Author : Glenn Misztal
Cast: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson and Jessie Wiseman.
Director : Evan Glodell
Studio: Accent Films
Audio : Dolby 5.1
Extras: - Behind the scenes.
- Medusa Unknown : An in-depth look at the hand built car.
Length: 102 minutes
Bellflower was a movie that fooled me in a couple of ways. The movie gives the impression that it is a post-apocalyptic film. This isn’t exactly true. It can be described as more of a melodrama where the characters have a post-apocalyptic interest.
The film introduces Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Dawson) that are two free spirits that are very interested in the movie Mad Max (sound familiar?). They take this love of Mad Max to a whole new level by emersing their minds in a a post-apocolyptic world and doing things in the movie such as using flame throwers and incorporating them into cars. I have to envy the actors as they get to use flamethrowers and blow up gas tanks in the movie - let’s face it, who hasn’t ever wanted to do that?
Actress Jessie Wiseman plays Milly, the love interest of Woodrow. Wiseman really put herself out there as an actress. She reminded me of a young Christina Applegate in some of the scenes. I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again on screen.
The second way in which the movie fooled me was the budget : Shot over 3 years for $17,000 you’d think that by watching it that the movie has a very large budget to draw from. In some places, the video was very grim and gritty and one has to guess how this certain effect was achieved.
The movie is very time-displaced and in some segments it has you wondering whether the sequence of events that happened chronologically or whether a particular scene would be better off being in an alternate ending or extra.
I was waiting for a turning point in the movie and indeed one does happen. That’s not to say that Bellflower is a boring film, but soon enough those relationships, the rockabilly fashion and lifestyles easily formed in the first couple of minutes in the film soon become unravelled.
A great movie in terms of budget and how it was presented : the cover promotes it as Mad Max meets Reaility bites , but It was more like ‘Mad Max meets Natural Born Killers’. Not bad for a movie that the director starred in as well.
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- Behind the Scenes
- Cast & Crew Commentary
- Alternative Ending
- Extended Scene
- Crazy Chris
Length: 93 minutes
‘The Resolution’ follows Michael, a married man that decides to visit his childhood best friend, Chris, and rekindle their friendship. Michael soon finds out that his best friend is a drug addict, so he handcuffs Chris to a drain pipe in a rented cabin and attempts to rehabilitate him using the cold turkey method.
The movie isn’t as straight forward as two guys are stuck in a house and they have humorous interactions as shown here. There are a couple of subplots intertwined : Chris owes drug money and unfortunately for them they the house resides on native american reservation land and the owners want them out of the house. The resolution did have a little bit of a Twin Peaks vibe to it - there are a supernatural twist to the movie, that I did not expect. A real contrast to the characters, and very entertaining.
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