Written By: Daniel Kinsley
This is a difficult time. The world is riddled with anxiety, fear, and a deadly disease that has radically interrupted the daily life of nearly everything and everyone. By now, the importance of self-quarantine and social distancing have been espoused more times than any of us can count, and with a lot of folks sitting at home looking for things to watch (I promise you haven’t even come close to “finishing Netflix, Janet) it felt like a good time to contribute in the (albeit very small) way that feels most familiar to our team. So, for the whole month of April, The Porkchop Express presents: THE QUARANTINE STREAM, a 30 day series designed to help shine a light on a film that is worthy of your time and might very well be the distraction you need. In an effort to keep it fresh, we will be alternating between the big three services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) and trying to keep the choices as varied as possible.
For the official kick-off, we’re going with an under-valued (and uncut) gem now available on Netflix.
Road to Perdition (2002)
Sam Mendes’ spectacular follow-up to his award winning American Beauty (1999) is a film that feels like it never quite got its due. Adapted from a comic series by Max Allan Collins, Perdition is a Depression era crime story anchored by a rare anti-hero turn from Tom Hanks. Much like the film itself, Hanks is compelling and hypnotic as the ambiguous Mike Sullivan, an enforcer working for powerful gangster John Rooney (Paul Newman, in his last live-action role) who once saved his life. Ultimately, the mob story is window dressing for a road movie about the dynamics between fathers and sons, and with great supporting turns from the likes of Jude Law and a fresh-faced Daniel Craig, it is one hell of a ride. Bonus: a jaw-droppingly gorgeous shoot-out in the rain ranks among this writer’s favorite scenes of all time.