Welcome to the latest installment of Flickchart Road Trip, in which I’m starting in Los Angeles and “driving” across country, watching one movie from each state and posting about it once a week. The new movie I watch will go up against five movies from that state I’ve already seen, chosen from five distinct spots on my own Flickchart. Although I won’t tell you where the new movie actually lands in my chart (I don’t like to add new movies until I’ve had a month to think about them), I’ll let you know how it fared among the five I’ve chosen. Thanks for riding shotgun!
Interstate 10 has taken me out of Arizona and into New Mexico. As much as I think it would be fun to ride the 10 all the way to Jacksonville, Florida, I’ve decided to meet up with I-25 north into Albuquerque, so I can catch I-40 east through the Texas panhandle and into Oklahoma. Besides, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to jump on the classic American freeway of the southwest, the old Route 66, which runs alongside Route 40. Albuquerque is also a place I’ve been on business a couple times, so I know it reasonably well. (It’s too bad I can’t be here in October, when the renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place, and hot air balloons fill the sky.) I had to stop for gas just outside Albuquerque, and some sketchy bald guy calling himself Heisenberg tried to sell me some weird blue rocks. Sensing it was a bad idea, I passed.
I’m staying in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just outside Albuquerque because, well, I like blackjack. I hit Burning Paradise Video in Albuquerque and picked up the DVD of Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder). It’s a movie that has been championed recently on a couple movie podcasts, and its Flickchart global ranking of 190 definitely had me intrigued. Plus, it’s the great Billy Wilder in one of his most controversial projects.
Based on the classic Rod Serling television series, The Twilight Zone, an impending motion picture adaptation from Warner Bros., drew interest from a number of top directors. Now, the WB has announced that they have chosen Matt Reeves to direct the film.
While the last Twilight Zone movie (from 1983) was an anthology with different directors, this new version is intended to be one big sci-fi action story whose main link to the TV series is its creepy tone.
Reeves knows creepy; he previously directed Cloverfield and Let Me In, a well-received adaptation of the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. Reeves will be directing The Twilight Zone from a script by Jason Rothenberg, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Michael Ireland serving as producers.
Usually, this spot is reserved for our weekly rundown of the new movies available to stream on Netflix Instant but August is a dead month and there is nothing notable streaming this week. Doesn’t look like there will be for another couple weeks either, so let’s pick the best horror movies available to stream on Netflix right now:
Rated R | 2010
Rated R | 2008
Flickchart Ranking: #526
Begins streaming on Netflix starting July 1st
Directed By: Matt Reeves
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It’s just hitting U.S. theaters in a limited run this weekend, and director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone) is working towards bringing the Norwegian indie hit Trollhunter to Hollywood.
“Troll Hunter was a visceral, thrilling cinematic rock and roller coaster ride of a movie. Visually, there are scenes in this film that American audiences have never seen. We want to introduce an International audience to this amazing moviegoing experience!” said Columbus.
With remakes like Fincher‘s upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Matt Reeves’s Let Me In, it appears there’s no shortage of filmmakers who are jumping at the opportunities to re-imagine the best of foreign cinema for American audiences.