Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does
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Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn’t Work—But It (Mostly) Does

“All art is dangerous.” Writer/director Dan Gilroy will have you believe this after watching his quirky, literal arthouse thriller, Velvet Buzzsaw . But it’s not so much art that is perilous in the film. Rather, it’s the business of art—the buying and reselling of someone else’s personal work for the sake of commercial profit and fame—that proves to be a much more fatal risk in the new movie, which premiered on Netflix Friday. It is at once a comedic snapshot of the cutthroat art world in Los Angeles and an off-beat supernatural revenge drama in which the villain is a pissed-off dead artist retaliating against his art peddlers. The result is a silly yet genuinely entertaining mix of high- and low-brow amusement. And believe it or not, it mostly works. Much of its appeal comes from the fact that the art world is widely perceived as a stuffy landscape filled with composed and aloof characters who can’t be bothered to interact with laymen folks like us. So to see them backstabbing and losing their cool (with as much dignity as they can retain, of course) is actually part of the fun. Though the movie aims to confront the ethics […]

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