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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, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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