Black Dog Video Newsletter Jan 24-30 “A New Day Dawns Edition!


One hat to destroy them all!

Well, the day is finally upon us, President Sex Criminal has taken up residence in the White House. What do the next 4 years have in store (that is, of course, if he’s not impeached before then) for the world? I shudder to think. But, hey, at least we still have the movies, right? The Oscars were announced today. Lots of quality films on display (check out the chart at the bottom of the page). And while Cheeto Mussolini is making life hard for everyone, remember to stay vigilant, stay active and lean on us when you need some comfort, support and a good distraction.

New Releases!


City of Gold – Cool doc about LA food critic guy, Johnathan Gold, and what food means in this crazy, tasty world.


The Handmaiden – Sexy, twisted, weird and hypnotic thriller from Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) about a schemer who poses as a handmaiden to a rich woman but has plans to defraud her. And that’s just the start. One of our favourite most excellent flicks of 2016!


Inferno – Famous symbolist, Tom Hanks, wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia for some reason. It’s up to him and a doctor to piece together the puzzle and save the world. Be cool to wake up only to find out that you’re Tom Hanks!


Jack Reacher 2: Never Stop Reaching – aka The Reach-Around – Little Tom Cruise is back playing big Jack Reacher in this latest Jack Reacher epic. Here Jack Reacher must clear his name and uncover a major government conspiracy. I thought the American public didn’t like whistleblowers? I guess if they’re Tom Cruise, or Jack Reacher, then they’re A-OK, USA!


The Light Between Oceans – Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander live in a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Australia. They are sad because they can’t conceive (a baby). Then one day, low and behold, a baby in a boat washes up on shore. What are they to do, keep the free baby, eat the free baby or try to find it’s owners? Watch and find out!


Masterminds – Truth based comedy (whatever that means) about some bumbling funny people (Zack Galifinakis, Kirsten Wiig, etc) who decide to rob a bank. Comedy hijinks, I presume, ensue.


Under the Shadow – Well-received, cool sounding ghost story set in Tehran in the 1980’s. As a mother and daughter struggle to adjust to post-revolution Iran, a evil entity invades their house. Can’t wait to check this one out!


USS Indianapolis – What Nic Cage movie do we have for you this week? Well, how about the one where he’s a WWII navy guy on a secret mission in the Pacific and his ship gets sunk? Not good enough? Well, what if I told you that him and a bunch of other guys spent 5 days in shark infested waters? Interested now aren’t you? Based on actual things!

Coming Soon!

Everyone Else
Long Way North
Broad City S 3
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Sherlock S4
Danny Says
Girl King
Queen of Katwe

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Handmaiden
Better Call Saul S2
The Night Of
Captain Fantastic
The Fits
Ouija 2
American Honey

Oscars things that we have and that are coming. For those of you who care…



That’s it for this week folks. Talk at you soon!

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Still Fighting the Good Fight

Here’s a nice little ditty courtesy of our friends at BeatRoute magazine…

Black Dog Video Newsletter January 17-23 “Survive We Did Edition!”



If it’s going to be that kind of party…

Well it seems that we all survived the infamous Black Dog Christmas party Sunday night relatively unscathed. There were no fistfights, nothing caught on fire and nobody got pregnant. Not this time anyways. Guess we’re all getting a little older. Big thanks to Steve at the Anza Club for plying us with booze and putting up with our shenanigans well into the wee hours. Good times but holy hotdogs, do I feel like the dog’s breakfast today (written on Monday)! Till next year!

New Releases!


Death Race 2050 – Updated brand new movie where contestants race across the country trying to run over as many people as possible. Points are scored for taking out children, the elderly and infirm and everyone in between. This is what Trump’s America looks like.


Girl on the Train – So there’s this girl, see. And she’s on a train, see. And she gets wrapped up in a mystery involving a missing woman, see. And is she part of the mystery or what? Watch and see, see.


The Greasy Strangler – Insane, gross and greasy best describes this crazy flick. Ronnie and his son Brayden run a Disco walking tour (whatever that might be). They also vie for the affections of a sexy woman who takes said tour. There’s also a evil strangler (I assume he’s very greasy) lurking about. Not for all tastes but for some for sure. Me included!


Keeping up with the Joneses – Hollywood type comedy about some normal people – Zack Galifinakis and Isla Fisher – who get tangled up in some silly espionage thing when they find out their new neighbours – John Hamm (mmmm Hamm) and Gal Gadot – are real-life spies.


Max Steel – A spunky teenager, Max, teams up with his alien buddy, Steel, to make a fabulous new superhero, Max Steel! Wish my name was Max Steel. I could go places with a name like that!


Ouija: Origin of Evil – Prequel to the terrible Ouija film from last year finds some seance scammers unintentionally inviting an evil presence into their home via a scary Ouija board. I’ve heard that this flick as actually quite good. It’s directed by the fella that made Oculus, which I quite liked. He was also born in Salem, Massachusetts, so he has that going for him.


Zero Days – Scary doc from Alex Gibney ( dude that made the very good Enron doc and hockey goon doc and doc about Scientology) about a dastardly plot by the US and Israel to unleash some nasty malware that was to destroy part of an Iranian nuclear facility but it spread beyond it’s intended purpose doing many bad things. Where did it go? What did it do? How did it get there? This is not my beautiful wife!

Coming Soon!

Broad City S3
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
The Handmaiden
Light Between Oceans
Sherlock S4
USS Indianapolis

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

The Night of
The Fits
American Honey
Don’t Breathe
The Wailing

For many more treats for you to enjoy click here!

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

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Video Newsletter – Jan 10 – 16 “Par-Tay Edition!”



This is how we roll.

Just a heads-up – we’ll be closing this coming Sunday the 15th of January at 9pm – both locations – so we can all get together for our staff Christmas party! Plan your movie getting accordingly. If we survive the evening, we’ll be back open at noon on Monday.

If you or anyone you know has any DVDs for sale, we’re buying. Give the store a shout or email us here for details.

One more best of the year list (mine) can be found at the tail-end of this edition. Nothing but great movies, guaranteed!

New Releases!


The Accountant – Ben Affleck is an autistic accountant (yes, you read that right) who cooks the books for the mob or something like that. He also fires a gun at some point, judging by the cover.


American Honey – Much ballyhooed flick from Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) about a free-spirited young woman who hooks up with a rag-tag bunch of hustlers as they traverse the American landscape. Shia LaBeouf is, for some reason, in this flick as the leader of the gang. Heard nothing but great things. Nothing!


Before I Wake – A good-looking young couple adopt a child whose dreams seem to manifest themselves into reality. That could be either really weird, quite embarrassing or downright terrifying. Or all of the above. But since it’s a horror flick, I’m picking door number 3. From the director of Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil.


Birth of a Nation – Sort of remake of the olde tyme racist DW Griffith epic from 1915. Instead of focusing on the KKK and what heroes they were, this one is a little more accurate as it follows Nate Turner, who lead an uprising during the slave days.


The Fits – Strange and altogether wonderful film about an 11 year-old girl, played by the awesomely named Royalty Hightower, who becomes entranced with a dance troupe. To say more would be giving things away. That and I don’t know much more about it.


Homeland Season 5 – Carrie and the gang are back for new and exciting adventures in the spy vs spy world! This one’s set in Berlin so expect some European flavoured espionage. Beer and Bratwurst perhaps?


The Whole Truth – And everything but the truth! You can’t handle the truth! No truth for you because, as I just mentioned, you have trouble handling the truth! But if you can handle some truth, please watch Canoe Reeves as a lawyer (!) trying to get a teenager off of a murder charge.

Coming Soon!

Mr. Robot Season 2
Broad City Season 3
Death Race 2050
Girl on the Train
Keeping up with the Joneses
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Zero Days
The Greasy Strangler

And now, without further ado, because we all know how boring ado is, here’s my humble list of my favourite films of 2016. Handle with care.

1. Arrival
2. Mustang
3. OJ: Made in America
4. Hell or High Water
5. Hunt for the Widlerpeople
6. The Handmaiden
7. The Lobster
8. Captain Fantastic
9. The Big Short
10. Don’t Breathe

My list is actually about 20 films long or so. You can check out the rest of the winners here.

Worst film of the year – 31. Rob Zombie should not be allowed to make films anymore. Lazy, boring, totally inept filmmaking and without the requisite gore.
Biggest disappointment – Hail Caesar. I love the Coens, and despite some great moments, I just couldn’t get into this mess.

More current recommendations can be found here as well.

Till next week!

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Black Dog Newsletter January 3 – 9 “Glad That’s Over!” Edition!


I hope and trust and hope that everyone had a lovely holiday. Ours was fun. Maybe a little to much of, well, everything. I do enjoy the holidays but I find that they are just too long. And just when I think it’s over and my kid is back to school, wham!, one more day off! Like seriously! Our year started off with the hot water tank pooching out on New Year’s Eve and then having no electricity for a few hours on Sunday. Add to that our street (like most I assume) hasn’t been touched since it snowed at the beginning of December, the streetlights have been out for a month and the recycling has only been picked up once since that time as well. Life is hard in this day and age! No big deal though, we’re tough. We’re Canadian!

We’ll continue with our staff’s picks for the year further on down the newsletter. I’ll have mine all shiny and polished and ready to go next week.

New Releases!


Cosmos – Bizarre, surreal, hilarious and poignant. What else would you expect from Andrzej Zulawski (Possession)?


Deepwater Horizon – Marky Mark takes his crunchy abs onto the ill-fated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Shouldn’t those BP scumbags be in prison by now? Oh ya I forgot; oil, greed, absence of responsibility, capitalism.


Denial – Good-looking courtroom heavy about a despicable Holocaust denier who sues an acclaimed writer and historian for libel. Stars Rachel Weisz so it has that going for it.


Girls Season 5 – More Girls!


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – Family comedy about a rebellious young buck who doesn’t agree with all the tight rules at school. Family friendly chaos, I presume, ensues.


Shetland Season 3 – More crimes are solved by the crack team of Shetlandonians in this fine fine mystery drama thriller type show.


When the Bough Breaks – Mediocre, by-the-numbers “thriller” that finds a crazy baby surrogate becoming a little too interested in the hunky husband. Does that really happen? Like, really?

Coming Soon!

The Accountant
American Honey
Before I Wake
Birth of a Nation
Broad City S 3
Girl King
Homeland S 5
Max Steel
Mr. Robot S 2
The Whole Truth
USS Indianapolis

Best of the Year Staff Picks!


1. Hell Or High Water
2. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Sing Street
5. Eye In The Sky
6. Captain Fantastic
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
8. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
9. OJ: Made In America
10. 11 22 63

Alex’s Choices (I think he should watch more films!)


RJ! (I think he watched too many films!)

1. Toni Erdmann. 2016 . dir. Maren Ade. Comedy has reached a new level. Human, hilarious, and classic. Political and personal.

2. Aquarius. 2016 dir. Kleber Mendonca Filho. Sonia Braga reaches new levels in this drama about a middle age music critic who is a survivor and a fighter and a lover. Amazing music choices naturally!

3. Arrival. 2016 dir, Denis Villeneuve. Sci-fi drama that hits home and hits the heart. Lush, atmospheric, and moving. Blade Runner 2049 just might be amazing!

4. The Fits. 2016. di. Anna Rose Holmer. Coming of age story with no tired tropes. Female director, female lead, and completely innovative in its visual storytelling. Magic realism at its finest.

5. Paterson. 2016. dir Jim Jarmusch. A movie about a poet and his friends and his neighbourhood that magically captures the ebb and flow of poetry. Driver and Farahani are stellar!

6. A Bigger Splash. 2016. dir. Luca Gaudino. A fantastic summer getaway to a small island in Italy. Amazing nuanced performances from Swinton and Fiennes . Characters that seem real and have so much to say without using words.

7. Elle. 2016. dir. Paul Verhoeven. Everyones favourite sleaze meister tackles everyones least favourite subject…rape. What could have been a train-wreck ends up being a masterful psychological study in victim and victimhood. Huppert is unstoppable.

8. 54 The Directors cut. 1998/2016. dir. Mark Christopher. This often maligned period piece has found its true self in the extended/re-edited directors cut which deserves new appreciation. Mike Meyers is really great and so is the whole cast.

9. The Wailing. 2016. dir Hong Jin Na. The best horror movie of 2016. Hong marks new territory in this journey into folklore and superstition and in the meantime scares the shit out of you.

10. Maplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. 2016. dirs. Fenton Bailey + Randy Barbato. A stunning journey into one of the most important photo artists ever. More relevant in todays political climate than ever.

11. Only Yesterday. 1991. dir Isao Takahata. A 25 year-old movie that is timeless. Finally released in North America. A trip into the childhood and memories of a young woman and how they shaped who she is. Amazing!

12. Neruda. 2016. dir Pablo Lahrain. The chilean master does it again in this anti-biopic biopic. Instead of telling a A to B story, Lahrain infuses the cinematic language of film to add to the romance and passion of the folk hero to create hybrid noir/western/epic thats full of charm.

13. The VVitch. 2015. dir, Robert Eggers. The second best horror movie of the year. A feminist-ish folk tale of insanity and desolation in the middle of nowhere. Haunting and frenetic.

14. Neon Bull. 2015. dir. Gabriel Mascaro. Sensual and dreamlike. A tale of dreams and limitations of class among poor cattle handlers in a Brazilian rodeo. Political under the surface and visually impressive.

15. Weiner Dog. 2016. dir. Todd Solondz. America’s least favourite satirist is exactly what America needs. Darkly comic and on point. Solondz returns to form with his most hilarious and apt movie since Happiness.

That’s it for this week folks! For more recommendations click here and here! Stay warm, stay hydrated. Keep watching!

Black Dog Video

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