Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 5th

Well it seems that the pinheads at the Liquor Control Board are insisting on giving the Rio Theatre an ongoing hard time over this silly licensing bugaboo. For some crazy reason, they’ve now pulled all of the Rio’s movie programming weeks after reinstating it. I don’t understand at all what is going on. To make matters even worse, the fools at the Liquor Board have taken away any special occasion licensing for any theatre in town! So no wine and cheese during the film festival or for special screenings. Why, I have to ask? What is their problem with this? And to rub it in even further, they’ve granted a license to some stupid MMA event in some nightclub! So let’s see, the Liquor Board is concerned about public safety issues with people enjoying a beer while watching a film but it has no problem with serving booze at a violent live spectacle? Makes sense. Let’s all help out this fabulous theatre. Contact: Minister Rich Coleman, , AND Premier Christy Clark,

Also the big DVD sale continues at both stores this week. There will be a new pile of films – I believe the comedy section is ripe for pruning – at the Commercial store tomorrow and I hope to get the cult section at Cambie on Thursday.

Oh and remember to “like” us on Facebook to keep up on the latest video store news including late films hitting the shelves, trailers for stuff we think is cool and whatever else we can drag up off the interwebs…

And last but not least – a big thanks to everyone who voted us Best DVD Rental Store in the Westender’s best of the year poll. Although there doesn’t seem to be much competition left (we finished ahead of a store that is not even open anymore!), it’s still much appreciated and makes us feel like we’re doing some good work.

New Releases for Tuesday February 28th

Agnosia – Strange sounding Spanish gothic-thriller, love story, espionage mystery and a few other genres thrown in for good measure about a woman suffering from the title affliction which renders her senses useless. I like my senses so that would pretty much suck! Go senses! From the producers and/or writers Pans Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.

Gamin Au Velo – AKA The Kid on a Bike – From the great Dardenne brothers (The Son, Lorna’s Silence) comes this tale of a a hairdresser who takes under her wing a kid who is living at a state run youth farm (I guess they’re growing youths there?) after being abandoned by his no-goodnick father.

Hugo – Visually amazing but vaguely disappointing effort (needed more Joe Pesci) from some director named Scorsese. Story follows a kid who lives in a train station in Paris (for some reason everyone has English accents) who discovers that French film pioneer George Méliès, played by Sexy Beast Sir Ben Kingsley, is running a toy shop in the train station. Film is too long but it’s nice to look at and is a loving homage to the movies. I was told that this is good for kids – maybe older kids as I don’t know how many 6 – 7 year-olds would be interested in the birth of French cinema. Also on the gorgeous Blu Ray.

Insight – After a nurse gets electrocuted by a wonky defibrillator she’s applying to a dying murder victim, she starts to have the dead woman’s memories. So she does what all of us have done when confronted by this situation – she goes about trying to solve the crime. If this were a documentary I think I’d be more inclined to watch it. Alas…

Johnny English: Reborn – I don’t remember anyone asking for another freaking Johnny English film! Isn’t Rowan Atkinson getting a little long in the tooth to still be doing this slapstick schtick? Ugh.

Justice League: Doom – Some guy named Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League to learn all their weaknesses. This is an animated flick for all you super hero nerds out there. You know who you are.

Klitschko – While the title does sound kind of naughty, this is actually a doc about a pair of Russian/German boxer brothers. Brother boxers? Supposed to be pretty good for those of you who enjoy the sweet science.

Mandrill – Fun looking James Bond/Kung Fu actiony hybrid from Chile of all places, finds a kid who grows up to be a ruthless bounty hunter seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his parents. He calls himself Mandrill. Enough said.

Notre Jour Viendra – AKA Our Day Will Come – First film from the son of Costa-Gravas is a weird violent surreal road flick. I’ve heard from reliable sources that it’s quite an excellent time. And with some plot keywords like full-frontal male nudity, red hair and hot tub, how could you go wrong? (Thanks IMDB!)

Rabies – Strange sounding horror film from Israel (yes you read that right) about a brother and sister who run away from home and find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve. There they meet a psychopathic killer (what other kind might you be expecting?), a group of young tennis players, a ranger and his dog, as well as a team of bickering policemen. And with some plot keywords that include; brother-sister incest, fingering, alternative lifestyle, dog and finger bang, how could you go wrong? (Thanks IMDB!)

Woody Allen: A Documentary – Title pretty much sums it up I think. Really long doc covering Woody’s long and storied (and weird and creepy) career. Say what you will about him, he’s one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Old Stuff Just In

Friday Night Lights – The Complete Series

Foyle’s War – Season 2-5 (We now have the complete series)

Skins Season 3 and 4 (At Commercial, coming soon to Cambie)

The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection – Includes The Big Boss, The Italian Connection, Caliber 9, Rulers of the City

Coming Next Week

Game of Thrones Season 1
Skin I Live In
Animals United
MI-5 Volume 10
Jack and Jill
Like Crazy
I Melt with You

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Notre Jour Viendra – AKA Our Day Will Come
Hugo – mild recommendation
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Paranormal Activity 3
Cell 211
The Thing
Harold and Kumar: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Take Shelter

That’s it for this week, people. They say it’s going to snow tomorrow so the best thing you can do is not go to work or school, get some flicks, a bottle of schnapps and hunker down till the storm passes.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending February 28th

So the big DVD/Blu Ray sale continues at both stores. Just restocked the coffers with a pile of films over at Cambie St. – mostly horror and I will be adding more at Commercial Drive probably Wednesday. Please drop by to snag some quality and below quality flicks at a fairly reasonable price – just $6 each (unless otherwise marked) or if you get three or more the price drops to $5 a piece. Can’t beat that. No sir, you can’t.

We’ve also just launched a Black Dog Facebook page (we’re tossing the old Facebook group). Like it if you like to like things. You can get the newsletter there as well as lots of fun, witty, somewhat informative articles, ideas, stories, trailers and whatever else we can think to throw on there. Good times –

It looks like the Rio Theatre is back in the business of showing films. About time. Now then next step is to actually be able to buy a beer while watching a flick. I really doesn’t make any sense why this law even exists. Come-on BC get in the game!

New Releases for Tuesday February 21st

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 – Amazing doc about the Black Power Movement in the US as seen through the lens of some Swedish journalists. When I think of Black Power I think of Sweden!

Cafe de Flore – Canadian film that chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently-divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. Supposed to be most excellent. Go Canada! From the director of C.R.A.Z.Y.

The Fades Season 1 – Cool looking scary British series about a dude who can see dead people – The Fades – and he must try to stop them from entering our world and destroying the human race. Ah, why bother? Sounds like a lot of work and stress. We’ve had a good run.

Fireflies in the Garden – Solid cast – Ryan Reynolds (well maybe not him), Willem Dafoe, Julia Roberts and Emily Watson star in this heavy sappy looking family drama about some sort of tragedy striking a family and them dealing with it in some way or another. This film may or may not contain fireflies.

The Interrupters – Acclaimed doc that tells the stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From the director of Hoop Dreams, Stevie and At the Death House Door.

J. Edgar – Hey, who wants to watch an over-long film about a famous American asshole? Step right up then! Leonardo DiCaprio acts up a storm in this bio-pic of the famous evil jackass CIA director. Directed by tough guy Clint Eastwood. Also on the Blu Ray.

London Boulevard – Hunky (but short) Colin Farrell stars as an ex-con hired to look after pretty (but too thin) Keira Knightley much to the chagrin of mob boss played by the always awesome (but very British) Ray Winstone. Sounds like about ten thousand other films of this ilk but the pretty good cast might just make it work. Only one way to find out I suppose.

Martha Marcy May Marlene – A woman – Myrtle Mable Marbles Monkey-Shines – flees a cult led by the always excellent John Hawkes. After reuniting with her family, Mavis Maplethorpe Mimsy Moneyball is haunted by the painful memories of her time spent in the abusive hippie-like cult. Watched this last night and it’s quite good. Nice to see some talent coming out of that obnoxious Olsen Twin family (Merlin Mumbles Macadamia Mao is played by the little sister of those awful twins – and she’s quite excellent!) Sorry about all of my silly alliteration, I just couldn’t help myself. Also on the Blu Ray.

Nurse Jackie Season 3 – Everyone favorite drug addled, lying, cheating nurse is back! Love this show. Go nurses!

Puncture – A drug addled lawyer takes on a big health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons. Sounds like drug addled might be the theme of the week. Go drugs!

Puss in Boots – A drug addled cat with a sword wreaks havoc on the Mexican countryside…wait just kidding…no drugs for this kitty! Oscar nominated animated fare for your pleasure. Also on the Blu Ray.

Rebound – Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in this limp looking comedy about an older woman hooking up with a younger man. Oh the scandal! I guess she’s had enough of Michael Douglas’s wrinkled ass and no-liped face.

Retreat – Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell and Thandie Newton star in this thriller in which a lovely couple head off to an island retreat which, for some reason, is cut off form any contact with the outside world. A (maybe) crazy guy shows up telling them that a mysterious virus has wiped out the rest of humanity. Are they to believe him? Is he really crazy or telling the truth? Do they have him in for tea and a threesome? Hmmm….

Star Wars – Clone Wars Season 3 – Pretty good animated show based in the Star Wars universe. Why is Star Wars still this popular? Maybe because George Lucas just won’t let it go away, won’t let us forget?

Tower Heist – High powered comedy cast – Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Ferris Bueller, Alan Alda, Judd Hirch, Tea Leoni and many many more star in this action comedy about some cats who are cheated out of some dough in some sort of Ponzi scheme so they band together to rip off the ripper-off guy. And there was much rejoicing! Also on the Blu ray.

Underbelly Season 1 – Acclaimed Australian (well acclaimed by Australians so take that for what it’s worth:) crime drama.

The Way – Emilio Estevez makes his dad (Martin Sheen) walk the “El camino de Santiago” (whatever that is – sounds difficult or sounds like a cool car found in Santiiago) to recover the body of his dead son who died walking the “El camino de Santiago.” Whatever that is.

Weeds Season 7 – Everyone’s favorite drug-dealing (not drug addled) family is back for more drug-related hijinks and comedy and what have you. Go drug family!

Coming Next Week

Johnny English Reborn
How the Universe Works
Notre Jour Viendra
Gamin Au Velo
Sea Wolf

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Star Wars – Clone Wars Season 3
Nurse Jackie Season 3
Elite Squad – The Enemy Within
Take Shelter
The Guard
Paranormal Activity 3
Harold and Kumar: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Robot Chicken Star Wars V3
Boardwalk Empire Season 1

That’s it for this week, folks. Hope that everyone has safe, fun, sexy times!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter for Week Ending February 20th

It’s Valentine’s day if you needed reminding. You may have noticed the onslaught of advertising, articles in print, on the TV and on the interwebs (hell, there’s even a Valentine’s Day cartoon on the telly as I write this!). There’s a lot of money to be made today. Are you spending appropriately? I’m really not as cynical as I sound, it’s just that Valentine’s Day is one of those manufactured type holidays like Christmas or Easter or Arbour Day, that all vie for your hard earned bucks and that I just can’t get behind. I’m not going out to dinner, buying some diamonds or a car or wearing sexy underwear (well no more sexy than usual) today. For those of you that are, enjoy and I hope it works out for you. After all isn’t the point of Valentine’s Day is to get laid? I feel bad for those of you who are single only for the fact that Valentine’s Day works hard to exclude you. I say screw ’em, go ahead and treat yourself. If ya know what I mean (wink wink). Anyways, sprinkled like so much erotic pixie dust on the fetid blanket of love throughout today’s newsletter are some things that you probably shouldn’t do if you want to bed the object of your affections.

Oh and the big blow-out DVD and Blu Ray sale continues at both stores today. Just added a fresh crop of films to the Cambie pile yesterday – mostly actiony type flicks and will be throwing in a pile of films tomorrow – I think foreign films are the order of the day – at Commercial Drive.

Thinking of a special gift for that special someone. Here’s some special gifts that you really shouldn’t be giving anyone… gifts-photos_n_1266626.html#s679380&title=Candy_Underwear

New Releases for Tuesday February 14th

3 – From Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) comes this drama about a couple who start having an affair with the same fella. Might a frighteningly set of awkward circumstances arise from this arrangement? Hmmm….

Assaut (Assault) – French thriller about a true life hijacking of a plane (is there any other kind of hijacking?) by some Algerian Islamic group. Think United 93 or Airplane. Your choice.

The Big Picture – Intense French thriller about a guy who kills his wife’s lover and then assumes the dead guy’s identity. I wonder how hard it would be to assume someone’s identity? Who’s would I assume? George Clooney? No, I think that it would have to be someone less famous. Character actor Charles Durning? I should give this some thought.

The Dead – Zombie flick set in Africa finds the survivor of a plane crash fleeing the undead. He teams up with another dude and together they fight for survival in the lovely African wilderness. Heard some good things about this one. I do enjoy a good zombie flick I must say. Brains….Also on the Blu Ray.

Elite Squad – The Enemy Within – Amazing sequel to the well received Brazilian flick Elite Squad from a couple of years back. This one deals with prison riots, corrupt politicians (are there really any other kinds?), and paramilitary groups. I was hoping to check out this number on the weekend but failed miserably. Also on the Blu Ray

The Future is Now!Waking Life type flick follows “Man of Today” on his quest to find the “Woman of Tomorrow”. Maybe they’ll have the “Baby of Yesterday”. Along the way he meets a myriad of strange interesting characters. Hmmm. Not too sure what to make of this. Might be a good intellectual exercise or it might be a bunch of pretentious twaddle. Only one way to find out I suppose. Is the future really now? Or is that the past already? How about now?! Now?

How to Die in Oregon – What sounds like a pretentious indie gangster hipster beardo flick is actually a documentary on the right to assisted suicide in the state of Oregon. Looking for something for Valentine’s Day were you? Look no further.

The Mill and the Cross – Rutger Hauer stars as painter Pieter Bruegel and this weird but cool looking film that steps inside the famous painting and follows some of the characters found there. Hobo with a paint brush. Also on the Blu Ray.

Nude Nuns with Big Guns – Best title (in name anyways) of the year so far. Do I really need to go into detail? OK I will. Sister Sarah is abused, degraded and drugged to the point of death by the evil clergy for some reason. God tells her to take revenge so she does. What did you expect, Driving Miss Daisy? Some plot keywords found on the IMDB include; No Panties, Sapphism, Nunsploitation, Two Women In A Bath Tub, God’s Will, Shot In The Penis, Evil Priest, Drum Magazine, Redistribution Of Sex, Severed Penis, Shot In The Forehead, Lesbian Nun, and Pubic Hair. Happy Valentine’s Day. Also on the Blu Ray (Cambie Store only).

The Rum Diary – Hard act to follow after that last title. Johnny Depp stars as journalist Paul Kemp who takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s. Much drinking and hedonism and drinking occur. Directed by Brice Robinson (Withnail and I) and written by Hunter S. Thompson (before he died I think). Also on the Blu Ray.

Take Shelter – Big-headed Michael Shannon (like really, have you seen the size of his head? I think it has it’s own area code) stars as a big-headed man who may or may not be losing his mind. Lots of cool imagery, intense scenes and outstanding acting elevate this “disease of the week” flick into something pretty cool and almost awesome. There will be interesting conversations/debates about what happens at the end. Want me to tell the ending? Well it involves UFO’s, Nazis and women’s undergarments. I’ll just leave it at that.

A few older titles hitting the shelves this week

Fascination –
Lips of Blood
The Iron Rose
Dressed to Kill – Blu Ray –

Maybe you were thinking of getting a special photograph or two of you and your lover for this special day? This may change your mind…

Coming Next Week

Weeds Season 7
Fireflies on the Garden
Nurse Jackie Season 3
The Way
Fades Season 1
Cafe de Flore
Puss in Boots
London Boulevard
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Underbelly Season 1
Tower Heist
J. Edgar

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Take Shelter
Ides of March
The Guard
Paranormal Activity 3
Harold and Kumar: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Robot Chicken Star Wars V3
Boardwalk Empire Season 1

If you’re looking for a sweet recommendation for a nice romantic flick for the evening, don’t look here as it’s not really my realm but I can lead you away from stuff you definitely should NOT watch. Here’s a movie site appropriately titled Ten Terrible Date Movies. I can think of a few to add to the list – I Spit on Your Grave, MS 45, Death Wish, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Nekromantik…Any you might want to add?

Anyways, that’s it for this very special Valentine’s edition of the newsletter. I hope that you enjoyed it and will be enjoying some quality films this week. Stay healthy, stay sexy.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending February 6th

So I was a little right and a little wrong about the pizza shop about to open where the old Alpha Video used to reside. I thought it was some crappy chain but apparently it sounds like it will be quite a good joint. And who doesn’t enjoy a good good joint? Famoso is the name and it sounds like the may be a tasty experience. And with another renowned pizzeria about to open on Victoria and William, the Commercial Drive area has gone from nothing but terrible pizza or terribly over-priced pizza to a mecca for those who enjoy a good pie. Nice to see things changing for the better over on the Drive. For once.

On another note we will be having a bit of a DVD sale over the next few weeks. Once a year we like to comb though the collection and cull the herd so to speak. So check in at the stores later this week to see what fine films can be had for a very reasonable price. Good times.

New Releases for Tuesday January 31st

Big Year – Comedy with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson as competitive bird watchers. Really? A bird watching comedy? With all that funny guy talent you might think that maybe they could have come up with something a little more interesting. Not to say that bird watching isn’t interesting. I guess for some it could be. Me? I hate birds. They’re so loud and always shitting on things, eating in the middle of the street. I guess they’re good to have around to keep cats happy. Also on the Blu Ray.

Breakaway – The IDMB describes this as “An ethnic Canadian hockey player struggles against traditional family values and discrimination from mainstream hockey players.” Ethnic? That’s the best you can come up with? Doesn’t really give you the idea that it’s a comedy now does it. I like hockey. I like ethnic people. Word has it that it’s not half bad.

Cell 211 – Spanish thriller about a prison guard who is having a not-so-great first day on the job as a prison riot breaks out and he must pretend he’s an inmate in order to survive. I’ve always said that the first day on the job is the hardest and lousiest but come on! Word on the street has it that this is quite an swell little number. Also on the Blu Ray (at Commercial, BR coming to Cambie asap.)

The Double – The powerhouse acting tandem of Richard Gere and Topher Grace star in this political thriller about a CIA dude and a FBI dude working together to find out who killed some politician dude. Also on the Blu Ray, dude.

Dream House – Mystery horror thingy starring James Bond, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts. Guy moves his family into some sort of dream house only to find that the previous tenants were horribly butchered. You’d think that when buying a dream house one might find out little details like that before signing the papers. For some reason this flick was directed by Jim Sheridan – In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot, The Boxer – not really someone I’d think would helm such a flick. Also on the Blu Ray.

Drive – This was my pick for best film of 2011 although some would disagree (you know who you are). Ryan Gosling stars as a stunt driver by day and getaway driver by night. Things get complicated when he falls for his cute neighbor. Stylish, tense, violent, fantastic cinematography, great pacing, swell chemistry, OK music, awesome silver jacket, Albert Brooks – all of these things make this film such a sweet treat. Can’t wait to see it again. Also on the Blu Ray.

In Time – Sci-fi number finds the cute one from ‘NSYNC and the gorgeous Amanda Seyfried trying to survive in a world where people only age until they’re 25 and then have one year left until they explode or something like that. Time has become a currency. The rich live forever and the poor, well, kaboom! Sounds a bit Logan’s Runnish (sorry that sounded a bit gross). Looks somewhat intriguing. Also on the Blu Ray.

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking – Doc featuring “beautiful computer graphics and pleasant ambient music” and also has Mr. Smart Guy, Stephen Hawking going on about the origins of the universe and our tiny insignificant place in it. Want to feel small and useless? Watch this.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune – Doc about the famed folk musician/activist kinda guy that follows his career and the tragic end to his life. Sounds like fun.

The Thing – Prequel to John Carpenter’s awesome 1982 flick finds a bunch of folks in Antarctica stumbling across an alien life form that mimics the host it invades and then shreds them apart or something like that. Haven’t heard too many good things about this (well I know one person who liked it) which is too bad as it seems like a perfect film not to fuck up. Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

Texas Killing Fields
Harold and Kumar: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Stay Cool
Downton Abbey Season 2
Sunset Limited
Robot Chicken: Star Wars V 3
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Last Circus
Boardwalk Empire S 1
The Guard
Tuesday, After Christmas
Ides of March

This may not have anything to do with films but it has a lot to do with the funny.

Have a great week everybody, stay dry, stay drunk, stay entertained.

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