Title: Ghost Bridge

Also known as:
Bridge Crusader (Original title)

Year: 2010

Genre: Independent / Supernatural / Drama / Experimental

Language: English

Runtime: 77 min

Director: John Hartman

Writer: John Hartman & C.G. Zarbock

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1352675/

An artist travels across New England on his chopper to look at different bridges. When he meets a mysterious woman she quickly becomes his main interest, only to discover a dark past from the crusades that he has to experience to free himself and his woman.

Our thoughts:
From filmmakers that have made themselves known for whacked out 8mm films, made with plenty of love and good times. My third (and for the time being, last) visit to Reel Groovy Films' filmography ended up being calmer and easier to follow. I've come to the realization that no matter how much joy was put into them, not everyone will enjoy watching them. That includes me.

Essentially a ghost story, but it's hard to class "Ghost Bridge" as such because heavy focus is put on other aspects. It's about an artist who has taken an interest in covered bridges, so he takes his chopper around New England to find more of them. He meets a woman and takes her with him on the journey, but him meeting her forces his life to take a dark turn. He's thrown back to the middle ages where he has to undergo a personal experience in an attempt to free him and his new found love.

It's not hard to follow this one compared to "Reel-Illusionary Zone", but having a main grasp of what the plot is helps a lot. Reel Groovy Films have a peculiar style and they certainly don't seem to wanna change that. All the power to them, but in my opinion it's why I haven't been entertained by any of their movies, but instead bored. I don't think I can win here, because I can't find anything I am looking for - though I hope someone else does. If I look for a good story, I might find interesting choices but rarely a coherent, good story. If I want pure entertainment, I get bored just 10 minutes in. A visually inspiring experience? It's essentially amateur hour, it's just very lazy. It is admirable when filmmakers and artists believe in what they do and keep at it, at least.

The middle ages scenes are okay because they are taking place in the woods so the wardrobe is all we need to focus on. And it isn't shabby, some shiny armors and such, but overall I think this might be the best aspect of "Ghost Bridge". That counts for something. Not a lot, though. I want more than decent clothing in a 77 min movie. There are a lot of sword fights but next to no blood, which takes away another aspect which COULD have been fun.

I don't know what more to say. It doesn't seem like it would be worth mine or the reader's time to specifically say what I don't like about a movie that felt like double it's length. I'm glad I took a brief venture into the films by Reel Groovy Films, at the very least to get an opinion. "Ghost Bridge" wasn't their worst, I think it was overall the better of the three ("Planet Diva" and "Reel-Illusionary Zone" being the other two), though at times the most boring one. It's an amateurish ghost tale/period piece shot on 8mm with a few experimental touches. Had it been a young man's early short film, I'd tell him to send me his work in a couple of years, but in this case I think they are doing exactly what they want, they love doing it and have no plans to change. And what they do is not for me.

Positive things:
- It truly does seem like they make what they want to make.
- Some decent wardrobe.

Negative things:
- Simply put, I have realized that Reel Groovy Films' style isn't for me.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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