Velvet Buzzkill Trailer

Dan Gilroy Unveils Some Killer Art in “Velvet Buzzsaw” Trailer

Dan Gilroy has already made a weird movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal (the disturbing thriller Nightcrawler), and Netflix has already distributed a weird movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Bong Joon-ho's anti-meat satire Okja). Now they're coming together for another weird movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Premiering at Sundance later this month – look for our coverage starting January 23 – Velvet Buzzsaw stars Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt, a pretentious art critic who discovers a series of paintings by a dead, unknown artist and immediately sees dollar signs.

The investigation into the artist yields some disturbing results. But then "something truly goddamn strange" happens, as the paintings come to life, ready to kill.

This is another big swing from Gilroy, who struck out on his last project (Roman S. Israel, Esq.), but still has plenty of goodwill built up. The incredible cast also includes Toni Collette, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, Rene Russo and John Malkovich.

Velvet Buzzsaw will stream on Netflix and in select theaters on Friday, February 1.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.