It's been a while since I mentioned my simmering obsession with the Salton Sea, but it's still there. I'd vaguely heard about a documentary on the place, then forgotten until this post kindly reminded me. I've reverted to bad Netflix habits -- picture a "Syriana" disc, staring balefully at me as it gathers dust -- but I went ahead and got "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea" and moved it to priority number one on the viewing list.
And the result is, it's pretty good. I could do without the John Waters narration -- it's kitsch and I don't like kitsch, and the tone downplays the sheer weirdness of the place. But that's only a small part of the film and the rest is illuminating. I've read a lot on the Salton Sea and its surrounding communities but never realized that there are more than a handful of people around there. Some are a bit odd, others just had hopes for the place that didn't pan out. Some is funny -- much of it pretty sad. Most interesting to me -- the latter part of the movie, focusing on discussions of ways to save the place, and the obstructions that have kept efforts from moving forward.
I know at least a couple of the people still reading this share my interest in seeing the Salton Sea. 2010 roadtrip!! Who's with me?