Written By: François-Noël Vanasse
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 Twenty-Five, we go to the stars, and a science-fiction film with big ideas! Now available on Amazon Prime.
The Man From Earth (2007)
Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth feels more like a stage play than a film. Just a bunch of actors in a room together slowly talking. The film, fittingly, stars a bunch of guest stars from various episodes and films of the Star Trek canon. Richard Riehle who is always wonderful and deserves far more than “that guy!” recognition. John Billingsley who you may remember from Star Trek: Enterprise and a million other things. Motherfucking Tony Todd who should be exploding once again onto the Big Screen in this year’s Candyman. The star of this show, though, is David Lee Smith who has the face and soul of a Soap Opera actor. His quiet softness brings to mind Nathan Fillion and he manages to make a ton of weird dialogue and unclear motivations seem perfectly reasonable all while maintaining a pitch-perfect sense of magnanimity and sincerity. This is a beloved film, for those who know of it, and for good reason. This is a sharply written well-acted feature full of scintillating ideas. The sequel, released for free online, is a bit of a drag by comparison but speaks to the strength of the original’s fans.