Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 30th

Due to unforeseen circumstances today’s films will not be on the shelves when we open. Apparently Purolator “shit the bed”, as my distributor described (I personally don’t care too much for this expression – I prefer “screwed the pooch” or “ignited the baby”), this weekend getting our films to us. Word has it also that there was some sort of avalanche or Yeti attack near Banff (my films have to come all the way from Calgary every week – how’s that for efficiency for ya, close the office in Vancouver and ship everything across western Canada from Calgary) which also added to the delay. I have been informed that they will be delivered to the stores sometime today and we’ll get them on the shelves as soon as we can. Personally I think this is what happened…

New Releases (that we don’t have yet) for Tuesday July 24th

Detachment – Adrian Brody (remember him? if not watch this…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygI-2F8ApUM[/youtube]) stars as a substitute teacher who drifts from school to school until he meets some people that finally give him some sort of connection and grounding. Kind of maybe some sort of Dead Poets Society but with Adrian Brody. Remember him? Word has it that this is a very good, if not heavy, film. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7lBleOF9Pw[/youtube]

Footnote – Highly acclaimed flick about a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I wonder one day if my son will rise to become a great rival of mine when he opens his first video store? Yes I believe that there will still be video stores in 20 years. No comments, please. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dwe7GR9kO4[/youtube]

Intruders – Sccaaarryyy sounding ghost story of sorts finds old Clive Owen trying to defend his daughter against something called Hollowface as it tries to take her soul or her doll collection or something. Might have potential, might not. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB8iKvixklY[/youtube]

Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Doc about an old sushi chef in Tokyo and his son who faces the pressure of following in his famous dad’s footsteps. Sounds kinda like the film Footnote, just replace Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem with sushi. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buF540VBwAE[/youtube]

Keyhole – Latest from awesome Canadian weirdo Guy Maddin finds Jason Patric as gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarking on an unusual journey through his home. Sounds, well, weird. Expect lots of unusual weirdness and odd shenanigans afoot. It is a Guy Maddin film after all. Also stars the amazingly wonderful Isabella Rossellini and Udo Kier. Love me some Udo![youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TP55Y2w7QQ[/youtube]

Meeting Evil – Strange sounding surreal thriller finds down-on-his luck Luke Wilson taking some, maybe, not-so-good advice from a gun wielding Samuel L. Jackson. Sam Jackson with a gun and an attitude is never a bad thing. In the movies that is. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qXCG5HDzOg[/youtube]

Salmon Fishing in Yemen – Yummy Ewan McGregor (My wife and Louis CK love this guy – check out this clip of Louis CK talking about Ewan – NSFW – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLEqH00nQac[/youtube]) plays a fishing expert who’s recruited to bring fly fishing to the desert country of Yemen for some reason. Despite the fact it’s directed by Lasse Halstrom, word has it that this piece is quite nice and enjoyable. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGb4OT3Oiew[/youtube]

Treasure Island – A hairless (at least on his head anyways) Eddie Izzard stars in this most recent updating of the classic tale. At least I think that this is the version we’re getting. Not to sure as it hasn’t arrived as of yet. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyZy-Ad78fk[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Flamenco Flamenco
Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s
My Way
Falling Overnight
Hunter
Freddy Frogface

(I promise, August is much better for releases)

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Get the Gringo
Breaking Bad S 4
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
Midnight Son
Michael
Bullhead
Margaret
Pina 3-D
Wallander
God Bless America
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The Woman
Goon

That’s it till next time folks, have a great week. Thinking of the horror show that was the stupid massacre at the theatre in Aurora last week, here’s an interesting thing regarding how idiotic the US of A is about their love of firearms. Amazing how nobody even tries to talk about or do anything about this insane “need” to own ridiculously powerful weapons. I don’t get it.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 23rd

You know, as much as I like to bitch about Vancouver and all the dolts and wankers that make life trying here, it really is a special town. I spent a portion of the afternoon down at Third Beach today. It’s my favorite beach in the city – we have beaches in the city! – and it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. I had a couple of beers and what not, went for a swim (water is pretty freakin’ cold) and just chilled. It was relatively quiet and beautiful and relaxing, besides the odd seaplane and inane conversation going on around me. It was a nice change from the incessant traffic, car alarms, crazy people in the park, and general din of city life. I’m now sitting in my backyard having yet another beer. This is good. If you can swing it, get to a beach or a park or whatever makes you happy in this busy, noisy city. It will save your life. That and watching good movies. Don’t forget the beer.

New Releases for Tuesday July 17th

Black Butterflies – Bio-pic of famed South African poet Ingrid Jonker who plied her craft during Apartheid’s nasty rein. Supposed to be pretty good for those of you who are into such stuff. Even has the Hobo with a Shotgun, Rutger Hauer, so it has that going for it.

Casa De Mi Padre – Pretty odd Will Farrell comedy, spoken entirely in Spanish, about a “filthy rancher” who wants to save his family from the encroaching drug trade spreading across Mexico. Sometimes funny, a lot of times not, this weird little ditty plays like a cheap Mexican soap kinda thing – lots of fake backgrounds, terrible props, suspect editing and music and acting. Made me laugh about a half dozen times which is Ok I guess. Runs about 80 minutes or so which is just long enough. It’s almost like they were afraid to go balls out on this. Too much restraint, not enough guts. Also on the Blu Ray. (We didn’t receive most of the copies we ordered for Cambie – hopefully they’ll be there soon)

Clean Bin Project – In our increasingly wasteful society comes this documentary that finds partners Jen and Grant going head to head in a comedic battle to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of garbage in an entire year. Be an interesting study. I’m always so annoyed and amazed at how much shit we produce and consume. The overuse of plastics, packaging and all kinds crap that we don’t need is so depressing. Makes me so angry being in line at the grocery store and seeing people putting stuff like bananas or a couple of oranges or whatever in a bag to take it to the check-out only to have them put in another bag. What is the point of this? Are these people not even thinking about what they are doing. Or do they even care? Always bring a bag to the store with you. And avoid small bottles of water. Huge landfill problem. And disposable diapers. And pop cans. I could go on. (Sorry for the lecture – had to get that off my chest).

Friends with Kids – Fine cast – Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, John Hamm (Mmm Hamm), Maya Rudolph etc. star in this romantic comedy about two best friends who decide to have a sprog together but try to keep their relationship platonic because, for some reason, they think having a kid will destroy the romantic portion of the relationship. Geez, I wonder if everything doesn’t go as planned and they end up all happy like in the end? Kids don’t rule you, you rule the fucking kids. What? Who said that?

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night – Sis-boom-bah! If you remember that joke from Carson’s Swami routine, good on ya. I was a big fan of Johnny Carson growing up and I hear that this doc about the man is pretty outstanding. It’s the sound of a sheep exploding by the way.

Get the Gringo – Mad Mel returns to his smarmy actiony tough guy roles in this very fun and entertaining Mexican prison dealy. Mel finds himself behind bars in the strangest, most interesting prison I’ve seen on screen in ages (apparently it’s based on real Mexican prisons). There he befriends a mom and her son (yes you read that right) as they try to survive in the crazy world behind those walls. I was surprised how good this was, the first 40 mintues or so are fantastic, considering it’s basically a straight to DVD flick. I guess Mel’s “problems” precede him – for good reason – which makes it tough these days to find an audience. If he’d just keep his foul mouth shut and make films like this maybe people might like the doofus. Also on the Blu Ray.

Lockout – Kind of an Escape from New York in space minus the awesomeness of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. Guy Pearce is offered a chance of freedom if he can rescue the President’s daughter from a maximum security prison on the moon or somewhere in space. I wonder if that is what Newt Gingrich had in mind with his living-on-a-moon-base idiocy? Also on the Blu Ray.

Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt – Another foodie doc about some young whipper-snapper chef in New York who makes crazy shit like “eel, violets and chocolate” and “espuma of calf brains and foie gras” and “perfumed snails served in a lady’s hat” and “scorched duck knees with creamed neck of platypus” (I made the last two up).

Midnight Son – Horrorish dealy about a guy with a rare skin condition who can’t be exposed to the daylight and who also finds that,as his condition worsens, he finds the need to drink human blood. Why can’t they just tell us that he’s a fucking vampire? Supposed to be a real good little number though.

Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism- Documentary exploring the pro-sex movement over the past three decades through interviews with activists, sex workers and performers alongside archive footage of actions and excerpts from feminist pornography. Yay, pro-sex! From the director of Baise-Moi.

Silent House – “Real Time” horror thriller – seems like it’s all done in one take – about a woman, Elizabeth Olsen, (she the Olsen sister with the talent) who finds herself and her dad under attack by some ghosts or goblins or Sasquatch or deranged spirits of some sort. Supposed to be a pretty good little horror thriller. Also on the Blu Ray.

The Three Stooges – Because the world needed more stooges. Thanks Farrelly Brothers. This was supposed to star Russell Crowe and Jim Carrey and someone else, (Sir Ian McKellan? Robert DeNiro?) That I would have watched. Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

Intruders
Meeting Evil
Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Angele et Tony
Footnote
Detachement
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Keyhole
Treasure Island

Old stuff Just in

Sea of Love – Blu Ray

Recently viewed and Recommended

Get the Gringo
Michael
Bullhead
Margaret
Pina 3-D
Wallander
God Bless America
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The Woman
Goon

That’s it for this week kids, hope that ya’ll can get outside, enjoy what Vancouver has to offer in the beautiful summer and then get back inside to watch something good.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 16th

What a difference seven days makes. This time a week ago it was cold, raining and bleak. I think the heat in our house even went on. Fast forward…it is hot and was hot yesterday and will be hot again tomorrow. I was even sweating when I went to bed last night (it was from the heat, perverts). And with the nice weather comes the looming spectre of camping (I hope my wife isn’t reading this). The dreaded “C” word. I’m not the biggest fan of stuffing everything you have in your house into your car, trying to find a place to camp, sleeping in the dirt, being swarmed blood-sucking bugs while huge skunks, vicious badgers and poison monkeys prowl and crash around your tent in the middle of the night. I’m turing 47 this week (!) and the allure of this so-called fun outdoor adventure seems to diminish with every passing year. Gimme a cabin with a hot tub, a view, a fire pit and a DVD player anytime. And I don’t even care that much about the view.

New Releases for Tuesday July 10th

American Reunion – I don’t remember anyone asking for another American Pie film, do you? Actually from what I hear this is one of the best in the series (I think that there’s 11 in total) and has the original cast back – for whatever that’s worth. Also on the Blu Ray. Red Band Trailer – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcth-BtyC8w[/youtube]

Being Flynn – You know, people work hard to make a film – from the writing to the actual making of the film and on into post production. So why then after all the money and effort spent do they saddle a film with such a lame fucking title? Being Flynn. It makes me not to want to watch it just based on the stupid lazy name. That said, this drama starring Bobby DeNiro (when was the last time he was in anything worthwhile?) and Paul Dano is, from what I’ve read, a pretty good drama about a guy and his estranged dad. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZfQDgkqiM[/youtube]

Bullhead – An intense cattle farmer (yes you read that right), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones (probably the cause of his intense cattle famernish), initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader (yes you are still reading this correctly). I’ve heard excellent things about this flick. Very high on my list of films to check out. Was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign film category. Also on the Bull-Ray. (Get it?) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I_oCAyxq_0[/youtube]

Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – The sometimes grating Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) returns with this doc about all the nerds, geeks and dweebs who attend the huge Comic-con fest in San Diego every year. I believe it is going on as you read this. Ask a nerd, they’ll know. Also on the Blu-Ray [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN41gXXUlLI[/youtube]

Fatso – Norwegian sex comedy about a virginal, agoraphobic porn addict who still lives with his father at age 30 – and whose only friend is a hateful, asthmatic loser. What happens when the guy’s dad rents out a room to a beautiful free-spirited sexually uninhibited young woman? Hmmmm….[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86G3DmKlskA[/youtube]

Margaret – The long in gestation film from the guy who made the fantastic You Can Count on Me from a few years back finds Sookie from True Blood witnessing a bus accident that she may have inadvertently caused and all the aftermath that it spawns. Supposed to quite a fine work of art. Here’s an interesting article about the film and it’s troubled history – http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2012/07/margaret_the_masterpiece_that_.html
and the trailer -[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YAiS-3EhMI[/youtube]

Pina 3-D – A school of prehistoric blood-thirsty fish escape into a lake to terrorize and eat…wait, that’s Piranha 3-D. This one is an exquisite doc about famed ballet instructor and choreographer Pina Bauch (not too sure if she was very blood-thirsty). If you have a 3-D TV this is supposed to be simply amazing (yes we have the 3-D Blu Ray and regular Blu-Ray as well). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5RT3xhkeWo[/youtube]

Wallander – Original awesome detective series from Sweden that the fine series with Kenneth Branagh was based on. Good stuff! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcnQI7OLj7Q[/youtube]

Old Stuff Just in…

Skidoo – Check out the insane cast for this one! – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd6OxYZigFU[/youtube]

The Entity – Blu Ray -[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q_e69DOenQ[/youtube]

Countess Perverse – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=countess+Perverse+trailer&oq=countess+Perverse+trailer&gs_l=youtube-reduced.3…67313.73304.0.73511.10.10.0.0.0.0.128.986.1j9.10.0…0.0.vF7CO20cI08[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Three Stooges
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
Casa De Mi Padre
Cherry Bomb
Lockout
Clean Bin Project
Friends with Kids
Get the Gringo
Silent House
Midnight Son
Black Butterflies

Recently Viewed and Recommended

God Bless America
The Descendants
The Woman
True Blood
Breaking Bad
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Safe House
Goon
The Prey
The Grey
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Chronicle
Wanderlust

One our fave actors passed away a couple of days ago – the great Ernest Borgnine was 95 (!). My favorite of his flicks?

Wild Bunch
From here to Eternity
Escape From NY
Dirty Dozen
Convoy
Poseidon Adventure

And yours?

That’s it for this week folks, enjoy the sun but don’t forget about us 🙂

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 9th

I’m going to try to push through with this week’s newsletter despite only getting about 3 hours sleep last night. We had some friends over for dinner and a few drinks (probably a few too many – go figure) and I guess the combination of some rich meaty foods and rich meaty wines and ales (we sampled out first batch of home brew) resulted in some wicked indigestion that reared it’s ugly head about 2:20 in the am and I wasn’t able to get back to sleep after that. I will try to make this edition as entertaining, informative and hilarious as I can, but there are no promises.

New Releases for Tuesday July 3rd

God Bless America – Great funny satire from Bobcat Goldthwait (or is that Goldcat Bobthwait?) that takes aim (get it?!) at American culture as it is today – “America has become a cruel and vicious place. We reward the shallowest, the dumbest, the meanest and the loudest.” says Frank, played by Bill Murray’s younger brother. So what’s a guy with no job and a giant brain tumor to do? Team up with a crazy teenager and rid America of it’s problems, one idiot at a time. I must say I loved this movie, sure some of the targets are pretty easy – Kardashians, Fox News, those assholes who picket funerals of soldiers and suicides and such – but it’s still a lot of bloody, violent fun to watch. Man, I wouldn’t want to be Diablo Cody. Highly recommended to those who like this kind of thing. Think Falling Down or Idiocracy, but better and more violent. Also on the Blu Ray. Red Band Trailer – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yruArw21EGA[/youtube]

Hit so Hard – Documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction. Yes, it would be tough having to deal with Courtney Love on a regular basis. Good luck, Patty Schemel.[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb9JunJoiXw[/youtube]

The Hunter – The always watchable Willam Dafoe (I’d love a Willam Dafoe mask for halloween!) stars as a mercenary who is sent by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. But is there more than meets the eye to this adventure. Me thinks that there is. Looks like a pretty cool little number. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhDwv8PBGAk[/youtube]

Jesus Henry Christ – Fine sounding little indie number starring Toni Collette and Michael Sheen about a kid, born (but probably not raised) in a petrie dish, who embarks on a journey to find his biological father. Many quirky hijinks, I presume, ensue. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFWFjaOhziA[/youtube]

Joe and Belle – Israeli Thelma and Louise type lesbian adventure finds Joe, a frustrated drug dealer and Belle, a French psychopath (they’re by far the worst kind ), on the run after some kind of murder. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2raIS9yv4k[/youtube]

Seeking Justice – After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a ‘favor’ from him in return. Oh la-la. Seems that Nic Cage is slowly (or quickly) becoming king of the “straight to DVD flicks”. And it’s no wonder with such a lame, boring title. Like really, is that the best they could come up with? It’s almost like they punched a formula into a computer and it spat out Seeking Justice. It could have been called anything; Making Sandwiches, Washing the Cat, Feeding Mouth, Jumping High, Trimming Back Hair, Developing Film, Hungry Rabbit…you get the picture. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu0UcoCsV8A[/youtube]

Some Guy Who Kills People – Now there’s a title for ya! Kevin Corrigan stars as a lonely fella, fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life. Oh, if only life were like in the movies. Make a good double bill with God Bless America. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP9rU5LvFeg[/youtube]

Thin Ice – Good pedigree on this one – from the director of Thirteen Conversations About One Thing and Clockwatchers, stars Alan Arkin, Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup. So how come I’ve never heard of it? Sounds interesting enough – insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer. Maybe a bit Fargo but that was a good flick so it has that going for it. Gonna have to give it a spin and see what’s what. Blu Ray only – DVD on the shelves soon. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfaFTKugPrY[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Pina 3-D
Being Flynn
Fatso
American Reunion
Comic-Con: Episode 4 – A Fans Hope
Margaret

Recently Viewed and Recommended

God Bless America
The Woman
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Wanderlust
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Woman in Black
The Prey
The Grey
Goon
Chronicle
Safe House

That’s it from this sleep deprived brain this week. I hope that I didn’t bore, offend or make anyone hungry with this week’s edition. The sun is coming they are promising. Enjoy it if you can. And, of course, keep watching.

Black Dog Video

 

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 2nd

So the wife and kid beat it out of town for a few days last week. How did I celebrate this unusual freedom? I watched movies. Lots of movies (9 in 5 days!). I even managed to make it to the theatre a couple of times. I have always loved going to the movies but every now and then I get a reality check on what a chore it can be. Case in point; I travelled to the far reaches of Richmond to catch Prometheus on the IMAX 3-D (great entertaining terrible film). The first sign of things to come was the $19.50 price tag. Twenty dollars to see a movie?! Whatever, I was there and really, was I going to not see it on principal? Get my ticket and sit down just as the film is starting. Perfect timing. I even have the entire row to myself with nobody in front of me. In fact I can’t even see another human being. Until…some weirdo comes in and sits one seat away from me. Why dude?! Fine, not a big deal really until about 15 minutes later he falls asleep and starts snoring. Fucker. So I move a few seats away. A short while after I feel something on my cheek. Turns out a small spider or fly or lizard made it’s way between my glasses and my face! How does this happen in the theatre?Not the best thing to have happen to you during a horror film. Anyways, suffice to say, it wasn’t the best movie going experience I’ve had. I also got bit on the wrist by something while I was there (probably said lizard). Oh and they left the light on in the projection booth which inflicted a glare onto the screen. Bah. Will I ever be back to the movies? You bet.

New Releases for Tuesday June 26th

The Artist – Yes, finally the much ballyhooed Oscar winner finally hits the shelves. I haven’t brought myself to check this out yet and I’m not entirely sure I even want to see it. I have a feeling that it’s exactly what I think it is and that’s enough for me to not watch it. Also I’m always disappointed with whatever flick wins the best picture Oscar and I just feel that this will be no different. I can’t even remember the last winner that I liked. That said, a lot of folks loved this black and white silent thing so don’t just take my opinion, if you could call it that. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK7pfLlsUQM[/youtube]

Damages Season 4 – Love this show. Glenn close is so perfect as the icy, nasty, creepy lawyer and there’s always a great supporting cast to help things along. Although I think that Rose Byrne really needs to eat a hamburger or two. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wo-mGH85j4[/youtube]

Gone – The lovely, big-eyed Amanda Seyfried stars as a woman who was abducted by a psycho and escapes her captor only to have him return and take her sister. Maybe. Of course no-one believes her for some reason. Haven’t heard a lot of good things about this but you may like it. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHtujmoqqnI[/youtube]

Michael – Heavy German number about a freak who keeps a 10 year-old boy in his basement. I keep a bunch of beer I just made in my basement. I prefer beer. I imagine that this number is light on laughs and heavy on Michael Haneke inspired unpleasantness. Sounds intriguing, no? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUg0Mok8TTQ[/youtube]

Mirror Mirror – One of two Snow White flicks to come out this year. Julia Roberts stars in this one as the evil queen. Directed by the guy who made Immortals, The Cell and The Fall so it will at least look real nice. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CHXHEIGb7A[/youtube]

The Sound of Noise – I really like the sound of this Swedish musical terrorist film! A cop who hates music has to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. If they were a roving pack of hand drummers I would be behind him all the way. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSYQ0IbNsBw[/youtube]

A Thousand Words – Oh Eddie Murphy, why do you even try anymore? All you turn out is crap. Do you enjoy shitting in our eyeballs year after year, film after film? Maybe you could team up with Adam Sandler and produce something truly epic. This may be one of his more idiotic premises – Eddie Murphy finds an unusual tree in his yard after an encounter with a spiritual guru. After somehow discovering that with each word he speaks a leaf drops off of the tree, Eddie Murphy thinks that if he doesn’t speak anymore he’ll be able to stay alive along with this magical tree. Hilarity, I presume, ensues. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2MO_ID4ltA[/youtube]

21 Jump St. – For what it is, this flick ain’t half bad. Some older, lame cops go back to high school to infiltrate some drug ring. There’s even a funny cameo by you-know-who near the end. It’s pretty slick, fast paced and I actually laughed a number of times. Not bad for a Hollywood action comedy these days. Also on the Blu Ray. Red Band trailer – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLoKtb4c4W0[/youtube]

Wrath of the Titans – Perseus goes undercover at a high school to infiltrate a drug ring and…wait, that’s not it. In this Oscar winning black and white silent film, Perseus must endure the transition from silent to talkies…wait that’s not it. Perseus keeps a 10 year-old boy in his father’s (Zeus) basement..wait. I don’t really know or care what this is about but I bet there’s lots of monsters and special effects and guys jumping around in short skirts. Enjoy! Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq8wMRtog1A[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Seeking Justice
Joe and Belle
Some Guy Who Kills People
God Bless America
The Hunter
Jesus Henry Christ

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Woman in Black
Louie Season 2
Wanderlust
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The Woman
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Guilty
The Prey
Chronicle
Goon
Safe House
Reykjavik to Rotterdam

In keeping with my thoughts about going to the movies, here’s how our friend, The Oatmeal, thinks movie theatres should be laid out….http://theoatmeal.com/comics/movie_theater_layout

And just one more dealy. For those of you who saw Prometheus watch this and laugh. Spoilers so don’t watch it if you haven’t seen the film….[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x1YuvUQFJ0[/youtube]

Have a great week ya’ll. It’s summer so get outside, enjoy the clouds and sporadic sun, drink some wine, watch some films. You know what to do.

Black Dog Video

 

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 25th

Well another car-free day has come and gone and this year’s was a pretty good deal. Lots of people (not as many as last week’s Italian Days – which is a good thing), lots of freaks, guys with swords, people of stilts, good food, decent music and generally just more of a festive atmosphere. Be nice if they did like one or two more throughout the summer. I’m always amazed at how many people drive to car-free day. I wonder if the irony is lost on them?

Oh and just a little side note – please don’t leave your used coffee cups (usually Starbucks – go figure), candy wrappers, soiled diapers, old jock-straps, used rigs, socks, old tires, band-aids, animal carcasses or anything other garbage you’re done with in the video stores please. We’re not a trash receptacle. (Actually it’s just the coffee cups and occasional band-aid that some lazy people leave behind that boil our potatoes)

And after several requests/suggestions, I’m going to include trailers for all of this week’s new releases if I can find them.

New Releases for Tuesday June 19th

Big Miracle – Jim from The Office and Drew Barrymore stand around a hole in the Alaskan ice looking at some trapped grey whales. They try to save the family of whales and bring joy and happiness to everyone around them. Awwww. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv-mWQUoXOg[/youtube]

Cat Run – A sexy escort (Paz Vega) escapes a bloody orgy with some incriminating info and is thus hunted by assassins and some bumbling detectives. They still have bumbling detectives? I thought they went the way of Inspector Clouseau. Might be fun if you like this kind of thing that’s been done a thousand times before. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEjBr_kLYVs[/youtube]

Jeff, Who Lives at Home – Pretty good slacker kind of comedy/drama finds Jason Segel, as the titular character, who musters the courage to leave his mum’s basement on some sort of quest that also involves helping his brother, Andy from The Office, spy on his possibly adulterous wife. Also stars the always lovely Susan Sarandon as the mom with a secret admirer. Very good flick although I didn’t really buy the ending and was hoping for a few more laughs. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34kCWAsddtA[/youtube]

Louie Season 2 – Love me some Louis CK! Possibly the best show on the TV. This is season 2. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRViQ7rRk8[/youtube]

Polisse – Heavy French drama about life in the Vice Squad. Specifically the Child Protection Unit. I doubt I could handle that job, seeing all of the worst that humanity has to offer. It’s tough enough dealing with people who leave their coffee cups on the shelves at the stores![youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbXbO2iYxEA[/youtube]

Project X – Party! Party! Party! This movie is about a really big party. Also on the party time Blu ray. (Red Band Trailer) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BP1asqBJ6w[/youtube]

Rites of Spring – Some kidnappers kidnap some kidnapees and flee to a cabin in the woods where they become dinner for a beast that must dine every spring. Why people go out into the woods is beyond me what with all the serial killers, mutant cannibalistic hillbillies, flesh eating monsters, piranhas, crocodiles, carnivorous parasites, poison monkeys, creepy bugs and loud birds inhabiting “nature”. No thanks. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su36oP1t2Oo[/youtube]

Romeo 11 – Dude quits school and becomes a “viral businessman” (sounds kind of gross) on the interwebs. He then meets a lovely young lass whom he’s smitten with. The problem? She wants to meet him in person. What’s this shy fella gonna do? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm7b-dA0aCU[/youtube]

Wanderlust – The always hilarious Paul Rudd and the sometimes OK Jennifer Aniston are a couple of city kids who decide to pack it up and try an “alternative” lifestyle by living in some sort of hippie free-love type community. Word has it that this is a pretty funny flick. And there’s nothing funnier in the movies than hippies and nudists, right? Also on the Blu Ray. (Red Band trailer) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LlV_mpm-dE[/youtube]

Wilfred Season 1 – Frodo Baggins stars as a manic depressive man who, for some reason, is the only one who can see his neighbor’s dog as full grown man in a dog suit. Comedy and hijinks, I presume, ensue. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKtUO3Glvuc[/youtube]

Old Stuff Just In

Apocalypto – Blu Ray
Brewster McCloud

Criterions!!

Being John Malcovich – DVD and Blu Ray
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Blow Out – Blu Ray
World on a Wire
Summer Interlude
Summer with Monika
Letter Never Sent

Coming Next Week

The Artist
Best Laid Plans
A Thousand Words
Damages Season 4
21 Jump Street
Wrath of the Titans
Mirror Mirror
Gone
Sound of Noise

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Jeff Who Lives at Home
Wanderlust
The Woman
Louie Season 2
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Guilty
The Prey
Chronicle
Goon
Safe House
Reykjavik to Rotterdam

Here’s a letter that a (hopefully) new customer recently wrote to Netflix. Enjoy. http://lifeoutthewindow.com/2012/06/an-open-break-up-letter-to-netflix/

That’s of for this week, folks. I hope that everybody can get out and enjoy what little sun we may see over the next few days. Remember, summer’s almost here. Right?

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 18th

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s signed our Boycott Disney petition. We’ve had hundreds so far! Keep it up, drop by the store or you can go here – boycottdisney.ca – and voice your displeasure with this greedy corporation. Don’t know what will come of this adventure but it’s worth trying.

Also of note – we’re having a little Blu Ray sale at the stores – Commercial is up and running, tomorrow at Cambie. Lots of older Blu Rays up for grabs at only $10 a pop – buy 2 and get one free! What are you waiting for?

Also of note: part II – It’s car free day this Sunday on the Drive. Let’s hope it’s better than last week’s Italian Days. I find the Car Free days to be more fun and festive and creative so I’m still holding out hope. So many people though…I’m just getting old.

New Releases for Tuesday June 12th

Accident – Well regarded Chinese crime thriller that finds troubled assassin, whose specialty is creating “accidents” for his targets, suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all. It’s no accident that he tries to find the cause of the accident. It should be no accident that you take this home and check it out.

Dog Bites Man: Complete Series – Excellent, hilarious faux documentary style TV show that follows a hilarious excellent news team. Stars Matt Walsh and Zach Galifianakis who seems to show up in just about everything right now. In fact he’s in my kitchen at the moment. “Hey Galifianakis, get out of my house!”

Entourage Season 8 – More of the same from the Entourage crew. I still haven’t seen this program but I hear it’s worth a look. Maybe some day. So many shows/films, so little time. Wish that I didn’t have to sleep so I could just catch up on so many fabulous programs. Stupid body.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – I don’t remember anyone asking for a sequel to the original banal film about Nic Cage, who’s head is a flaming skull for some reason, who goes around solving crimes and taking revenge on various folks. I believe he also pisses fire in this film – he should really get that checked out. From the team that brought you the Crank films. No need to say anymore. Also on the Blu Ray.

In Darkness – Polish drama/thriller about a guy who helps out some Jewish refugees in the tunnels and sewers of a town called Lvov (you say it) during WWII. I believe this was nominated for an Academy Award. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Metal Evolution – Three part doc about the history of Heavy Metal (music, not actual metal that weighs a lot). Word has it the it gets 4 banged heads out of 5. (That means it’s really good)

Monsieur Lazhar – Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. Yikes. I wonder if that may scar some of the kids, oh say, for the rest of their lives. Acclaimed Canadian (yes I said Canadian) film was up for an Oscar earlier this year. On the shelves at Commercial today and tomorrow at Cambie.

Mutant Girls Squad – Can’t go wrong with a title like that! Rin, a sixteen-year-old mutant girl meets a gang of rebel mutants who aim to take revenge on humans for persecuting their race. Why can’t mutants and humans just get along? Also on the Blu Ray. To give you an idea if this is your kind of flick or not, may I present for your consideration the trailer… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTz_XwJ3IUg[/youtube]

My Perestroika – Excellent doc that chronicles the story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Just coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world of their childhood crumble and change beyond recognition. I imagine that would be a pretty crazy weird experience. I love the Russian language – the words have numbers in them!

The Prodigies – Cool sounding French animated sci-fi flick about some teenage “prodigies” – kids who have some sort of special abilities – who take revenge on someone that needs revenging taken on. Might make a good double bill with the Mutant Girl Squad.

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows – Didn’t really care for the first one – I can’t remember a thing about it – and I’m not all that interested in watching this one but there are fans of Robert Downey Jr and Guy Ritchie out there and you know who you are and I’m not going to stop you from renting this. Also on the Blu Ray.

Superman vs The Elite – Animated geek love fest finds Superman battling some new enemies. What else would it be about? Superman’s foray into the advertising world? Maybe hosting his own reality cooking show?

Coming Next Week

Rites of Spring
Mutantes
Jeff Who Lives at Home
Big Miracle
Project X
Cat Run
Wilfred Season 1
Louie Season 2
Polisse
Wanderlust
Romeo 11

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Prey (French)
Guilty (French)
Chronicle
Goon
We Need To Talk About Kevin
True Blood
Safe House
The Woman
Reykjavik to Rotterdam
Merantau

Before I sign off for the week I pose a question to you good readers; I posted a link to a trailer for Mutant Girls Squad in this week’s edition. Would any of you like it if I posted trailers or reviews for the week’s offerings in upcoming newsletters? Cool. Have yourselves a fine week. Stay warm (summer is coming, right?), eat well, drink even better, get down, get back up again and keep watching.

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 11th

So you may recall a few weeks back I was blathering on about how Disney is looking to put us lovely independent video stores out of business. Well is seems that a company in our industry has taken to coordinating a boycott against the mouse house. Staring tomorrow we will have a petition at both stores that we are encouraging ya’ll to sign to help show Disney the error of their ways. There is also a website – http://boycottdisney.ca/ – that you can go to and show your displeasure with this “family friendly” corporation. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Disney has implemented in Canada a 28 day holdback on renting their new release DVDs. Their goal? They want everyone to buy their product instead of renting it. Why do they want this? Well it’s quite obvious, greed (I guess pulling in over a billion dollars with The Avengers, and counting, isn’t enough for them). I’m not too sure why they think that tons of people will flock to the Wal-Mart to pay $35.00 for a lame film like John Carter. Most would prefer to rent it for $5 I imagine. They are taking away the consumers choice as how to get their entertainment. It’s just not right and could have a crippling effect on the DVD stores if the other studios start to follow suit. So if you happen to be in the stores in the near future think about the petition or go to the website and tell Disney that what they are doing is not cool. Thanks for letting me prattle on.

This coming Sunday – June 10th – it’s the annual Italian Days on the Drive. For our limited participation we’ll be featuring all of our Italian films for only $3.00! Or 2 for $5.00. Yay! Commercial location only.

New Releases for Tuesday June 5th

Act of Valor – Sort of famous for being an action film starring real live active Navy Seals (making “orf-orf” seal noises right now) blowing shit up real good. Also on the Blu Ray.

Bad Ass – The great Danny Trejo stars as Bad Ass (What were his parents thinking?!) a guy who becomes a bit of a hero after coming to the rescue of a guy being pummeled on a bus by some skinheads. Some more revenging takes place after Bad Ass’ friend is killed and the cops don’t do anything about it. My friend and I used to have a band called Bad Ass when we were 14. Just thought I’d share that not-very-interesting nugget of information with you.

Breaking Bad Season 4 – Love this show. Don’t really need to say more cause if you watch it, you probably love it as well and if you don’t watch it, well, what are ya doin’?

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 – See above. I can’t believe this has been on for 8 seasons! My wife doesn’t like this show because she says that I remind her too much of Larry David and she doesn’t like Larry David. Should I be offended by this?

Declaration of War – French film that finds a young couple – Romeo and Julliete (really?!) who have a baby only to find out that the kid has brain cancer. I’m going out on a limb here and thinking that this film probably isn’t a comedy. Or maybe it is, who knows? It is French.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The Rock joins forces with some children to find an old man on a mysterious island filled with giant bees and lizards and poison monkeys and other sorts of mysterious things. Also on the Blu Ray.

Machine Gun Preacher – Big-headed Gerald Butler plays a former tough-guy, biker outlaw thug who (sighs) finds God and then goes to the Sudan to help out children who are forced to be soldiers. There he fights some giant bees and lizards and poison monkeys. (I may be getting my films mixed up). Based somewhat on a true story (only the poison monkey part). Also on the Blu Ray.

Man on a Ledge – Heist action film about a guy standing on a ledge while a big diamond stealing job goes down. I’m glad that there’s more to this film than a guy standing on the ledge of a building for two hours. That would be a very boring premise. That and a hostage taking scenarios are probably the least interesting plot devices in film I can think of. Also on the Blu Ray.

Safe House – Denzel Washington stars in this actioner as a guy who is on the lam from some shady government type bad guys because his has some information. The Green Lantern plays a rookie “safe house” nanny who tries to capture/help him. Pretty good thriller with lots of fine chasing and fighting and shit despite the lame title – so they spend time in a safe house or two, is that enough to call the film Safe House? There’s lots of chasing, why not “Guys Chasing Each other for Some Reason?” Much better title. Also on the Blu Ray.

W.E. – Madonna thinks she’s a director and writer now. She wore both hats in this drama about a couple of romances – King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson back in the ’30s and a married woman and a Russian security guard in our times. Yawn. I got tired just writing that description. Might be good. Might not. Also on the Blu Ray.

The Woodmans – Doc about a family that suffers some sort of tragedy (poison monkeys?) but they persevere and find redemption through art. Nice.

Coming Next Week

Metal Evolution
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
In Darkness
Hit so Hard
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Entourage Season 8
Dog Bites Man
Accident
Prodigies
Demoted

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Safe House
The Woman
Chronicle
Miss Bala
Guilty
Reykjavik to Rotterdam
Goon
True Blood S 4
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rampart
Merantau

And for those of you who are fans of the Wes Anderson (I think that they’re a couple of you out there) here’s a nice little piece about “accessories” found in his films – http://www.avclub.com/articles/a-video-quilt-of-whimsical-wes-anderson-accessorie,79271/

Well that’s it for this week ya’ll. Have a great week, watch out for those damn crows, feast, be merry and keep watching.

Black Dog Video

 

The C Word.

Gus: “Hey Dad, I know what the “C” word is, do you know?” Me: “Um, I think so. What do you think it is?” Gus: “Crap”. Me: Whew.

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 4th

Damn crows. It seems that it’s that time of year again, the time when the crows have their babies and then they terrorize anyone and everyone who dares to walk under a tree where they reside. I had a friend who had her scalp ripped open by a dive bombing crow last year (it was but a scratch, but still). One tried to fly away with my friend’s BBQ’s steak the other night! It’s no wonder that a bunch of crows hanging out together is referred to as a Murder (ravens one-upped them in that department by having their party called an Unkindness). Crows not only are diabolical but they are smart and diabolical. They’ll remember you for as long as they live if you have some sort of run in with them. Not only that, but they will bring in their friends and family to help take you down and these crows will remember you as well. And they are loud. The sounds of crows jamming food into their babies gullets is such an alarmingly horrifying sound one comes across living in the city (that and Harley Davidson motor cycles). What does all this have to do with movies? Sweet fuck all. But I would recommend that you wear a hat when walking to Black Dog.

Oh, and another reminder to “like” our Facebook page and you could win a free old title rental. Every now and then I’ll post a still from a film and the first of youze guyz who tells me what film it’s from scores a free rental. Coolio.

New Releases for Tuesday May 29th

Aggression Scale – Some heavily armed hit-men try to get half a million clams back from some feisty teenagers who stole it. Think of a super violent and bloody Home Alone. Think of it! Works for me and as a bonus it has two actors from Twin Peaks!

Goon – Would it be too bold a statement to declare Goon as the second best hockey movie of all time (everyone know what the first is, right? No it’s not Youngblood)? Maybe but I found this flick – about a guy who knows how to fight but has no hockey skills who joins a hockey team as their tough guy – fun, and hilarious and really well done. Points for scoring Liev Schreiber as a rival on-ice pugilist. And Seann William Scott is perfect as the not-too-bright Doug “The Thug” Glatt. Kudos to all involved – best Canadian movie I’ve seen in a long time (at least my favorite Canadian movie in a long time). Look for this one come Academy Awards time next year. Also on the Blu Ray.

There Be Dragons – Roland Joffe (Killing Fields) returns in this epic drama set during the Spanish Civil War. A journalist dude investigates a family friend who is up for canonization (I imagine that’s where one gets to be fired out of a canon?) and then discovers some dark secrets about the guy and also about his own father. Sounds heavy. Also sounds like it might be a little light on actual dragons.

True Blood Season 4 – More vampires and fairies and witches and werewolves and orcs and dragons and gollums and flying monkeys and murderous unicorns and Frankenstiens and Godzilla and Donald Trumps and whatever other monsters they can cram into the silly but entertainingly trashy show. Also on the Blu Ray.

We Need to Talk About Kevin – The weirdly wonderful Tilda Swinton stars in this thriller about a mom who struggles to love her strange son as he grows up, shall we say, mischievous? Of course he’s more than a little mischievous. Playfully murderous perhaps? I imagine that he’s like all kids who’ve had the dream of growing up and killing their parents and everyone they know. I guess the moral of the story is never have kids because they are all blood-thirsty maniacs who want to murder your face. Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

The Woodmans
Machine Gun Preacher
Breaking Bad Season 4
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8
Act of Valor
Journey 2: Mysterious Island
Bad Ass
Declaration of War
John Carter
W.E.
Man on a Ledge
Safe House
How to Live Forever

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Goon
Chronicle
Sherlock Season 2
We Need to Talk About Kevin
True Blood S 4
Guilty
London Boulevard
The Innkeepers
Tiny Furniture
Rampart
Merantau
The Grey

That’s it for this week, kids. Stay dry, eat well, keep your head up and enjoy some fine cinematic entertainment.

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Video