Wow this was a weird movie. I like weird, so I recommend it. I was impressed by the visuals and the tone of the film. At first I thought the dirty lenses were trying too hard to be hip/retro, but it grew on me. I didn’t really like the characters at all and the story is kind of thin. I think I mostly appreciate this as an art film. The way it looks, the way it sounds, the post-apocalyptic lunacy of building flame throwers and Mad Max cars, all set in suburbia. The film is sort of misogynistic and all about bros and muscle cars and beer (the women in the film are portrayed as disposable and problem-causing), which pretty much are the opposite of what I like. But the movie was a trip.
I like what Kim Nicolini says about Bellflower:
What makes Bellflower so fresh is the creative ingenuity and the emotional passion of its filmmaker Evan Glodell. Glodell takes D.I.Y filmmaking to the Nth degree. Not only did he write and direct the movie, but he poured his entire emotional presence into the film through the physicality of the filmmaking process.
Seriously though, I want to see more from Evan. The fact that he built his own cameras and was so emotionally invested in the film, it’s truly an art project and reflection of the director.