"Mumblecore is the sole significant American indie film wave of the last 20 years to have emerged outside the ecosystem…
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 is the film equivalent of an oxymoron. While at times the film seems like it is trying to be ambitious, other times it is simple wallowing in mediocrity. The things I find ambitious about the film can be counted on one hand, where as the things I find mediocre could fill a whole sack; thus the one star.
This movie has basically been sold entirely on the car known as Medusa. That makes a lot of sense, as the car is the best thing about it. Unfortunately, the car is not really that important to the story, and has very little screen time.
Instead of seeing this car for most of the film, we get to see stuff like…
"Young men are crazy strange emotional beings." ~ Evan Glodell
I really can't write about this film in any detail without including some spoilers, so I'm just going to list some bullet-point observations that might help others decide whether or not to give this award-winning indie action flick a gander.
1. Initial Mystery Solved - Bellflower is the name of a relatively quiet residential street in a California suburban neighborhood where most of the story takes place.
2. Who the Hell Is Responsible? - This was the feature debut for writer-director Evan Glodell, who plays one of the lead roles in the film (as Woodrow).
3. Un-friggin-believable Fact - The entire budget to make this has been estimated at $17,000.…
It starts off as a nice little story of young love, but it never feels quite right. Honestly, I can't be completely sure if it was because of an intended tone being successfully achieved or if it just boils down to the very limited budget Bellflower was made on, but that warmth you feel as you watch it is never because of hugs and kisses and the gentle, passionate lovemaking. It's Medusa and the flamethrower that make you feel a bit queasy, a bit uneasy, as if you always know deep down that the kindness exhibited early on can't possibly be sustained.
Woodrow and Aiden look up to Lord Humongous from The Road Warrior as a symbol of what defines…
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…
Excellent low budget indie with intriguing characters and explosive action.
Not a great film, but I am certainly intrigued by the director and this warped style. The storytelling can get fucked most of the time, a break happens halfway through the film where character(s) do things that just make the film go in a total other direction with little motivation, and it doesn't really have an ending. But for a film made for 17 grand, it's audacious as hell. I want to see what Glodell does for his second or third film, when he matures (at least somewhat) as a director/writer/actor/flamethrower-maker. It's the highest 3 1/2 out of 5 star recommended movie in a while.
Two guys that are close friends who specialize in building futuristic looking Mad Max/Road Warrior-esque vehicles fall in love with the same gal,resulting in a long,ponderous,dragging,boring drama that doesn't end well. It also is a real severe pain to sit through and watch,as well.
kinda sophomoric. Definitely feels like a first feature. But this film means a lot to me. Saw it at a pivotal time in my life.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Woodrow und Aiden sind zwei Mad Max Freaks, die auf Endzeitszenarien, dazu passende fahrende Untersätze und Flammenwerfer stehen. Die beiden Jungs aus Wisconsin sind deswegen extra in einen Vorort von Los Angeles gezogen, um sich ganz der Bastelei entsprechender Utensilien zu widmen. Sonst kein Ziel vor Augen besaufen sie sich regelmäßig, auch in diversen Pubs. Dort lernen sie bei einem Grillenwettessen Milly und Courtney kennen. Spontan fahren Woodrow und Milly während ihres ersten Dates nach Texas und genießen nach ihrer Rückkehr das unbeschwerte, jugendliche Leben. Doch das kann eigentlich nicht mehr lange gut gehen …
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Bellflower fängt gemächlich, fast langsam an. In der ersten Hälfte ist es ein Liebesfilm, der alles beleuchtet: Das Kennenlernen, das Näherkommen,…
Excellent performances from all the leads, stunning cinematography and a hard-hitting plot all make for a fantastic low-budget indie drama. The ending is very dark, however.
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13/30 A movie about cars
This worked for me. I like the scrappy-ness. I know people like this.
Some things don't matter, but where did they work? Why the infidelity? The emotional propulsion of the drama was effective for me but the logic is rotten.
However, I think labelling this movie as pretentious is a bit foolish. It is dumb at times but there are some real guts here (emotions and courage). Pressing the boot down on the flaws only goes so far.
But it did remind me of television's Friends.
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Pues me ha decepcionado un poco, sentia curiosidad por verla sobretodo por su irrisorio presupuesto (17.000$). Y bueno, se puede ver, pero su final confuso y su montaje a golpes de flashback sin justificar de han dejado un poco desaborio.
I was expecting an action flick, and surprisingly, it turned out to be an indie love story on steroids. It's not a conventional movie by any means, the newcomer director uses all the tricks at his disposal that fit into a shoe-string budget. Surprisingly, the end result is quite good, it even manages to create an unexpectedly surreal vibe, leaving us with a kind of ending that makes you think long after it's over.