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.
For Day Ten, travel back to 1999, arguably one of the greatest years in film ever, for a modern epic. Now available on Netflix.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s third film is an ambitious and kaleidoscopic melodrama; there are multiple (interweaving) storylines, heavy emotions to sift through, and a runtime that may seem daunting; in short, it asks a lot of its viewers. What it gives back, however, is equally as rewarding. This is a big film with big ideas about love, forgiveness, and coincidence, with a number of tremendous performances (including arguably career-best work from Tom Cruise). If you have been feeling a little more sensitive than usual lately (like this writer has), then you might allow yourself to be swept up by a story that reminds us how much mystery and wonder remains in the world. The way it all comes together in the operatic and (famous) finale results in one of the most cathartic final scenes in modern cinema.