in the sand for no one but himself to see. An impressive concept executed in such an enigmatic way that is guaranteed not to be understood by almost everyone who watches it! What a waste of excellent acting and amazing cinematography.However, one can always assume that maybe the director was just a playful child, making circles on the sand, not really expecting anyone to enjoy watching him do so!
Dan Gilroy's critique of the commercialization of art work mixes satire with spirits and delivers one of the best horror films of our time. This film doesn't play safe with you and doesn't compromise one bit, not even in the shocking third act. The cast of talented workers all deliver very fine performances and Jake Gyllenhaal proves he is capable of impressing us in any given role. Robert Elswit's cinematography is the biggest highlight of the film and it challenges his best work "There Will Be Blood". This film shows you how good a film can get if the costumes are <more>
delightful.Velvet Buzzsaw tells us about the working of the art world and how different kinds of people profit from selling the art to some bored billionaires. The basic notion Gilroy wants to say is art shouldn't be valued by money and what happens when you don't honor the artist's work. I don't want to reveal the main details of the plot because its better if you see this film knowing very little of it.Its true that sometimes people who are too involved in their work becomes insufferable like Jake Gyllenhaal in this film. With the right amount of gore and thrills, the perfect balance between scream and shock the film's horror scenes work out. Netflix seems to be getting better and better every year even though the wrong movies ie. Bird Box grab all the attention. Even though I would have loved to see this in theater, from the commercial point of view releasing in Netflix was the correct decision to grab the attention of a wider audience.