When it comes to the list of the worst movies that I saw in 2013 The Canyons comes second. The clear winner is the incredibly awful Movie 43, which will be at the top of the worst movies ever. However, The Canyons is not that awful, it’s just bad. And boring.

Here’s a synopsis from IMDB: When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between his girlfriend Tara and the lead actor of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.

Sounds interesting? Well, add Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote the screenplay, and Paul Schrader, who directed The Canyons, to the mix and you’ll get the idea about a look and feel of the movie. However, the production was full of controversy: the money for the movie was raised on Kickstarter, there were issues with the lead actress Lindsay Lohan, who was in rehab, there were problems with casting and then with editing …

The Canyons was released on August 2, 2013 and was shown in the out of competition section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. Currently it has a 4.1/10 rating at IMDB, which is not something to be happy about.

The Canyons is basically a “Windows phone movie” or “Nokia movie.” Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone OS is everywhere. All characters use Nokias all the time, which is exactly the opposite from the real world.

Nokia in The Canyons (2013, IFC Films, screen capture)

There were several other brands in The Canyons: Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Nike, Dulce Vida tequila, Buckler beer, LG television set … Another interesting aspect of the production: costumes were designed in collaboration with American Apparel.


To get a better insight into product placement in The Canyons check the slideshow below. It includes probably all (or majority of) brands, visible in the movie.


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