Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 12th

So the August long weekend has passed. What is the excuse for getting this day off in the summertime? Family-Style-Happy-Day? National Catfish Celebratory Day? Romance Awareness Fun-Time-Day? Doesn’t really matter, does it? A holiday is a holiday. It was also very nice to get a day of rain on Friday. And not just because we’ve had a crazy run of gorgeous weather and everything around us seems to be dying, but also the video stores needed a good watering as well. I have a love/hate relationship with summer. As much as I enjoy the great weather I can’t let myself fully appreciate it as it throws our business in the mud and kicks it in the head with an iron boot. This summer has been particularly brutal for us. We’ve been scratching our collective heads trying to figure out the cause. Besides the usual blow darts to the back of the neck reasons like illegal and legal downloading, Netfilx, internets, birdwatching and dog petting there are a myriad of other factors that are bumming us out such as the aforementioned record of horrible sunny days and, to be honest here, a poor selection of New Releases in the past months or so. All of these factors have added up to a fairly stressful summer for us so far. Check out the rating of the top DVD rentals on the internets. (These top rentals don’t really reflect what rents well at our stores but you get the idea)

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The good news, and it was good news, is the rains definitely helped us on Friday and the slate for films due for release in August and September is unusually strong. So we’ll continue to hang in there and hope for the odd day of wetness to cheer us up. In the worlds of Monty Burns, “Ever since the dawn of time, man has yearned to destroy the sun!”.

While many of you see our glorious summer as something like this…

 

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I see it more along these lines…

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New Releases for Tuesday August 6th

Community Season 4 – Never have I seen this show. Heard that there’s some fine laughs to be had, did I. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRMZYsOY4do[/youtube]

Ginger & Rosa – Fine little drama about a couple of best friends growing up in London under the darkening clouds of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Then something happens to the two young lasses that changes their lives forever. What could it be? A talking dog? Poison monkey attack? UFO abduction? Directed by Sally Potter (Orlando).  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47yoVmZeff0[/youtube]

Magic Magic – Cool looking horror thriller about a naive girl’s trek through Chile with some friends. They meet up with evil Michael Cera and things take a turn for the nasty. Anyone else having a hard time picturing an evil Michael Cera? He looks pretty mean on the box with his furrowed brow and all. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU_AlgW6Lw[/youtube]

Place Beyond the Pines – The Gosling is a motorcycle stunt guy who tries his hand at robbing banks as a means to support his lady friend and her sprog. Handsome Bradley Cooper is the guy to try to stop him. Much drama and motorcycle chases, I presume, ensues. Heard this one’s quite excellent. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G07pSbHLXgg[/youtube]

Oblivion – The Tom Cruise stars in this poorly-written but great looking sci-fi thriller (much was filmed in Iceland and it looks terrific). Tom and his lady friend patrol the earth after some sort of alien holocaust maintaining some giant machines that seem to be doing something. Morgan Freeman shows up for a spell as a sort of lame Morpheus type character. Worth a watch as it hums along and is quite entertaining even if you you don’t care for the Cruise or good scripts. Also on the Blu Ray.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGpjlfCfe2Y[/youtube]

On the Road – Adaptation of the famed Kerouac novel stars Twilight and some other folk as they traipse around America looking for some sort of meaning in their lives. Directed by the dude that made Motorcycle Diaries.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKwblG7q_hM[/youtube]

Starlet – Much ballyhooed, by those who like to ballyhoo, flick about an unlikely friendship that is formed when 21 year-old Jane meets octogenarian Sadie at a yard sale. You meet the most interesting folk at yard sales.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyxiNhsG-Mc[/youtube]

To the Wonder – Boy, Terence Malick is just cranking them out these days. This one finds Ben Affleck wandering around fields of wheat expressing deep thoughts about his Russian bride, his childhood sweetheart, Javier Bardem and those fields of wheat he spends lots of time in. Also on the Blu Ray.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-szQo98CUas[/youtube]

West of Memphis – Great documentary about the miscarriage of justice that was the famed Memphis Three case where 3 dumb guys were tried for the brutal murders of three young boys because they liked heavy metal music (the not-so-bright fellas liked the heavy metal, not the kids, although the kids may have liked it as well, I just don’t know). Excellent stuff here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KuTFbUyOT0[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Olympus Has Fallen
Liberal Arts
Reality
Enlightened Season 2
Girls Season 2
The Company You Keep
Angels Share
Big Wedding

Recently Enjoyed…

Oblivion
Place Beyond the Pines
West of Memphis
Wrong
Stoker
Breaking Bad
Orphan Black
House I Live In
Pieta

Enjoy another bloody beautiful week. Be safe and happy and hopefully laugh at this…

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 5th

I hate birds. Well, let me re-phrase that, I strongly dislike birds. Not all birds mind you as I do enjoy some birds such as hummingbirds, eagles and emu’s. But I hate most of the crappy city birds that plague our fine town. I can’t stand the filthy, damn seagulls that are forever trying to snatch my burrito away from me at the beach. My beach burrito. Bastards. I am not a fan of crows in the spring when they are hatching their wretched chicks. I hate the sounds they make as they force feed the little monsters. They sound as if someone is choking a hobo with a garden hose. I hate how they dive-bomb you, looking to rip open your scalp and feast on the gooey innards. That said I do like seeing them flock to Burnaby at dusk every evening. Not too sure why they do that, but they look pretty cool. Most of all I despise the lousy pigeons that infest this city with their shittyness. I’ve been at war with these flying disease bags for over a year now. They insist on making a nest in the awning at the Commercial location. I’ve put up netting, bird spikes and a small sign, but to no avail. I thought I had broke all their eggs and smashed their nest this spring only to see all the gross feathers and hear the horror of their obscene chirping. Damn things. As much as I hate them, and as much as I fantasize about it, I just can’t bring myself to throttle them or snap their young stupid little pigeon necks. Now that they can fly I’ll have to get up there and try to rip out their nests and their shit and furniture. It’s gonna be ugly. We even had one of the little squabs fly into the store the other night. Only it was too much of an idiot to find it’s way back out. Stupid thing. A brave customer stepped in to help poor terrified Alex usher it out the door. Earned himself a free rental he did. Damn birds.

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This didn’t work at all. Stupid pigeons.

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New Releases for Tuesday July 30th

The Bletchley Circle – Handsome (of course it is) BBC production about 4 women in WWII who work together to crack some Nazi codes. Then later after the war, they hang out and try to solve a crime involving some murders. Murders most foul! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYDbtzchyVs[/youtube]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation – The Rock, The Channing Tatum and The Bruce Willis all run around shooting things and blowing shit up in this sequel that nobody asked for. That said, I’ll probably watch it as I like to see things get blown up. Blown up, real good. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKNpy-tGwxE[/youtube]

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh – Nifty looking horror number about a guy who inherits a spooky house from his mom only to find out she was mixed-up in some sort of evil cult. Really, is there any other kinds of cults besides evil? Bonus points for having Vanessa Redgrave in it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6FWJOjBLEY[/youtube]

Shameless Season 1 and 2 (original British version) – Excellent British show about a family of siblings surviving basically on their own in some crazy anarchic environment. I’ve seen some of the American version – it’s quite good as well – and the source material is usually far superior so this sounds like it’s well worth checking out. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3tpJRLVM8w[/youtube]

Old Stuff Just In on the Shelves and Eagerly Awaiting Your Eyeballs

Killer Party – Strange, bloody, nudity-filled, bee-infested, cheesy, haunted sorority-house, 80’s slasher flick classic! There is much love for this flick on the internets. Haven’t seen it yet, but It seems right up my alley.

Coming Next Week

To the Wonder
Place Beyond the Pines
West of Memphis
Matchmaker
Scapegoat
Political Animals – Complete Series
Magic Magic
Ginger & Rosa
On the Road
Community Season 4
Oblivion
Gallowwalkers

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Wrong
Stoker
Evil Dead
Orphan Black Season 1
House I Live In
Pieta
42
Silenced
Gatekeepers
A Simple Life

That’s it for this week. It’s a long weekend approaching. Be safe, have fun, watch something sweet. For you horror aficionados, how many can you name? I did OK. But there were a couple, G,U, X and Y that stumped me.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 29th

So I was wandering around the store, perusing the New Release section the other day, when I thought that I’d count up the number of movie boxes that had a gun (or many guns) on the cover. Twenty-seven boxes had a gun(s) on the cover. There were an additional 4 in the foreign section. It got me to thinking (audible groan). Why do we love guns in our movies so much? I imagine that some of you fine folk love guns in your regular lives as well. At least if you’re American, you might. But in reality, do guns really play such a prevalent part in that many people’s lives and in society in general? Do the guns and violence in films reflect society or is it all just a weird fantasy? I’ve only fired a gun once – a shotgun – I was out at a friend’s farm trying to shoot some skeets. I was terrible, didn’t hit one. I did manage to shoot a canoe on the other side of the field though. Showed that canoe, I did. I’ve never even seen a handgun in real life. But I do love my action films. The more violent the better, in my opinion. But I abhor violence in real life. So what point am I trying to make here? I dunno. Are guns so popular because of movies or are movies with guns as popular because of America’s infatuation with them? Do people find them sexy or something? That’s a debate that can go on well into the night, maybe with a nice bottle of bourbon. Just leave the actual guns out of it.

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I dunno…got anything bigger?

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New Release for Tuesday July 23rd

Cole – Locally made indie effort from Carl Bessai finds a small town dude trying to make it in the big city by taking a creative writing course. And I think he kisses a girl at some point. Much drama, I presume, ensues. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZplAVRYlIw[/youtube]

The House I Live In – Excellent doc about the War on Drugs and what a criminally obscene and damaging and stupid and evil program this is and was and is. Bunch of goofs. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8[/youtube]

Kiss of the Damned – Mawr vampires! Hollywood writer hooks up with a vampire. Then the nasty vampire’s sister shows up and starts casusing problems. Vampire mayhem ensues. From Xan Cassavettes, daughter of John and Gena Rowland. Heard good things about this one for those of you who haven’t had their fill of vampires lately. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO67tTxKkOg[/youtube]

The Man Who Laughs – French production ( of course it has Depardieu in it, as if you had to ask) of the Victor Hugo tale about a dude with a terrible scar on his face that makes him look as though he is always laughing. But I doubt that he is. What’s a guy to do with that kind of affliction? Why join the circus as a freak of course. Sorry, couldn’t find a trailer with subtitles.

New World – Korean crime thriller about a dude who goes undercover in some sort of syndicate in order to help topple said syndicate. Love me a good crime number and there’s been lots of great stuff coming out of Korea (South that is) lately. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rln9Hx_wPFw[/youtube]

Orphan Black: Season 1 – Most excellent British thriller about a street-wise girl who witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Much mystery ensues. It’s smart, sexy and pulsating with suspense or so says the box. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcnIQeWY6MA[/youtube]

Pieta – A nasty loan shark goes about his business until his mom shows up. But is she really is mom? Will he give up his violent ways? Will mom join the family business. More greatness from Kim Ki-duk, Bad Guy, The Isle (again with the South Korea).  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MebVzBdz0OI[/youtube]

The Tower – Die Hard and the Towering Inferno have a baby and hatch it in, wait for it, South Korea. Now this is getting weird. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCQ1EemWIxo[/youtube]

Trance – Danny Boyle’s, (the guy who made the Olympics, Trainspotting, Millions) latest finds James McAvoy getting mixed up with creepy Vincent Cassel and lovely Rosario Dawson and some stolen art and some hypnosis and some murder and some shots to the groin in this entrancing thriller. Get it? See what I did there? Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjHWzrzdM3U[/youtube]

Twixt – Francis Ford Coppola is not only still alive, but he’s making movies. Ghost story movies! Ghost story movies with Val Kilmer and Bruce Dern. There has to be a punchline somewhere here. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ9Ylk92HJM[/youtube]

Welcome to the Punch – Again with the James McAvoy. If it’s not South Korea this week it’s bloody James McAvoy. And in another crime film. A crime film with really dumb name. He’s a detective hot on Mark Strong’s criminal trail. This actually looks pretty good. Also on the Blu Ray which may be late getting on the shelves. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4qGGYfn05Y[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Vanishing Waves
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Shameless – UK Series Season 1 and 2
Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh

Top Renters for the Last 2 Weeks

Admission
Spring Breakers
Dead Man Down
Funeral Kings
Quartet
Rust and Bone
Jack the Giant Slayer
House of Cards Season 1
Jack Reacher
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Want Something to Watch? Try These Please…

Pieta
42
Hell on Wheels
The Evil Dead
Silenced
The Gatekeepers
Simple Life
Wrong
Stoker
American Mary
Upstream Colour

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 22nd

I’m so old. I just turned 48. Forty-freakin’-eight! How’d that happen? When did I officially enter the realm of ‘old man’? When do I start getting discounts on movies, bus fare and various ointments? When do I have to start eating chopped steak and cut the corn off the cob? Where did my youth go? Where did my hair go? Where are my keys? It can be somewhat depressing to think about age and aging and…”hey you kids, get off of my lawn!” Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, I was talking about hamburgers and how…sorry, lousy old brain. As one gets older, one starts to reflect on all of the regrets and ‘what if’s’ that have passed on by. What if I didn’t get a girlfriend who went went to university, thus bringing me into the academic world? Where would I have ended up? Why didn’t I go to Lisa S.’s house for dinner that night? Why didn’t I bury that hobo in a deeper grave? Why did I drink all that crab juice? What if I hadn’t taken off my pants in the airport that time? Why did I give that speech at Larry’s wedding? The list is endless (as I’m sure is most folks). There’s really not much point dwelling on the past as you can’t really change it (unless I get that time machine I’m working on in the basement finished). What does any of this have to do with movies.? Hell if I know.

Just a reminder of our summer deals – 2 for 1 Mondays (all films), five old flicks for 10 bones on Wednesdays and Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 2 movies for $7 – one old one new, 2 old. Lots of great films to be had. You must all be bored of the sun by now right? Hello?

New Releases for Tuesday July 16th

42 – Bio-pic about Jackie Robinson. Tells the story about how he was the first black baseball player to break into the major leagues. It’s set during the time when there was lots of racism in America. Good thing racism in the US has been erradicated and they’ve moved past all that nastiness. Ahem. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlaUzQgRKPI[/youtube]

Bad Kids Go to Hell – Lots of sex and blood and sexy bloodiness liven up this Breakfast Club meets The Grudge type of horror comedy. Six students meet for detention on a Saturday and are killed off for some reason. Some plot keywords include; impalement, stun gun, hit with a book, bowel movement, hit with a shovel, sex on a table, sex in the library and Abraham Lincoln. Exciting! Also gets points for having Judd Nelson in it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB-vMMXImNU[/youtube]

Bullet to the Head – Old man (he must be older than me!) Sly Stallone plays a hitman who teams up with a detective to bring down a common enemy. Paula Dean? Is it too late to make Paula Dean jokes? Too soon? Points for dusting off Walter Hill to direct. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDiaXZiIJOQ[/youtube]

Evil Dead – Full on re-make of the cult classic finds some kids at a cabin in the woods where they stumble upon a something titled Book of the Dead. It comes with a warning not to read it. Be pretty boring film if they didn’t. Very high on my list to see as I’ve heard that it’s gory and great and gory. Also on the Blu Ray. Red Band trailer – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwvGH8QFJSo[/youtube]

Hell on Wheels Season 2 – Great show about building the railways in the old west. Throw in some revenge and horses and campfires and you’ve got a fine evenin’ of gettin’ entertained. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dbrw6mjoa8[/youtube]

Jack Taylor Season 1 – That guy from Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey – you know the one, has an accent…handsome…walks around a says things? Ya him. He stars in this Irish cop drama that, word on the street has it, is quite excellent. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6n2MA7ibww[/youtube]

Silenced – Heavy drama from Korea about a guy who gets a job at a school for the hearing-impaired where he soon discovers some nasty shenanigans a happening. Much drama, I presume, ensues.

Under the Bed – Two brothers team to defeat some sort of creature or monster or entity or dust bunny that’s hiding under the bed. Must have been an Ikea bed – Nyvoll or Malm probably. Maybe just either move or have someone come in and take the bed away? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3jQNTmI-do[/youtube]

Wild Bill – Family crime drama finds a dude fresh out of the slammer who returns home to find that his two sons have been abandoned by their mum and are fending for themselves. Crime and family drama, I presume, ensue. For whatever reason the box art on the Canadian release airbrushed the words “WIld Bill” off the guys knuckles?! Now the box just looks weird. Come into the store and tell us that the box doesn’t look weird. I dare you! Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko8xgMKoibA[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

Vanishing Waves
Trance
Welcome to the Punch
Why Stop Now?
Kiss of the Damned
Pieta
The Girl
New World
Homme Qui Rit
Twixt

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Evil Dead
Silenced
Gatekeepers
A Simple Life
Spring Breakers
No
American Mary
Stoker
Wrong
Upstream Colour

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 15th

I’m not too sure how many of you fine folks are familiar with the Fox Theatre on Main St. It used to be the most disgusting, putrid porn theatre that I’ve ever had the displeasure to set foot in (not that I’ve sampled many porn theatres in my time). A number of years ago (12?) a couple of friends and I made an attempt to turn it into a some-what legitimate part-time art-house/rep theatre, The Criminal Cinema. We took it over on the weekends, showed some cool cult films, sold beer and had fun with it. Unfortunately, it didn’t fare too well. As mentioned, it was a part-time experiment. The problem was that the other 4 days a week it still operated as a porn theatre. Every stereo-type of the old perverted dude still haunted the place during the week (and would show up every weekend looking for their smut fix). Yes, I’m talking fat guy with stained tank-top and suspenders holding up soiled track pants. I’m sure he wasn’t wearing any underwear either (try to scrub that image out of your mind). It was just too gross in there for people to come to our shows. We even tried handing out mini garbage bags to place on the foul seats but that just highlighted what a dump the place was. We closed it down after a couple of months. The only thing that was left behind was this fabulous mural in the woman’s washroom of teen heartthrob, Scott Baio, that was painted by our very own Black Dogger, Aliza.

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With the recent announcement that the folks behind the Waldorf were set to take it over, I got to thinking about the mural with the hopes that they would keep it and all it’s awesomeness. It was even mentioned in a few articles that I read about and I think they said it was something cool and they hoped to keep it. Then I saw this photo and it looks as if some ass-hat has ruined it. Such a bummer. For shame.

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Those cats have their work cut out for them trying to revive the building. It needs a complete sand-blasting, nose to tail. Take a look at these photos, but be warned, they are not for the squeamish or faint of heart. I couldn’t believe it got worse than when we were there, but I was wrong. I was very wrong.

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New Releases for Tuesday July 9th

Admission – Comedy that finds the lovely and talented Tiny Fey as a college admissions officer who reconnects with the lovely and talented Paul Rudd who runs an “alternative” type of school. Is that gifted kid that’s lurking around the school Tiny Fey’s sprog she gave up for adoption years ago? Hmmm…Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD88JpNEQz0[/youtube]

Boy – Michael Jackson-loving Boy getting to know his estranged dad who returns home to find a bag of money he buried somewhere years ago type film from New Zealand. Whew! Supposed to be marvelous! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwqfR8g-Qow[/youtube]

Dead Man Down – Good looking action film has good-looking Colin Farrell as the right-hand man of some criminal guy being seduced by good-looking Noomi Rapace who wants to do some kind of revenging. If Hitchcock and Tarantino had a baby it, not only would it be fairly gross and disturbing, but it may look a bit like this flick. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WKmnAcMTKM[/youtube]

Everybody Has a Plan – Yes, everyone has a plan. Mine is to eat some potato salad and prod the cat with a fork. Viggo Mortensen’s is to assume the identity of his dead twin brother in Argentina. Does he get more than he bargained for in doing such a thing? Maybe he should have just followed my plan? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8RZUFrLzqU[/youtube]

The Gatekeepers – Doc about former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli Security Agency. Something tells me that there won’t be a lot of laughs in this film. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpk71yrQUQM[/youtube]

The Host – This has nothing to do with the fine Korean monster movie. This one, for better or for worse, is from the author of Twilight. It concerns the plight of waxy-looking humans who are being taken over by some aliens or bugs or evil dust bunnies or something. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNeCnKKHGE4[/youtube]

My Awkward Sexual Adventure – Very good (from what I hears) Canadian comedy about a dude who’s terrible at doing the sex who enlists the help of an exotic dancer to help him gain experience in all things of a sexual nature. He embarks on a naughty journey into the world of strip-clubs, S&M, sexy massage parlours, rusty trombones, Cleveland steamers and who knows what else. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tw-FF4-Fxk[/youtube]

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ – A couple of plucky, loveable loser brothers embark on a road trip for one last shot at musical redemption. Much humour and maybe even a life-lesson or two, I presume, ensue. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tXzgkARxYI[/youtube]

A Simple Life – Great little Chinese flick about a “free-spirited” maid who suffers a stroke and them moves into an old folks home. Sounds hilarious. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCD00LLZmys[/youtube]

Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo) kinds tries to go mainstream with this trashy piece of trash cinema about four girls who get in over their heads during spring break. James Franco shows up as a sleazy, corn-row haired, silver grill grinnin’ idiot who wants everyone to “look at his shit”. Part fun, part gratuitous pointlessness – maybe that’s the whole point of spring break (which, to me, looks like a level of Dante’s Inferno)? Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv-z5jp2t3M[/youtube]

This Girl is Badass – Martial arts Thai film featuring the star of the awesome flick Chocolate. Don’t know the plot, doesn’t matter. For those of you who like their asses in the realm of kicked. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3mI_nQJBZE[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3mI_nQJBZE[/youtube]

Old Stuff Just In!

Adventure Time Season 1 – A human boy and his dog brother set out for adventures in the Land of Ooo. No, it’s not a documentary.

Coming Next Week

42
Hell on Wheels
Evil Dead
Bad Kids go to Hell
Endeavour Season 1
Wild Bill
Bullet to the Head
Silenced
Under the Bed

Recently Viewed and Recommended

No
American Mary
Breaking Bad
Stoker
Wrong
Jack Reacher
Call the Midwife

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending July 1st

So it’s 5am Sunday morning. I’m lying in bed dreaming about nice things; puppies, unicorns, diabetes enthusiast and casual racist Paula Deen’s recent woes, when my slumber is interrupted but some odd music, bad singing and general shenanigans. I peer out my window to see a huge motor-home parked in front of my house, the occupants of which are on the sidewalk singing, drinking and, for some reason, taking photos of my hedge (to be fair, it’s a pretty nice hedge). I lay back down in bed pondering on how to address this situation. My wife has already made her way down the hall to sleep with the sprog, Swanson. I could slap on some clothes, pop a cold one and join them in their merriment. Images of Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson and sayings such as “gas, grass, or ass, nobody rides for free” race through my brains. Or I could grab my hammer and go all Oldboy on their young, hipster asses. Or I could call the cops and be that old guy in his robe on the porch shaking my fist and yelling at those scallywags. Instead I sort of drifted back off to sleep only to be awoke about an hour or so later as the humungous RV sped off in search of more fertile partying grounds (I assume – who knows). It was an odd way to start the day, that’s for sure. Lucky for me some hockey and tasty tacos were still in my future. What does this have to do with movies? You tell me.

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Welcome to my buttery dreams, y’all…

There’s something new brewing on the horizon – no, sorry, not Black Dog Beer – but something just as intriguing…Black Dog underpants! Stay tuned…

New Releases for Tuesday June 25th

Black Pond – British comedy about a family who are branded murderers when they help a down-on-his-luck dude by taking him in for a meal where he promptly dies.That’s gratitude for ya. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l_rJtpePd8[/youtube]

The Call – Word on the street has it that this thriller starring Halle Berry and some phones is pretty darn good. She plays a 911 operator with a “mysterious past” who gets a call from a kid locked in the trunk of a car. Thrills, I presume, ensue. From director Brad Anderson – Session 9, The Machinist. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u50ILx42-zE[/youtube]

Call the Midwife – Excellent BBC drama/comedy about a bunch of midwives in the poverty stricken areas of East London in the 1950’s If ya like yer Downton Abbey, you’re sure to love this. We have Season 1 and 2. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tY0eUynAOY[/youtube]

I Declare War – Word on the street has it that this drama/thriller about some kids whose game of Capture the Flag goes too far resulting in some dire consequences is quite excellent. I expect it gets darker than stealing each other juice boxes. I’m hoping for more on the side of Lord of the Flies. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfEGoJh8FXQ[/youtube]

Hansel and Gretel Get Baked – Evil pot-head witch Lara Flynn Boyle lures the neighbourhood kids into her house with the promise of some very fine dope. She then drugs them and prepares to cook and eat them. Yes, you read all of that correctly. I have a feeling that there will be a special segment of viewers who may enjoy this flick. Only at Commercial at the moment…sorry…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGn3NhqIVVc[/youtube]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Comedy about rival magicians trying to out-magician each other. Has comedy legends Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi making magic together in a magical way. Also stars James Gandolfini…RIP…Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnf5XOoKfd0[/youtube]

It’s a Disaster! – It’s the end of the world. Four couples have brunch. Hilarity ensues. Stars David Cross so it has that going for it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA9S6NgzNYE[/youtube]

No – Excellent drama that finds the handsome and dreamy Gael Garcia Bernal playing an ad executive who comes up with a campaign that he hopes will lead to the defeat of that evil prick, Pinochet in Chili in 1988. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOeiw_BJPas[/youtube]

Phantom – Cold War submarine movie about a secret mission that could end the world. Or something like that. Someone or something may or may not be haunted in this. Not too sure. Supposedly based on a true story. Stars Ed Harris and Mulder. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTGNNxqlba0[/youtube]

Portlandia Season 3 – More hipster comedy. Portland style! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgUpcQ_Rw9Y[/youtube]

Pusher – English remake of the fine Danish thriller about a drug dealer who’s life becomes complicated – and not in a good way – when he borrows money from his supplier for what he’s told is “a sure thing”. Ya, right, has there ever been “a sure thing” in any movie that’s actually panned out? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBqDHsFzgJM[/youtube]

The Rambler – Weird, bizarre (isn’t that the same thing as weird?) violent rambling movie about a rambler (Dermot Mulroney – at his rambling best) who rambles around the countryside having adventures and encountering many a strange person. Expect the unexpected. And much rambling. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQpGbA4mHZE[/youtube]

Revenant – Good looking horror/action/comedy that finds a zombie soldier hooking up with his best friend to take on the city’s bad guy drug dealers and stuff. Looks like this one could be a lot of fun. Zombie fun that is. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58vbhVzFAfU[/youtube]

Upside Down – Cool looking sci-fi dealy that finds two planets beside each other (like really beside each other) that are held together by gravity (or something like that). Star-crossed lovers live on opposite worlds and forces conspire to keep them apart. Of course a perilous journey must be undertaken to reunite the lovers. Stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess as said lovers. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLJqCPNFUlw[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

The Girl
This Girl is Badass
Tai Chi Hero
Tower

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Call the Midwife
American Mary
Stoker
Wrong
Veep Season 1
Fringe Season 5
ABC’s of Death
House of Cards Season 1

Depending on what I get up to next weekend (long weekend it is), there may not be a newsletter. Just giving you a heads up so you can prepare yourselves. In the meantime enjoy this…http://www.foundfootagefest.com/vhs-covers/#jp-carousel-1996

 

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 20th

Another Father’s Day has come and gone. For some reason it seems that Father’s Day takes a backseat to Mother’s Day. Just because mom carried you around like a giant watermelon tucked under her skin for nine months and then spent untold hours forcing you out of her body, her day gets all the hoo-haw. Just kidding, of course. Go moms! I had a pretty great day Sunday. My little guy let me sleep in till around 10 and then surprised me with a card and a small tile he made in school. It was his depiction of a rainbow coloured Angry Bird. I guess he assumes that I like the Angry Birds as much as he does as the card he made was Angry Birds as well. Pretty sweet. Maybe a tad creepy.

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How would you like that staring at you all night?

We then spent the day wandering around the Drive for the fine car-free day event. I’m always amazed at how many people drive to the car-free day. It seems to me that the whole “car-free” part of the day is lost on them. Crossing 1st it was sad to see so many people trapped inside if their cars, stuck in traffic while we wandered around, beer in hand anjoying the festivities. Lots of good music and food and a general cool vibe at this year’s event. Probably the most interesting thing I saw yesterday was a huge tortoise walking around with a small dog on it’s back. Good times (maybe except for the tortoise).

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And whatever this was…

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Just a reminder about the swell deals we have going on almost everyday at Black Dog. Monday – 2 for 1 films, Wednesday is 5 old films for $10 and Sunday to Thursday you can get two films, one old & one new or 2 old, for a mere $7. You’re saving money renting with us!

We also have a little contest for today. Win a couple of tickets to see It’s a Disaster! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA9S6NgzNYE [/youtube]at the Rio tonight. It stars David Cross among others. Just tell us this insanely hard trivia question – How many seasons did Mr. Show last? First one to chime in wins the tickets!

New Releases for Tuesday June 18

21 and Over – A celebration of a dude turning 21 soon devolves into a night of debauchery and humiliation. Of course it does. Sounds like my wedding night. There may or may not be a bear involved. Just warning you. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc9vHeGNTY0[/youtube]

American Mary – Great local horror number from the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska, finds a disillusioned and broke medical student finding her interests leading her into the world of underground surgeries. I do like the sounds of that. Hmmm, maybe that could be a new career for me. If only I wasn’t so squeemish at the sight of blood and all the gross stuff one finds inside the human body. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJtVBD6DlX8[/youtube]

The Brass Teapot – A couple finds a magical brass teapot (see title) that magically spoots out money whenever they hurt themselves. Just how far will they go to buy all the stupid shit that they want? I had a magical chamber pot once but it didn’t spoot out any money let me tell you! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g30KBZ4m61Y[/youtube]

Jack the Giant Slayer – Updated, CGI laden Jack and the Beanstalk retelling. A war breaks out between puny humans and giant giants (one of whom looks kinds like Klaus Kinski for some reason). Heard mixed things on this one from “it’s a fun romp that’s not to hard on the mind” to “shoddy CGI, bad acting that’s pretty hard on the mind”. You be the judge. Be it! Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnfgjDu9t28[/youtube]

Movie 43 – A strong contender for worst film of the year (expect to see it topping many a list) finds a bunch of short stories starring a bunch of people who should know better. I’m looking at you, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Dennis Quaid, Naomi Watts, Snooki (well maybe she wouldn’t know any better), Emma Stone and just about everyone else in Hollywood. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jDp2D2zWMI[/youtube]

Quartet – Fine older British actors – Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly – act in this fine little drama about old muscians getting ready for a concert of sorts. Directed, for some reason, by Dustin Hoffman. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfbzS6f8cXI[/youtube]

Snoop Lion: Reincarnated – Doc that follows Snoop Dogg, now called Snoop Lion or Snoop Humingbird or Snoop Emu as he travels to Jamaica, smokes some weed (go figure) and records a reggae LP. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tse40JPyyU8[/youtube]

Stoker – Cool looking film from the great Korean director, Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) about a creepy family and the creepy uncle who comes to stay after dad dies. Has the Nicole Kidman in it who can do unstable, creepy ladies pretty darn good (see The Paperboy). Can’t wait to check this one out. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btm7WjSwPmQ[/youtube]

Tower Block – A sniper picks off residents of an apartment building for some reason. Sounds like one of many of my twisted fantasies. Everyone has this fantasy right? Did I say that out loud? Hello? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthurECmLqI[/youtube]

Wilfred Season 2 – More fine comedy that finds a manic depressive Frodo who inexplicably is the only one who can see his neighbor’s dog as a full grown man in a dog suit.

Old Stuff Just In…

Crimewave – Comedy thing written by the Coen Brothers and directed by Sam Raimi! Hello! Also on the Blu Ray

Coming Next Week

Phantom
Portlandia Season 3
Rambler
Revenant
Upside Down
Incredible Burt Wonderstone
No
I Declare War
Call
Black Pond
Hansel and Gretel Get Baked
Pusher

Recently Viewed and Recommended

American Mary
Stoker
Veep Season 1
Side Effects
ABC’s of Death
House of Cards Season 1
Newsroom Season 1
Snitch
Wrong

That’s it for this week folks. Here you are your moment of hilarity…Thinking of signing up for the gym? Go right ahead…http://www.someecards.com/2013/06/17/the-most-absurd-things-ever-seen-at-the-gym-aside-from-you

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 17th

Yes you’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, this week’s newsletter is arriving late. Apologies. I wasn’t actually going to even do one this week, but I couldn’t help myself. I was away with the family and friends on Saturna Island for the past few days sunning my bloated, porcelain carcass and eating, drinking and chillin’. It’s so nice to escape the city every now and then and get away from the stress of running two petulant video stores, my wife can escape the stress of her work and Swanson can forget about the stress of being a seven year-old. Not too sure what that stress might be – who to invite to your birthday party? It was an amazing time spent there, but, of course, it never seems long enough.

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“Hey, anyone seen my kid?”

This Sunday is car-free day on the Drive. Pop on in and say hey!

New Releases for Tuesday June 11th

ABC’s of Death – 26 little nasty pieces of business by 26 great horror directors from around the globe are presented here each with a letter of the alphabet to make their own. I hear that this is more hit than miss but definitely worth your time and eyeballs. Not for those who are easily or not-so-easily offended. Also on the Blu Ray. NSFW trailer – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFgrFENQ4oQ[/youtube]

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Can’t say that I’m all that interested in seeing grown-up, sexy Hansel and Gretel go around killing witches with cross bows and shit. But don’t let me stop you. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9246msCh7x4[/youtube]

Hemel – A young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk. Or something like that. Sexual awakenings abound. From the Nether-regions…err I mean the Netherlands. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQT8QvAFBVk[/youtube]

House of Cards Season 1 – American version of the great British series has the Kevin Spacey and some of it was directed by the David Fincher. Just ignore that ugly netflix blemish at the bottom of the box. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SseGZNMujXs[/youtube]

Inch’Allah – Excellent hard-hitting Canadian drama about a doctor working in the conflicted (to say the least) Palestinian territories. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51dixEewdSo[/youtube]

The Newsroom Season 1 – Great series about TV news and the stuff that goes on behind the scenes. From that guy who wrote the Social Network. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC8ovJYAU3U[/youtube]

OZ: The Great and Powerful – Hey Sam Raimi, stick to horror films please. Not too sure that we needed another Wizard of OZ tale, but what do I know. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DylgNj4YQVc[/youtube]

Snitch – The Rock (who’s in every movie that’s been released so far this year) rocks it up as a dad who goes undercover for the DEA after his son is set up in some drug thing. I heard that this one is actually pretty good for a movie starring The Rock. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rieI5g9fgRc[/youtube]

Wrong – From the guy that made the weirdly impressive Rubber comes this crazy absurdist tale of a guy who’s trying to find his lost dog, Paul. Looks pretty dang cool if you ask me. Go ahead, ask me! Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwiwareLXzQ[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

American Mary
Jack the Giant Killer
Movie 43
Quartet
Wilfred Season 2
21 and Over
Tower Block
The Brass Teapot

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Paperboy
Looper
Django Unchained
The Impossible
Upstream Colour
Killing Them Softly
Killer Joe
Beware of Mr. Baker
Cloud Atlas
In Another Country
Longmire
The Master
Holy Motors

For this week’s laugh the Lonely Island guys invite you into da club and command you to, well… Lots of swearing here – you’ve been warned…
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQ6nINAeq8[/youtube]

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 10th

So I was sitting at a restaurant with Swanson the other day, OK it was a pizza slice joint – Swanson loves the slice – and I overheard a mother talking to her daughter, “Ocean, come here and finish your pizza”. Ocean?! You named your kid Ocean? What kind of bullshit name is that? What happens if she grows up and turns out to be a rather large woman like her mom? That is not going to be easy on the poor kid. Later that week I also was privy to such child names as Cash and Burns! What’s happening with children’s names? Every time I head out the door I expect my ears to assaulted with crazy kid names like Flower or Sand or Corn or Blip, maybe Hat, Blaze, Crank, Cinsere, Merkin, Tool, Dusk, Klaxxon, Tron (OK, maybe Tron would be cool), Burger…mmm Burger….Hashtag, Flapjack, Windsock, Krull, Zoom, If, Pokie, Taint, Spool or Jon Bon Jovi. I could go on and on but you get the idea. Don’t parents think about what living hell they might be creating for their kids or do they just want to think themselves cool and hip mums and dads? What ever happened to good olde timey names like Doris, Roger, Beulah, Lemuel, Lemert, Percival or Fabian? What does this have to do with movies? Absolutely nothing. Just having some fun here, I hope I didn’t insult anyone that has named their kid Clorox or Sandpaper or…

Just wanted to give a little rundown of the many great deals that we offer throughout the week; Sunday to Thursday come in and rent either 2 old films or a new release and an old title for $7. Mondays it’s 2 for 1, all films new and old. Wednesday come in and scoop up 5 great catalogue titles for a mere $10! And don’t forget our great $35 punch card that is good for any 10 films of your choosing. You’re saving money by renting at the old Black Dog!

Also it’s Italian Days on the Drive this Sunday and to hop on board we’re making all of our catalogue Italian films free! That’s right, amble on into the Commercial location this Sunday and amble out with some fine Italian entertainment. On us!

Also – there may or may not (probably not) be a newsletter next week. So please don’t freak out.

New Releases for Tuesday June 4th

A Good Day to Die Hard – Here’s another Die Hard movie that nobody asked for. The title doesn’t even make sense. And why do we still want to watch bald senior citizens run around and kill hundreds of people in action movies? Weird. Anyways, this one is some claptrap about Die Hard’s son in trouble in Russia so he has to go there and blow a bunch of shit up. There ya go. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6mWqXK8k_Y[/youtube]

Breaking Bad Season 5 – Great show. You should be watching this right now. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2h9i_ipWig[/youtube]

Curious George Season 6 – We don’t have any other seasons for some reason but I don’t think that you need to watch them to follow along with this one.

Funeral Kings – Good looking little “coming of age” story, or so it seems, that finds a couple of alter boys ditching their funeral jobs and enjoying some hijinks. I spent the night in a funeral home once. It was kinda weird but kinda cool. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvCobdWtavQ[/youtube]

Identity Thief – Melissa McCarthy steals Jason Batman’s identity so Batman has to travel across the country for some reason to try to get it back. Couldn’t he, like, just call someone or something. Then I guess you wouldn’t have all this comedy gold floating around in this movie. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO12W35DpsQ[/youtube]

Last Ride – Little ditty that finds an ageing Hank Williams (not the idiot Hank Williams JR) travelling somewhere to do one last gig. Life lessons are on display here, one assumes. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjVPh4eYp1k[/youtube]

Warm Bodies – Zombie romantic comedy – Zom-rom-com? – about a zombie who falls for a real live living girl. I imagine that some complications ensue. Also on the Blu Ray. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07s-cNFffDM[/youtube]

Coming Next Week

ABC’s of Death (late – was supposed to be on the shelves today)
The Newsroom Season 1
Inch’Allah
Snitch
House of Cards
It’s a Disaster
Hansel and Gretel

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Jack Reacher
Upstream Colour
Downton Abbey
Fringe
Breaking Bad
Rust and Bone
Side Effects
Central Park Five
Beware of Mr. Baker

For this week’s guffaw I leave you with the latest fitness craze…you may or may not be creeped out…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew[/youtube]

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Beautiful Singer

Me: “Sorry, I couldn’t get a ticket for your evening concert. They were all sold out.”
Gus: “Aww, but now you won’t get to hear my beautiful singing voice!”