The A.V. Club review is a bit alarmist.
Glenn Kenny is stretching it in his insistence that when people are hurt by those whom they love & as a result are given to fantasies of revenge… that it can only be a metaphor that endorses imperialism.
The New Yorker review is a very accurate & sober assessment.
90% of the tilt-shifting and other effects were done IN-CAMERA.
Only one person from Coatwolf Productions went to film school. (It was the Music Supervisor.)
From the BELLFLOWER press kit:
Evan Glodell was in his workshop for over a month constructing what is known as
‘COATWOLF MODEL II’, a custom optical system tailor-made for the SI-2K cameras
used to photograph Bellflower.
Now, for your convenience, a round-up of some of the cantankerous press reaction to this movie:
- The AV Club calls it intolerable, as well as “punishingly distasteful and disjointed almost beyond coherence”.
- Glenn Kenny, over at SOME CAME RUNNING, says the AV Club review doesn’t go far enough in it’s dismissal.
- The New Yorker offers a thorough, well-reasoned rebuttal to those claims.
This Friday is your big chance to make up your mind! BELLFLOWER opens at the Little Roxie on Friday!