And yet, my greed knows no bounds. I still want to get my hands on the new cds by Martha Wainwright, the Awkward Stage, and Emmylou Harris.
This particular weekend was a wash for getting any film watching done, but last weekend we watched a curious little gem - Wristcutters: a Love Story. It has the rather unique premise of a purgatory populated entirely with people who have committed suicide. In this purgatory, suicides linger in an existence very much like the one they just left, only much crappier and seedier.
Zia finds himself in this desert landscape of rundown gas stations, abandoned cars and scuzzy bars after he cuts his wrists following a breakup. Here he befriends a Russian gypsy punk musician, who, with his outrageous mustache and larger than life (or perhaps, death) personality, is quite obviously based upon Eugene Hutz, frontman of Gogol Bordello. On a cross country trip in a car that contains a portal to a black hole under the front passenger seat, they pick up Mikal, a hitchhiker who claims she is there by mistake and is in search of the People in Charge to plea her case to return to life.
I don't even want to get into much more plot explanation as, on paper it all sounds rather confusing, but there are searches for lost loves, budding new loves, mute throat singers, messianic kings, Tom Waits, government agents, and a camp in the desert where daily tiny miracles occur.
Wristcutters is a wistfully funny film. The three main characters are all highly appealing and the supporting characters are quirky and memorable. The film is peppered with sly little details like a soundtrack that heavily features musicians who committed suicide, and the fact that Eugene is drinking a bottle of Dead Guy Ale while he commits suicide.
This is a highly watchable film, which I know I will be watching again a few months down the road.
What music and/or film would you recommend?