Posted on February 2nd, 2019 by Frederik

Screencaptures from Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw” have been added to the photo gallery. To read more about the Netflix movie and the critical reception, please check the previous update. Toni’s Gretchen is a wonderful addition to her already astonishing line-up of characters. Please be aware that the screencaptures contain spoilers – although, if you have watched the trailer before, you know it’s not going to be a happy end for most of the main players.


Posted on February 2nd, 2019 by Frederik

After a first showing at this week’s Sundance Film Festival, “Velvet Buzzsaw” has had its wide premiere yesterday on Netflix worldwide. Personally, I loved its bonkers premise, the film can serve both as a recommendation to friends as well as a guilty pleasure. The critics have been positive to mixed – and “bonkers” is a word that pops up often. My favorite review comes from The Verge: “Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw feels like Robert Altman’s Final Destination”. Noel Murray wrote for Los Angeles Times: “While the art world caricatures are hardly fresh, there’s a lot about “Velvet Buzzsaw” that’s pretty savvy and even inspired.” Glenn Kenny wrote for the New York Times: “The confident storytelling and the bravura acting – Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette and John Malkovich contribute compelling caricatures – carry Buzzsaw all the way home.” For New York Magazine, Emily Yoshida wrote: “Velvet Buzzsaw is perhaps the first-ever art-world horror satire, but it has the feeling of a bawdy night at a mystery dinner or an anti-Establishment mummers’ play – and I mean this in the most complimentary way possible.” And Leah Greenblatt wrote for Entertainment Weekly: “Gilroy has a lot to say about money, mindless consumerism, and the soul-sucking emptiness of conflating ownership and ego-stroking with self-worth.” While Toni has not participated in the Sundance promotion for the film, she was interviewed by Metro and talked about her character:

It was unusual, smart, funny, dark. But never didactic in its tone. I can’t wait to see it because it could have gone many different ways. The script was beautifully ambiguous in its tone so it was fun to play scenes in several different ways. I think audiences appreciate levity in horror. Everyone gets a chance to come up for air. Gretchen is kind of a nightmare and she was particularly fun to play. But I think she’s ultimately lonely. That was always sobering and lingering in the back of my mind.

Posted on January 10th, 2019 by Frederik

The trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” is here and it’s pretty f***ing amazing :-) Buzzsaw sees Gilroy reuniting with Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for another tale of creativity leading to terror and danger. It’s set set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price… In this case, literally paying with their lives. Gyllenhaal plays snobby art critic Morf Vandewalt, who discovers a new talent, only for the odd things to start happening around him. Does the artist have a connection to dark powers, or is it all in Morf’s head? Gilroy rounded up the likes of John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs and Tom Sturridge for the film, which will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival before arriving on limited theatrical release and on Netflix on 1 February. Be aware that the trailer is a massive spoiler in terms of Toni’s character Gretchen, but it’s worth the watch. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.


Posted on December 17th, 2018 by Frederik

Great news from Netflix today. Dan Gilroy’s eagerly anticipated “Velvet Buzzsaw” will premiere on the streaming platform on February 01, 2019 – following its world-premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the buzz on “Velvet Buzzsaw”‘s premeire:

In the mood for a thriller? Netflix has you covered. The new movie comes from the director of Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy. This new thriller/horror will star Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Billy Magnussen, Natalia Dyer and Toni Collette. Set in the art world, we follow a brand new struggling up and coming artist. She lands a windfall when an artist dies and she liberates his pieces. As you can probably guess, problems then arise.

Posted on November 28th, 2018 by Frederik

Dan Gilroy’s highly anticipated art thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw” has been announced to be among the 112 features to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January. An exact premiere date has not been set yet, but here’s the festival’s synopis for the film:

Velvet Buzzsaw / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dan Gilroy, Producer: Jennifer Fox) — A thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer. World Premiere

Posted on March 14th, 2018 by Frederik

Toni Collette has added yet another project to her already packed list of upcoming tv and feature films for 2018. Dan Gilroy’s untitled Netflix thriller (although the title Velvet Buzzsaw has been bandied about online) reteaming him with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo has amped up its star wattage adding Oscar nominees Toni Collette and John Malkovich as well as Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge, Zawe Ashton and Stranger Things breakout Natalia Byer. Gilroy earned an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for his previous effort with Gyllenhaal and Russo, 2014’s “Nightcrawler” and his last film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” got Denzel Washington his 8th Academy Award nomination. This new film centers on the dark underworld of big money and art collectors in Los Angeles and is currently filming for a 2018 release. This news was first reported in Variety.