Black Dog Newsletter February 21 – 27 “Fancy Awards Edition!”


I’d like to thanks the Academy, and my hand…

Well the time is upon us once again as Hollywood strokes its, um, ego, ya ego, this Sunday with the 147th Academy Awards. I’ve only seen 2 of the best picture nominees and both I thought were quite good. Arrival was my pick for best film of 2016 so I hope it wins. But in all honesty, I don’t really care. My life will not be affected in any way shape or form no matter who wins. I just like movies! We just acquired a couple more films this week that are up for the top spot, so come on in and check them out!

We’ve also just picked up a bunch of awesome Criterions (will be on the Cambie shelves tomorrow) for your enjoyment! Photo below to see what we have for you.

New Releases!


1:54 – Tough little French Canadian flick about the pressures of high school and all that that entails. Namely being gay, bullies, peer pressure, suicide, drugs, athletics, finding a monkey’s paw and making three fateful, ironic wishes (I may have made that last part up).


All Through the House – “There was a creature stirring”…I knew it! Fun (from what I’ve gleaned) 80’s style slasher throwback finds a Santa-mask wearing killer slashing and dashing his way through a small California town. Maybe it will become a holiday classic along the lines of Black Christmas, Christmas Evil and It’s a Wonderful Life!


Allied – Brad Pitt plays a sexy Canadian intelligence officer (I’ll leave you with that one) who hooks up with the lovely and talented Marion Cotillard to perform some secret mission behind enemy lines. Oh, I should mention that it’s a WWII action/drama/romance.


Certain Women – Another fine film from director Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy) finds three certain women – Michelle Williams, K-Stew and Laura Dern – intersecting in a small town in America. Heard very very good things about this one.


Hacksaw Ridge – Mad Mel Gibson and his mighty beard direct this true-life tale of a guy in WWII who didn’t want to fight or kill people but still did a fine job on the battlefield. I don’t think I’d want to go to a place called Hacksaw Ridge in WWII. Maybe Golden Daisy Fields, but not Hacksaw Ridge. Up for best picture this Sunday.


Klown Forever – Those knuckle-heads, Frank and Casper are at it again, making inappropriate mayhem wherever they go. This time it’s on a journey to LA. If you’ve seen and enjoyed Klown (I know I certainly did), my guess is that you’ll see and enjoy Klown Forever.


Manchester by the Sea – Highly touted (look at all the touts!) drama with lots of acting and words and stuff about an uncle having to look after his nephew after the boy’s dad dies. It should do fairly well come this Sunday (Oscars!)


Men & Chicken – Weird comedy from the director of Adam’s Apples finds the always wonderful Mads Mikkeleson as one of two brothers who learns the awful truth about their family. I wonder what that could be? Does it have something to do with chickens? Are they chicken men? My mind can’t handle this!


The Monster – From the director of the pretty creepy, The Strangers, comes this nifty little horror number about a woman and her daughter having to survive the terrors of a monster in the woods when their car breaks down at a really bad spot. Some people have the worst luck.

Coming Soon!

Dr. Strange
Shut In
Eyes of My Mother
American Pastoral
Windy City Heat
London Road

As promised, here’s the Criterions!


Recently Viewed and Recommended

Manchester by the Sea
Nocturnal Animals
Found Footage Festival Vol 7
Ouija 2: The Ouijaning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Fits

That’s it for this week, folks! Enjoy the warm weather (ignore that “chance of snow this weekend” warning) and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Feb 14-20 “Holidays Galore Edition”


Love is in the air.


Two holidays in a row?! What is this, The Land of Revelry and Hullabaloo? Yesterday there was something called “Family Day”. Is that new? I don’t remember ever having a Family Day before. I guess it’s just an excuse to have a day off in February. And today is “Valentine’s Day”, or Lupercalia to you old Romans! Time to get all romantic like. It’s also “Ferris Wheel Day”! I can’t wait for “National Battery Day” on the 18th followed by “National Hoodie Hoo Day” on the 20th. The party never stops.

New Releases


Antibirth – Nice cast – Natasha Lyonne, Meg Tilly and Chloe Sevigny – enliven the bizarre body horror proceedings in which a stoner takes some weird drug and finds herself pregnant. Things just get more odd and nasty from there on in. Looking forward to this one, I am.


Arrival – Arriving on the shelves just in time for the Oscars, comes Arrival! It was my pick for best film of the year, 2016. Don’t want to build it up too much but I adored this film. It’s good smart sci-fi that packs an unexpected emotional punch. It’s a crime that Amy Adams didn’t get an Oscar nod for this. Well, there are much worse crimes to get your potatoes boiling, but you know what I’m saying.


Bad Santa 2 – The weird thing about the DVD release of Christmas films is that you get them well after Christmas. Who wants to watch a Christmas movie in February or July? Even if it is a Bad Santa. I loved the first one but I’ve only heard middling things about this sequel. I guess that what happens when a talent like Terry Zwigoff (director of the original) is not involved.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Where did this film come from? Did this even hit the theatres? An Ang Lee anti-war epic?! Yes please. As Billy Lynn comes home from a tour of duty in Iraq and embarks on a victory tour, his story of what really happened over there is told in flashbacks. I bet nothing good happened “in the shit” as they say.


Christine – Docu-drama about a TV reporter – Christine Chubbuck – who took extreme measure to deal with her depression. I won’t give away any details as I’m not a jerk. Not about spoilers anyways.


Edge of Seventeen – Dramatic high-school comedy about a young woman who finds it tough sledding when her best friend starts dating her brother. A symphony of small humiliations, I presume, ensues.


Found Footage Festival Volume 7 – Another compilation of amazing old VHS oddities selected and edited by these two funny fellas. I met and got drunk with them at the RIO a few years back. Good dudes they were. And probably still are. Available at Commercial, soon to Cambie (and soon Vol 8 for both!)


Justice League: Dark – John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood (I don’t know who these people are) join forces to fight some supernatural bad guys in this cool animated fare. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman also are along for the ride.


Nocturnal Animals – Fashion fella Tom Ford writes and directs this dark thriller starring Amy Adams (again with the Amy Adams), Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon (he of the enormous head). An art gallery owner is haunted by a novel written by her ex-husband. Weirdness and terrible things are afoot. One of Dylan’s favourites from 2016.

Coming Soon!

Hacksaw Ridge
Manchester by the Sea
American Pastoral
Windy City Heat
All Through the House
The Monster

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Nocturnal Animals
Found Footage Festival Vol 7
Ouija 2: The Ouijaning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Fits

For more fabulous recommendations click here!

That’s it for this week folks. Enjoy the warmish weather, say goodbye to the snow and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Feb 7-13th “Enough is Enough Edition!



Watch out, Car-2-Go, there’s some poorly made snowmen about!

Up yours, snow, you beautiful, horrible, white-devil, you!

New Releases!


Almost Christmas – A Christmas movie in February? No thanks. I thought we all were collectively trying to forget Christmas?


Blackway – Ray Liotta is a guy named Blackway. He’s a psycho ex-cop turned crime-lord (I plan to soon be an ex-video store owner turned crime-lord, well not too soon) who harasses a nice woman that has returned home. So she enlists the aid of Hannibal Lector to help her out.


Desierto – Psycho racist border security guard (is there any other kind) hunts down some Mexicans trying to enter the US. Much mayhem, I presume, ensues.


Frank and Lola – Described as a psycho-sexual noir love story – whatever that means – this flick stars Michael Shannon and his enormous head (I want a Michael Shannon head mask for Halloween!) and the awesomely named Imogen Poots as a couple in a dysfunctional relationship. Sounds intriguing.


Loving – Very nice, low key real-life true story as such about a nice interracial couple who got arrested back in the day in good-old Virginia for being married! They then take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. I’ve never ever been able to understand why some folks get so bent out of shape over such nothing. Bunch of idiot racist psychos.


Nerdland – The amazing Patton Oswald and the lovely Paul Rudd voice a couple of nerdy loser characters desperately trying to make it in the entertainment world.


The Take – Idris Elba (so dreamy!) stars in this action thriller about a CIA guy trying to stop some psycho terrorists in Paris. If anyone can stop them it’s Idris Elba!


Trolls – Animated kids thing about some psycho internet jerks who sit around in their parent’s basement all day trying to make life miserable for folks on the internet. Or…it’s a kids film about some cute trolls doing cute troll things.


Vice Principals Season 1 – Nice sounding TV show that has Danny McBride and the fabulous Walton Goggins as a couple of Vice Principals vying for the number one top dog spot of Principal. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

Coming Soon!

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Edge of Seventeen
Quarry Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Ouija 2: The Beginning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Infiltrator
The Fits
Train to Busan
The Handmaiden

For more recommendations go here!

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

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Jan 31 – Feb 6th “Not Talking About You-Know-Who Edition!”


(artwork courtesy of Grant Mercs)


In these dark and troubled times one can get overwhelmed with the constant barrage of unpleasantness concerning the political nightmare unfolding down below our belts south of the border. But we here at Black Dog laboratories are putting the kibosh on mentioning Orange Julius Caesar and his cabal of witches and warlocks. We’re here to talk about movies and movies is what we will talk about, dammit! Until at least Cheeto Mussolini drops the A-Bomb on someone.

New Releases


9th Life of Louis Drax – Neat-O looking thriller (maybe horror?) from director Alexander Aja (High Tension, Piranha) about a psychologist type fella who gets drawn into a mystery after some kid suffers a near fatal wipeout.


Broad City Season 3 – If you haven’t been watching this show, you should. It’s pretty darn funny.


Danny Says – Rock and roll doc about a fella named Danny Fields, who was involved with several well-known rock stars in various capacities. They might include The Doors, Lou Reed, The Stooges, MC5 and the Ramones amongst others. Not a bad CV. Watch and find out what Danny says!


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Most excellent adaptation of the writings of Douglas Adams follows a couple of fellas – Frodo and another guy – as they solve mysteries that are of the supernatural in nature. Good stuff.


Juste La Fin Du Monde – aka It’s Only the End of the World – The latest from Canadian superstar director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, I Killed My Mother) finds a guy returning home to tell his family that he’s dying. Let the laughs begin! Stars the always awesome Vincent Cassel and Marion Cotillard.


Queen of Katwe – Another entry into the “Ugandan girl’s life is changed when she discovers the world of chess” genre. Haven’t we had enough of these films already? Sheesh.


Sea of Trees – Odd-sounding little number from Gus Van Zant (To Die For, Milk) about a suicidal Matthew McConaughey who meets a lost Japanese fella in the woods around Mt Fuji. Life lessons and some drama, I presume, ensue.


Sherlock Season 4 – More sleuthing abounds!


Train to Busan – Fun Korean entry into the “world is over-run by fast moving zombies for some reason” genre. Some great zombie set pieces and non-stop action even out the heavy-handed melodrama for a fine zombie-filled evening on the couch.


Two Lovers and a Bear – Well-received, beautifully-filmed, unpredictable Canadian romantic drama set in the North Pole. Stars Orphan Black.


When Elephants Were Young – Touching documentary about a young boy and a young elephant who try to survive on the streets of Bangkok. The elephant exploitation trade is quite depressing and horrible in SouthEast Asia. If you’re ever in Thailand, or that part of the world, don’t ride the poor beasts, visit one of the rescue sanctuaries. That’s what we did and it was great. You get to feed them, wash them and just hang out. Highly recommended.

Coming Soon!

Almost Christmas
DCU Justice League: Dark!
Eagle Huntress
Frank & Lola
Lost in the Pacific
Vice Principals Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Train to Busan
Broad City Season 3
Dirk Gently’s Holisitc Detective Agency
The Fits
The Handmaiden
Under the Shadow
The Night Of
Better Call Saul Season 2

For more swell recommendations click this here button!

Till next week, my lovelies!

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