Fassbinder, Bresson, Jarmusch and Akerman, which involves setting the stationary camera in a stable position (not always such an interesting position) and letting his cast (basically three performers) "act" in front of it -- is not much better. Everything is kept at middle- or long-distance. It seems ages before we ever get a close-up to see what our lead character actually looks like.
Strangers on a Train, for one), and the film is full of movie posters that grab our gaze. But because the film's premise (Steven's involvement in this whole crazy thing) is so lacking in motive and justification (except to prove that his guy is a soulless, narcissistic piece of crap. So, new?) that D'Stair simply gives us no place to go and no reason to go there.
credit on IMDB that I can find is as associate producer on The Canyons), so his work to come may prove better.
here, and then going to the Vimeo link, along with the password, that the filmmaker has embedded in his text. Enjoy! Or not.