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Dec 1, 2011
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By Jared Curtis jared@dmcityview.com

‘Bellflower’

Directed by Evan Glodell

Rated R, 106 minutes

Any time a movie begins with a quote from the Lord Humungus, ruler of the wasteland in “The Road Warrior,” you know it’s going to be a good film. “Bellflower” is truly original, filled with violence, lust, greed, selfishness, destruction and chaos. Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) are best friends who spent most of their lives dreaming about starting a post-apocalyptic gang called Mother Medusa. They build flamethrowers, shoot shotguns at propane tanks and work on a flame-spewing car called Medusa. But when the friends meet Milly (Jessie Wiseman) and Courtney (Rebekah Brandes), their lives turn upside down and things quickly get ugly. “Bellflower” might present itself as a movie about two buddies preparing for the impending apocalypse, but it’s really about screwed-up relationships and the consequences that follow, with just a dash of Thunderdome. CV

‘The Doom Generation’

Directed by Greg Araki

1995, NC-17, 83 minutes

Sticking with screwed-up relationships, “The Doom Generation” might feature one of the craziest relationships in the history of movies. Director Gregg Araki, known for making odd films like “Nowhere” and “Mysterious Skin,” created an extremely outrageous “road murder sex comedy.” Rose McGowen (“Jawbreaker” and “Planet Terror”) and James Duval (“Donnie Darko”) star as Amy and Jordan, two teenage lovers who pick up the wrong hitchhiker (Jonathon Schaech) driving home from a club. After the drifter kills a convenience store clerk, the three go on the run from the law. While on the lamb, the three encounter a variety of situations, with plenty of sex and drugs. Although they don’t all end up together in the end, the chaotic time they spend together takes viewers on an outrageously sinful ride. “The Doom Generation” was compared to “Natural Born Killers,” but Araki’s film is much grimier, leaving a residue you can’t wash off. CV



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