In the '80s and '90s, I fell for Joe Morton. I watched him rock the stage in New York City, and he became my favorite, smart, unbeatable action star in Executive Decision. (One of the most underrated actors out there, and worth a lot more than Eureka.) And then in 2002, I fell for the work of John Sayles, diving into Casa de los babys and soon after, Silver City. But one night, as my eyes scanned the old section of my local rental haunt, I spotted a title: The Brother from Another Planet. I pulled it off the shelf and was shocked that by sheer coincidence, I'd discovered one of Sayles' first films, starring my beloved Joe.
The film focuses on a mute, three-toed alien (Morton) who crashes into New York City, gets transplanted to Harlem, and tries to avoid the two alien Men in Black trying to bring him back (an insanely awesome and comedic Sayles and David Strathairn .. you can see a few clips of them after the jump). Since the scene I'd like to show with the alien hunters isn't floating around the net (mentioned here), here's another great moment, where Joe's alien meets a magical Fisher Stevens, who shows Brother both a card trick and a racial subway trick. It's a spot-on example of the film as a whole -- social commentary on race with the wonderful bite of humor. It's the one film where Sayles really let loose with both his humor and creativity, and it's all the better for it.
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