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First time filmmaker, Evan Glodell, wrote, directed and starred in his visually-compelling feature, Bellflower. The film follows two friends, Woodrow and Aiden, who are obsessed with the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max and its sequel, The Road Warrior. Living in California, the two spend their time imagining life after the apocalypse and building real weapons and other objects for their imagined world. These weapons include a flamethrower (actually built by Glodell), a built-in whiskey dispenser for Woodrow’s car and eventually the best means post-apocalyptic transportation, a flame-throwing, muscle car named Medusa. Their plans slow down when Woodrow falls hard and fast for a girl named Milly after their first date road trip to Texas. However, its hard to be invested in the film’s relationships because most of the actors performances fall flat, including Glodell’s. Many of the film’s most dramatic scenes lose their impact due to dull performances.
The film’s primary strength is its stylized aesthetic, mainly due to the one-of-a-kind camera used to shoot the film. The camera, built by Glodell, combines analog elements with digital equipment, giving the film a unique appearance. The film has a raw energy that will hold the interest of many movie-goers. Working with a $17,000 budget, Glodell has certainly proven to be a creative and resourceful filmmaker.-B.Bradford
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