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. 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.
Our second pick is a film you probably have not seen before, an actor’s show case with some razor-sharp writing. Now available on Netflix.
The End of The Tour (2015)
This writer’s affection for Richard Linklater’s romantic Before trilogy is well documented by now, and James Ponsoldt’s film about two guys talking is in many ways a platonic cousin. Based on a memoir by Rolling Stone contributor David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), the film tells the story of a five-day interview of David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) after the publication of his epic novel, Infinite Jest. If it is a premise that sounds less than cinematic, let the sharp dialogue and quietly terrific performances prove otherwise. Though Segel has often played the lovable goof, the film makes great use of his underlying weirdness, as well as his expressive hang-dog face. It is both a deeply funny and thoughtful examination of two writers reveling in the joy of conversation; from life and fame, to love and literature, and of course, Die Hard (1988).