Film Review : Bellflower (2011)

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IMDB Score : 6.2
RT Score : 73%

Okay, that was interesting. This is a low budget indie film by directer and star Evan Glodell. The story revolves around his character Woodrow and his best friend Aiden as they parade around California gathering material for an upcoming apocalypse which includes flamethrowers and “Mad Max” style vehicles including an absolute badass of a car. The story takes a turn when Woodrow meets Milly. The whole film is stacked with energy and grit but also suffers from some pretty big character and plot flaws. First, there is no water in California, only alcohol. Beer for breakfast? Sure. Drinks on the beach? Been there. Whiskey dispenser in your vehicle? No. No, that is just not real. The characters also had way too much money while doing way to much nothing to earn it. There’s more but it’ll spoil the movie. The main thing is that it didn’t detract from the viewing experience. I enjoyed the film and am looking forward to the next one from the team. I do expect a lot more of a polished product though.

3/5

Film Review : Union Station (1950)

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IMDB Score : 6.8
RT Score : No score

I’ll be honest. I lost interest in this quick. This is not a great movie. It certainly isn’t bad but I just didn’t find the story all that interesting to stay 100 percent focused. Barry Fitzgerald was pretty great in this although he basically plays the same exact character he did in the fantastic NYC noir film “The Naked City”. The story focuses on a woman who spots a man packing heat on a train. The subsequent chase unveils that the man is working for a thug boss who has kidnapped the daughter of a very wealthy man. She also happens to be blind. Why? I have no idea. This is just the story. The rest of the film follows suit. The direction was bland and there just wasn’t anything unique happening. Sometimes I find myself saying…”Hey! This film is in black and white, it must be great!”. There are average films all over the place guys. This was one of them.

2/5

Film Review : Red State (2011)

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IMDB Score : 6.2
RT Score : 58%

Remember when Kevin Smith used to make raunchy dialogue driven comedies about New Jersey and the subculture of un wealthy people and what they do for fun? This is none of that. This is a balls to the ball action film that tries to push as many buttons as possible. It’s a real shame because the film had a lot of potential that was completely squashed by the last fifteen minutes. The hour before that however was intense and watchable as any action film can be. I really enjoyed that part. The problem is the movie wasn’t finished or at least appeared to be incomplete. It just sort of flamed out all of a sudden right where a truly badass climax could have occurred. One thing is for sure, Michael Parks was flat out fantastic. His character might just be in my top ten of just flat out bonkers villains. He was a joy to watch. Ultimately it was like a meal at a really awesome restaurant that is taken away from you before you can finish. It would have been an awesome meal had that not happened.

3/5