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 Eighteen, check out this severely underrated Spike Lee joint that will make you laugh and break your heart in equal measure. Now available on Amazon Prime.
Spike Lee’s satirical and incendiary examination of gun-violence–based on the ancient Greek play Lysistrata and written entirely in verse–is one of the least subtle works of the auteur’s long career, and it is also easily one of his most undervalued. After the accidental shooting death of a young girl, Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) leads a protest movement in which the women of Chicago organize a sex-strike until peace is negotiated between two warring factions, The Spartans and The Trojans. In their own words: no peace, no pussy. It is at times a strikingly funny film, and others a tragically heartbreaking one, and while some viewers may need to adjust to its (literal) rhythms, this is the kind of big-swing that only a voice as singular as Spike could even attempt, much less pull off with such urgent vigor.