Sometimes, live tweeting can be a deeply sensitive enterprise, as when NPR host Scott Simon tweeted from the bedside of his dying mother. But it can also be a thoroughly frivolous affair, as novelist-turned-screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis demonstrated on Friday night, when he live-tweeted his viewing of The Canyons, the movie staring troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan and untroubled porn star James Deen.
Part of this is surely promotional, as The Canyons opens tonight in limited release. Ellis, who has half a million Twitter followers, can surely drum up some interest through the micro-blogging service. Then again, as I have noted elsewhere, Ellis is a problematic tweeter who made deeply troubling statements about Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's suicide. He also used Twitter to insult the legacy of David Foster Wallace.
The Canyons, directed by Paul Schrader of Taxi Driver fame, has had a difficult path to the silver screen, as a rather incredible story in The New York Times Magazine amply demonstrated. Still, this is Ellis's night, and we will let his tweets speak for themselves.
UPDATE: Inexplicably, Ellis has deleted many of his finest Canyons tweets. However, we were able to screen-capture them. The best are below:
Paul Schrader. Bret Easton Ellis. Live Tweeting THE CANYONS. Tonight: August 2nd. 10PM EST/7PM PST... pic.twitter.com/zvyFYS9qd9— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) August 2, 2013