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Top 50 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #44. Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw

Top 50 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #44. Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw

We weren’t fans of his overwrought clunker sophomore film Roman J. Israel, Esq., so we’re hopeful that a reunion with Jake Gyllenhaal might pay off much like the synergy that was Nightcrawler. Dan Gilroy’s fun-titled Velvet Buzzsaw (trailer) was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and will be released via Netflix the week after. This project went into production in March of 2018 with Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen joining Gyllenhaal in Los Angeles empty exhibit space splendor. We called his ★★★★ debut film “a dark hearted neo-noir of the seedier side of Los Angeles, often neglected now in an era that prizes euphemisms, political correctness, and bright shiny toy cinema.” We think this will be trending on more than just instagram.

Gist: A feared critic, an icy gallery owner and an ambitious assistant snap up a recently deceased artist’s stash of paintings — with dire consequences.

Release Date/Prediction: Landed a red carpet premiere before heading off to Netflix launch on February 1st.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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