It has its many weaknesses but nevertheless great movie, it works as such very well: exploring narrative and cinematic possibilities along the way, interesting and sometimes inspiring camera work, great editing, beautiful color grading. I did not give 5 stars because I’m tired of guns in movies.
It's largely juvenile nonsense, of course, but it's more compelling film making than most "serious" or "important" mainstream American cinema. The first half is effortlessly enjoyable, but as the film goes on the characters and their action make less and less sense. The poignant commentary on American masculinity at the end saves the film from being a failure. An interesting failure nonetheless.
An imperfect movie, but an interesting one, about two guys in their 20s who haven't stopped being adolescents yet. They're trying to figure out how to do that, or whether they even want to. They're scary, infuriating characters, but you feel for them too. Sorting out the fantasy from the reality keeps the movie interesting. Shows Southern California the way it really looks as people who live there would know it.
Beyond stoked to see that my friends' film is the "Film Of The Day"! I worked with Coatwolf on their second feature, "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins" and have since become great friends with the team. You can look at a photo journal of my time working on their follow-up to "Bellflower" on my VSCO Journal here: http://fromconcentrate.vsco.co/journal
"I will admit to being somewhat baffled by Bellflower, probably a function of being twice the age of anyone on screen or behind the camera. I think that's great. It's about time a cinema emerged that ... refuses to explain its 20-centric worldview to those now so addled by middle-aged nostalgia as to have forgotten how much it sucks to be 25." - Jeffrey Sconce, ludicdespair.blogspot.com/
Strange mix of mumblecore, muscle cars and end of world nihilism. First 40 minutes or so actually quite sweet meet cute story though one wonders what she could possibly see in him. Second half devolves into half baked pychological claptrap with an undercurrent of coming violence. But hey when the characters revere Lord Humungous from the first Mad Max what do we expect.Good calling card for Glodell but not much more.