Directed by Evan Glodell and released theatrically in it’s home country of America in 2011.
Independent cinema has always been the most interesting place in cinema’s history. It gave us Scorsese and DePalma in the 70s, Cronenberg and Jarmusch in the 80s and Tarantino and PTA in the 90s. The 2000s (or the Noughties) however haven’t really given us many new and talented filmmakers willing to push the medium to it’s fullest. That may be because of the rise in big-budget no-brainer Hollywood movies. But with Evan Glodell, however, this is all about to change.
Bellflower begins as a story of two best friends who are in preparation for the apocalypse. Equipping their car like something out of a James Bond movie and building themselves a flame thrower the likes you’ve never seen before. Quickly, our main character Woodrow (played by Glodell himself) finds a girl and falls in love. Even quicker though is how she cheats on him and leaves him for broke. I won’t go too much into the details of the plot but in terms of the overall film it is absolutely batshit insane.
The performances are, to be perfectly honest, horrible – albeit the two lead females are smoking hot! Even with horrible performances, this film is incredible. The cinematography is perfect and the colour-coding is outrageously gorgeous. I couldn’t get my head around how with such a little budget half of the stuff in this film was even pulled off. There hasn’t been a film like this in a long time and I really can’t wait to see what this guy does next.
The last twenty minutes are easily my favourite of any this year. Woodrow’s descent into madness almost reminds me of Jack Torrance in The Shining – and I think the performances are very easily comparable too. Obviously this doesn’t even begin to touch Kubrick’s masterpiece but I mean come on, this film is perfect in almost every single way.
I think that this can only get better upon rewatch. Just a phenomenal film that needs to be seen to be believed.