Genre Grandeur – Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) – Hollywood Consumer

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – L.A. Films, here’s a review of Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer.

Thanks again to Amanda of Hollywood Consumer for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by David of Blueprint Review and we will be reviewing our favorite Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice David!

Let’s see what Amanda thought of this movie:


It’s been so long since I actually watched this that I’m a bit fuzzy on the details. Essentially the film is a sort of horror comedy about the modern art world. It follows a cast of characters that all at some point interact with the artwork of a recently deceased man. As they begin passing off the artist’s work as another’s they start experiencing strange things. I won’t say too much about what they see and what happens to them except that there is definitely something supernatural amiss.

I enjoyed the film very much. It was creepy in the right places and built tension effectively throughout. It was also really funny. The filmmakers had much to say on modern art, and its people, and neither came out looking very good. Pretty much everyone you meet in the film is a despicable human being, and seeing them get their comeuppance was gratifying.

The cinematography and production design were both gorgeous. It’s hard to make museums look bad. This presented an interesting contrast in themes that I thought was very successfully executed. The gorgeous, clean look of a museum contrasts brilliantly with the ugly, terrible acts and personalities of our main players.

Velvet Buzzsaw was a freaky, fun ride made up of beautiful images, and a cast of highly unlikable characters who get their just desserts in creative and gruesome ways.

2 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) – Hollywood Consumer

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  2. I felt like Velvet Buzzsaw was trying to say something… but I am not sure what. That the art world is pretentious? That critics have too much power? That commercialism has surpassed taste? None of this is new or revolutionary and none of it sticks because I’m not sure how it relates to the “possessed” paintings. Is the message that a dark and tormented past can lead to the creation of something beautiful but that that beauty is likely to have consequences? I am clutching at straws here.
    Velvet Buzzsaw is fairly entertaining if you can laugh at the absurdity of the characters and the situations they find themselves in but it’s not coherent and it feels two dimensional and insubstantial, A waste of a good idea and a good cast.


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