Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending October 21st

I hope that everyone had a safe and engorging Thanksgiving weekend. The weather was amazing – that nice fall crisp air, the rain of chestnuts. My favourite time of the year. Something to be thankful for, for sure. Among other things that I’m thankful for read more…

This Saturday, the 19th, is the third annual International Independent Video Store Day! It’s a day to celebrate our business and to show our appreciation to the many great folks who’ve patronized our establishments over the years. Come into either store on Saturday and enter our draw for a spiffy new Blu Ray player! Come in and rent two or more DVDs and you can leave the store with a original Black Dog tote bag! There may even be some free stuff to be had, including hugs (well, maybe not hugs). Chips Ahoy! Or pop into Black Dog just to tell us how much you love us. We need your love. So bad.

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Speaking of video stores (cause that’s what I do) there’s a screening of a very cool looking doc, Rewind This, coming up at The Rio and also at Capilano University and we have some tickets to give away. We have two pair for the Rio Screening and 1 pair for the Capilano showing. Just be the first to pop into the Commercial Drive location Wednesday and say “I’d like the tickets for Rewind This, please.” and they’re yours. First come first serve obviously. Here’s the trailer…http://www.doxafestival.ca/motionpictures/rewindthis

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Also just another reminder, we’re still doing our Halloween month picks everyday over yonder on the Facebooks and the Tweeters. If you’re interested follow us. https://www.facebook.com/blackdogvideo https://twitter.com/BlackDogVideo

New releases for Tuesday October 15th

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Drug War – Love me some Johnny To! This looks like a return to form from one of my favourite directors (The Mission, Hero Never Dies). Cops and drug kingpins abound in this (from what the box says anyways) a cross between the French Connection and The Wire. Yes please! Also on the Blu Ray.

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The Heat – The Bulloch and the McCarthy team up as an uptight FBI agent and a foul-mouthed Bawston cop (are there any other kind?) to bring down some drug lord or something like that. Hilarious hijinks, I presume, ensue. Also on the Blu ray.

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The Killing Season 2 – It’s been so long I almost forgot this show existed. Now do we finally get to find out who killed what’s-her-face? Hope so. Good show this is.

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The Look of Love – Steve Coogan (love the Coogan!) stars as adult publisher and nightclub owner Paul Raymond in this bio-pic from Michael Winterbottom. Looks pretty cool, sexy and sophisticated. Yes, indeed, it does.

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Love, Marilyn – Weird sounding doc finds a bunch of Hollywood types sitting around reading letters and private writings the Marilyn penned some 50 years ago that were just recently discovered under the bed or somewhere in her acting coach’s house. Funny how we (well some) still have such a fascination with her.

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Maniac – Oh Frodo, what have you done? Why are you scalping all of those lovely young women? Did you not get your second breakfast? Also on the Blu Ray (Blu Ray at Cambie only at the moment)

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Pacific Rim – Giant robots hockey-punching giant monsters! What more do you need to know? Ignore the banal dialogue, annoying characters and shoddy acting (I’m looking at you, Ron Pearlman) and enjoy this spectacular feast for your 10-year-old kid eyes. Loved it way more than I probably should have. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Paradise: Love – Disturbing and unsightly film about older European women who travel to Africa to be “Sugar Mamas” to young African men in exchange for sex. Lots of sex. Excuse me while I wash out my eyeballs. Part 1 of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise Trilogy.

Olde Stuff Just In!

Just received a lovely box of Criterions! They include;

Badlands – DVD and Blu Ray
Repo Man
The Devil’s Backbone
Things to Come
Medium Cool (yay!)
Babette’s Feasts
Monsieur Verdoux
Jubal
Ministry of Fear
A Man Escaped

Coming Next Week

Only God Forgives
I Give it a Year
Before Midnight
Dirty Wars
The Conjuring
The Internship

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Pacific Rim
The Heat
The Killing Season 2
The Silence
Graceland
Boardwalk Empire Season 3
V/H/S/ 2
Room 237
American Horror Story Season 2

Can’t decide what to be for Halloween? Maybe these creepy olde timey costumes might inspire you… http://mentalfloss.com/article/53069/18-terrifying-old-costumes-you-cant-unsee

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending October 14th

October is the best month. The air has taken on a nice crisp quality, the dreaded heat of the summer has finally subsided, the fruit flies and scorpions are all gone from my kitchen and Halloween is soon upon us. It’s no secret I love the Halloween, even with it’s crass commercialism and sexy sexed-up costumes, I still think it’s the best celebration of the year. I loved Halloween as a kid and still do as an old man. I grew up loving horror films, much to my mother’s and girlfriend’s, wive’s and secret wive’s chagrin. I’m not too sure what it is that I love about them either. Is the intensity, the violence, and dread? Yes, yes and yes. I abhor violence in real life – hell I don’t even like fighting in hockey anymore (like seriously, why is actual punching each other in the face part of a game? It’s bizarre if you think about it). But gimme a chainsaw through the head, an axe in the intestines, eyeballs ripped out and eaten, needles in the ear or whatever and I’m a happy guy. Not to say that I just enjoy the violence, some of my favourite scary movies aren’t violent at all. A film like The Haunting (1963) with it’s great gothic mansion, black and white cinematography and the amazing use of sound is as scary as anything out there! Horror films and TV is all I’ve been watching so far this month and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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As mentioned in the previous newsletter we’re (I’m) doing a 31 days of Halloween film fest recommendation on the Facebook and the Twitters. You can follow us on those if you want a daily dose of scares.

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So far, the first picks are as follows;

The Haunting
Night of the Living Dead
Evil Dead (remake)
V/H/S/ 2
The Others
The Orphanage
The Wicker Man
The Devil’s Backbone

Also a reminder that we still have some amazing underwear for sale at both shops. $25 for the men’s and $15 for the ladies. Be the best dressed cat at your next orgy! And we also have plenty of Black Dog tote bags to carry your unmentionables in as well. They’re only $3 a pop. Get them while you can.

There’s something cool a-brewin’! DOXA is presenting this fine film and you can win a pair of tickets courtesy of Black Dog. More info on that next week. Check this out if yer interested.. http://www.doxafestival.ca/motionpictures/rewindthis

New Releases for Tuesday October 8th

After Earth – Will Smith and his sprog, Jaden, crash land on an abandoned earth in the future. They must work together to survive bad CGI monsters, poor dialogue and shoddy direction from M. Night Shamalama-ding-dong. Whatever happened to that guy? Such promise with his first few films and now he’s making stuff that ends up on everyone’s worst of the year list. Jerk. Also on the Blu Ray.

American Horror Story: Asylum – Season 2 of this fine, creepy TV show. Jessica Lange kills it as a twisted nun (let’s hear it for twisted nuns everywhere!) in charge of an insane asylum in the 60’s. Pretty much every horror movie ever made sees a bit of light in this bat-shit crazy awesome series. I managed to devour 6 episodes over the weekend and am still hungry for more. Great stuff.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Animated Batman show that supposed to be pretty good although it would be nice if they could title a Batman show without using the words, “Dark, Knight, Returns, Rises, Grunts or Begins”.

Curse of Chucky – Everyone’s favourite possessed homicidal talking doll is back to dismember and butcher anyone who gets in his way. Awww. He’d be a great halloween costume for your child. Think about it. It’ll be late on the shelves at Cambie St.

Frozen Ground – John Cusack continues his streak of playing creepy killers (see The Paperboy, no really, you should see The Paperboy) in this thriller in the vein of Se7en. Nic Cage and his big rubber head plays the cop on his trail. Set in Alaska, hence the ground being frozen and all. Also on the Blu Ray.

Hangover Part III – They’re still making these, eh? I have to assume that contractual obligations keep Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis coming back for more of this mundane stupidity. But you know what happens when you assume things…Also on the Blu Ray.

The Hunt – One of the year’s best flicks stars the Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher who gets falsely accused of some heinous crime (I bet we can all imagine what it might be). From Thomas Vinterberg who made the most excellent The Celebration.

In the Flesh – Great zombie TV show from the BBC about an undead kid named Kieren who tries to, after much rehabilitation and medication, integrate back into society. Video store sounds like a good place for him to look for a job. Sounds like a nice fresh take on a stale and rotting genre. (Get it? See what I did there?)

Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon takes off the superhero pants for a bit to give us a modern take on the fine Shakespeare comedy. A sexy comedy of errors and misunderstandings at Whedon’s house sets the stage for much ado about fun! Ahem. Also on the Blu Ray.

The Purge – Great idea but, from what I’ve hear, poorly executed. The premise – one night a year all crime is legal so everyone can go nuts and kill and plunder and run stop signs (like people only do that on Purge night). Ethan Hawke and Cersei barricade their family in their fortress of a house only to be invaded by some punks wearing creepy masks. My question is, if crime is legal for this night, why are the perps wearing masks? Maybe it’s just best not to ask too many questions about a film like this. Also on the Blu Ray.

Robot Chicken Season 6 – Love me the Robot Chicken. You’ll love it as well, but only if you have a sense of humour and a grasp on popular culture. Which of course you do.

Room 237 – Doc about Kubrick’s The Shining (You’ve heard of it, right?) and all the hidden messages, meanings and whatnot in it. Supposedly not endorsed by the Kubrick estate. But what is? Some of it is a little far-fetched and some of the folks interviewed sound a bit like crack-pots but it makes for a fun viewing experience. Also on the Blu Ray.

Stuck in Love – Romantic comedy/ coming of age/ reflection of growing old/ jungle cannibal flick (well maybe not so much the cannibal part) stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connolly and Logan Lerman – man I love saying that dude’s name! Try it, you’l like it.

We Steal Secrets – Doc about Julian Assange and the creation of Wikileaks. From prolific academy award winner Alex Gibney. I’m sure that this doc isn’t endorsed by the US government or any government with anything to hide really. Which would probably include every government that’s ever existed. Whatever side you fall on the whistleblower issue, this looks like it’s worth your time.

Coming Next Week

Pacific Rim
The Heat
Love of Love
Drug War
Maniac
The Fall
Love Marilyn

Recently Viewed and Approved for Your Eyeballs

V/H/S/ 2
Room 237
American Horror Story: Asylum
Robot Chicken Season 6
In the Flesh
The Hunt
This is the End
Kings of Summer
House of Cards Season 1
Phil Spector
Hannibal Season 1

Hope everyone has a fine, safe week. Here’s fun little video of some coffee enthusiasts getting pranked in a cafe in NY…http://laughingsquid.com/angry-young-woman-uses-her-telekinetic-powers-in-a-nyc-cafe/

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending October 7th

It seems the rains have finally returned to our fair land after an incredible run of sunshine, unicorns and sparkles from heaven. And with the weather the need and want and need to hunker down at home and watch movies and TV has arrived as well. Which is good because we have lots and lots for your eyeballs to digest. Just not much this week. It’s pretty slim pickens for new films today but that will change in the very near future.

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We had a pretty fun day on Saturday at the Commercial store as local musician Jason Zumpano spun disks on 2 turntables (no microphones) in the afternoon. He played some stuff from his new LP, Custodian, as well as some great old stuff. Made for a terrific party-like atmosphere for a busy rainy Saturday afternoon. We’ll probably do it again in the near future. Good times.

And a reminder that as of October 1st we will no longer be giving out stamps with the $35 punch card. It’s too good of a deal as it is, so no whining about it please.

And also seeing that it’s October 1st – Halloween month (the best month of the year) – we’ll be doing a horror film recommendation a day leading up to the greatest of nights at the end of the month. If you want to get in on the action you’ll have to follow Black Dog on the Tweeters or on the Facebooks…https://twitter.com/BlackDogVideo
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New Releases for Tuesday October 1st

The English Teacher – A lonely teacher takes interest in a former student who couldn’t make it in New York. She wants to mount his play (yes his play, perverts) to instil confidence in him or something like that. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x7AaANc5nk[/youtube]

Lore – Heavy German drama (they do heavy dramas well) about a girl who leads her siblings across a war ravaged Germany at the end of WWII where she’s exposed to the truth of her parents beliefs and what she’s been taught all her life. Played the VIFF recently to fine reviews. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XBsT3iafl0[/youtube]

This is the End – Probably the best comedy of the year (so far) finds a shwack of Hollywood’s young, hip lads – Franco, Rogan, Hill, Robinson, Cera, Baruchel and McBride (who steals the show) fighting for their lives and each other during a party at Franco’s house as outside a monsterous Satan with a giant dong sets about to destroy the world and all it’s sinners. Tons of fun for those that like fun. You know who you are. Something tells me that this is kinda like an average weekend at Danny McBride’s place. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j463qtCRlxk[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Room 237

American Horror Story Season 2

After Earth

Robot Chicken S 6

Much Ado About Nothing

Stuck in Love

In the Flesh Season 1

The Hunt

Hangover Part 3

Batman: Dark Knight Returns (animated)

The Purge

Curse of Chucky

Recently Viewed and Recommend

This is the End

Place Beyond the Pines

Kon-Tiki

House of Cards

Hannibal Season 1

Orphan Black Season 1

Bling Ring

Phil Spector

Mud

Boy

Best Justin Bieber interview ever…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfl_5oZLVAM[/youtube]

 

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 30th

Late charges. Nobody likes to pay them, we hate to have to charge them. If there’s one negative thing, and thee only negative thing, one can say about your favourite local video rental shoppe is the eventuality of late charges. It was another time, another provence, another life when I was a renter and hated confronting the ugly Medusa-like head of late fees. I was a very frequent renter (no surprise there) and almost always on time but when I was slapped for being late (not literally slapped but sometimes that may have been preferred) I would get quite pissed off. If only because I was a good renter and almost always never late. Come on, Thomas Video, give a guy a break! Here at Black Dog we try to be very understanding and compassionate when it comes to the nasty late charges. I imagine that there are a number of fine folk who just don’t come back into the stores for fear of an embarrassing late charge or maybe for a film that one has lost. But we’re reasonable people. We care. We understand. So come on back in, let’s sit down and talk about it. We’ll make you feel better. Maybe a hug is in order?

I remember back in the day…read more..

Next Saturday at the Commercial location there’s gonna be a happenin’ transpiring. Local musician Jason Zumpano will be spinning some records including his new LP Custodian from his latest outfit, The Cyrillic Typewriter, in the store from 3 to 5 in the afternoon (be weird if it was 3-5 in the morning). Jason describes it as essentially a soundtrack to a non existent film. Come on by, take a listen, rent a film. Everyone walks away happy. http://jazrecords.com

New Releases for Tuesday September 24th

Apres Mai – AKA Something in the Air – Fine French filmmaker Olivier Assayas writes and directs this semi-autobiographical tale for a young couple in 1968 France participating in protests, wanting to start a revolution and other hippie shenanigans. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m27BchNk1o[/youtube]

The Croods – Animated cavemen (Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds – not much a stretch in the casting department there) and cavewomen (Emma Stone and others) go on a quest for fire or something in this pretty good family fare.
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Dans la Maison – AKA In the House – Fine French filmmaker François Ozon writes and directs this tale of a high school French teacher who gets increasingly drawn into a precocious student’s increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend’s family. Got that? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eegoZpxQCzc[/youtube]

The Deep – No, it’s not the famed Jacqueline Bisset wet t-shirt/moray eel film from the 70’s but a fine looking Icelandic thriller from the director of Contraband about a guy who’s fishing boat sinks and he tries to survive in the frigid arctic waters. Can’t say for sure if he just wears a white cotton t-shirt in it or not.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfDP44g__Q0[/youtube]

Fill the Void – I just filled the void with some leftover paella and eggs. Boy am I stuffed! Sorry…Award-winning film from Israel about a lovely young woman forced into getting married to some old coot.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQuWarA9KXg[/youtube]

Hannibal Season 1 – Most excellent, surprisingly so, series about murderers – how many serial killers are running around in Minnesota anyways? Add the great Mads Mikkelsen as the titular “hero” for even more awesomeness. Takes place before the events of Silence of the Lambs. Very well filmed – I could just watch Mads cook and eat his way through the show. Good stuff! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx9bjEfzV_s[/youtube]

Iron Man 3 – Ho-hum sequel to Iron Man 2 reduces Tony Stark to a smarmy wuss who experiences panic attacks for no reason. Lame bad guys – didn’t explain what or who they even were. Lazy filmmaking. Better than the second one, not as good as number one. Had a few funny lines but mostly a pedantic, lame script bereft of any fun or believable ideas. Hopefully this will be the last one. Please? Also on the Blu Ray.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEIVPiTuYkQ[/youtube]

Kings of Summer – Most excellent (from what I’ve heard) coming of age tale about 3 friends who decide to build a house in the woods for themselves over the course of an eventful summer. Think of a combination of Stand by Me, Moonrise Kingdom and Cannibal Holocaust (well maybe not Cannibal Holocaust). (Will be late getting on the shelves at Cambie – our apologies) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvF7aPX2ee8[/youtube]

Modern Family Season 4 – Ok comedy keeps winning the Emmy for best comedy series for some reason. I guess folks enjoy comedies where everyone over-acts, yells their lines and the kids are oh-so-precocious. [youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJAkyAyTgjs[/youtube]

Redemption – AKA Hummingbird – Action man Jason Statham is a broken ex-special forces dude on the lam who assumes the identity of hit man or something in London’s underground crime scene. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82XwtyTU_1k[/youtube]

Unfinished Song – Grumpy and awesome Terence Stamp joins his deceased wife’s weirdo choir for some reason in this uplifting tale.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0ucWDzb9jY[/youtube]

V/H/S 2 – Second, and from what I hear, superior film to the first V/H/S/ that finds a couple of investigators investigating the disappearance of a missing student who come across a bunch of old VHS tapes with something nasty on them. Something nasty indeed. Maybe part 3 will be called D/V/D/…also on the B/L/U/ R/A/Y/.
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Coming Next Week

This is the End
Frozen Ground
Room 237
The English Teacher

What to Watch

Hannibal Season 1
Kon-Tiki
Orphan Black Season 1
Behind the Candelabra
Bling Ring
World War Z
Phil Spector
Mud
Boy
Amour

Laugh at this if you will. An oldie but a goodie… [youtube]http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/e8e4424115/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-from-between-two-ferns-zach-galifianakis-michael-cera-and-comedy-deathray[/youtube]

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 23rd

So last week’s edition of the newsletter was a little heavy, what with all the deer carcasses littering the pages. I apologize if I traumatized any readers or their children. I promise that today’s prose will be 100% deer free, dead or otherwise. In fact I’m just going to leave you with this amusing tale from Australia. What’s unique about this story is that it’s from Australia but does not contain the words; poisonous, tentacled, man-eating, terrifying, trap-door or world’s most dangerous. It’s the tale of a feral pig who somehow managed to drink 18 beers at a campsite, proceed to trash said campsite and then got into a fight with a cow. Read more…

To change gears for a minute, a tiny bit of bad news for those of you who enjoy our awesome punch card deal. Starting October 1st the punch cards will no longer qualify for the 10 stamp system we have going. It’s still a great deal depending on what you rent. $35 (plus tax) will net you 10 rentals. You do the math. You just won’t be able to collect stamps for the free rental after 10. Sorry, but we have to pay the bills.

And another gear change for you – the film fest guides should be in the stores this Thursday or Friday. Come on in and pick one up. $10 me thinks they will cost.

One more gear change – our fabulous Black Dog underwear is going fast. Come in and slap on a pair while you can and be the envy of all your friends who actually see you in your underwear. $25 for mens, $15 for the ladies. Tax included.

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Note – This is not actually the Black Dog underwear I’m modelling here. Our underwear looks nothing like this (sorry to disappoint). If you want to check it out, click here…

New Releases for Tuesday September 17th

Arthur Newman – Colin Firth fakes his own death in order to assume a new identity. He meets Emily Blunt who seems to want the same thing. No big deal, right? We’ve all at some point tried to fake our own deaths. Right? Right? Hello… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peS3xbgKbaw[/youtube]

Bates Motel Season 1 – New series that looks at the charming Norman Bates and his mommy issuses. I imagine that nothing odd or untoward happens around the Bates homestead. Do you? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lCWKKNGiKs[/youtube]

Behind the Candelabra – Michael Douglas is Liberace and Matt Damon is his younger lover and Steven Soderbergh is the director and you are the viewer enjoying this fabulous bio-pic. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ9OgbLCsUM[/youtube]

Bless Me Ultima – Weird name. Must be base on a novel or play. Let me check…Yep, it’s a novel. New Mexico, WWII, a young man strikes up a relationship with an elderly medicine woman in a small village who helps him manage the paradoxes of good and evil. Heard good and evil things about this one. Mostly good. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZigUok02nw[/youtube]

The Bling Ring – Sophia Coppola tries to recapture the magic she once displayed with flicks such as Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation with this number about a bunch of meddling kids who break into Hollywood celebrities homes and steal their shit. Haven’t seen it yet so I can’t tell you if the magic is there. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4c6hmrwba0[/youtube]

Cockneys vs Zombies – The title really says it all. A bunch of old, hard to understand Brits have to fight off a zombie invasion for some reason. Comedy + horror = cinematic gold. Sometimes. Bonus points for having the great Alan Ford in it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3p-giK1MU[/youtube]

Drift – Surf movie about some surfers and the all the surfing that they do. Not internet surfing, mind you, but real actual water surfing. Hang ten, bro! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGEwsKORMQ8[/youtube]

The East – We love the Brit Marling here at Black Dog. This is her new flick – she co-wrote and stars in it. She works for a private intelligence firm who’s tasked with infiltrating some anarchist group that sabotage nasty corporations. Does she start to side with the anarchists? Only time (well the time it takes you to view this flick) will tell. Interesting side note – Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who co-wrote the screenplay and directed the film, based it on their experiences in the summer of 2009 practicing freeganism and joining an anarchist collective. Talk about immersing yourself in your work! Not too sure what freeganism is but it sounds unpleasant. (Note – I messed up the orders for this and am currently scrambling to get a few more DVDs. Bare with us please). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHpT9B7e7-Q[/youtube]

Greetings from Tim Buckley – Kind of a bio-pic that looks at the days leading up to a 1991 concert by Jeff Buckley that was a tribute type of affair for his father, Tim. You like the Buckley’s music? You should prolly check this out.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyPoTI-59HU[/youtube]

Phil Spector – Al Pacino sports some amazing, hilarious Phil Spector wigs in this sorta bio-pic that looks at Spector’s relationship with his attorney, Helen Mirren, during his trial for murder. A murder most foul. Written and directed by David Mamet.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdRS2UX8c_0[/youtube]

Renoir – Sorta bio-pic (notice a bit of theme with this week’s releases?) of Jean Renoir as he returns from the front in WWI after being wounded to convalesce and frolic on the French Riviera. There’s a warning of “art-related nudity”. You’ve been warned. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZTiQ_quEPA[/youtube]

Simon Killer – Poor Simon breaks up with his girlfriend so he flees to Paris and starts up a relationship with a prostitute. Well of course he does, haven’t we all done this? Right? Hello…. Things aren’t what they seem as his potentially dark past may be revealed. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXdIlx29W2s[/youtube]

World War Z – Big budget zombies. Brad Pitt. Great book. Pretty good “action” film – it’s not really much of a zombie movie though – hardly any blood, ridiculous plotting (talk to me after watching the plane sequence) and the only thing it really has in common with the book is the title. Still I enjoyed it for what it was – at least the first 2/3rd’s. It bogs down into a boring absurd medical drama for the last 3rd. Oh, what could have been. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md6Dvxdr0AQ[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Iron Man 3
Unfinished Song
Dans la Maison
Fill the Void
Redemption
Apres Mai
V/H/S/ 2
Modern Family Season 4
Hannibal Season 1
Kings of Summer

Recently Viewed and You Should Too

Orphan Black
World War Z
Boardwalk Empire S 3
From Up on Poppy Hill
Homeland S 2
Mud
Kon-Tiki
Amour
Boy

You like drinking? You like history? Then you should like some drunk history…. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaDk0wG-HWk[/youtube]

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 16th

Sometimes life throws you a curveball. I’m not too sure why it is suggested that a curveball is harder to hit than, say, a fastball or a knuckle ball or even a slider, but I don’t play the baseball or make up these odd sayings. I guess maybe what it means is that you might be expecting something – say some “high heat” – but then a lazy curveball drifts over the plate and the next thing you know you’re sitting back in the dugout wondering what the hell just happened. Or one moment you’re a baby deer walking along with your sibling and your mom and the next moment…read more

New Releases for Tuesday September 10th

Damages Season 5 – The last season for this fine lawyerin’ show that stars the Glenn Close.

Frankenstein’s Army – Yee-haw, this one looks so cool! A mad scientist creates an army of Nazi zombies that wear lots of metal armour and have some crazy tubes sticking out of them. This army of the Nazi undead feast on some invading Russian soldiers near the end of WWII. “A delirious plunge into the darkest depths of insanity” so says the box. Sign my up for some of that sweet darkest depths of insanity stuff! Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOF8GiIXtGY[/youtube]

From up On Poppy Hill – From the great Miyazaki (he wrote this one I believe) and studio Ghibli comes this amazing looking animated piece about the inhabitants of Yokohama in 1963 as they prepare for the upcoming Olympics. Of course this will be a damn fine film although I’m not too sure if there are any giant cats with umbrellas in it. Also on the Blu Ray.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-vfzhfq5JA[/youtube]

Homeland Season 2 – More paranoia, home-grown terrorists and the folks who love them and the CIA who don’t so much and all that good stuff.

Love is All You Need – Gross-looking romantic comedy that finds Remington Steele becoming romantically involved with the mom of the woman who’s going to marry his son. That make sense? At least it’s set in Italy. Directed by Suzanne Bier (In Another World) for some reason. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHS51O_Sn9Q[/youtube]

Luther Season 3– Stringer Bell kills it once again as Luther in Luther Season 3!

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Heavy looking drama from director Mira Nair finds a young Wall Street Pakistani guy caught up in paranoia and stuff during that September 11th bugaboo from a few years back. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouXWUenv5_Y[/youtube]

Parade’s End – The insanely cutely named Benedict Cumberbatch (“awww”, you’re saying right now, aren’t you?) stars in the great little HBO miniseries that deals with some stuffy upper-crust British folk dealing with the changing times in England at the start of WWI. Good stuff I’ve been told. Good stuff indeed.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTDCj9-spF8[/youtube]

Sharknado – A bunch of tornados suck up a bunch of sharks out of the ocean and toss them on shore where they must attack stud acting legend, Ian Zierling and others. Haven’t seen it yet, but it looks to be a bunch of cheesy good-time fun. My only complaint is that I wish this were a documentary.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3saKaKXSy-A[/youtube]

Star Trek: Into Darkness – The aforementioned Benedict Cumberbatch (“awww” – I can hear you!) pops up again as the bad guy in the latest Star Trek movie. Not as good as the first new one, but it’s an OK ride (although I’m not too sure what darkness they’re going into, what with all the lens flares and such). When are they going to leave friggin’ earth and have some deep space adventures? Come on already. And please, let’s go easy on those lens flares next time, JJ. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAEkuVgt6Aw[/youtube]

Wish You Were Here – Some friends holiday in Cambodia. Four go in, only 3 leave. What gives? Where’s the other guy? What happened? Only one of the them knows for sure….Mystery abounds…  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv8uFj9SlVQ[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

The Bling Ring
World War Z
Renoir
Greetings from Tim Buckley
Stuck in Love
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Fill the Void
Simon Killer
Bates Motel Season 1
Drift
The East

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Luther Season 3
Iceman
Mud
Kon-Tiki
Boy
Magic Magic
Walking Dead Season 3
Amour
Oblivion
Aftershock
On the Road
Place Beyond the Pines

For your weekly guffaw, may I present to you…  http://happyplace.someecards.com/26136/10-inexplicable-warning-signs-youll-really-with-you-knew-the-backstory-behind

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 9th

I’m getting a divorce. It’s been far too long. How many nights have I spent cold, wet and miserable? That’s it, I’m done with you. Camping and I are officially broken up. We had some fine years, mostly when I was young and brash – the honeymoon faze I believe it’s called – but no more. I’ve had it with your miserable weather, brutal sleeps, poison squirrels, and smelling like dirt, smoke and desperation. All of it. I knew that our latest camping expedition was doomed from the start when we ended up stuck on the highway for an hour because of an overturned semi. Not a good omen. If we have left the house about 4 minutes earlier we would have missed the whole mess. Walking around on the highway was eerily like being in some apocalyptic horror film or something. Zombies, aliens or a meteor strike seemed imminent.

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“Brains! Where are the brains?!”

So we pressed on to Manning park. The plan was to enjoy a lovely night at Lightning Lake and then travel on to see some friends in the Okanagan. As soon as we pulled into the park, the rains started. Read More…

If any of your out there are fans of local rock heroes The Odds and are not fans of cancer, here’s your chance to do something about both. The Odds are doing a cool little secret benefit concert at the Raven in Deep Cove this Sunday. They (and myself) are also playing hockey the following weekend for a cancer charity dealy. Donate to our cause and get in free to the show. Easy peasy…

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New Releases for Tuesday September 3rd

Bleak House – Fine BBC series about a house that’s very bleak. Very very bleak. Or it’s the famed Dickens’ tale about injustices in the legal system. Stars Scully, so it has that going for it. At Commercial, soon to Cambie. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H09ZTmgUQd4[/youtube]

Borgias Season 3 – More crime and corruption and intrigue and Italians and Jeremy Irons in this swell series. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8s1bm9GS3w[/youtube]

Brooklyn Castle – Great uplifting (for lack of a better word) doc about the trials and tribulations and turmoil of a high school chess team. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOFtm_XlNjo[/youtube]

A Company Man – Fine Korean thriller about a guy wanting to quit his job. The only problem is his job is at a company of assassins. Can you quit a company that specializes in assassinations? How do I get a job there? Do they assassinate pigeons? If so, I’m in. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMAZYdtiorM[/youtube]

ExtractedInceptiony sounding thriller about a scientist who can watch people’s memories. He is tasked with checking in on the brain of a heroin addict to see if he committed murder or not. Sounds heavy. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSvdRTA3hhQ[/youtube]

Hammer of the Gods – Swords and sandals and blood and guts are the order of the day in this action dealy that finds a guy travelling to find his brother, Hakan the Ferrocious, who is said can lead his people to victory or something. I wish we still had names like that nowadays. I’d be Darren the Hungry, Darren the Disinterested or maybe Darren the Sleepy! The possibilities seem endless. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_BeZv9cCyE[/youtube]

Iceman – True story about Richard Kuklinski, a notorious hired killer and family man (not to sure he was a notorious family man or not). Stars the great, large-headed and creepy Michael Shannon. Also on The Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z1EDW784Qk[/youtube]

Lords of Salem – Rob Zombie makes a movie about witches. If you’re a Zombie fan, you’re already on board. If not, well I’d steer clear. Or not. Your call. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT14gtUCNw8[/youtube]

Now You See Me – Kind of an Ocean’s 11 but with a bunch of magicians. Some magic people pull off some heists during their performances and then litter the audience with the loot. Needless to say they draw the ire of some bankers and Johnny Law. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OtM9j2lcUA[/youtube]

The Office Season 9 – Final season finally. The documentary crew must have so much footage by now! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tye7PniyjUc[/youtube]

Parks and Recreation Season 5 – This is a show that just gets better and funnier as it goes along. Great cast, fine writing, solid laughs. Good on ya, kids! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oER-kg7ffU[/youtube]

Revolution – Doc form the dude who made Sharkwater about changing the world somehow, going for broke, fighting for your right to party, taking a stand and other cliches. Also on the DVD. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxcophNGLdg[/youtube]

Spartacus: War of the Damned – They’re still making this sweaty, half-naked, sandal wearing, sexy gladiator show? Ahem, excuse me while I go and rent this…ahem…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qXoC-DykyM[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Parades End

Sharknado

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Homeland Season 2

Love is All You Need

Luther Season 3

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Frankenstein’s Army

Wish You Were Here

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Walking Dead Season 3
Kon-Tiki
Great Gatsby
Mud
Amour
Boardwalk Empire Season 3
Wrong
The Thick of It

And now I will leave you with this hilarious (at least to me) video of one of those mounted singing fish. Why is this funny? Well the batteries on it are slowly dying and and it sounds like it’s possessed by some hellish demon. Enjoy…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHchmWsrfUo[/youtube]

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 2nd

There won’t be doing a proper newsletter this week (I’ll explain next week) but here’s a little taste of what’s coming out on Tuesday…

At any Price – Dennis Quaid is a farmer, Zac Efron is his rebellious car-loving son. Drama ensues.

The Colony – The future looks bleak and cold in this Canadian thriller. Lawrence Fishbourne leads a rag-tag assembly of humans trying to survive the cold and some monsters or something. Also on Blu ray.

Great Gatsby – Leo DeCaprio and others liven up this glitzy take on the classic story. Also on Blu Ray.

Kon-Tiki – Great little Oscar nominated flick from Norway about explorer Thor Heisenburg (not too sure about the last name) as he recreates a 8000 km trek across the ocean on a wooden raft. Not really my idea of a vacation. Available in both Norway language and English (it was shot in both languages) and on Blu Ray.

Mud – Matthew McConaughey continues his winning ways in this fine little crime thriller. Mud is his name and mud might be his game! Also on the Blu Ray.

1939: Battle of Westerplatte – Poland vs the Nazis in the beginning of WWII. Wonder who prevails?

Reality – A fishmonger becomes a contestant on a reality show in this sweet little satire form the director of the amazing Gommorah.

Pain and Gain – Lots of muscles abound when the Rock and Marky Mark attempt to pull a heist. Warning – it’s directed by Michael Bay. Also on the Blu Ray.

Shadow Dancer – Fine thriller starring the Clive Owen about going undercover in the IRA. Tension and drama, I presume, ensue.

Sons of Anarchy Season 5 – Mawr bikers to beat you with pool cues!

Still Mine – Swell little Canadian number about an old man trying to build a nice house for his ailing wife and running into stupid government regulations and stuff.

Walking Dead Season 3 – Mawr zombies to eat your face.

That’s it for this week, next week we’ll be back to normal. Whatever that is.

 
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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 26th

So I was reading with interest yet another article about the demise of video rental stores across this great land. It was a piece in the Toronto Star about the state of that fair city’s video biz. There was nothing new or surprising to be found – sales are down in all stores, customers are flocking to online sources like Netflix and iTunes, yadda yadda. A couple of days later this article appeared from The Film Buff – a great indie store in T-dot – http://thefilmbuff.com/actually-the-sky-isnt-falling. As usual the reporter in the original Star piece left out most of the meat of the interview, instead focusing on what angle his editors wanted to story to take. I’ve been the victim of this kind of reporting a few times over the years. You really have to be on guard when being interviewed I must say. It got me to thinking (again – the thought is never far from my brains) about Black Dog and what the future might hold for us. At times over the course of the summer it has looked bleak but the article also gave me a shot of hope for said future. I think that because of the nature of our stores – a great catalogue of amazing, weird, fun and above all, important films – most of which you can’t find on Netflix or wherever – will keep us alive and relevant for a while at least. Who knows how long? It’s impossible to tell but we’ll keep this thing going as long as we can. I shouldn’t be worried about the customers that we’ve lost but be thankful and for the customers that appreciate what we do.
Part of the article mentioned a list of films that Spike Lee gives to his film class at NYU that he considers essential for any aspiring filmmaker or any lover of cinema. It’s not a list of very obscure films – http://www.indiewire.com/article/spike-lees-list-of-films-all-aspiring-filmmakers-must-see – but for Netflix, it seems that it is; the USA version of Netflix has only 4 while Canada does marginally better with 8. Out of the 86 films listed Black Dog has 81. Not too shabby. So if you’re a lover of cinema like we are, you know where to go. Make sure you tell you friends, your enemies, your neighbours, that brown dog on the corner and whoever else might listen.

New Releases for Tuesday August 20th

Aftershock – Weird violent action horror finds Eli Roth hanging out in Chile with his buds trying to score chicks and all that jazz. Then an earthquake destroys the town and they must contend with looters, gangs, honey badgers, aftershocks and Eli Roth’s questionable acting chops. (At Commercial – soon at Cambie) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoyGUt5PIQ8[/youtube]

Amour – From the great Michael Haneke (Funny Games) comes this sad and intense tale of an elderly couple dealing with a stoke that Anne suffers at breakfast. The most important meal of the day, my ass. Winner of Best Foreign Film and a fistful of other awards. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tuc3zjvJU8[/youtube]

Boardwalk Empire Season 3 – Nucky and his shady pals are back in this violent, excellent, epic show. Big fan of this am I.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5whz6p0BGE[/youtube]

Emperor – WWII history dealy that finds that doctor guy from Lost hanging out with crusty Tommy Lee Jones as General MacArthur. They have to decide if Emperor Hirohito should be hanged or not. Tough decision I imagine. I love that one of the warnings on for the film is for “historical smoking”. Also on the Blu Ray. At Commercial today, tomorrow at Cambie. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7mTqpibZ5Q[/youtube]

Endeavour Series 1 – Excellent BBC series about a detective detecting things – probably a case of murder, a murder most foul! – back in the year 1965. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISP-ulPNvGc[/youtube]

Epic – Fine animated family fare about a civilization of forest dwellers and things living in a teenager’s backyard. Of course she gets shrunken down to their size and must battle some evil forest folk for the fate of their world…and ours! Or something like that. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPnSC4stKC4[/youtube]

Graceland – Well regarded thriller from The Philippines about a kidnapping gone wrong and the dad who must navigate the slimy criminal underworld to find his missing daughter before it’s too late. Yes please! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK0IlWbZ-Q8[/youtube]

Hatchet 3 – OK I have to admit that I’m a fan of the Hatchet films. They’re dumb, stupid and dumb but they are also gory as hell with great effects and nice imaginative ways to butcher meddling teenagers. Bring on number 3! And bonus points for having Kane Hodder as the creepy indestructible killer. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7loRXdZcBk0[/youtube]

Home Again – Excellent indie drama that follows three people recently deported back to Jamaica from the US, Canada and England who must find their way in an unfamiliar culture. Jamaica isn’t just all Bob Marley and weed. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYMaOS0_GpM[/youtube]

The Killing Season – Tired and old DeNiro (for some reason he’s supposed to only be 43 in this!) cavorts around a Bosnian forest with John Travolta, sporting an awesome chin-strap beard, playing tag or building a fort or trying to kill each other for some reason or something like that. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yseYEtQoJQ[/youtube]

No One Lives – Horror number about a band of highway killers (whatever that is) who attack the wrong couple and have the tables turned on them. Turned on them but good! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuitXAiQQfk[/youtube]

Scooby-Doo: Stage Fright – The gang is back to take on someone haunting something or other. For some reason we also have this on Blu Ray at the Cambie store. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nezSXitSOWQ[/youtube]

The Silence – Excellent looking German thriller about a 13 year-old girl who disappears at the same location of a murder of a young girl some 23 years earlier. Are the two cases connected? What’s going on? Who is that lurking in the shadows? This one’s high on my list of must-watches. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9A6wpKJF78[/youtube]

Solomon Kane – Wizards, weaponry and bloody mayhem are a dish best served cold. Or hot. Your choice. A ruthless mercenary renounces his violent ways only to be drawn back in for “one more case!” Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIBwQsOwEeM[/youtube]

The Thick of It – Most excellent BBC comedy series about the shenanigans and goings-ons at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. Stars the great Peter Capaldi. This fine series was the inspiration for the great film In the Loop and the TV series Veep. You’re welcome!

What Maisie Knew – Little Maisie is caught up in a custody battle between her parents. I think that she knows something. But what could it be? Secret of the universe? It’s 42 in case you were wondering. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrGzb1nBBl4[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Pain & Gain
Shadow Dancer
Sons of Anarchy Season 5
Still Mine
Walking Dead Season 3
Kon-Tiki
Among Friends
1939: Battle of Westerplatte
A Company Man
At Any Price
The Colony
The Great Gatsby

We Saw This and You Should As Well

Boardwalk Empire S 3
Amour
Enlightened Season 2
Girls Season 2
Olympus Has Fallen
Magic Magic
West of Memphis
Stoker
Wrong
On the Road

Nothing can ruin a film quite like some bad dubbing. Or even good dubbing for that matter. But sometimes some really bad dubbing can make a bad film not only worse but much better. Here’s some really bad dubbing for your enjoyment…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9p9XZeRd_E[/youtube]

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 19th

So I’m going to cure cancer. How am I going to cure cancer, you ask? By playing hockey of course. Makes sense. No, I’m not high or drunk (well, not really). I’ll be participating in a charity road hockey thingy in September where the proceeds go the BC Cancer Foundation. I’m usually not one to shill for things in the newsletter but if any of you fine folks would like to sponsor me while I cure cancer, that’d be swell. I know that there are probably better agencies to donate to in the fight against this shitty disease as not all of the money donated to the larger corporate Cancer charities – “Big Cancer” as I like to call it – goes strictly into the research. But I like to believe that doing this charity event is a positive thing. I’ll be playing with local rock legends The Odds and if you’d like to donate you can follow the link here, https://rhcc.akaraisin.com/Common/Participant/Search.aspx?seid=7003&mid=28 Team Odds, player Darren Gay. I’ll even through in a free rental for any donations over $25, just to sweeten the pot a bit. Stupid cancer, you’re going down!

The gonch is going fast! If you haven’t already scored a pair, please stop in and ensconce your nether regions in the finest fabrics known to humankind..$15 for women’s and $25 for men’s – tax included!

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New Releases for Tuesday August 13th

Angles’ Share – Brand spanking new Ken Loach film follows a fresh dad, who just narrowly missed going to jail for some reason, as he finds solace and inspiration in a whiskey distillery he visits with his blokes. If there’s a better place to find inspiration and solace in this crazy world, then I don’t want to know about it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcQIvmR21VU[/youtube]

Big Wedding – My gawd, Robert DeNiro, what the hell happened to you? Did you need another helicopter landing pad on your roof? Just look at the dismal cover for this dreck. You’ve gone from intense Taxi Driver to a fake-laughing bearded monkey. For shame. Even the name is awful. Big Wedding. Shit, is that the best you could come up with, Hollywood hacks. The “film” revolves around a recently divorced couple who pretend to be married for some lousy wedding. Ugh, that’s not even sitcom-worthy. This looks so lame that I wouldn’t watch this pile of puke with your eyes. But don’t let me stop you. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–83R-9Dabg[/youtube]

Coast Modern – Great locally produced doc about west coast modernist architecture. You like dwellings? You addicted to those house porn shows? Then you must check this out. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUjmYdqwmXY[/youtube]

The Company You Keep – Nice to see that leathery Robert Redford is employing his peers (Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Sam Elliot and many more) as he directs and stars in this tale of a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run when he’s outed by some meddling reporter. It’s a fine little thriller, if not overly long and draggy in places. Brit Marling steals the show (in my opinion anyways) as she’s likely to do. Bonus points for having a scene filmed in a laundry place on the Drive. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_y9Qo6-syE[/youtube]

Enlightened Season 2 – Second and, unfortunately, last season of this fine show starring Laura Dern as a self-destructive woman who has a breakdown and then has some sort of spiritual awakening (at a Grateful Dead show, perhaps? that’s where my spiritual awakening happened – or maybe it was the acid) which leads to turmoil in her home and professional life. Good stuff. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYE_tRMj404[/youtube]

Girls Season 2 – Mawr girls! If you haven’t watched this show yet then you haven’t seen it. You should correct that. Good stuff! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QyyuM3CzSs[/youtube]

Liberal Arts – Very good little indie drama/comedy that finds a dude returning for his professor’s retirement party where he meets one of the Olsen sisters – don’t worry it’s the talented one, Elizabeth – and they fall madly in love. Word has it that this indie darling is the shit (that means is good in street language).  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cghoZjT4e8[/youtube]

Olympus has Fallen – Here’s reason # 435 why Hollywood is a stupid place; this particular action film was one of two films that came out this year about terrorists attacking the friggin’ White House. While that might be cool in real life, do we have to have two films on the same subject released within months of each other? This one has the Morgan Freeman, the Gerald Butler and Aaron Eckhart as The President (I imagine he gets to kick a little ass at some point). Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xfvzihMpe4[/youtube]

Political Animals – Warning! There are no actual animals in this show. No penguins. No wildebeest. No nothing! Just Sigourney Weaver starring as a former first lady, now divorced, who is currently serving as Secretary of State. Sounds a little familiar, no? Also stars the amazing Ciarán Hinds and Ellen Burstyn so it has that going for it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUIuCDGuggo[/youtube]

The Sapphires – Singy-dancey thing from Australia that follows four aboriginal girls as they attain some sort of stardom as they entertain the troops in Nam (Viet). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILD-EX1MEdM[/youtube]

Vanishing Waves – Cool looking erotic sci-fi number from Lithuania about a neuron-transfer scientist who experiments with the thoughts of a comatose young woman. How can you not go wrong with that?! Won scads of awards around the globe including the cool mini film-fest held at the Rio last fall. Heard nothing but good things. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqVAn5TpaME[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Epic
Emperor
Boardwalk Empire Season 3
What Maisie Knew
Solomon Kane
Amour
No One Lives
5 Shells
The Killing Season
Hatchet 3
Home Again

Recently Viewed and You Should Too

The Company You Keep

Vanishing Waves
Boy
Wild Bill
Enlightened Season 2
Angels’ Share
Evil Dead
Stoker
Magic Magic
Oblivion

Top Renters, Yo!

Trance
Oblivion
G.I. Joe Retaliation
42
Welcome to the Punch
Admission
Dead Man Down
Place Beyond the Pines
Stories We tell
House of Cards

In case you missed it or need something that’ll make you smile, check this out…(gets to the good stuff around 1:48)  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx1vuBWKttk[/youtube]

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Our mailing address is:
Black Dog Video
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