Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending January 6th

This is it. The last newsletter. For the year. But fear not, we’ll be back to celebrate and mock films and life and hobos and whatever else we may come across in the year 2014. I hope that everyone had a swell 2013. Or at least the end portion of this year. I hope that it ended better for you than it did for us. I hope that there were less rocks thrown through your windows early Christmas morning than us. Yes, that’s right, some son-of-a-grinch chucked a huge rock through the window of our Commercial location. My sprog, Swanson, answered the phone at 6:30 am (he’d been awake since four because Christmas) to tell the police that he couldn’t wake me up because we had a plan that we wouldn’t get up until 7:30 to open the gifts. I ambled down to the store, still a bit drunk from making merry on Christmas Eve to chat with the Heat and view the damage. Yep, there was a big hole in the window with a huge rock laying on the floor. We slapped up some plywood (thanks, Garn!) and then had the window replaced the next day. Of course insurance didn’t cover the cost. I love insurance! Anyways, it was a shitty thing to have happen but in the big scheme of things, it’s not all that big of a deal.

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We’re open noon until 8 New Year’s Eve if you need/want to drop in and grab some flicks to celebrate the passing of 2013 and the birth of 2014. We’re also open New Year’s Day noon until 11pm to provide you with all of your hangover film needs. What’s your favourite go-to film for that type of occasion?

There’s only a couple of films released over the past two weeks so we’re going to start our staff picks for best of the year today!

New Releases this week


Don Jon – Joseph Levitt-Gordon, or Gordon Joseph-Levitt writes, stars and directs this romantic comedy about a studly ladies-man that’s addicted to internet porn. Then he meets Scarlett Johansson. Might she be able to divorce him from his right hand and have him see her as a potential mate? I think that what this film is about anyways. Also on the Blu Ray.


Insidious 2 – More insidiousness from James Wan and some ghosts and a skinny Rose Byrne and a perplexed Patrick Wilson. Didn’t think all that much of the first one but I’m willing to give this a try. I love me some horror! Also on the Blu Ray.

Black Dog Video’s Staff Picks of the Year

Here are some links to what I enjoyed the most this year. There’s a lot of ones I didn’t get to see yet (Before Midnight, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis) and some of these may not be the best films, but the following are what I had the most fun with. Listed in alphabetical order…

John’s Picks

Upstream Colour
The Hunt
Blue is the Warmest Colour
White House Down
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty
I’m So Excited!
Hannah Arendt
Much Ado About Nothing
Before Midnight

Josie’s Picks

In no specific order other than the goofy ass category I give them. I watched probably the fewest movies in any given year of my entire life in 2013. Very little TV watching either.

Best Giallo Influenced Art-Film disguised as Ryan Gosling porn.

Only God Forgives – Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, owned by Kirsten Scott Thomas as Cruella De Mob Mother.

Best Stupid Summer Blockbuster

Pacific Rim – Rock em Sock em giant Robots fights a terrible script and Alien Kaiju. You don’t care that Idris Elba has to say things like “We’re cancelling the Apocalypse.” And, you shouldn’t care. mindless big screenery. I think it may suffer on disc unless you have a huge ass TV, which you probably do.

Laugh Out Loud Funniest Movie that I expected to be really lame

This Is The End – The best Apocalypse Buddy movie of all time, The Citizen Kane of Apocalypse Buddy Movies. (sorry Vertigo, you don’t yet have the best movie ever swagger for that joke, yet) Most heartfelt nonsense of the year. Also: Danny McBride. nuff said.

Best Movie that was on Everyone’s list last year, because they saw it in the theatre and I didn’t Memorial Trophy

Django Unchained – Obviously. Completely over the top: Samuel Jackson should have got an Oscar for his most complex role ever. Too much DiCaprio (not always a bad thing), to my mind, but otherwise, it stays with me more positively than Inglorious Basterds.

Most disappointing movie that had potential to be really awesome.

Man Of Steel – I want a movie about Jor-El – Space Dad Adventurer. The stuff on Krypton is the best sci-fi all year. It goes downhill slowly from there until the third act where it gets slightly less subtle than the ending of any number of Matrix movies. What is it with Superhero movies and their inability to have decent third acts, these days? Sheesh. I do love that both his dads are “Robin Hood.” That may be the best thing about it. I spent half the movie doing my nails.

Worst use of Wolverine in 2013 award

There is some stiff competition for this award. In the comics Wolvie is every second thing you read from Marvel. Some of the best Wolverine comics are about his ties to Japan, and Bushido, Yakuza, Silver Samurai, The Viper, Lady Deathstrike, etc. But this flick is such a muddle. Weirdly paced and dull. Wolverine might be over saturated to many of us nerds, but we’re still waiting for an actual “Wolverine movie.”

TV Shows that I actually Still watch

Best New Show that I realy hope keeps on being as awesome in season 2.

Orange Is The New Black – Light years ahead of Jenji Kohan’s Weeds, which I also loved. But this show is the real deal, at least Season 1, Sopranos, Wire level TV.

Most Consistently Interesting Network show

Person Of Interest. Great ensemble, a show that is willing to grow and change up its story as the concept matures, making it a very Meta show.

Most Disappointingly ‘Network’ of all the SF that is happening on TV right now.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – It’s okay, but has yet to except a few moments here and there really capture what I personally want out of such a show. More Steranko, less Whedon.

Torten’s Picks

Fave 10 movies of the year:

1) The Wall (Germany)
2) Graceland (Phillipines)
3) Post Tenebras Lux (MEX)
4) The Deep (DK/Iceland)
5) Only God Forgives (DK/USA)
6) Amour (FR)
7) Silence (Germany)

Great movies were in short supply this year so the last 3 are TV!

8)Parade’s End (GB)
9)Rectify (USA)
10) Top Of The Lake (NZ)

Shobi’s Picks

The Hunt – best film of the year for me, how easily someone’s words can have everlasting consequences. Mads Mikkelsen is gold.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – out on DVD in the next few weeks. One of my favourites from VIFF this year. If you like Badlands this is a great contemporary film with the same feel.

The Gatekeepers – a documentary on the Shin Bet (Israel’s CIA). Candid interviews with past heads of Shin Bet. Highly political but incredibly interesting.

Frozen Ground – My main man Nicolas Cage plays opposite an evil john Cusack based on events of Alaska’s most notorious serial killer.

Broken – Tim Roth plays a good guy in this! Great dark, dark British film with some heart centred around a cul de sac and the people that inhabit it.

Killing Them Softly – filmmaker Andrew Dominik has made only perfect movies (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford). This film about the current underbelly of America is so good, watch it and go watch his others if you haven’t seen those! (Be warned though, strong subject matter as they say)

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s and I hope to see you all in 2014. Viva la Video Stores!

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending December 23rd

They say that if you put an infinite number of monkeys in a room with an infinite number of typewriters that eventually they’d write the complete works of Shakespeare or something like that. What I know is, not only would this scenario be awesome and hilarious, but it would be a big crazy disaster. Just think of all the monkey poop all over that room! Who’s going to clean up all that monkey poop, you? Not me, that’s for sure. Well since I won’t be able to get an infinite number of monkeys (I could only round up 9) in a room with all those typewriters, I’m gonna take off writing the newsletter next week (not that I equate this thing with Shakespeare or anything). It’s the holidays and there aren’t any new releases next Tuesday anyhoo.


Come on monkeys, this newsletter isn’t going to write itself!

This Saturday we have a couple of exciting doin’s a transpirin’ at the Black Dogs. Over at the Commercial location, local musical hero Jason Zumpano is going to be spinning some festive records in the afternoon between 3 and 5. Drop by for a listen, say hi, rent a flick. You’ll be a better person for it (note – no guarantees that you’ll be a better person for it). At Cambie we’re having a big DVD and Blu Ray sale once again. This time however we’re throwing in a whole pile of new, previously-loved titles. They make great stocking stuffers for the ones you love. Or hate. Depending on the title you choose. Speaking of stuffing one’s stocking, we have lots of our fabulous Black Dog underwear for sale as well as gift certificates and Black Dog tote bags! One stop shopping!

Oh and I should also mention that all of our old title Crimbo (it’s what the cool kids call Christmas these days) movies can now be rented for the small sum of $3! But they only rent for 2 days. So there’s that.

New Releases for Tuesday February 17th


Cottage Country – Canadian comedy (don’t let that put you off) with funny-man Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil) as a dude who wants to propose to his girlfriend up at their nice cottage (cabin for all you west-coasters). The only problem? His weirdo brother and his weirdo brother’s free-spirited girlfriend tag along for the ride. Nothing a little axe work can’t take care of though, right?


Elysium – Fairly disappointing sci-fi number from the director of the amazing District 9 finds a bald, shiny Matt Damon attempting to escape a ruined Earth and head up to a giant space station run by Jodie Foster (with the worst accent in the history of the universe) so he can be cured of some radiation poisoning he picked up at work (hate that). I had high hopes for this and I started off liking it quite a bit. But then about half-way through I stopped liking it for some reason. Too bad. But you might like it! Also on the Blu Ray.


The Family – Old Mafia boss Bobby DeNiro drags his wife (Michele Pfeiffer) and kids to France to live under the witness relocation program. I’m guessing that comedy and action hijinks ensue as the fishes out of water have a hard time adjusting to the French way of life. Tommy Lee Jones and his enormous head are along for the ride as the guy in charge of keeping them under wraps. Does DeNiro’s former business partners track him down? Probably. Directed by Luc Besson for some reason. Also on the Blu Ray.


Justified Season 4 – Timothy Olyphant swaggers around the town as the sheriff and the wonderfully named and massively foreheaded Walton Goggins crimes it up in Season 4 of this great TV show.


Kick-Ass 2 – Jim Carrey replaces (even if it’s not really possible) Nic Cage in the sequel to the totally fun, stupid and violent Kick-Ass. Hit Girl and Kick-Ass team up once again, when not trying to fit in as regular teen-agers, to fight the evil menace that was once know as Red Mist. Violence and comedy, I presume, ensue. Also on the Blu Ray.


Lone Ranger – Why does this movie exist? So weirdo Quentin Tarantino can put it on his best of the year list? Johnny Depp walks around with a dead crow on his head pretending to be Native American while some guy named Armie Hammer (can’t be a real name me thinks) plays the Lone Ranger in Gore Verbinski’s too long western twaddle. Also on the Blu Ray.


Percy Jackson: Sea on Monsters – As the box boldly states, “More Action, More Fun, the Best Percy Yet!” Since there’s only one other Percy Jackson film, that’s not much of a claim to fame. The amusingly named Logan Lerman is back as the son of Poseidon fighting all sorts of monsters (mostly from the sea I imagine). I knew a guy a long time ago that we called Poseidon. He was an older guy that, for some reason, liked to hang out with my friends and I. He had a big beard so he was known in our circle as Poseidon, God of the Beard. Wonder what ever happened to him….Also on the Blu Ray.


Prisoners – Just in time for the festive season comes this thriller about child abduction, torture and murder. Hugh Jackman (who on the cover looks like a wax figurine of Hugh Jackman that has been left out in the sun for too long) plays a dad whose daughter, along with his neighbour’s daughter, is taken. Neckless Jake Gyllenhall is the cop heading up the investigation. Who took the girls? Was it the weirdo Paul Dano who drives the crappy looking RV around town? What lengths will Wolverine go to find out? This is an excellent, tense thriller. It will probably be on my best of the year list. Also on the Blu Ray.


Would You Rather – Nasty, but fun, looking horror number about an eccentric dude (played by the eccentric and awesome Jeffery Combs – Re-Animator) who invites a bunch of desperate people over to his mansion with the idea to see how far they will go for untold riches.

Coming in 2 Weeks

Don Jon
Insidious Chapter 2

Keep your eyeballs peeled (not literally, of course) for the Black Dog year end top picks for the year of movies that we saw in the year 2013.

I hope that everyone has a safe, happy, food and booze fuelled holiday. Talk at you soon!

From our family to yours!


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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending December 16th

So I was driving home from playing hockey up at UBC (always have to say “up at” when referring to a place like UBC because it’s far away and on a slight incline) this past Saturday night. I’m always in quite a good mood after playing hockey – the combination of exercise (hockey exercise to be precise), beer, fun and whatnot always puts my a fine mood. Traffic is what it is in Vancouver…read more

So there’s this thing called Christmas or Xmas or Crimbo approaching. Some or most of you may have heard of it. Apparently it’s a time to give gifts to family members, friends, pets and video store clerks. Hah! Stumped as to what to buy for a loved one? Might we interest you in a swell pair of Black Dog underwear? They are amazing. I’m wearing a pair right now. So comfy! They are hand-made by local designer Oona Clothing. $15 for the ladies, $25 for the dudes. I highly recommended them. We also have gift certificates to stuff in someone’s stocking if that pleases you.





New Releases for Tuesday the 10th of This Month


Despicable Me 2 – More loveable antics from Gru and the adorable minions in this fun romp that’s great for the whole family! Provides a good bonding opportunity to connect with your kids while enriching all of your lives. And it’s on the Blu Ray.


Drinking Buddies – Romantic comedy that finds two good-looking (TV good-looking!) kids working in a Chicago brewery together and flirting a lot. Only problem is they are in separate relationships. Can beer be the thing that brings them together? Of course it can, is there anything that beer can’t do?


Fast and Furious 6 – So I thought that it would be a good idea to watch this around 11:30 Saturday night after hockey and several delicious beers as part of a double header (Anchorman being the 1st film). I think I made it about 45 minutes in before I started dozing off. I don’t remember much of anything from the movie except some hazy flashes of the erie, sad spectre of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel grunting his lines while his head looks like a fleshy bullet, my wife snoring beside me on the couch, people flying through the air – a lot – off of bridges, from cars, trucks and planes (I don’t think that gravity and the laws of physics exists in the F & F world). women with alarmingly skinny bodies and giant heads, The Rock looking huge and shiny, lots of close-ups if bums in bikinis and a chase involving a plane on the world’s longest runway (like seriously, the runway must have been at least 50 miles long!). Couldn’t tell you what it was about or if it’s any good. Also on the Blu Ray.


Man of Tai Chi – Canoe Reeves directs (yes you read that right) this martial arts/fight club type of action flick. Looks like fun.


Seasoning House – What I thought might have been the latest Gordon Ramsay reality cooking endeavour turns out to be a cool-looking revenge horror shocker about a deaf girl who has to care for a bunch of enslaved women forced to service some disgusting military types. Of course it wouldn’t be a revenge thriller without some sweet revenge-type proceedings. Looking forward to this one. Also on the Blu Ray.


Touchy-Feely – From the director of the fine flicks Humpday and My Sister’s Sister come this nice little number about a massage therapist who, all of a sudden, has an aversion to touching humans. I can see that might cause a bit of concern for her and her career.



Sightseers – My most anticipated flick of the week/month is this new horror/comedy/hipster/road trip film from Ben Wheatley (Kill List). A young couple goes on holiday and it turns dark and bloody and hilarious and disturbing and gruesome and quite amoral. Yes please!

Coming Next Week

Kick-Ass 2
Cottage Country
The Family
Justified Season 4
The Lone Ranger
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Drinking Buddies
Lilyhammer Season 1
The Wall
The Hunt
Breaking Bad: Final Season
Crystal Fairy
World’s End
This is the End

Not too sure if I believe in karma and all that but in a perfect world it exists…

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending December 9th

So it seems that the Black Friday “disease” is creeping across the border as many shops around town did their own (Canadian) version of the shopping orgy that goes on the day after the American Thanksgiving. Is it just me or does it not seem ironic that immediately after Americans give “thanks” for all that is good and right in their world that they feel the need to stampede to the closest nightmare Walmart, Best Buy, Costington’s or whatever to trample each other so they can save $13 on an iProduct or get some really cheap towels? I couldn’t think of anything I would rather not do – perform surgery on myself with a warm spoon, visit a pig farm dressed as a mafia boss (read more), walk barefoot through Grandview Park – then plunge myself in the throngs of drooling, short-fingered vulgarians clamouring over the corpses of their fellow shoppers to snag the best deal. Want proof of the madness? Read more…


“Glargh! Must save money, lose dignity”

For a more civilized shopping experience, drop into the Cambie location this Saturday. We’ll be featuring a pile of previously viewed DVD and Blu Rays on super special! How does half-price sound to you? Sounds pretty good to me. All of our previously loved DVDs and Blu Rays will be on sale for a meagre $5 each, 2 for $8 or 3 for $10. First come first serve. No pushing, shoving, stabbing, or bludgeoning allowed.

New Releases for Tuesday December 3rd


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane – Much ballyhooed, for some reason, teen-horror flick about the virtuous Mandy Lane and all the boys that want to get next to her. They all head up to a cabin in the woods where someone starts murdering everyone. This one is finally making it’s DVD debut 7 years after it was made by the director of Warm Bodies, 50/50 and The Wackness.


Jayne Mansfield’s Car – Family drama starring a bunch of actors – John Hurt, Kevin Bacon (mmm bacon), Robert Duvall and a ton of others (this film will make the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game much easier). Directed by Jian Gomeshi’s new best friend, Billy Bob Thornton.


Lilyhammer Season 1 – Excellent show (even if it’s from the dreaded Netflix) that finds mobster and wicked guitar player Steven Van Zandt fleeing to Norway after he testifies against his former, shall we say, associates.


Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Another science fiction teen fantasy thing that finds a bunch of ridiculously good-looking teens fighting demons in and alternate reality version of New York. There seems to be many opportunities for jokes (a good title to make a porn parody for sure) here. Also on the Blu Ray.


Prince Avalanche – Seems that David Gordon Green has learned that his strength lies in these solid little indie efforts after a few missteps with James Franco (Your Highness) and Jonah Hill (The Sitter). This one finds Paul Rudd, a sweet moustache and Emile Hirsch working on the highway on 1988 to escape their dull city lives. Also on the Blu Ray.


Smurfs 2 – Why bother? (Might be late on the shelves, if anyone cares)


Wolf Children – Excellent Japanese animated fare from the director of Summer Wars finds Hana falling in love with a Wolf Man. After the Wolf Man’s death, Hana decides to move to a rural town to continue raising her two wolf children Ame and Yuki. Yes you read all of that right. Also on the Blu Ray.


The Wolverine – Mr. Wolverine travels to Japan to become a samurai and eat sushi with his pointy claws and while there he becomes embroiled in some sort of conflict. Of course he does. What were you expecting a nicely acted sombre drama? Driving Mr. Wolverine? Not too sure why Wolverine needs a samurai sword as he has a bunch of them that shoot out of his hands when he gets angry or horny or something. And really, is that the best title they could come up with? Adding a “The” to the title to differentiate between this and Wolverine? Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

Fast and the Furious 6
Man of Tai Chi
Seasoning House
Despicable Me 2
Touchy Feely
Drinking Buddies

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Wolf Children
Lilyhammer Season 1
Treme Season 3
Breaking Bad: Final Season
Mad Men Season 6
Crystal Fairy

Hungry? Hungry for comedy? And food? Feast on this if you dare…

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