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Monday, September 12, 2011

Will 'Bellflower' come marauding at Atlanta's cinemas?

Monday, Sep. 12, 11:04 a.m.: I finish my review of Bellflower. 1:29 p.m.: Word comes down that Bellflower won't open at Atlanta's Landmark Midtown Art Cinema this Friday. BELLFLOWER!

Hopefully Bellflower will get put back on the schedule, because it's a flawed but provocative indie drama. Writer/director/star Evan Glodell brings a uniquely ugly vision to a familiar portrait of disaffected youth by focusing on a pair of young men obsessed with the prospect of the apocalypse — specifically, one that'll reduce the United States to a Road Warrior-style wasteland ruled by marauding gangs. The duo even make a role model out of The Lord Humongous (not to be confused with the wrestler of the same name), the pumped-up, hockey-masked lead bad guy in The Road Warrior. Apparently The Road Warrior lingers as a potent pop-culture image: in Patton Oswalt's "Sad Boy" routine, the comedian imagines his role in a Mad Max-style wasteland. Anyway, here's the trailer for Bellflower, which I'll review as soon as it opens.

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