Original Content podcast: Netflixs Velvet Buzzsaw is lethally dull

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy who worked together on the creepy crime thriller Nightcrawler have reunited for a new Netflix Original film, Velvet Buzzsaw.
While Nightcrawler wasnt perfect, it was tense and unsettling, filled with eerily beautiful shots of nighttime L.A., plus a career-best performance from Gyllenhaal. Its hard to believe that the same team was responsible for the muddled Buzzsaw, a film that tries to combine art-world satire and horror movies scares, ultimately failing on both counts.
The setup involves the death of a mysterious artist, leaving behind a trove of strangely compelling paintings. Soon, though, everyone involved in promoting or selling these paintings starts dying too.
On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, were joined by Jon Shieber to try to understand what went wrong here. The movie isnt particularly funny or scary instead, were stuck with obvious jabs at the hypocrisy of the art world, interrupted by boring, unimaginative death scenes. And while Gyllenhaal is trying something in his portrayal of pompous art critic Morf Vandewalt, the results are more head-scratching than compelling.
This episode isnt just one long pan, though. We also offer our (considerably more positive) impressions of the Netflix series Russian Doll, which stars co-creator Natasha Lyonne as a New Yorker who keeps dying and repeating the night of her 36th birthday. And we discuss Super Bowl streaming numbers and new details about Disneys streaming service.
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