Free Hugs! Black Dog Newsletter for the Week of November 24th – December 1st

Another week has arrived. Time for another e-mail.

Thank you to everyone who came out to John’s memorial last Thursday evening at the Cambie store. Also thank you for all the food and drinks that people donated. It has been a tough couple of weeks in the store. Customers are still finding out the sad news every day. It is difficult to go back to business as usual when everything in the store reminds me of John.

At a memorial on Monday at Emily Carr University it was announced that they have created a scholarship in John’s name, which is lovely. A few customers and I have been throwing ideas around of having monthly John movie nights or a John Film Festival.

On another sad note our friends on Main Street They Live Video are closing this week. Their entire inventory is for sale including their shelving units. Their movies are selling for amazingly low prices, so if you’re in the neighbourhood you should stop by.

They Live Video
4340 Main Street.

On the Shelves This Week


The Expendables 3
Sylvester Stallone and his team of elderly friends are back wearing strange hats and delivering awkward one-liners voices so gravelly that they are often incomprehensible. Watch it. It’s insane.


The Giver
Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges and a bunch of other people star in this movie based on that book that I never got around to reading in high school. Sort of a Hungry Games-esque story. You should probably just watch it because of Meryl Streep.


“A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father’s, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.” Whatever that means! Korean film by the director of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring. Seems like there could be some incest in here. Oh dear.


A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
A comedy about how stressful Christmas is. Seriously, why do we do this every year? People come in to the store around Christmas on the verge of tears because they are so exhausted and stressed out by the bizarre pressures put on them around the holiday season. Maybe this movie will help? Stars Robin Williams in one of his last roles.


A hard-luck limo driver struggling to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie takes on a job with a crazed passenger whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals. Who hasn’t been there, am I right?


The F-Word

A romantic comedy staring Harry Potter from the director of Fubar. What is going on? So this is a romantic comedy where the two protagonists are not in a romantic relationship with each other. I WONDER WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! (In the States this movie had to change it’s name because one can’t imply a swear word in the title of a film. How lame is that?)


November Man
Ex-James Bond Pierce Brosnan plays an ex-spy who has to do spy things again one last time so he can out-spy his former spy pupil. Looks like there is also a woman in a shiny dress in this movie.


Beyond the Edge
A documentary about the first people who ever stood up on the top of Mount Everest. But when is the Story of the Story of Everest coming out?


Drunk History – Seasons 1 & Season 2
Originally a web series, this hilarious show features very drunk narrators re-telling historical events which are then re-enacted by famous actors and comedians who lip synch to the drunken ramblings of the narrators. Definitely worth watching.

Coming Soon:

As above, So Below
Broad City – Season 1
The Calling
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Hundred Foot Journey
Justified – Season 5
Third Person
To Kill a Man
Turks and Caicos
Salting the Battlefield


If you come in to the Cambie store we have switched out all of our normal staff picks for John’s staff picks. We went through our catalog of older films and pulled out all the movies that John wrote notes on. His taste in film isn’t for everyone, but if you knew him I recommend watching one of his staff picks.

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Free Hugs! Black Dog’s Words and Pictures for the Week of November 10th – 16th 2014

Hugging you with his lovely eyes, this husky is here with some nice autumnal leaves for your enjoyment.


It’s Too Cold To Do Anything Except Watch Movies!

That’s just how I feel. It’s sweater and scarf weather. Maybe almost gloves and toque weather. Come in to the store and rent movies and then immediately retreat to your blanket cave on your couch and watch movies during all your spare time. If you have a dog get that puppo up on your lap for extra heat and cuteness.

This Week’s New Releases

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Melissa McCarthy stars in this comedy directed by her husband about a lady having a tough time. After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Tammy hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. Also stars Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Dan Aykroyd. Melissa McCarthy is pretty hilarious. She is like the female Chris Farley.

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Clint Eastwood directs this movie about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Four New Jersey guys from the wrong side of the tracks who came together to form the iconic 1960s band. Stars Christopher Walken! Wowie wow wow! Also the cover art of this movie reminds me of the poster for The Exorcist. I wonder if there are any parallels between the two films.

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Antonio Banderas and real life wife or ex-wife Melanie Griffith star in this I, Robot sounding Spanish-tinged sci-fi. Banderas plays an insurance agent of a robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against harming humans. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. Ooh!

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Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. (that makes me feel old) star in this comedy about two not so bright guys who get the brilliant idea to start pretending to dress up as cops so they can pick up ladies and confiscate kids’ drugs. Obviously this leads to a whole heap of trouble as it is totally illegal. Hilarity ensues.

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This great little horror / comedy from New Zealand is about a woman who is put under house arrest and stuck at home with her family in their possibly haunted house. I wonder what a ghost from New Zealand sounds like. 77a7befa-ccd8-4bcd-b082-5a2f790e268f About Alex

A group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide. Stars the always lovely and sarcastic Aubrey Plaza. Seems like a updated version of The Big Chill – except NOW there’s hashtags. #:( 0da3fd9c-c48d-4c9d-99a3-dff1a2b4f17e I Am Ali

An almost two hour long documentary about everybody’s favourite half-bee, half-butterfly boxing man, Muhammad Ali.

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Sequel to the popular animated kids film in which many famous actors voice characters who still need to learn how to train their dragons. I’ve never seen it but it seems like a more family-friendly version of Game of Thrones.

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A new HBO dark comedy about nurses and doctors in a geriatric extended care wing of a hospital. Stars Alex Borstein.

Coming Next Week

22 Jump Street

And So It Goes

Fort Bliss

If I Stay

Into the Storm

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

The Wind Rises

Need some recommendations to get you through the upcoming polar vortex? We got you covered…

Have a fabulous week. Wear a sweater.

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Free Hugs! Words and Pictures from Black Dog Video – November 3rd – 9th 2014

A brave new world of movie renting.


Happy November!

Hope all of you had an amazing Halloween. We just got a new batch of Black Dog T-shirts in at both stores. We have all sizes and colours in stock. Buy one for your best friend, your partner, your enemy, and your dog. They look great on everyone.


Beautiful, ain’t they?

New Releases


A Disney movie about the evil villian from Sleeping Beauty played by the very angular Angelina Jolie. This movie seems to give the character some humanity instead of being pure evil which is a nice change. Who knew that in 2014 we’d all be watching movies about fairy tales and super heroes.


A Most Wanted Man
From director Anton Corbijn comes this thriller based on a John le Carré novel which also happens to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. RIP. The story revolves around a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Ooh international political intrigue! Also stars Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Daniel Brühl.


Former professional wrestler The Rock AKA Dwayne Johnson stretches his sweaty acting muscles by playing a strong man, maybe the strongest man: Hercules. Also stars Ian McShane and John Hurt as some ancient Greek men probably.


Child of God
Everyone’s favourite renaissance man James Franco stars in and directs this adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel. The story centres around a violent man who attempts to drop out of society and winds up living in a cave and turning to a life of crime to survive. Expect extreme bleakness and scowling men!


Good People
Am I seeing double? Is this another movie starring James Franco? Yes it is. I’m pretty sure he has mastered the ability to transcend space and time. How else is he so omnipresent? Think about it. It’s the only explanation. Anyway this movie is about a couple (Jimmy Franco and Kate Hudson) who discover a bunch of money in their dead tenant’s apartment and decide to take it but then are plunged in to a whole heap of trouble when thieves and murderers show up looking for the money. Sounds similar to the Danny Boyle movie Shallow Grave.


An interesting little indie sci-fi about the possibility of all the infinite alternate dimensions somehow crossing paths with one another when a comet passes close by the Earth one evening while a bunch of friends happen to be having a dinner party. This movie is entertaining and along the lines of films like Primer, yet is way less dense. If you think about the science in this movie too hard though it sort of falls apart though, so maybe don’t watch it with your theoretical physicist friends. Bonus for nerds: this film features Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


A movie with Ed Harris in it. Doesn’t it seem like Ed Harris is everywhere these days? I just checked and he’s been in nine movies in the past two years! Jimmy Franco must be sharing his tricks with his buddy Eddy Harris. Anyway this movie is about a former sheriff’s wife who is killed by an illegal immigrant close to the Mexican-American border and all the drama and tension that arises surrounding the case. For all you Ed Harris fans out there.


A movie from the Netherlands about a talented kick boxer who winds up getting mixed up in the crime world. Classic toughness.


The Dog
A fantastic looking documentary about the real life would-be bank robber depicted in Dog Day Afternoon. I have been waiting for years for this movie to come out and am so excited to watch it. If you haven’t seen Dog Day Afternoon in a while it would make a great double bill with this movie!


Citizen Koch
A political documentary about the rise of the Tea Party movement and how big money buys votes. These brothers are particularly evil. Oh boy this sounds like it could be either really frustrating or hilarious or both.


Planes: Fire and Rescue
Disney animated film that is the sequel to Planes, which I’m pretty sure is a spin off of the movie Cars. It’s so strange how much kids love large vehicles and machinery. I’ve seen toddlers over the moon, losing their little minds just witnessing a garbage truck or a street cleaner. Fascinating. Features lots of celebrity voices pretending to sound like planes.


Step Up: All In
The latest film in the Step Up franchise. We have all of these dance-based romantic dramas. I’ve never seen any of them but this is the fifth one in the series and apparently all-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. Why not come in to the store and rent all 5 Step-Up movies and have a marathon. What else are you going to do when the weather forecast is 100% rain?


The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug – Extended Cut
Peter Jackson seems to have an inability to leave anything on the editing room floor. So for those of you who thought the second instalment of The Hobbit wasn’t long enough, this one’s for you. Petey Jacko has added 25 more minutes of short, shoeless men to this fantasy epic and enough beautiful landscape shots to make you seriously consider visiting New Zealand.


The Newsroom Season 2
Jeff Daniels is back with his team of newspeople in this HBO drama that people love to watch.


Banshee – Season 1
An ex-con and master thief assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff and continues his criminal activities. Violence erupts at every turn in the not so quiet Amish town of Banshee, Pennsylvania. I feel bad for all these small towns. Always being plagued by something sinister.

Coming Next Week

Let’s Be Cops
Jersey Boys
About Alex
How to Train Your Dragon 2
I am Ali
Getting On- Season 1

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Louie – Season 3
Mad Men – Season 7 – Part 1
Adventure Time – Season 4

Also check this link here for more recommendations and reviews…

Have a fabulous week. Stay dry. Stay indoors and watch movies.

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Black Dog Video
Cambie Street and/or Commercial Drive
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