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Official Discussion: Velvet Buzzsaw [SPOILERS]


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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.


Dan Gilroy


screenplay by Dan Gilroy


  • Jakey Bear as Morf Vandewalt

  • Rene Russo as Rhodora Haze

  • Toni Collette as Gretchen

  • Zawe Ashton as Josephina

  • Tom Sturridge as Jon Dondon

  • Natalia Dyer as Coco

  • Daveed Diggs as Damrish

  • Billy Magnussen as Bryson

  • John Malkovich as Piers

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

Metacritic: 61/100

After Credits Scene? No

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level 1

So I’ve started making a habit of reviewing the films I’ve watched this year.

Ugh, what a piece of shit god awful film. Really thought the film was going to be about murder and no paranormal bullshit.

Jake Gyllenhaal does a good job of being a dislikable snob. Like in Nightcrawler, he plays an awkward character who is passionate for his craft. An overall good performance but I believe a wrong casting choice. Every character is kind of annoying and there is basically no protagonist in the film.

Felt like a long unbearable episode from a shit, modern tv drama than an actual movie.

The effects were tacky, the characters were uninteresting, the plot was pretty shit going in, the suspenseful scenes weren’t really suspenseful.

Overall terrible movie, literally the best part of the film for me was seeing John Malkovich because I love his work. But he didn’t play major role in this film.

Rate it a 2/10. Waste of my time. Major let down.

level 1

Whatever you do, don't hire Coco.

level 1

Well fuck me then I guess, I loved it

level 2

Just watched it. I loved it too! Seriously, this is the first time in eons I have been able to watch a movie at home in one sitting. The combination of satire and cheesy horror movie worked for me.

level 2

I highly doubt that is.

I’m also a Muslim. I don’t think that would be the case because it wouldn’t convey any specific meaning.

Maybe because the paintings are evil, and it’s calling Islam evil but that is a major stretch.

level 1

When that one guy mentions “it’s in the Broad” does he mean broad art museum in East Lansing or is there another one I’m missing

level 2

He's referring to the new (2015) contemporary art museum in Downtown L.A.

level 3

Dope. Thank you

level 1

Alright reddit doesn't seem to have warmed to this movie but I'm totally onboard for future Jake Gyllenhaal-Netflix movies based on his track record of 'Steve Irwin but on crack' in Okja and whateverthefuck he was doing in Velvet Buzzsaw

level 2

Jake Gyllenhaal was far better than this movie deserved, but I'm so glad he was in it because it would have been so boring without him. I would watch an entire HBO series about Morf.

level 2

Jake Gyllenhaal is a great actor. So underrated!

level 1

Everything I thought about the movie was already said, but what I don't understand is Coco's connection. With the exception of Jo and rhodora she was hired at every instance before her new bosses died. If it's a connection to the cat they really didn't play it well.

I thought each demise was significant and gave meaning to each, but like everyone has said the actual scenes we're lack luster and not well done.


level 2

I don't really understand your criticism at ll. Please explain what was lack luster. If you take the movie as a critique of the art world, it plays out great. Coco never made money so she was spared, Damrish & Piers went back to their roots and were spared. I think it was well done. What I would have liked was a better end to Morf, but at the same time a piece of art he "killed" with critique literally killing him as pretty awesome to me.

But, what was lacking for you?

level 3

...I don't understand what you are confused about. I said specifically the way each death scene played out. The meaning for each was there. How each scene was shot was not well done from a horror perspective. I'm not talking about the movie as a whole. I'm talking about each death scene. If it was meant as a horror it falls short. Nothing was terrifying or gripping in my opinion. There seems to be a similar consensus.

level 1
18 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Man.... This movie was borderline horrible. The artsy satire stuff was alright, Jake gylenhoweveryouspellit was solid... But holy shit the horror stuff was just awful. It's like they mixed two movies together. Some satire movie about art, and some terrible horror movie. Like.... So dumb, around the point where the paintinf appears on the girls phone, and she spends like a solid 30 seconds swiping and pushing on her phone to get the pictureto go away.... I just went "dude, who the fuck filmed this shit"

level 2

The point of the movie is critiquing the art world. I don't really see why you're so focused on that particular sequence.

level 3

.... Because it was horribly done, and just dumb. Noone would stand there for so long going "ugh, it won't close... jeeze why won't it close?... Damn my phone let me keep trying".

level 4

She’s a pretentious business woman. For sure she would do that

level 2


the first two deaths were so good, because it just gave you the impression that its all psychological and the victims actually did it to themselves because they were hallucinating.

But then the whole shit started going downhill after Gretchen's death, i was hoping to get some "logical" explanation and wishing this doesn't turn into some paranormal crap, but it did..

The iphone scene was utterly ridiculous, but nothing comparable to the ending scene of Rhodora's death, i mean, WTF WAS THAT??!! , definetly the cringiest bad scripted moment i've seen in a long time, the movie is named after her tattooo which is after some shit band or something, and she ends up sitting in the same "scene" as the painting and now all of a sudden the tattoo is real and it kills her ? the fuck...

level 1
12 points · 1 month ago

Just watched it and left it with mixed feelings. The performances were amazing and I think it satirised the vibe of the art world perfectly. I do think it went a bit over the top on the horror factor. All the kills just looked ridiculous and it wasn't really scary because the movie mostly relied on cheap jump scares. Just keeping it at as a psychological thriller would've been better imo. The ending with the buzzsaw was pretty cool though, because you're wondering throughout the whole movie how it's going to tie into the plot.

level 1

I don’t understand all the hate this movie is getting. I think it was fantastic. Nightcrawler is still the best his work, but it was a tense and original film nonetheless.

Acting was superb, the horror was interestingly interleaved with the art/satire stuff. The last act was intense and gripping.

level 1

I’m an artist and thought it was HILARIOUS. The pretentiousness, the over-the-top characters, the petty stuff, I just loved it.

level 1
13 points · 2 months ago

The biggest problem I have with this film is the tired, old horror trope where all the murdered characters are so fucking dumb. They literally do certain things just to get themselves killed. The only satisfying kill was the last one because it was somewhat poetic and unexpected by the character.

Like, if you notice something is off, like a projector suddenly going off in the middle of the night in an empty museum, wouldn't you walk away instead of going toward it? Morf's death was particularly heinous because he already suspected what was going on, but still didn't think it was weird when the robohobo suddenly showed up out of nowhere. It was just so out of his character!

Besides that I thought the story, while not great, was okay and had fun with the art world. I thought Jake Gyllenhaal absolutely killed it as a metrosexual holier than thou art critic. The rest of the cast were decent to great. But overall I think it really suffered from some pacing issues.

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