'Velvet Buzzsaw' satisfies, but misses potential
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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ satisfies, but misses potential

Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Velvet Buzzsaw." (Photo: Sundance Institute) Beauty and quality are in the eyes of the beholder. Netflix’s latest original release sees a reunion between "Nightcrawler"’s Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo to create a unique take on the slasher genre. In its almost two hour runtime the movie jumps from art world satire, to dark thriller, to cheesy slasher with just about some of the most over-the-top personalities and ridiculous character names in between. The movie opens with bright scenes of Miami’s Art Basel, where audiences get their first glimpse at over the top art critic Morf Vanderwalt (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he stalks around the galleries. The bright and colorful lighting help sell the movie’s message of an extravagant and out-of-control art industry that comprises integrity and soul for commercial success. As Vanderwalt waltzes through the gallery the audience is introduced to the cast of characters surrounding him. Russo plays former punk-rocker turned art curator-manipulator and gallery owner Rhodora Haze, further strengthening “Velvet Buzzsaw”’s library of amusing names. The rest of the ensemble is equally as over the top as Vanderwalt and Haze, with Toni Collette as a greedy museum curator, John Malkovich […]

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