These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
A love story with apocalyptic stakes.
Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".
Made on a shoestring budget, with handmade cameras and fully functioning apocalyptic props, Bellflower is the type of film where much of the discussion seems to be about its production rather than the film itself. Personally I don’t care if it was made for just $17,000 or was filmed with one-of-a-kind equipment, when the end results are this mind numbingly bad all the quirky production stories count for nought.
Bellflower is essentially a mumblecore romance with a revenge fantasy twist. Woodrow and Aiden are two best friends suffering from arrested development. They spend their days building flame throwers and preparing for a Mad Max post-apocalyptic future. Then Woodrow meets a girl, she cheats on him and then he becomes a…
It always breaks my heart when I see a concept so interesting to me slowly start to raise the gun to its own head and slowly start to pull the trigger.
WHY, BELLFLOWER! WHY! YOU WERE SO GOOD. YOU HAD SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR. WE COULD'VE SAVED YOU.
After a clunky start, Bellflower hits a unique groove that starts to resemble a real indie film; the one you expected from reading the synopses and looking at the visually striking poster. It really is a new age love story told through a vintage, burnt lens that makes it look like grainy, bottled wildfire. Its an intense and visually arresting look that is a little odd at first but you learn…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bellflower has a very distinctive look, think Instagram retro vibe, thanks to a unique camera set-up. This does not necessarily detract from the rest of the film but does highlight where else things are going awry on screen. Shot on a very low budget, you can tell where the money went and where it did not. The acting is pretty wooden throughout, characters lacking emotion or connection with each other, add to this some underwritten, unappealing, vacuous personality on display and you have nothing to really invest in.
On paper the plot seems intriguing (Mad Max obsessed friends are challenged by the intervention of one getting a girlfriend) and when I first caught a glimpse of the trailer I was…
Ugh. That is the general feeling I had after watching Bellflower.
There are a few very brief glimpses of concepts and shots that could have been used to put together a compelling story, mostly involving some admittedly impressive pyrotechnics and shots of the Medusa car.
Those things don't matter though as everything is an unorganized mess. There are "chapters" so as to pretend like there is some sort of narrative in place, but really all Bellflower is about is despicable people doing terrible things to each other.
Bellflower is a film that I find extremely difficult to rate because, while watching it, I went from loving it to hating it and then back to loving it and so forth. I waited a few hours before writing this review so that I could reflect a little bit on what I had seen and try and come up with a satisfactory review. Bellflower is, to put it simply, the most hipster movie I have ever seen. It is incredibly pretentious at times, many of the scenes are filmed with a dirty lens, the entire movie looks slightly yellow, like you're looking through cheap, yellow sunglasses and the music is all done by bands that you've probably never heard of.…
There were pieces of a movie here, but an awful lot of uninspiring ones with the few interesting moments. Yes the cinematography, production design and music were interesting and often times beautiful. But it wasn't enough to sustain a good cinematic story for me. Felt like a short film / music video stretched out over 105 minutes.
I heard a wide array of reactions to this film, some loved it and others loathed it.
I can see why some liked it, but I had no connection with the lead characters. They were annoying f'ing hipsters that apparently had no goals other than to look cool. From a character standpoint I'd have love to turn the flamethrower on all the unlikable characters in the film.
I guess I got some of the reviews wrong as I came into this movie expecting the to be set in a pseudo-apocalyptic future. But I didn't get that at all.
I guess I fall right in the middle at 3 stars.
ein road movie zu sich selbst sozusagen.
aber auf jeden fall indie.
beeindruckendes und überbordendes.
plot- und schlaglöcher werden von mir links liegen gelassen.
of milly's shit and lord humungus.
This movie takes risks. Not all of those risks pay off, but most of them do. Enough that most of the movie is absorbing with the extra thrill of recognizing that it may not go in the direction you expect.
A breath of fresh air. The end really disturbs me but I think it should do that to you. I can't wait for these guys to make another film because I'll be waiting for it.
It's hard to describe this film. It starts off rather sweet - a great portrayal of male friendship and their budding romances with some local gals. About three quarters of the way through the film, things get trippy. Things go very, very bad for the boys. The tone of the movie changes. I had no idea what I was getting into, but it was quite a ride!
Very dark film and the ending kinda pisses me off but I love the unique vision. Great cast of unknowns and the movie zips right along. And it has some bad ass cars.
Nine Things About the Movie "Bellflower" [USA, 2011]
1. I usually find romantic dramas to be predictable and boring. But this movie is a rare exception.
2. It’s about two best friends, Aiden and Woodrow, who moved to California together to make their lives different. They spend their spare time (which they have a lot of) fantasizing about what they would do during the apocalypse. They build “Mad Max”-inspired cars and flamethrowers as their hobby.
3. Woodrow falls in love with a girl named Milly, and Aiden starts spending time with a girl named Courtney. They embark on their respective relationships, which are realistic and heartfelt. But halfway through the movie, things go bad. There is cheating, car accidents, brain…
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