Before it actually hit theaters, Paul Schrader's sordid Hollywood drama The Canyons
had already become infamous, thanks in part to a memorable New York Times story in which the filmmaker detailed his often-troubled relationship with his female lead, Lindsay Lohan. Add that prerelease buzz to the fact that porn star James Deen was the leading man, and that the project -- written by the publicity-savvy Bret Easton Ellis -- was one of the first high-profile cinematic projects to have started life with crowd-sourced funding, and The Canyons
was sure to become a curiosity. But it isn’t engaging, interesting, well-written, or well-acted.
Lohan stars as...