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Originally published Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

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Movie review

Seattle-set 'Dizzle' has 'cult film' written all over it

Seattle-set "Dizzle" is a wildly imaginative if erratically executed urban fable.

Seattle Times arts writer

Movie review 3 stars

"The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle," with Marshall Allman, Vince Vieluf, Tygh Runyan, Tania Raymonde. Written and directed by David Russo. 100 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences. Northwest Film Forum.

Toilet humor is one thing — toilet hallucinations quite another.

In "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle," David Russo's sprawling, hyperkinetic, Seattle-set feature debut, the restrooms and wastebaskets of an experimental cookie company provide the grist for a wildly imaginative if erratically executed urban fable. "Dizzle," with its freak-out visuals and eclectic musical score ("Awesome," Huge Spacebird, Eric Richards, Michael Cozzi, Chenoa Egawa), has "cult movie" written all over it.

Dory (Marshall Alman) is the baby-faced Everyman who guides us through Russo's strange universe. After taking a night job as a janitor, he becomes addicted to the "self-warming" cookies left out for the clueless cleaning crew to sample.

Dory, trying out every religion in the book while he swabs away, is clearly on some sort of vision quest. Still, neither he nor his colleagues are quite prepared for where all their cookie consumption will take them.

With Allman to play his straight man, Russo lets the other actors (Vince Vieluf, Tygh Runyan, Tania Raymonde) go as far over the top as they can get. His camera crew indulges in similar excesses, peppering the movie with animation and time-lapse sequences galore. Still, when it comes to filming the "birth" of the title character, their camera chops border on brilliance. Their eye for and imaginative uses of Seattle's industrial grit and natural beauty are seductive, too.

"Dizzle" isn't subtle. But it has an only-in-Seattle character that makes you glad to have it around.

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