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Old 11-17-2011, 05:50 AM   #1
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Didn't see a thread on this...so, I figured I would start one just to say:

This is my third favorite film of 2011, behind DRIVE and Take Shelter.

Seriously, it's that good. I had heard a little about this movie, but not enough to warrant seeking it out. However, after reading the blu-ray review, I decided to give it a go. Really glad I did...I was literally in awe from the opening frame to the last.

It was well acted, stylish, unique, haunting, and disturbing.

Still trying to wrap my mind around the last 10 minutes of the film. It's definitely one of those movies that will require multiple viewings.

With a film this unique...that shouldn't be a problem.

And, yes, MEDUSA is a bad ass car.

Great movie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Old 11-17-2011, 06:05 AM   #2
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glad i picked this up at half priced books last weekend for $10.gotta love those 50% off coupons
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:42 PM   #3
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I saw this at WM last night. First time I had seen this. Noticed it was from same studio that released Rare Exports. The package was not a digipack like RE. I think I have to order it online to get that version. WM just had disc only version. This film looks right up my alley.
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:48 PM   #5
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I saw this at WM last night. First time I had seen this. Noticed it was from same studio that released Rare Exports. The package was not a digipack like RE. I think I have to order it online to get that version. WM just had disc only version. This film looks right up my alley.
Yeah, today was the first time that I've actually seen an Oscilloscope Films release that wasn't in a cardboard packaging... Best Buy was actually selling Rare Exports in a plastic blu-ray case. I've only ever seen the Oscillosope releases in the cardboard packaging so it was quite strange to see it that way. I imagine that the larger chain stores are going to carry them in a standard plastic case from now, whereas smaller independent chains like Newbury Comics up here in New England carry the original cardboard packaging, along with Barnes & Noble stores.

If you're not familiar with Oscilloscope Films definitely check out their website. Oscilloscope was started by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and they have amassed a nice collection of documentaries and narrative films in their collection now.

Bellflower is a fantastic film debut that I was lucky enough to see in the theater, so I hope you find enjoyment in it.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:02 AM   #6
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My copy from amazon came in a cardboard digipack. As for the movie, woo. Wouldn't say it's the best movie I've seen so far this year, but probably my favorite.

While I think the movie does mire itself too much in all matter of unpleasantness near the end of the second act(?), gotta give it credit for giving me such a strong and conflicted emotional reaction. Also, surprisingly funny.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:35 AM   #7
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I prefer the awesome cardboard packaging that the studio is known for.

Anyway, just watched the movie this weekend. Thought it was pretty badass. Almost like an independent companion piece to Fight Club. I loved it. Loved the style and look of the film. There's a lot to admire here. With his first feature film Evan Glodell has proved to be a filmmaker to watch. It's amazing what has been accomplished with such a small budget. The acting in the film is a little amateurish but I did find the leads (one of them being Glodell himself) to have a nice charm. I thought they worked really well together.

Highly recommend this!

9/10 (A-)


On a side note, I wish the studio would release Wendy & Lucy on Blu-ray. They weren't putting out Blu-rays at the time that came out.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:05 AM   #8
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Hoping to get this for Xmas. Saw the film in theaters and really enjoyed it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:06 AM   #9
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I rented this the day it came out. I'm very glad I checked this one out despite some mixed reviews. I thought it was an awesome film that kept me engrossed from the moment it started until the credits rolled. I don't think this is one I'd add to my collection, but definitely recommend others to check it out.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:20 AM   #10
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I saw this at Walmart a few weeks ago when it had a slip. Then last week i saw it again and no slip. and that's after i decided I wanted to get it. Everywhere this movie seems to be 20 dollars or more.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:24 AM   #11
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So, there's a Blu-ray only edition of this as well as the Blu-ray/DVD edition that comes in the cardboard packaging?
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:17 AM   #12
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Just thought I would bump this one back up. I never hear anyone talk about this movie. It was one of my favorites from last year.

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:45 AM   #13
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What an ugly and chaotic film, but all the better for it. Who wants a movie with apocalyptic themes to be beautiful and well handled? With a film so heavily involved with the end of the world you can't expect a happy ending, but what Bellflower gives us is something more. Survival into the end of the world for these two, simply means the end of their way with mass society. The separation of these two from the rest of the world is a very distinct analogy for the apocalypse and the ultimate, fitting finale for the film. The ending is a glimpse into the torn human spirit of acceptance, love, trust, and ultimately, what one needs in order to be fulfilled in their own eyes, not in others which everyone seems to be obsessed with. This is one hell of a unique indie film and although it doesn't quite reach my top 5 of last year, still gets a high recommendation.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #14
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Forgot about this movie. Thanks for the bump. I have it on my netflix queue, but it got buried. Maybe I'll make it a double feature of apocalyptic depression with The Divide~
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:38 PM   #16
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i saw the car at the maker faire a couple years ago and heard it was from an indie film. i only found the movie recently and watched it. it is definitely one of the better films i've seen in the past year.

btw, medusa is awesome in person...and fricken loud. the video does not do the volume justice.

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it is definitely one of the better films i've seen in the past year.
I don't think it gets as much credit as it deserves. It's one of my top 10 (or maybe 5) favorite films of the last decade or so.
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I don't think it gets as much credit as it deserves. It's one of my top 10 (or maybe 5) favorite films of the last decade or so.
I've still only watched it once so I'm not 100% whether it's in the absolute top-tier with things like Downfall or The Lives of Others or if it's 'just' in the really, really good tier with things like Chronicle or Cloverfield or We Need to Talk About Kevin.

If I had to guess though I'd say it will pass subsequent viewings tests with flying colors.

Either way though, it's one of the better films from the past ten years or one of the best films from the past ten years.
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It always makes my day when I see this thread re-emerge.

Love this flick.
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Finally got around to watching this. What a beautiful, strange, interesting, chaotic little movie.
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