Back in 2004, I was sent to review a little movie called “Sideways.” It was the story of two 40-something dudes embarking on a wine-tasting trip, one of them hoping for a last fling before he gets married. The Pinot Noir talk in the movie made me roll my eyes, so hard I almost got a headache. I also fell asleep in the middle. I ended up giving the flick a blah review. So imagine my surprise when other reviews started coming in and everyone loved it. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The whole experience left me scratching my head and thinking, Did I miss something?
I’m having the same experience with “Bellflower,” an indie movie that made a big splash at Sundance last spring and that was just released in theaters on Friday. Currently, the movie’s rating on Metascore is 74—very high. Critics from The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times have given it raves. Keep reading »