Manly men trailer.

Whoa, look at all the manly men (and Steve Carrell) in this trailer. Looks like it might be a pretty good film (even with some questionable hair) although I suspect it will end with someone going to jail for their crimes which, we all know, never happened in real life. It still astounds me that this happened.



Fresh Gojira!

Let’s forget for a moment about Gareth Edward’s Godzilla flick from last year. I actually thought it was an OK film but there really wasn’t enough of the big guy in it. Anyways, it looks like we’ll get a new Godzilla flick from Japan. Now that’s something I can get behind!


More VIFF picks!

More picks from this years’ Vancouver International Film Festival. I won’t be able to see all of these but I hope to get as many as we can for the stores once they become available. Happy watching!

The Ninth Floor – Local film hero Mina Shum’s excellent doc (got a standing ovation at TIFF!) looks at a little known chapter in Canadian history – a detailed account of race relations, student occupation and faculty discrimination in Montreal. I hear it has a cool soundtrack as well.

The Forbidden Room – Two words: Guy Maddin

The Assassin – I was hooked on the description “ exquisitely beautiful swordplay fantasy”

The Visit – Weird sounding doc about what we have in store if we’re contacted by aliens.

Aaaaaaaah! – From the guy who wrote Sightseers. Sounds crazy.

I’ve picked out around 10 -15 flicks. Hope to make it to half. Maybe see you around the theatres. Enjoy the fest!

Black Dog Newsletter week of September 22nd to 28th “It’s Coming Edition!”


We’re just a few weeks away from the 5th Annual International Video Store Day! This celebration may not be as popular as say, Record Store Day, Christmas or National Cheeseburger Day but it’s still a fun way to to celebrate the awesomeness that is your local video store. We’ve been at it for almost 20 years and we are still here because of the support from all of you fine folks! Please drop in on Saturday October 17th and enjoy what we have to offer. There will be a draw to win fabulous prizes, Jason Zumpano will be spinning some neat sounds at the Commercial location, there might be some mime juggling and maybe a water fight (we’re open to any and all suggestions!) There will also be some great deals to be had. Good times await thee. Stay tuned.

And don’t forget to check out the new Black Dog Blog. Here you can find nice movie reviews, trailers for interesting upcoming films, movie news and such and plenty more.

Oh, and one more thing – we’ve added hundreds of DVDs, Blu Rays and 3-D Blu Rays to the sale bin at the Cambie store. Lots of great stuff is ready for a good home.

New Releases


Jenny’s Wedding – Katherine Heigl is getting married again. Does she do anything else in movies? The twist this time around is that she’s a lesbian and is marrying, what her parents thought was, her roommate. How are uptight mom and dad going to swallow this news? Hilarity and misunderstanding and then understanding, I assume, ensues.


Narcopolis – Nifty-looking sci-fi effort finds that all drugs are legal in the future. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Tough cop Frank Grieves is about to find out.


Pitch Perfect 2 – The Pitch Perfect women are back to sing and dance their way into your heart and tickle your funny bone, among other parts of your body.


Results – Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders (love that name!) are personal trainers whose lives are upended (not too sure what that means exactly) when they take on weirdo Kevin Corrigan as a new client. This one gets a thumbs up from Black Dog.


Spring – Young dude flees the US for some r&r in Italy only to hook up with a woman who might be harbouring some dark primordial secret. Is she an Italian Cthulhu? I guess the moral of this movie (and others such as Hostel) is never leave home. Never.

Coming Next Week

Electric Boogaloo – The Wild Untold Story of Canon Films
Entourage The Movie
I’ll See You in My Dreams
I Zombie Season 1
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau
Return to Sender
When Animals Dream

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Knick Season 1
Night Warning
What We Do in the Shadows
The Jinx

For more recommendations please click on this dealy.

Till next week folks, enjoy the fall, rake some leaves, go for a walk, pet a dog and remember, keep watching.

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Mash This.

It seems that mash-ups are all the rage these days. We had that pretty good one a few weeks ago with some Tom Cruises and the Terminator in Scarface’s bar (you can check it out here) and now here’s a nice musical mash-up of folks dancing and stuff.



Review: Roadhouse.



there will be spoilers…and maybe a little cussing..


Sat down after a busy day at work (not a sentence I write often but thanks weather!) with a couple of beers, the wife and Patrick Swayze. No, I didn’t resurrect his corpse (we did that 2 years go and it was kind of gross), we tucked into the classic Roadhouse. What a treat!

I sort of remember watching this decades (!) ago but it’s way more fun now because the times they have a changed. Look at all that big hair! Look at all the ill-fitting clothes – the sweater vests, the white blazers, the pleated pants! Look at all the 80’s boobs! They seemed to want to show naked boobs any chance they could back in those days. There’s even a monster truck! This movie has everything. The Swayze plays a one-named guy, Dalton, who’s a legendary bouncer – 2nd best after Sam Elliot, playing a grizzled veteran of the bar bouncing scene. Has Sam Elliot ever played anything but a grizzled something or other? I’m not too sure what makes Elliot’s Wade Garrett character such a good bouncer as he just gets the shit kicked out of him in every fight scene he’s in. And he’s not sexist at all, saying 80’s things like, “That gal’s got entirely too many brains to have an ass like that.” Yeesh.


I never thought I’d say this but let’s bring back the 80’s!

Swayze is also a smart, zen-like fella who has a PHD (or just a regular old degree, I can’t remember) in philosophy. When asked by “Doc” his doctor love interest (get it, Doc?), played by Kelly Lynch, if there was any area of philosophy that he specialized in, Dalton answers, “No, not really. Man’s search for faith. That kind of shit”. This film is filled with awesome lines like that. “Pain doesn’t hurt”, being another gem. They also have a great love scene where he picks her up and slams her against the stone wall in his apartment. It looks quite painful and awkward and way too much work. What’s wrong with the bed? It’s right there behind you!

The plot is pretty simple, Dalton is recruited by a guy to come to his run-down shit-stained bar in nowheresville USA to help clean it up. There he runs afoul of local bad guy played, for some reason, by Ben Gazzara. His name is Brad. He’s surrounded by a bunch of lousy henchmen who he berates and beats on a regular basis. And he really hates it if they bleed. “You bleed too much. You’re a messy bleeder”. I dunno, if my boss punched me in the face, stomach and groin in front of my co-workers, who all laugh at this, I might be inclined to seek employment elsewhere. There’s a lot of cock-punching in this movie as well. When Sam Elliot arrives on the scene the first thing he does is punch a guy in the cock.


Looks like old grizzled Sam Eliot just cock-punched a guy.

Garrett is also somewhat of a lech. The three of them end up in a diner in the morning after an all-night bender. There’s some lame song playing on the jukebox so Garrett asks Doc to dance only to heavily mac on her as Dalton looks on smiling. It makes for a really weird, uncomfortable scene. Why is Dalotn even friends with this sleazebag? Doc then announces she’s off to work in a few hours. I’m thinking, she’s a doctor, she’s been up all night with these guys partying and now she’s going to work? Hope I don’t have an appointment with her that day.

Anyways, you can probably guess the rest – Dalton and Sam Elliot confront the bad the guys, Dalton has a big fight with Brad’s number one henchman who tells Dalton, ‘I fucked guys like you in prison!” Ok. What do you say to that? Then Dalton rips out his throat. I think I was actually clapping at this amazing scene.


They kind of look like vampires.


Did I also mention that Dalton’s a dentist?

So at the end the townsfolk rise up to help Dalton take out Brad – who’s been terrorizing the town for years – by shotgunning him to death in his living room. When the police arrive (the first time the cops have made an appearance in the entire violent, blood-soaked film) and ask what happened while gazing at Brad’s bullet-riddled carcass, everyone just says “I didn’t see nothing”. They all have a bit of chuckle and that’s that. The cops seem fine with this answer. Vigilante justice at work.

I had forgot that the movie also features Jeff Healey and his band. A lot of Jeff Healy and his band. He even has a few lines. I snuck backstage at a Jeff Healey concert many years ago and ate a ham sandwich with him. Seemed like a pretty cool guy.


Thanks for the ham. R.I.P.

There’s plenty of odd out-of-place scenes which make this film so much fun to watch – Brad’s barbie doll girlfriend doing a striptease in the bar for no reason at all, a scene with a giant stuffed bear and a fat guy named Tinker – did he think the bear was alive and trying to kill him? I saved the best line from that scene, and maybe the movie, for you to discover, or re-discover, when you watch it.


Nice giant underwear, granny.

Roadhouse is not a good movie. It’s a great movie! It’s directed by a guy whose first name is Rowdy. Do I need to say anymore? I heard that they are going to do a remake. Sigh. You can’t improve on perfection.

But if you please, check out Roadhouse because it is nothing but non-stop good times and comes highly recommended. Invite some friends over, enjoy some beers and what-not and take in the Swayze in all his sweater-clad glory. 5/5

Film Festival Top Picks!


Yes, it’s that time of year again ~ The Vancouver International Film Festival is about to kick off it’s 100th year or something. And unlike the past 4 years, I plan on actually going to see some of this year’s offerings. It’s not like past festivals had a poor selection of films, quite the contrary, it’s just that I became a little disillusioned with the entire process – getting the damn tickets, waiting in the rain in giant line-ups, getting crummy seats in an overcrowded theatre and just being around that many people. Christ, why am I even going this year? Well there’s quite a few great sounding films to check out and I’m going to try to be not so damn lazy and get off my butt and get it into the theatre. Here’s a little list from Taste of Cinema on what they deem to be some of their top picks. I have to agree with many on this list, especially the top two.

Here’s a few that I’m interested in seeing:

High Rise

Green Room


Cop Car


The Lobster


The Demolisher

Nina Forever

The Similars

What are you most anticipated?

But if you can’t make it to the fest don’t worry, Black Dog will be bringing in as many of these fine titles as we can. You can bet your bottom dollar on that! Whatever that means…

Kong v Godzilla? Why, Universe, Why?

So there’s been some rumblings about a Godzilla vs King Kong movie. Sigh. Well I should say another Godzilla vs King Kong movie. I was a huge Godzilla fan growing up and even I didn’t like the 1962 battle epic. The problem, which even as a 9 year-old, I always saw was that King Kong was much much smaller than Godzilla. I don’t remember any rationale or explanation for the size discrepancy in that version but apparently the controversy (if one can call it that) was not lost on the studio execs who brain-farted this thing into existence…

“A threshold problem is that Kong supposedly is much smaller than Godzilla. That fact was not lost on Universal. “There were funny comments about him having to be the size of the Empire State Building instead of hanging off of it,” says a studio insider. But a source close to Tull says Legendary is confident it can come up with a rationale to explain how Kong and Godzilla can do battle — and possibly become allies.”

I bet that there’s some sort of shrinking machine or some sort of embiggening machine that will work it’s way into the story. Hollywood, you make me sad sometimes.


May I have this dance?