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 Nineteen, check out this throwback to the days of the western. Now available on Netflix.
Slow West (2015)
Once upon a time, the Western was as ubiquitous as the Superhero film; what costumed heroes are to contemporary audiences, bandits, lawmen, and settlers were for much of the early 20th century. While there have been considerably fewer, the modern era still produced some greats, from Unforgiven (1991) to No Country For Old Men (2007). Among those recent successes, the little seen post-modern indie Slow West (2015) surely deserves a spot near the top of that list. Imagine a folk song committed to celluloid, and you would be on the right track. This tale of a young man and a grizzled bounty hunter off to search for a fugitive woman is both brutal, and deeply elegiac; above all else, it is an achingly romantic and gorgeously composed throwback.