Ok, Here We Go.

Wow. A blog post! I haven’t sat down to write one of these in what seems like a dog’s age. Well that’s not entirely true. As many of you know, I recently returned from a big crazy trip around the world with my lovely family. We were gone for 10 months and managed to visit 13 countries. It was an amazing experience and to be honest it’s been a little tough being back. Anyways, I won’t bore you with tales and photos of the excursion but if you’re interested in checking out my adventures, you can right here!

So in this new and (hopefully improved), blog we’re going to focus on movies. Duh. I hope to include reviews and postings, not just from me, but from just about anyone who would like to contribute. I plan on posting regularly and want to get a podcast off the ground sometime in the very near future. Just have to figure out the logistics on that baby.

We plan to keep it fairly light, fun and not too damn serious. Unless, of course, we’re talking some serious business here! Please enjoy and tell all of your friends, enemies, neighbours and that weird guy down the street. You know the one.


See, I told you, light and fun!


Black Dog Video Newsletter September 8th to 15th “Fall has Fallen Edition!”



Seems like fall is here, the cool, wet weather is dampening my bones, the leaves are starting to change colour, bears are falling out of trees. I love the fall, Halloween is just around the corner and a young man’s fancy turns to stouts, porters and bottomless bottles of red wine.

Speaking of fall, we are looking for your old DVDs! Do you have piles of movies cluttering up your joint and you don’t know what to do with them? We can help. Bring them into Black Dog and, if they’re in good condition and are worthy titles, we can take them off your hands! You can either donate them to the cause, help us fight the good fight, or we can give you a little something something for them – either a bit of cash or in-store credit. Everyone wins!

New Releases


Age of Adaline – The lovely Blake Lively gets in an accident at the turn of the 20th century (horseless carriage mishap?) that renders her ageless. Follow her as she traverses the 20th century staying the same age as everyone around her gets old and dies. She’s kind of like a vampire but without all the sucking of blood and bursting into flames when exposed to sunlight and stuff.


Boulevard – Robin William’s, in one of many of his last roles, plays a really nice guy who must confront his secret life. I wonder what that could be? Maybe he’s an ageless vampire? Maybe he’s really an alien living as a regular guy while making plans to overthrow the human race? He looks serious whatever it is.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 – Very funny cop show is back to tickle your funny bone and various other parts of your body.


Citizenfour – Excellent doc (won the Oscar) about Edward Snowden and all the blowing of whistles and what not that he did. Go Snowden!


The Eagle Series 1 – Danish series that finds an Icelandic inspector who’s given control of a new task force that’s supposed to solve some international crime capers. Looks intense with the helicopters and the guys with guns and the telephones and the other people standing around.


Homeland Season 4 – The gang’s all back to save the world from various terror threats. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Carrie is not the best undercover agent, what with the red clothing in that sea of black. I can see you!


Love and Mercy – Good-looking bio-pic of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys that chronicles their rise to fame and glory while he battles his emerging craziness.


Manglehorn – Al Pacino dials it down for director David Gordon Green in this low key effort that finds broken hearted Manglehorn (jeez I love saying that name) who starts to hang out with a strange guy. My guess is that the strange guy is played by Harmony Korine. Either all of that or Manglehorn is trying out for the next Bond villain, what with all the cat stroking and such.


Open Grave – Sharlto Copley (District 9) wakes up in the woods in a pit full of dead bodies (admit it, we’ve all been there) and has to figure out just what the hell happened.


Queen and Country – Sequel to the great film Hope and Glory (1987) finds Bill all growed up, getting drafted into the army where he and he best bud, Percy, battle their uptight, snooty superiors while looking for a little action in town.


Salamander – Cool TV series from Belgium finds some bank robbers stealing a bunch of safe deposit boxes. What’s in these boxes, you ask? Could they be some secret secrets that the powers that be (Freemasons? Fascists? International Egg Council?) would like to keep secret?

Coming Next Week!

D Train
Empire Season 1
Furious 7
Happy Valley S 1
Jack Strong
Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst

Recently Viewed and Recommended

What We Do in the Shadows
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Knick Season 1
Homeland Season 4
Banshee Season 1 and 2
It Follows
Wild Tales
White God

That’s it till next week, folks. Hope y’all had a lovely long weekend and remember, keep watching.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter for Week August 31st to September 7th “Blowhard Edition!”


Nice composition!

I hope that y’all survived the insane tree-destroying wind, rain, and locust storm that descended on our fair city Saturday. Nature’s wrath can be pretty powerful and wrathy. Other than getting a flat riding my bike to work forcing me to walk from Clark and 10th to the Cambie store, we made it through relatively unscathed (our sandwich board was toppled – oh the humanity!). The nasty weather drove many folks into the stores so I’m grateful for that. It’s nice to see so many familiar and new faces finding great things to watch! Makes me think we’re still doing the right thing. Thanks everyone! Thanks weather!

Over at Commercial this Saturday we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer (back to school next week, kids!) by offering the same deal we had at Cambie this past Saturday – rent 2 DVDs or Blu Rays and get a third (of equal or lesser value) for free! As a bonus feature local musical hero Jason Zumpano will be spinning some hot wax to make your movie perusing that much more enjoyable. See you then (if not before)!


Enter the void.

New Releases


Bessie – Queen Latifah gives it her jazzy all as the late great Bessie Smith in this fine bio-pic.


Braquo Season 1 – Excellent, tough French police/crime series from France about some tough French cops trying to uncover the reason why a friend, who is also French, committed suicide,.


Curse of Downer’s Grove – As if high school wasn’t hard enough – a legendary curse claims the life of a high school senior every year for some reason. What are these angst-ridden kids to do? Me? I’d probably drop out of school and become a drug dealer with the aspirations of becoming the town’s drug kingpin only to be double-crossed by my partner and lover who would eventually kill me and leave me in a shallow grave deep in the woods. Either that or I would move to another town. Written by Bret Easton Ellis for those of you who care.


Dior and I – Fashion doc (if you haven’t guessed) about the House of Dior and what goes on behind the scenes as they get ready to show the world some fancy (and probably weird and very expensive) clothes.


Felt – After suffering sexual trauma, a young woman adopts several alter egos to help her deal with her past and give her strength to endure the future. She then meets a fella, but can he be trusted? Timely, intense stuff.


Glen Campbell: I’ll be Me – Great doc follows Glen Campbell as he embarks on his farewell tour while battling Alzheimer’s. I don’t want to get old.


Lost After Dark – Fun-looking throwback to the slasher genre of years gone by. In 1984 a bunch of hapless teenagers get stranded in the middle of nowhere and are stalked by a cannibalistic murderous psychopath. Of course they do.


Mad Max: Fury Road – One-armed Charlize Theron is on the run from a tyrannical ruler of the wasteland (played by the bad guy from the first Mad Max). Along for the ride is Max, still mad after all these years, and a bunch of supermodels. Mayhem and great stunts ensue. Being a massive Road Warrior fan (top 3 of all time here), I had high hopes for this but was ultimately a tad disappointed. The lesson here is never have hope. But it is quite original and definitely worth a watch.


Portlandia Season 5 – More funny stuff from those too-hip for the room hipsters.


Star Wars Rebels Series 1 – Animated show that finds a ragtag bunch of outer space people fight the evil Galactic Empire who are trying to destroy some Jedi’s. Can’t swing a dead cat without hitting something Star Wars. And believe me I’ve tried.

Coming Next Week


Age of Adeline

Brooklyn Nine-Nine S2


Homeland Season 4


Queen and Country

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Ex Machina
What We Do in the Shadows
It Follows
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Knick
White God
The Comeback
Clouds of Sils Maria

For more stellar recommendations go right here.

That’s it for this week folks.

R.I.P. Wes Craven. He was a horror genius who was always looking to keep the genre fresh and original and fun. He will be missed.


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