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Bellflower -- Woodrow and Aiden are best friends who worship Mad Max and spend their time building flame-throwers and other weapons as they await the apocalypse. Their dynamic changes when Woodrow lands a girlfriend and makes a new circle of friends. When his relationship falls apart, however, Aiden and Woodrow begin to act out their dark, violent fantasies.
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Director:
Writer:
Evan Glodell (written by)
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Release Date:
21 March 2012 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A love story with apocalyptic stakes.
Plot:
Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Living in the Apocalypse of Love See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Evan Glodell ... Woodrow
Jessie Wiseman ... Milly

Tyler Dawson ... Aiden

Rebekah Brandes ... Courtney

Vincent Grashaw ... Mike
Zack Kraus ... Elliot

Keghan Hurst ... Sarah

Alexandra Boylan ... Mad Dog's Waitress
Bradshaw Pruitt ... Mad Dog's Bartender
Brian Thomas Evans ... Dirty Trucker
Britta Jacobellis ... Neighbor With Dogs
Ceaser Flores ... Scary Man at Party

Chris Snyder ... Tattoo Guy
Dan Dulle ... Motorcycle Owner

Jon Huck ... Himself
Jet Kauffman ... Feisty Girl

Josh Kelling ... Fancy Waiter
Ken Bailey ... Homicide Detective
Mark Nihem ... Liquor Store Clerk
Joel Hodge ... Man Peeing in Bathroom

Directed by
Evan Glodell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Evan Glodell  written by

Produced by
Paul Edwardson .... co-producer
Brian Thomas Evans .... executive producer
Luis Flores Jr. .... associate producer
Evan Glodell .... producer
Vincent Grashaw .... producer
Joel Hodge .... co-producer
Jet Kauffman .... co-producer
Jonathan Keevil .... co-producer
Josh Kelling .... executive producer
Lenny Powell .... co-producer
Ari Presler .... associate producer
Chelsea St. John .... co-producer
Efraim Wyeth .... associate producer
Byron Yee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jonathan Keevil 
 
Cinematography by
Joel Hodge (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Evan Glodell 
Vincent Grashaw 
Joel Hodge 
Jonathan Keevil 
 
Production Design by
Team Coatwolf 
 
Makeup Department
Jessie Wiseman .... key hair stylist
Jessie Wiseman .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mark Steele .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenny Powell .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joel Hodge .... artist: Medusa book drawings
Aaron 'The Dark Overlord' Smith .... fine art canvas paintings (as Aaron Smith)
 
Sound Department
Scott Casillas .... production sound mixer
Mark Hensley .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Hookailo .... sound re-recording mixer
C.J. McCree .... boom operator
Joshua Adeniji .... sound effects editor: sound designer (uncredited)
Sean Michael Beyer .... m&e re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Rusty Dunn .... additional re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jason Gaya .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Angela Hemingway .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Steven Iba .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Steven Iba .... supervising sound designer (uncredited)
Zach Michaelis .... foley artist (uncredited)
Chris Terhune .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Andrew Troy .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Austin Tyler .... adr editor (uncredited)
Philip Biff Vincent .... chief engineer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wyatt Glodell .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brandon Michael Craig .... still photographer
Paul Edwardson .... gaffer
Vincent Grashaw .... camera operator
Joel Hodge .... camera operator
Jet Kauffman .... assistant camera
Jonathan Keevil .... camera operator
Ari Robbins .... steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... digital film services: Alpha Cine Labs Seattle
Bevin Flynn .... digital film services: Alpha Cine Labs Seattle
Victor Franco .... digital restoration
Jannat Gargi .... digital film producer: Alpha Cine Labs Seattle
Kyle Dean Jackson .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Kyle Jackson)
Kristen Molina .... digital film producer: Alpha Cine Labs Seattle
Alan Pao .... digital intermediate supervisor
Sebastian Perez-Burchard .... colorist
Bill Scott .... senior color timer: Alpha Cine Labs Seattle
 
Music Department
Dwight Glodell .... additional score cues
Marcus Glodell .... additional score cues
Wyatt Glodell .... additional score cues
Joj O. Lorentz .... additional score cues
Kevin MacLeod .... additional composer
Wendy Maharry .... additional score cues
Jonathan McHugh .... music consultant
Andrea von Foerster .... music supervisor
Jonathan Zalben .... additional score cues
 
Transportation Department
John Benner .... car resurrection and supercharging: Medusa car
Rick Cushman .... mechanic: Medusa car Round 1
Christopher Nevarez .... car high performance tuning: Medusa car
Tony Pulido .... car resurrection and supercharging: Medusa car
Harv St. Mary .... car high performance tuning: Medusa car (as Harv St Mary)
Joe Trujillo .... car high performance tuning: Medusa car
 
Other crew
James Feldman .... production legal
Katie Gilkey .... production assistant
Linda Lichter .... production legal
Chelsea St. John .... production coordinator
Juard Van Dijkhorst .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Sean Combs .... special thanks (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
Carson Daly .... special thanks
Dean Devlin .... thanks
Sarah Farrand .... special thanks
Dave Gare .... the producers wish to thank
Trevor Groth .... the producers wish to thank
Scott P. Hart .... special thanks
Andrew Hecker .... special thanks
Jonathan McHugh .... thanks
Joel Perkins .... special thanks
Michael Rousselet .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use
Runtime:
USA:106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Dolby 5.1)
Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Germany:16 | Singapore:R21 | UK:18 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #46766)
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Trivia:
Shot on hand-made, one of a kind cameras built around a prototype Silicon Imaging SI-2K mini.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At the bar, Woodrow and Milly enter a cricket-eating contest and live crickets are shown. Yet later, characters keep talking about eating grasshoppers. This could be a slip of the tongue by the characters who do regard crickets and grasshoppers as the same type of bug.See more »
Quotes:
Milly:Dude, it's like a James Bond car for drunks!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Running Up That HillSee more »

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Living in the Apocalypse of Love, 1 December 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

I almost didn't watch this movie because its IMDb plot summary (something about 2 guys building a monster car in preparation for the apocalypse) made it sound like Beavis & Butthead vs. Road Warrior. That couldn't be further from the truth.

True there are a couple explosions, flame throwers, firearms, a few pints of spilled blood, and a super souped-up Buick Skylark 1972 that would make James Bond hop on his tricycle and pedal furiously away. But essentially this is a love story. The apocalypse here is not a literal one but a personal one. Writer/director/principal actor Evan Glodell says he wrote it while in the painful haze of a bad breakup. Indeed, I would say this is one of the best post-breakup films to watch, because it perfectly captures the feeling of emotional desolation, hope & obsession associated with that mixed bag we call "love".

The story centers on 2 friends Woodrow (Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) who, contrary to their pastime of blowing things up, are NOT Beavis & Butthead type morons. They're just a couple of average-to-nerdy 20-somethings who live life one day at a time on the outskirts of LA. They drink a lot of beer. They try to pick up girls at the local bar (unsuccessfully most of the time). And when all else fails, they build the car of their dreams.

Enter Milly (Jessie Wiseman) who becomes Woodrow's love interest. In a very sweet way, Woodrow & Milly develop a charming relationship. But then things get complicated. Very complicated. I'm talking flame thrower complicated. The 2nd half of the movie is a suspenseful, tense, explosive ride that comes to a powerful climax with great, passionate acting.

The story is from Woodrow's point of view, the male point of view. Female characters seem peripheral, and I figured the IMDb demographic would show "Bellflower" to be preferred by males. Surprise: it's evenly split down the middle. Perhaps it's because, even though it's from a male perspective and has a lot of "manly" things like beer, whiskey, guns and cars that slurp a gallon of gas to pull out of the driveway, it's still a very sensitive film that can be appreciated by anyone. It exposes the vulnerabilities of heartbreak, the thrill of obsession, and the nature of friendship. And these things are not gender-specific.

A word about the cinematography: wow. As the story becomes increasingly complicated, the visuals become more expressionistic and hallucinatory. This is the masterwork of Joel Hodge, director of photography. Visuals are often very striking, with heavy color saturation, hazy filters and occasional lens grit, making it a very dreamlike presentation. I read that the cameras they used were mostly home made, scrapped together from cheap parts... much like the car "Medusa" which was actually built for this film. "Bellflower" was nominated for the 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, but lost to the blockbuster Academy Award Winning "The Artist".

Another highlight: the music. Beginning with a dark acoustic guitar & vocal piece, the film keeps the soundtrack minimal (no melodramatic symphonies here) and toward the end throws in some powerful trip-hop, industrial house stuff. I didn't recognize any of the bands on the soundtrack, but it felt similar to maybe Jeff Buckley for the acoustic/vocal pieces and Portishead or AWOL Nation for the heavy stuff. Undeniably cool stuff.

"Bellflower" is an artistic, slow moving film that keeps gaining momentum all the way to its roller-coaster finale. There aren't any popular movies I can compare it to. But if you've seen the indie flicks "Entrance" (2012) or "The Tracey Fragments" (2007), or my favorite "Buffalo 66", then you can expect a similar off-kilter approach to filmmaking that makes this a challenging and ultimately satisfying movie.

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