Thursday, August 4, 2011
BELLFLOWER is also the kind of movie that will have you asking the same questions at the finale. Yes, you know more about the people and place (maybe even the time period) by then, but not nearly enough to answer those questions at all thoroughly. What is clear, however, is that writer/director Evan Glodell (shown below) has talent to spare, even if he is at this point lacking some focus. Or maybe missing the forest for the trees.
Jessie Wiseman, above left) and falls hard. How hard, we don't realize. Nor, it seems, does he, until it's too late. His best friend Aidan (Tyler Dawson, below) helps him with various "projects" (that flame thrower, target practice, etc.), while getting involved with Courtney (Rebekah Brandes, two photos down). Millie's roomie, Mike (Vincent Grashaw), doubles as on-and-off fuck-buddy, who gets "on" at precisely the wrong moment.
Zabriskie Point for twats (although that original was pretty much made with twats in mind, too, though they were courting peace and love while these are more interested in death and destruction). Whatever. Glodell, for all that's missing here, has a lot going for him and will certainly be heard from again. And I hope I'll be there to see what comes next.
Oscilloscope Laboratories, opens tomorrow, Friday, August 5, in Los Angeles (Landmark's Nuart) and New York (Angelika Film Center) and elsewhere in the weeks to come. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters.