Join us for Flickchart Daily. Your daily rundown of the latest movie news, Netflix Instant Watch releases and more! Before we begin though, you owe it to yourself to watch Nic Cage’s amazing appearance on SNL this weekend:
How in the world does he not break into a little smile at least once?
Today is Kim Novak’s birthday, and they definitely don’t make ‘em like her anymore, so let’s celebrate with a matchup between two of her best silly movies. Vertigo is easily her best film but don’t overlook these two gems either. Bell, Book and Candle features a young Jack Lemmon, an ageing (but still great) Jimmy Stewart and a Kim as a crazy-hot witch. Boys’ Night Out is, in my opinion, the quintessential silly sex comedy of the early 60’s (back when they made 50 zillion a year). It heavy on the laughs and James Garner is such a great romantic lead. I give the nod to Boys’ Night Out, which is available through the Warner Archive.
Here are this week’s new DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix Instant Watch titles. Obviously, Thursday’s Avatar release is the highlight of the week but the overall slate of releases is strong as well. Select films will include their Flickchart global statistics (where available), as well as three direct links to rank the title against similar movies (one good, one average and one bad) to help nail down where the movie belongs on your chart.
Avatar – (Thursday, April 22 – Blu-Ray and DVD)
I broke a 32-month theater-free streak to see this one. Yeah, the tickets were free, but the effort of getting off the warm couch on a cold Midwestern Winter morning shows you the influence this one had on casual theater goers (I watch at least 2 movies a day, but usually from the comfort of my house). It’s a decent movie, but it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays on the small screen when you’ll focus more on the story than the visuals. You might want to exercise some caution buying this bare-bones disc, as a four-disc set is coming in November – although apparently there will be special codes in the box that will let you watch all the upcoming special features online over the coming months.