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.
We are officially halfway through, and it is the sincere hope of all of our team that you have enjoyed this series, and have found at least one thing you liked! For Day Fifteen, check out the Oscar winner of the 2012 Best Animated Feature. Now available on Amazon Prime.
Gore Verbinski is a madman. The mind behind the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise (the first of which remains a stone adventure classic) has not quite hit those same highs in awhile, but the last time he did, it was with this gorgeous and gonzo animated western. Incidentally, it was arguably one of the last great performances from Johnny Depp before (or perhaps in the midst of) his descent into full parody. The plot is inspired by equal parts Chinatown (1974) and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966) with nods to other great films, and it achieves a near perfect balance of entertainment for children (all of the characters are anthropomorphic desert animals) and adults, all of whom will be taken by the rat-a-tat sense of humor and the thrilling action sequences. Pixar may have perfected animation, but even in a strong year, the Oscar winning Rango makes a strong case for diversity in the category. Here’s one for the whole family.