Indie Gems: Last Days
Blake (Michael Pitt) is a rock musician in Seattle who has reached a point in his career where he's wandering about, questioning the meaning of his existence. He walks through the countryside silently while his friends and band members (Lukas Haas, Asia Argento) search for him.
Director Gus Van Sant made this film when he realized making a documentary on Kurt Cobain would be too personal for his friend Courtney Love. Therefore, nearly everything about Blake is reminiscent of Cobain. The looks, the way he mumbles. It makes Blake's sadness even harder to take knowing Kurt likely felt it.
This movie definitely isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan of Van Sant as I am, I would recommend it. I used to think Paranoid Park (which I loved) was the least accessible of his films, but this one is even more so. It's largely silent, when Blake does speak or sing, sometimes it's hard to understand him. Yet even with all of that you can't help but want to get inside his head. You know where the film is going to end just be reading the description, but that's okay. It makes for a quick and thoughtful viewing.
Watched on: Netflix DVD
Memorable Quote "...water for the blood of Christ?"