Black Dog Newsletter March 2nd to 8th – “Birthday Edition!”


Happy Birthday to me!

As mentioned in last week’s edition of the newsletter, Black Dog on Cambie turns 19 this coming Thursday! What a long strange, wonderful, sad trip it’s been. We’ve seen births, deaths, fires, theft, disruptive construction, met many wonderful people, some not-so wonderful people, made lots of great friends and even a few enemies. We’ve seen plenty of changes happen in the Cambie neighbourhood. So many business have come and gone (I think besides Starbucks, Flying Wedge, Cambie Cycles and Kino, we may be the longest serving business in the hood) and more than a few folks have moved on due to the insane cost of housing in the area. When I first moved to Van back in 1995, we rented an entire house on 18th and Heather for $1100! Don’t think we’ll see that anytime soon again.

It’s been an amazing ride – easily one of the best experiences of my life. Here’s to all of you who’ve supported us through thick and thin, enjoyed our great staff and feasted on all the fantastic films we’ve proudly been able to provide. Let’s do 19 more years!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, drop into the Cambie store this coming Thursday, March 5th, and enjoy a few special specials;

– rent any 2 films, get a 3rd for free
– 50% off of all late charges
– our fabulous T-shirts can be had for a mere $10!
– a new batch of Black Dog pins will be there waiting to be stuck into your flesh – free if you rent something!


Hide your fleshy shame in one of these!

Hope to see you there!

New on the Shelves!


The Captive – Atom Egoyan continues to wallow in the swamp of mediocrity. This time out we find mediocre alliterative actors Ryan Reynolds and Scott Speedman working hard to try to figure out what happened to Cassandra, a 9 year-old-girl that disappeared many years earlier.


Foxcatcher – Intense drama follows Olympic wrestling hopeful and talking potato impersonator, Channing Tatum, as he accepts an invitation to train for the 1988 Olympics at the estate of oddball rich guy John du Pont who, for some reason, is played here by the hilarious Steve Carrell in a non-hilarious role. From the director of the underrated Moneyball and the rated Capote.


Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 – More Hungry Games to satisfy your future dystopia needs. One more to go after this one to see if our Katniss can save the world. The depressing future world.


Life Partners – Two best friend’s relationship is put to the test when one of them falls for a local boy. Local boys are the best!


Princess Grace Of Monaco – Nicole Kidman is Princess Grace of Monaco (well just for this movie) as she has a hard time dealing with politics and identity and that sort of thing in the 60’s. Expect lots of intrigue, Tim Roth and nice outfits.


Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast – Tinkerbell get down and dirty with the Neverbeast. I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Coming Next Week

Late Phases
Night at the Museum 3
Turn: Washington Spies

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Fargo Season 1
Banshee Season 1
Adventure Time
Force Majeure
Life Itself
Game of Thrones Season 4

For more fabulous recommendation please click this…

And coming soon!


Nope. Not a rip-off.

Jack Hunter: The Quest for Akhenaten’s Tomb – Suave man-about-town and long time Black Dog Video customer extraordinaire, Jack Hunter, leaves everything behind to embark on a whirlwind adventure to the far-flung reaches of the globe in search of the mysterious tomb of Akhenaten. It’s an exciting romp filled with much peril, damsels, running, heavy drugs and mild profanity. This film is definitely not an Indiana Jones rip-off. 

That’s it for this edition, kids! Have a fabulous week!

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Black Dog Newsletter February 23rd to March 1st “Oscar Edition!”


Free hugs!

I hope you all had your fill of the Oscars. Nice to see JK Simmons get a little gold JK Simmons statue. Whiplash is now out on the DVD/BLU Ray and you should watch it. Especially if you like jazz and drumming and intensity. And Birdman. Neat.

So next week, March 5th, a Thursday of all days, is the 19th anniversary of the Cambie Black Dog Video! Holy hotdogs! It’s been 19 years since I opened the store. I had so much more hair back then. And less wives and children. It’s been a strange and wonderful and sad trip. I’d like to say, “Bring on 19 more!” but that seems doubtful. But you never know. So stop by on the 5th of March (next Thursday) for some sweet deals, a sale on our lovely T-shirts and whatever else we can come up with.

New on the Shelves!


Big Hero 6 – Oscar winner for best foreign film, I mean animated feature finds a big white blob guy making friends with a kid and saving high school or the world or something like that.


Elsa and Fred – A couple of old folks I thought might have been dead already (Shirley McClaine and Chris Plummer) hang out and dance and smile their toothless grins and do other things as well. Never too late for romance I’ve always said!


The Game – Cold War TV thriller British style thriller starring the always thrilling Brian Cox. Looks pretty good if you’re into these type of thrillers.


Horrible Bosses 2 – Another kick at the comedy can for the bunch of the goofs from the first instalment finds them getting caught up in kidnapping and other assorted hijinks. Because nothing is funnier than kidnapping. Nothing.


Kill the Messenger – Jeremy Renner plays a reporter who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign when he exposes the CIAs involvement in arming the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s. Man, the US sure gets away with a lot of nasty shit. Based on a true tale.


Sons of AnarchyFinal Season – Those nice boys in matching outfits are back to drive around on their hogs and cause all sorts of mischief. I think this final season finds them in outer space for some reason.


Whiplash – Intense teen loner jazz drummer, who looks a bit like a talking potato, falls under the tutelage of borderline psycho jazz instructor. Much drumming, yelling, jazz and intensity ensue. Very much recommended.

Coming at You Next Week

Last of Robin Hood
Life Partners
Outlander Season 1
Princess Grace
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

We have lots to recommend to please your lovely eyes!

Enjoy your week Vancouver. Stay real.

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Our mailing address is:
Black Dog Video
Cambie Street and/or Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC

Black Dog Newsletter for week of February 16th – 22nd 2015!

Hello internet user. It’s Newsletter Time Again!

I hope you all had a pleasant Friday the 13th/Valentine’s Day combo weekend. It’s pretty much spring now. I walked to work without a jacket on today and it’s February. Yikes. Anyhow, we got a bunch of new releases this week including a lot of Oscar-nominated titles and two movies with Naomi Watts.



Michael Keaton plays an aging ex-superhero actor which is probably not a stretch for the former Mr. Batman. Supposedly good. Nominated for 9 academy awards!


The Theory of Everything
This Stephen Hawking biopic covers his early life at Cambridge, relationship with his wife, later life, crippling disease and scientific accomplishments. Based on the memoir written by his wife Jane Hawking. Nominated for 5 Oscars. If you’re in to Mr. Hawking’s work you should also check out the many science documentaries of his we have in stock.


St. Vincent
Curmudgeonly, hard-drinking, gambling old-man Bill Murray befriends a young neighbour boy with a single mother. Nominated for no academy awards, but academy awards don’t really mean anything.


The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco teamed up once again and this time they decided to push the limits of political correctness all the way. They play members of the American media who travel to North Korea with the secret mission of murdering Kim Jong-un. Oy vey.


The Homesman
A Western starring and directed by Tommy Lee Jones. He plays a man in charge of escorting three women across the midwest in olden times. Also staring Meryl Streep!


Dumb and Dumber To
The Farrelly brothers are back with a very silly sequel to the 1994 hit comedy. Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels are out to prove that they’re not just respected dramatic actors – they can still make fart jokes like they used to. Nominated for 23 Oscars!


Dying of the Light
Nicolas Cage plays an aging CIA agent who is diagnosed with aggressive dementia just as he also learns that his former nemesis has come out of hiding. Will he have a chance to get his perp before his mind turns to mush?? Watch and find out.


VHS Viral
The horror sequel to VHS and VHS 2 about viral videos that turn sinister. Somehow this movie was directed by 6 people.


Force Majeure
A dark comedy about a seemingly perfect Swedish family that gets stranded on a mountainside by an avalanche on a skiing trip. Should have been nominated!


Paris Follies
A couple of French farmers travel to Paris in the hopes of rekindling their love and to get away from all that manure. Starring Isabelle Huppert who appears to never age.


The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Another gem from Studio Ghibli which seems to be sort of a Japanese take on the fairytale Thumbelina. A tiny girl is found in a bamboo stalk and then grows up to be a princess.


Life Itself
Excellent documentary from the director of Hoop Dreams about the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic and recently deceased man Roger Ebert. Should have been nominated!


The Chair
A documentary TV series that follows two first-time directors making two separate films adapted from the same original screenplay. They are also in competition with one another for the prize of $250,000. Whose film is better? Watch them both and judge for yourself.


Game of Thrones – Season 4
The most popular fantasy series is back for a fourth season! Who will die? Who will live? Who will fall in love with their own sibling?! All of these questions will be answered!

Coming Soon

Kill the Messenger
Big Hero 6
Code Black
One Chance
Young Ones
Sons of Anarchy – Season 7

Need some recommendations? Click on this!

Bye. Have a nice week.

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Vancouver, BC V6H 3J1

Black Dog Newsletter for Week of January 26th to February 1st

Behold: a million year old wizard trapped in the body of a puppy.

The weather forecast is basically June outside, but that don’t let that stop you from hibernating indoors all week with a stack of movies.



Did you like watching Brad Pitt in the World War II movie Inglourious Basterds? Were you saddened that there were no tanks in that film? Well this movie is for you! Brad Pitt plays a man named “Wardaddy” and stars alongside a tank in this World War II drama!



The Judge
Two Roberts for the price of one. Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall play father and son, lawyer and judge. One of the Roberts may be a murderer. Will the other Robert get to the bottom of things or will it forever remain a mystery?


The Book of Life
An Hispanic animated family musical movie produced by Guillermo Del Toro and staring the voice talents of people like Channing Tatum and more.


Breathe In
A foreign exchange student seduces the father of the family she’s staying with and presumably destroys all of their lives.


Life’s a Breeze
A feel-good Irish movie about a son who attempts to clean up his mother’s house but accidentally throws out her mattress which is stuffed full of cash. Heartwarming generation-gap-breaching hi-jinx ensue.


Tu Dors Nicole
A French-Canaidan movie about a 22-year-old insomniac having the only type of summer that a 22-year-old can have. Shot in black and white.


Alive Inside
A documentary about how when elderly people listen to music from their youth it can help to combat their memory loss.


Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Batman and Superman team up with Very Muscly Man as they party in Atlantis.


Downton Abbey – Season 5
Your favourite show is back for a 5th season.



Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (on DVD and Blu-ray)
Y Tu Mamá También (we already had this but now we have it on Blu-ray too)
All that Jazz (we also already had this but now we have a fancier version)
Macbeth (the Roman Polanski version – which yes we already had but now even fancier)
The Innocents (yes we already had it but now it is a fancier version)
Eraserhead (which we already had, but now we have it on Blu-ray too)
My Darling Clementine
and more Wallander the original Swedish version than you could ever want.


The ABC’s of Death 2
The Best of Me
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Hector and the Search for Happiness
John Wick
My Old Lady
Starred Up
Starry Eyes



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Free Hugs! Black Dog Newsletter for Week January 19th to the 25th

Hello newsletter subscriber, here are some nice dogs.


Except for that shifty looking one.

Now Oscar nominations were announced last week. If you’re in to that sort of thing we have many of the nominated films in the store and others on the way soon. Here is a complete list of the nominees.


Here are the new releases for this week:


The Drop  – An excellent gritty crime thriller staring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in one of his last roles. Some men get in trouble with some gangster men, and resort to becoming gangsters themselves. I guess gangsters are like werewolves in that way – if you entangle yourself with one you will become one yourself by the next full moon.


Lucy  – Scarlett Johansson stars in this Luc Besson film about a lady who takes a drug that allows her to use 100% of her brain. She uses this new superhuman ability to get away from the bad guys who are mad at her for stealing their super-drug. If you enjoyed the film Limitless a few years ago with Bradley Cooper this sounds like more of the exact same thing!


Tusk  – Everyone’s favourite obese director Kevin Smith brings us a horror-comedy about a podcaster who travels to the wild desolate Canadian north to interview a reclusive, mysterious man but somehow winds up transforming in to a walrus. Stars Justin Long and Michael Parks.


Rudderless  – William H. Macy makes his directorial debut with this film about a man (Billy Crudup) dealing with the loss of his musician son. He decides to play his late son’s music at an open mic night and befriends another young musician played by Anton Yelchin. They form a band and become popular.


The Hundred Year-Old Man who Climed out the Window and Disappeared  -An old Swedish explosives expert runs away from his nursing home on his one hundredth birthday. What a quirky guy – but wait that’s not even the half of it. What sort of a crazy life has this guy had? Watch it and find out!


The Boxtrolls  – An animated movie about an orphan named Eggs who is raised by garbage-collecting trolls. Lots of celebrity voices in this one such as Ben Kingsley, Tracy Morgan, Jarred Harris and Nick Frost. Guaranteed whimsicality.


Annabelle  – A horror spin-off about the spooky doll from the popular film The Conjuring. You’ll never look at your terrifying doll collection the same way again.


Coming Soon:


The Judge

Breathe In

The Book of Life

Tu Dors Nicole Maison Close

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

Downton Abbey – Season 5

Recently Viewed and Recommended:

Anything with Channing Tatum in it. Or…

Have a nice week.


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Free Hugs! Black Dog Newsletter for Week of January 12th to 18th

Now that you’ve broken all your resolutions it’s time to get back on the couch with a stack of fresh movies.



Gone Girl
Ben Affleck is great (don’t think I’ve ever written that sentence before) in this fine David Fincher flick. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that its my third favourite Fincher film after Zodiac and Seven! The fresh new Batman stars as a guy who’s wife disappears. What happened to her? Was she murdered? Was she abducted by a Sasquatch? Watch and find out!


Love Is Strange
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow play a dapper married couple who are forced through unfortunate financial circumstances to be temporarily separated.


A Walk Among the Tombstones
Liam Neeson takes a break from getting Taken™ to play an ex-cop who does some investigating in to the death of a woman who has been Taken™.


Men, Women & Children
Jason Reitman is back with another inoffensive dramedy about white people and their problems. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner play parents who just don’t understand what their kids are up to on their iPhones™ all the time. The parents spend most of their time playing Sudoku™ puzzles on their iPads™. As far as I can tell this movie seems like an extended commercial for Apple products, but also a cautionary tale about how evil the Internet is.


Stonehearst Asylum
This seems like an oldey-timey version of the film Shutter Island. (Strangely both movies have Sir Ben Kingsley in them.) A young doctor finds himself at a mental institution but who are the patients and who are the doctors?!


Bad Turn Worse
Three Texan teens decide to get out of their small town by turning to a life of crime. I’m guessing that doesn’t work out for them, as CRIME DOES NOT PAY.


The Two Faces of January
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst play a con man and wife who enlist the help of a tour guide to help them flee Athens on the double once a private investigator turns up dead. Looks like a mystery with lots of layers of white linen pants and sunglasses and fedoras. Not a bad way to spend 2 hours on your couch.


Jimi: All Is by My Side
Outkast’s André 3000 plays Jimi Hendrix in this biopic about how he made it big, lit some guitars on fire and then died.


A young newlywed couple decides to honeymoon in a quaint cottage in the woods but it all goes to hell when something terrible and mysterious happens on their first night.

Coming next week:

The Drop
The Boxtrolls
White Bird in a Blizzard
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Recently Viewed and Recommended:

Adventure Time – Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4
Drunk History – Seasons 1 & 2
Kroll Show – Seasons 1 & 2
Broad City – Season 1
Girls – Season 3
22 Jump Street

Also check out this for more fabulous films for your enjoyment…

Till next week…

Free Hugs! Black Dog Newsletter for Week of January 6th to 12th, 2015!


Hug Me!

I hope that everyone made it through the holidays relatively unscathed while enjoying some swell foods, drinks, company and flicks. Which brings us to the second in a two-part episode of what we think is the best that cinema had to offer in the year that was 2014. This we we have Eric’s (he’s the new meat at Cambie), former Commercial store manager Josie’s and my picks. I hope that you enjoy them.

Oh, the lovely and talented Jessica will resume newsletter duties as of next week.

It was a great year for films, 2014 was. Here’s what I liked best…

I haven’t seen a lot of movies that are showing up on all of these best of the year lists including; Boyhood, Nightcrawler, Birdman, Whiplash, Listen Up Philip, Interstellar, Left Behind, Force Majuere, The Immigrant and Inherent Vice but I did see a lot of great movies this year…

Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson’s best since The Tenenbaums. Top 3 W.A. for me.
Under the Skin – Creepy, weird, unsettling, amazing, perfect score.
Gone Girl – Grade A crime trash, flawlessly told. Fincher’s best since Zodiac. Top 3 D.F. for me.
Blue Ruin – Smashing noir revenge thriller.
The Raid 2 – Two and a half hours of kick-ass mayhem. One word – Hammer Girl.
Jodorowsky’s Dune – If only.
Snowpiercer – First Class beware!
Finding Vivian Maeir – What a talent, what a find.
Wolf of Wall Street (didn’t see it until March) – One of my favourite Scorsese films. Good debauched fun!
Locke – One guy on a phone in a car for the whole film. Gripping.
Edge of over and Tomorrow – Watch Tom Cruise get killed over again. Brilliant!

Honourable mentions also thrown at…

Only Lover Left Alive
Life Itself
The Guest
The Babadook
Cheap Thrills
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Lego Movie

Best TV

Mad Men
House of Cards
Top of the Lake
True Detective
Bobs Burgers
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Worst things that crapped in my eyes? Easy – Transformers (whatever number this year’s was) – Saw about and hour or more on the plane and that’s all I needed to reaffirm my desire for MIchael Bay to be smoated. Oh and that latest Spider-Man movie. Again saw it on a plane. Why did they even make that film? Oh and Noah. Although is was a pretty good comedy.

Here’s a link to Josie’s fun and fabulous picks!

Seems that Eric took a page out of Bjorn’s well-worn playbook and didn’t see a whole lot of new things but here’s his great list of quality older films that he enjoyed this past year…
Bleak Moments (1971) / Nuts in May (1975) / Abigail’s Party (1977)
In anticipation for Mr. Turner (currently in theatres), I checked out some of Mike Leigh’s earliest work; these are the three that translate best outside of depressing 1970s England. If you can generally get behind Leigh’s glacial pacing, pitch-black humour and flawed-yet-sympathetic characters, you will find plenty to love here.

Bubble (2005)
This low-budget Soderbergh feature barely made a dent on release, yet nevertheless makes the most of its nonprofessional cast, minimalist murder plot and creepy-as-hell doll-factory setting.

The Gleaners and I (2000)
Agnes Varda’s late-career documentary explores those who “glean” for a living, be it from neglected farmers’ fields or trash bins in the city. Plenty of loveable idiosyncratic characters here, not the least of whom is Varda herself.

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
Seconding Bjorn’s recommendation of this Kafkaesque gem, recently unearthed by Criterion. Absorbing from the first scene and rides the line between realism and surrealism beautifully.

The Invisible War (2012)
File under depressing but necessary; this recent doc exposes the underreported epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military. Unfortunately serves as a microcosm for society as a whole. We need to change.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
This sprawling Powell & Pressburger biopic of a fictional war hero would easily be hailed as one of the best films of all time had it enjoyed the good fortune of being made in Hollywood. Imagine Citizen Kane if that film were entertaining on top of being a masterpiece, and you’re halfway there.

Tabloid (2010)
Didn’t hear much about this Errol Morris film on release, but it’s one of one of his most entertaining if not one of his best. To describe it is to spoil it, but if you enjoy stranger-than-fiction tales, look no further.

Thief (1981)
Another good recent Criterion, Michael Mann’s debut features a gripping heist plot, unforgettable cinematography, an atmospheric Tangerine Dream score and a beautifully nihilistic performance by James Caan. Couldn’t ask for much more.

What’s new on the Shelves this week?


Atlas Shrugged Part III – They’re still making these things? The ghost of Ayn Rand is all around us.


Boyhood – Folks are calling this the best film of the year. So you know that you have to watch it. Shot over 12 years it follows a family with a boy in it who grows up. Kind of like Harry Potter but without all the wizardry.


Get On Up: The James Brown Story – The guy who played Jackie Robinson plays James Brown in the story of James Brown and his rise to James Brownness. Hear that it’s quite good.


Girls Season 3 – Mawr girls!

Life After Beth – I couldn’t think of a better person to play a zombie girlfriend than Aubrey Plaza.


Los Angles Plays Itself – Excellent doc about how LA has been portrayed in films. Fascinating and wonderful stuff. (At Commercial, soon to Cambie)

No Good Deed – Possible new James Bond, Idris Elba, (unless that sack of shit Rush Limbaugh gets his way) plays a psycho terrorizing a mom and her kid for some reason.


The Skeleton Twins – Kirsten Wiig and Bill Hader are twins that escape death on the same day. Hilarity and sadness ensue.

Stonehurst Asylum – Cool scary-looking insane asylum film from expert insane asylum filmmaker Brad Anderson (Session 9).

Coming the Following Week

Walk Among The Tombstones
Bad Turn Worse
Gone Girl
Jimi: All is by My Side
Love is Strange
Men, Women & Children
Two Faces of January

Lots of stuff for your eyes to be pleasured. Here’s some recommendations.

That’s it for this week folks. Stay warm, stay dry, stay hydrated and keep watching.