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…
"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.…
This review may contain 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…
Ok I admit when this movie went off...I was of the opinion that the movie was horrible. After a quick stop at IMDb...I discovered that this movie was made on a budget of $17,000 dollars. I could charge that amount on one of my credit cards. I still think the movie is not very good....but I am impressed with how much they got into this film on such a limited budget. So what is it about? Two childhood friends love the Mad Max movies so much that spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse comes soon.
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.…
Pretty much a perfect marriage of form and content, and probably the most original movie I'll see all year. Mmmm, goddamn I loved this movie.
Tries hard to be different including making the characters offbeat but the males just get tiresome. Plenty of yelling and swearing to enhance the excitement.
When I first tried to watch this movie I was really stoned, it was really late, and I didn't understand the tone or why they were playing all my favorite songs. A week or so later I watched it again, and I'm not sure why, but it hit me like a ton of bricks emotionally. Aside from being beautifully shot, with a one-of-a-kind vintage/hybrid camera that the actors/directors built themselves, the acting and storyline, the depiction of a relationship from start to exaggeratingly explosive finish, really resonated with and affected me.
I watched it again, a year or so later with a friend I was visiting states away, at night in his backyard in a quiet suburban-esque neighborhood, and it…
This gets pretty absurd but I like the indiegasmic cinematography and yeah that apocalypse car is fuckin rad, dude.
Try wiping the junk on the lense off first next time
So this, uh, little guy harsh reminded me of an exercise in self indulgence by emotionally immature hipster dudes. These two "sweet ass" laid back dudes think Mad Max is totally sweet.
The main man of this shindig is named Woodrow, and that kind tells you what you need to know, doesn't it? He's played by the dude who wrote and directed this.
He and his bros are sensitive and artistic hipsters who are also in touch with their macho sides. They let you know this because when they're not listening to indie music, they have bacon and beer for breakfast, shoot propane tanks, like Max Max, and play with flame throwers.
The characters act cool and laid back through…
This is a movie a little too pleased with its own cleverness. While it presents its own unique atmosphere, the story is a bit of a mess. The leads lack definition which makes them hard to follow on a basic level. It is hard to pin at first where this problem lies. Is it the actors or the script? The people populating the movie are not that sharp. These characters consistently make bad choices and communicate poorly. That is not accidental and that will drive a lot of people away. My problem is not with that decision. However to populate with these types, the movie should have pushed a stronger authorial voice. Instead of building a case for and against…
A fantastic film to look at. Sometimes a little too pat in its plotting. But unfortunately pretty resonate for me lately.
Excellent low budget indie with intriguing characters and explosive action.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
I'm a slut for visual content