Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending April 2nd

I’ve been thinking a lot about sex lately. Well really, who hasn’t? Let me be more specific, I’ve been thinking about sex in the movies a lot lately. I don’t have a reason as to why I’ve been thinking about this but I’ve come to the conclusion that, generally, I don’t really like sex scenes in my movies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude. Far from it. As Woody Allen once said. “Sex is the most fun you can have without laughing”. I do enjoy a good erotic sex scene when it’s appropriate, say like in films such as 9 Songs, The Lover, Secret Things or 9 1/2 Weeks. But I find that in your regular films (regular?) sex scenes either bring the film to a grinding halt or they are so unbelievable that I can’t help but role my eyes. If I’m watching an action flick or horror film (we all know what happens to folks who get it on in horror films) I don’t want to have my film interrupted (filmus interruptus?) by some cheesy – and they are almost always cheesy – sex scene. Like really, you’re going to knock everything off that kitchen table to go at it instead of going to the couch or bed or the treehouse in the backyard? And how long did it take you to light all of those candles? There must be over 200 candles burning in that room. It must be very hot and probably most of the oxygen has been sucked out of that room and you’re going to pass out any moment now. There are exceptions of course. One that comes to mind is in the film The Name of the Rose – great little sex scene with Christian Slater’s apprentice monk character and a local girl who has broken into the castle looking for food. It seems real(ish) and is pretty hot. These are just some thoughts roaming around my tired brain lately. Any films that you can think of that has good sex scenes that actually add to the film instead of being a distraction or an excuse to get an actress naked? Let us know. Next week we can talk about the lack of penis’ in the movies if you like!

On another note, we wanted to say welcome to the Commercial hood to Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana who just opened up on the corner of Victoria and William St.. We tried to go on Friday but it was rammed so we’ll have to check it out on another evening. It’s about time we had some quality pizza over here!

New Releases for Tuesday March 27th

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – Are you really going to make talk about this? I have nothing good to say so I choose to plead the 5th. You know who you are if you want to watch this. The only thing that could redeem this would be some inappropriate sex scenes. Some good chipmunk on Jason Lee scenes? Think about it!

Confucius – Raunchy comedy about a guy heading off to university with the hopes of losing his virginity to some sexy, bouncy coeds and joining a fraternity made up of misfits and party animals. Only problem is the Dean wants to shut down the frat…oh sorry I was thinking of something else. Chow Yun-Fat plays the titular philosopher in this biopic. I doubt (and hope) that there aren’t any sex scenes in this.

Corman’s World – Doc about the famed director producer responsible for such fare as Piranha, Bloodsport, Peter Bogdanovich, Grand Theft Auto, Peter Fonda, Big Bad Mama, Martin Scorsese, Death Race 2000, Jonathan Demme, Night Call Nurses, Ron Howard and about a thousand other things.

A Dangerous Method– Lots of facial hair on display here as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung square off in a cage match over the affections of an insanely overacting Keira Knightly. This is the kind of film by David Cronenberg that I don’t really care for. Check out the trailer here for his new flick, which is more my speed (warning! Has sex, violence and giant rats!) [youtube][/youtube] Also on the Blu Ray.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Heavy duty drama about a nine-year old kid who searches all over New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by Tom Hanks, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11. Sandra Bulloch is on hand as well to cry and yell and stuff. Also on the Blu Ray.

Monster Brawl – Ok. The best way to describe this I guess is…eight classic monsters fight to the death in an explosive wrestling tournament set inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard. You weren’t expecting me to say that now were you? And no, this isn’t a documentary. But it is Canadian so it has that going for it, right?

Revenge of the Electric Car – Kind of a sequel to Who Killed the Electric car from a few years ago. This one looks at the resurgence in said title vehicle. Unfortunately there are no scenes of electric cars taking actual revenge on anyone.

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil Season 1 (Season 1 and 2 at Cambie) – Fun Buffy-style TV show that follows stoner metalhead Todd Smith, his crushee Jenny, his best friend Curtis, and the geeky Hannah, as they search their high school for a mayhem-causing Satanic spell book, while being opposed by Atticus, the evil guidance councillor. Supposed to be quite a good time. Don’t believe me?

Wallace and Gromit: A World of Invention – TV show featuring everyone’s favorite claymation, cheese-loving duo.

Old Stuff Just In…

Deer Hunter – Blu Ray
Story of a Love Affair

Coming Next Week

Being Elmo
War Horse
Snows of Kilimanjaro
Space Dogs
Private Eye
Chasing Madoff
We Bought a Zoo

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Game of Thrones
Skin I lIve In
Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Housemaid
Young Adult
The Muppets

Mad Men finally got back onto the air Sunday. I’m hoping that it doesn’t take too long before we get our hands on the DVDs and Blu Rays! Here’s some fun graffiti mocking the ads for the new season. Enjoy –

That’s it for this week folks. Have a swell week, enjoy those sex scenes and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 26th

Greetings from Salt Spring Island! Got out of town with some friends for a few days to indulge in some sloth, gluttony and whatever other hedonistic pleasure might come our way. Sure is nice to leave the city and just unwind to the sounds of ducks and waves lapping against the shore. Beats the sounds of traffic, car alarms, hobo fights in the park and the general din of the city. Re-charge the batteries so to speak.

I’ll get back to adding more DVDs to the movie sale upon my return, I promise. Look for the coffers to be filled at both stores by the end of the week. Some fine films to be had at some sweet prices for sure. Six bucks will net you a fine DVD and if you buy 3 or more the price drops to $5.00 a piece. You’re saving money by buying these!

New Releases for Tuesday March 20th

Carnage – Roman Polanski’s latest finds two couple – Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz spending an afternoon in an apartment discussing a fight their children had. Things digress into fighting and whatnot as booze and feelings come out to help and hinder events. Kinda sounds like my time here on Salt Spring – except for the fighting, feelings and a downward spiral of events. I guess the only thing we have in common is the drinking. Also on the Blu Ray.

Hop – Animated thing about the easter bunny going on a murderous rampage and then joining a rock band. I just made that summary up. Don’t really know or care what this is about.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Fincher’s remake of that nasty piece of Swedish business from a couple of years ago. I thought the first of the Swedish films was pretty good but the other ones were mediocre. Not too sure why Hollywood thought a remake was in order. I guess it comes down to the general audience not wanting to read subtitles when they watch a flick. Personally I’d rather see Fincher take his talents elsewhere. He’s one of my favorite directors and, in my opinion, he should be doing more original, challenging fare. That said, I’ll be watching this as soon as I get a chance. Also on the Blu Ray.

The Muppets – Most excellent update of everyone’s favorite talking, singing and dancing pieces of felt. Fun for the whole family! Also on the Blu Ray.

Proie (Prey) – Sorry, no giant killer pigs in this version of The Prey. This is a French escaped convict, kidnapping thriller that is supposed to be quite excellent. It’s just a little light on the killer pigs.

The Sitter – From Oscar nominee to this piece of failed mediocrity. Nice work, Jonah Hill. From George Washington and All the Real Girls to this banal exercise in supposed comedy. Nice work, David Gordon Green. A guy has to babysit some unruly kids. Hilarity, one was to presume, ensues. Also on the Blu ray.

Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy – Most excellent (from what I’ve heard) cold war spy espionage thriller. Gary Oldman (love me some Gary Oldman!) stars as espionage veteran George Smiley who is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI-6. Directed by the guy who made the original Let the Right One In. You know you want to watch this. I do. Also on the Blu Ray.

Old Titles Fresh on the Shelves

Battle Royal – Blu Ray (Yay!)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Blu Ray (Yay!)

Coming Next Week

A Dangerous Method
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Corman’s World
Revenge of the Electric Car
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Monster Brawl

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
The Muppets
Young Adult
My Week with Marilyn
Games of Thrones S 1
Nurse Jackie S
Shameless S 1

Well that’s a bout it for this week, kids. I hope that you’ve all recovered from the St. Paddy’s day festivities and are ready to get serious about watching some flick. There’s a pile of good titles on the shelves right now, so dig in!

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 19th

Well it’s been an onslaught of relatively bad news coming down the proverbial pike this past little while (and that doesn’t include sitting in a cat-piss soaked blanket first thing this morning and blowing out my ankle playing hockey the other night). Looks like the Ridge Theatre is slated for demolition. So sad, as it was a fine theatre that had been around since the 50’s. I hadn’t been in a while since they strayed away from some of their more eclectic programming but I liked that it was always there. That, in addition to the closing of my favorite sushi restaurant, Aki, and the problems the Rio is experiencing, has made for a no-so-great start for Vancouver this year. At least this week is an excellent week for DVD releases. That’s something, right?

Oh and don’t forget that the DVD sale continues at both stores this week. I’m hoping to add more to the coffers at both locations later this week so keep your eyeballs peeled.

Kids are out of school for a couple of weeks. You know what that means…drop by, grab a few flicks for the kids and a bottle of schnapps for yourself.

New Releases for Tuesday March 13th

Absentia – Half-decent looking horror number about a woman who’s husband mysteriously disappeared seven years ago, so her and her sister think it might have something to do with a weird tunnel behind their house. Well duh. It took them seven years to check out the weird tunnel in their backyard? Only in horror films…

Adventures of Tintin – Senior Spelbiergo’s animated treatment of the beloved cartoon guy. Never read any Tintin so I can’t say much about it. Well, that and I haven’t seen the flick. Heard it’s pretty good though. Also on the Blu Ray.

Bag of Bones – Latest Stephen King adaptation (I think that’s about the 308th adaptation of a Stephen King work) finds a writer (dreamy Pierce Brosnan) returning to his Maine (has King every travelled outside of Maine?) cabin by the lake following his wife’s sudden death. Ghosts and nightmares and weird fridge magnets ensue. Typical King stuff.

The Descendants – The Clooney is living in Hawaii (oh poor George) and has to deal with his daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident. Doesn’t sound like much but it’s from the Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways) and was nominated for a pile of Oscars. I’m hoping for good things. Also on the Blu Ray.

Dish and the Spoon – Nice little indy number finds Greta Gerwig, reeling from an affair her husband had, hatching a plan of revenge with the aide of weird teenager. Weird teenager? What?!

Happy Feet Two – Freaking more dancing penguins. Ask ask you, why? Strangely it’s from the same director who made the Road Warrior! Also on the Blu Ray for some reason.

The Killing – American miniseries based on the (probably) far superior Danish miniseries of the same name. Seems like it’s a crime thing as investigators try to solve a murder. A murder most foul!

Melancholia – Nazi aficionado (hah!) Lars Von Trier brings us the end of the world as he know it. Cool. Worth the price of admission alone for the striking images at the beginning and the end of the film. Everything in between is pretty good although I grew a tad weary of Kirsten Dunst’s moping around. Charlotte Gainsbourg rocks in this flick. Well worth a look as it was one of last year’s most interesting and better films. Also on the Blu Ray of course.

My Week with Marilyn – Solid drama the checks in on one Marilyn Monroe as she hangs and acts with one Lawrence Olivier as they make The Prince and the Showgirl. Acting is the prize of the day here as Michelle Williams throws down a fine Marilyn and Kenneth Branagh plays a great Sir Larry. Also on the Blu Ray.

Scooby-Doo: Music of the Vampire – Ruh-roh! Something’s afoot for the Mystery Machine gang. Nothing a few Scooby snacks won’t cure I’m sure.

Shades of Ray – Comedy drama finds an American guy who finds his Pakistani dad at this place after being turfed by his wife. Can you say culture clash? Drama and comedic hijinks, I presume, ensue.

Stuck Between Stations – Yes it is indeed based upon that fine Hold Steady song. Former high school classmates reunite by chance during a chaotic party-filled evening. “If it’s going to be that kind of party, then I’m going to stick my dick in the mashed potatoes!”

@suicideroom – A dude spirals into the dark nether regions of the internet after an embarrassing moment at a party or something like that. Supposed to be a pretty good “cautionary tale” of a life online. The internet’s going to kill us all!

The Swell Season – Music doc that follows the kids from the film Once as they tour around with their band, fall in love, out of love, deal with fame, life on the road, bad food and everything in between.

Three Musketeers – Because the other 34 adaptations of this story weren’t good enough. I haven’t seen it but I can’t stop saying the lead’s name – Logan Lerman. Say it. It’s fun. Logan Lerman. Hee-hee.

Thorne: Scaredy Cat – The second adaptation of the mystery crime fighting guy. Supposed to be quite good.

Young Adult – Very good comedy/drama finds Charlize Theron as a more-than-somewhat unhinged writer who goes back to her hometown to woo back her high school flame. Problem is, he has a nice wife and a fresh baby. Many uncomfortable conversations and situations and whatnot ensue. Patton Oswalt kills it as a broken man who she barely remembers from back in the day. One of the better flicks I’ve seen this year. Check it out. Also on da Blu Ray.

Old Stuff Just In…

Rubin and Ed (Yay!) “I am king of the echo people!” “My cat can eat a whole watermelon.”

Coming Next Week

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Muppets
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Sitter

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Young Adult
Game of Thrones – S1
Nurse Jackie – S3
Shameless – S1
The Descendants
My Week with Marilyn
Our Day will Come

Here’s an interesting tidbit you might be interested in;

Who’s a fan of the original Planet of the Apes? Everyone? I thought so. Well here’s some home footage that Roddy McDowell shot on the set and what not not. Cool beans…

That’s it for this week folks. Oh and thanks to all of you who brought in food for the food bank last week, even the person who brought in a small can of tuna to erase their $8.00 late charge. At least it wasn’t a can of creamed eels.
Have a great week everyone.

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Video Newsletter for Week Ending March 12th

Well what do you know, Black Dog (Cambie location) turns sweet 16 today! Holy hotdogs, we’re sixteen years old! And like that unruly teenager who’s been plaguing your life, we’re still here and are not going away. It’s been quite the ride over the last sixteen years, lots of highs and plenty of lows. We’ve had some amazing staff come and go and some great customers do the same. That has been the best part of the business (that and still being around after all this time) – the people. We’ve made some great friends – staff and patrons alike and continue to do so. There’s been some struggles – the fire of ’04 which almost did us in, the ugly dirt bus hole which devastated the street for well over a year (still pissed about how all that came about) and the decimation of the local video stores last year which almost sunk us as well. But we survived all of that and are stronger and better than ever. I have to thank all of the great people who’ve worked for me over the years and all of the great customers who’ve supported us. Cheers to you all. To show our appreciation, starting today at the Cambie location you can come in and rent any of our old title comedies and get one for free! In addition, if you have accrued any late charges (you know who you are!) bring in a donation to the food bank – again please no expired clams, anteater snouts, or deviled anal tissue in jelly – and we’ll wipe out your outstanding late charges. This fabulous offer runs until this Sunday the 15th. The 2 for 1 offer is not good to those of you renting on Wednesday and taking advantage of the great 5 films for $8.00 deal. Enjoy!

New Releases for Tuesday March 6th

Animals United – German animated fare (it’s been dubbed into English so don’t fret) about some animals living in Africa who discover the humans (evil humans of course) have built a damn for their leisure enjoyment that has cut off the poor animal’s water supply. So I imagine that the animals somehow take action to rectify the situation. I’m hoping for a Day of the Animals type scenario but since this is a kids film I imagine that the bloodshed will be kept to a minimum.

Footloose – Remake of the tasty Kevin bacon number from years past. A city boy with penchant for rock and roll (yes that evil rock ‘n roll!) and dancing moves to a small town where, for some reason, these activities have been outlawed. Can his rebellious spirit overcome the conservative obstacles in his way and will he win the heart of the local gal who’s sweet on him? The answer lies on DVD and Blu Ray.

Game of Thrones Season 1 – Finally! The long awaited debut of this great show on the DVD and the Blu Ray. Soap opera set in this great fantasy medieval universe has it all – knights, kings, queens, evil doers, eunuchs, zombie like creatures, dragons, castles, politics, blood and guts, rampant nudity and sex, incest, jousting and all kinds of other fun stuff. Highly recommended for those of you are into these kinds of things.

I Melt with You – A bunch of friends – Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven – meet for their annual reunion. Things start to go off the rails as some sort of traumatic thing from their past rears it ugly head. Much Mamet-like drama, I presume, ensues.

Immortals – Very pretty to look at – lots of nice lighting, slow motion carnage and crunchy abs dominate this mediocre tale of gods and titans and mortals battling it our for some sort of magic bow. Some great inspired gore and violence can’t really make up for poor acting, a lifeless script and some boring passages. Worth a look for the cinematography, especially under the influence of whatever may influence you . Also on the Blu Ray and available in Blu Ray 3-D!

Jack and Jill – What can I say about Adam Sandler that hasn’t already been said? Please stop making these lame comedies. Please sir, I implore you. Do the world a favour and retire. Or kill yourself.

Like Crazy – British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. Long distance drama and heartbreak, I presume, ensues.

MI-5: Volume 10 – More spy shenanigans from across the pond. Great series.

Reykjavik to Rotterdam – Very good caper film finds a a security guard tempted to return to his smuggling ways. Hmmm I wonder if he returns to his smuggling ways or just sits in his office for two hours? Recently remade as a film called Contraband starring Marky-Mark. Also on the Blu Ray.

Senna – Amazing documentary about the famed Brazilian race-car driver. I wonder if he drove his car while wearing a speedo?

The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodovar’s latest flick finds Antonio Bandaras as a brilliant, but creepy, plastic surgeon who creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. Sounds cool and weird and unsettling. High on my list of films to watch in this fine week of releases. Also on the DVD.

Transformers: Prime – Season 1 – Computer animated series based on the, well, Transformers. Can’t be any worse than those dreadful films.

Coming Next Week

Three Musketeers
Young Adult
My Week with Marilyn
Dish and the Spoon
Bag of Bones
Adventures of Tintin
Shades of Ray
The Swell Season
Thorne: Scaredy Cat
Stuck Between Stations
The Descendants
Happy Feet 2
The Killing

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Game of Thrones S 1
The Skin I Live In
Boardwalk Empire
Our Day will Come

That’s it for this week folks. Kids are out of school for a most of the week (go teachers!) so why not drop in, grab a flick for the kids and some rum for yourself and have a great week!

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Video