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 Eleven, let’s come down from the operatic high of yesterday and get grounded with a unique and daring comedy. Now available on Hulu. (Also available to rent on Amazon Prime for $3.99).
Unless you are a pretty dedicated film buff, you may not know who writer-director Sean Baker is, but you ought to. While The Florida Project (2017) [streaming on Netflix and worth seeking out!] is arguably his breakout film, his earlier work about a transgender sex worker seeking out revenge on her cheating boyfriend is an inventive, moving, and laugh-out-loud romp through an under-explored section of L.A. nightlife. Much has been made of the unique visuals, as Baker was among the earliest filmmakers to shoot an entire film using only an iPhone! It is an immersive shooting style that lends a sense of realism to the sun-drenched setting. This is a film with a casual and refreshing approach to the trans community, eschewing Hollywood lip-service to LGBTQ depictions in exchange for an entirely authentic human experience that alternates between wild antics, manic comedy, and real heartache. Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez are positively electric as the two leads, wringing drama and comedy in a way that would be tremendously impressive even if it were not their first time onscreen (it is!). Be assured, this is a film that is unlike anything else you’ve seen before. *