Lucky for us (and for Chuck), he didn't stick to summer blockbusters like The Sorcerer's Apprentice (day 69) or Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (day 25) but also got to check out smaller films like Wild Grass (day 72), City Island (day 13), and the excellent thriller, The Disappearance of Alice Creed (day 97). Some of his movie-going adventures were revivals at cool venues the Mann Chinese Theater in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills Cop,day 11), the New Beverly (Ghostbusters,day 22), and the Hollywood Bowl (Grease sing-along, day 50). After his exhausting trek across the country, he hit #100 at the famous Alamo Drafthouse to see The Expendables. His time at the Drafthouse included the Cinemapocalypse, eight hours of action films which our Peter Hall also hit up.
Chuck gave us a rundown of his best experiences along the way, from drive-ins to cineplexes and movie palaces, and they're definitely worth a look, even if it's just to drool or plan your own movie trek across the country. I can't say I'm jealous of how exhausting reviewing 100 movies in 100 days must be, in addition to traveling, living on movie junk food, and hitting his deadlines, but... Okay, I'm jealous.
Of course, his top marks for the best film-watching experience was at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. Despite the fact that I'm a native Texan and had heard tales of this wondrous place for many years before I got into this biz, I've never been there, which makes me so mad I could spit. On the other hand, the Alamo Drafthouse is expanding, and while there aren't any physical chains yet, the Drafthouse is going on the road this summer as part of its Rolling Roadshow. And they're free. You're a sucker if it comes to your town and you don't go. Sorry. It's just the truth.
Which of his picks and places are you most envious of? Have you ever watched that many movies in a row?