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DVD Review - Bellflower
Release Date 11/15/11
Written and directed by Evan Glodell. Oscilloscope Pictures. Rated R.
1 hr. 46 mins.
Starring: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson and Rebekah Brandes (Midnight Movie).
IMDB Rating: 6.1 out of 10.
Bellflower is the story of two life long friends preparing for a post-apocalyptic world. They have intricate plans involving weapons, vehicles and a gang called Mother Medusa. Suddenly, boy meets girl and complications ensue between planning for the end of the world and falling in love.
Bellflower is anything but a typical independent film. It was shot on a tiny budget and was staffed by and starring some of Glodell's friends. The performances are stupendous and the cinematic quality is original and breathtaking. Glodell fashioned his own camera for use in the film. He also fashioned a flame thrower from parts found at Home Depot and customized a '72 Buick Skylark. The writing is excellent and the story travels effortlessly from a tender love story to apocalyptic nightmare. The ride does get a little rough at the end. It becomes disjointed and frantic but is appropriate for the apocalyptic nature of the film. This is a fairly disturbing movie at times and may be not for the faint of heart.
Bellflower premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film festival. Evan Glodell had been trying to find distribution for the film for some time and had all but given up when a friend talked him into submitting to the festival right before the deadline.
DVD extras include documentary footage of the close knit group who created the movie over a span of many years
Evan Glodell gives you a tour of the heavily modified Mother Medusa car.
Blooper reels and outakes are always funny but in stark contrast to the movie itself.
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