Black Dog Newsletter March 21 – 26 “A Little Help from Our Friends Edition”!


So it looks like we may be hiring! If you or someone you know and like (or don’t like) is looking to work in the last remaining video store in the known universe (or Vancouver), get a resume in asap. It’ll be part time and must be flexible to work at either location. Ideal for students or someone with some extra time on their hands.

Also, it looks like we’ll be acquiring another large collection of DVDs (tons of classics!). Once we have them in our sweaty little hands, we’ll determine if there’s enough to have another big sale or to just sell them out of the stores. Stay tuned…

New Releases


The Americans Season 5 – This cold war spy show is something I constantly recommend to folks who are looking for something cool to watch. I’m a fan. It’s good. Trust me. Or don’t. (should be here soon)


Dolores – Cool, intense doc about Dolores Huerta, working class mom of 11 (!) kids who was an outspoken advocate for farmer’s rights, feminism and gender equality. (should be here soon)


Mr. Robot Season 3 – The 3rd season of this fine, weird, paranoid, subversive, anti-establishment thriller of a TV program. (should be here soon)


Only The Brave – Handsome Josh Brolin and talking Mr. Potato Head, Miles Teller, beat the crap out of wildfires in Arizona circa 2007.


Star Wars: Last Jedi – Oh, ya, the new Star Wars movie. See the return of Luke Skywalker! See Luke Skywalker milk a weird monster and drink it’s gross blue fluid! See a meandering plot that doesn’t really further the story! See all kinds of things! We have the Blu Rays on the shelves as we speak but the DVDs won’t be here till next week (more issues with my lame distributor). Sorry the for inconvenience.

Coming Soon!

Insidious: The Last Key
Father Figures
Basmati Blues
Greatest Showman
Phantom Thread
Molly’s Game
All the Money n the World
My Friend Dahmer

We have lots of nice things to recommend for your ultimate viewing experience! Check out the various categories of things that we like here!

One more thing – remember, it’s the last week to take advantage of our big sale! 22% off all merchandise in the stores until the end of the month! Get there or be square.

One more thing – really this time – there won’t be a newsletter next week as I’ll be out of town for a bit of the old spring breaking. The options were Toronto or Hawaii. We are Ontario bound. I stand by my choice.


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Black Dog Newsletter March 13 – 19 “And the Award goes to…Edition!”


Well, another year of Oscar nonsense is behind us. A few surprises I guess but, really, I don’t hold much stock in these awards as they rarely reflect our favourite tastes in film. Where’s Florida Project? Where’s I, Daniel Blake? Where’s The Greasy Strangler? It doesn’t really matter. We know what we like. As do you.

So, we’re currently in the midst of our merch madness sale! For the entire month of March, 2018, enjoy a lovely 22% discount off all of our cool merchandise in both stores (it’s Black Dog’s 22nd anniversary, hence the weird discount)! This includes the famed Black Dog T-shirts and hoodies, all Studio Ghibli swag, mugs, lunch kits and whatever else we have kicking around the stores. Enjoy!

New Releases!


Baal – Cool-looking film from 1970 by German director, Volker Schlondorff, that stars that other German director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, as the titular anti-hero genius poet who snubs his nose at the squares and the norms to live with the outcasts on the fringes of society. From the Criterion collection.


Downsizing – Oddball satire from director, Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth), finds a completely, and I do mean completely, hairless Matt Damon (MATT DAMON!!) getting shrunk down to 5 inches tall so he can lead a better, if not smaller, life.


Ferdinand – A nice talking bull goes on an adventure to be reunited with his family. Not a documentary.


Hellcat’s Revenge – Fun-looking exploitation grind-house type of effort finds an all-girl biker gang setting off on a revenge killing spree after their leader is murdered. I’d expect the same of my employees if anything were to befall myself.


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Remake of the not-so-classic flick from 1995 finds Jack Black, The Rock and other teenagers sucked into a video game and how they all have to work together to escape the video game. And no, Axel Rose nor Slash appears in the movie.


Mom and Dad – Nic Cage and Selma Blair are parents who, for reasons unknown, go crazy and try to murder their children. Man, there’s so many jokes to make with this premise I think I won’t make any! (should be here later this week)


Pitch Perfect 3 – Those girls are still pitching perfect it seems.


Shape of Water – Oscar winning tale (Good job Del Toro!) of a sexy fish-man who hooks up with a nice mute lady in the 1950’s while Michael Shannon looks on disapprovingly. I knew it was tough for interracial couples back in those days but imagine how it must have been for inter-species couples to be accepted? We’ve come a long way. A long long way.


Small Town Crime – Haven’t seen the fine John Hawke on the screen in a while. Wait, there he is, playing a boozy cop looking for a little redemption while trying to solve a young girl’s murder. Presumably in a small town. (should be here later this week)

Coming Soon!

Star Wars: Last Jedi
Last Men in Aleppo
Legion Season 1
Mr. Robot Season 3
Americans Season 5

And finally, we have a lovely guest reviewer this week! Here’s Jon’s take on the aforementioned Shape of Water…

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay dry, stay hydrated, be nice to each other and remember, keep watching!

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Black Dog Newsletter March 6 – 12 “We’re 154 Years-Old Edition!”


Yes, you read that right. Black Dog Video is 154 years old! In dog years that is. In human people years that equates to 22. It was March 5, 1996, when we first flung open the doors on Cambie St to the frothing masses! Wow. It’s been a fantastic experience overall. We’ve had many excellent folks come through the doors as customers and employees, good friends and lovers. We’ve survived fires, floods, subway attacks, deaths (RIP John), crazy people, locusts, sloth invasion, ghosts, planet of the apes and evil in many forms but we’re still standing! If you asked me 22 years ago if I thought that I’d still be doing this in 2018, I probably would have said, hells ya! I’d love to do it for 22 more! Thanks to all of you wonderful humans who have supported us in the past, present and, hopefully, the future!

To give a little back, might we offer, for the month of March, 22% off all of our cool swag – T-Shirts, hoodies, lunch boxes, socks, mugs, piggy banks, other things! Come on in and check us out!

New Releases in this Week!


78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene – Nifty doc that deconstructs probably the most famous scene (at least a scene that involves a shower) in all of the movies. You know what I’m talking about. Either that or it’s 78 or 52 short films of Hitchcock taking a shower. (should be here later this week)


Baskets: Season 1 – Bonkers TV show stars Zack Galifinakis as Chip Baskets, professional clown and his clowning around business, and his mom, Mrs. Baskets, played by Louie Anderson. Sounds cray cray as the kids are wont to say. (should be here later this week)


Birdboy: The Forgotten Children – Cool, bleak looking animated thing finds some kids on a depressing island (think nuclear accident or something) taking drugs and trying to escape their miserable lives. Or something like that. Fun for the entire family!


Call Me By Your Name – Oscar winning romance drama finds the wonderfully named, Armie Hammer, having a little something something with a younger dude during a hot and steamy summer in Italy.


Disaster Artist – James Franco is Tommy Wiseau! You all know Tommy Wiseau, the auteur behind the famed cult oddity, The Room. This is his tale of how this “movie” came to be. Really looking forward to this. I really am. Oh, Hai, Movie!


Faces/Places – Lovely doc that follows the amazing filmmaker, Agnes Varga, and her new best bud, JR, as they travel around France doing art type stuff. (should be here later this week)


Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 – Excellent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s famed dystopian novel about women who are forced to live as a concubines under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. Fun for the entire family!


I, Tonya – Oscar winning bio-pic of Tonya Harding. Chronicles her relationship with her evil mom and her dim husband, Jeff Gillooly. And of course that famous knee-knocking she had with rival Nancy Kerrigan. Man, I love saying Jeff Gillooly. (should be here later this week)


Justice League – Batman hooks up with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Superman, Cyborg, Muffin Man and Alfred to fight evil and crime and things. (should be here later this week)

Coming Soon!

The Shape of Water
Blue Planet II

This coming Saturday there’s something cool transpiring over at the Britannia Ice Rink! It’s a fundraiser hockey and beer tournament! Fun hockey and delicious beer, what else could you ask for? Come out have some great local brews, support a good cause and watch me try not to make a fool of myself! I’ll be playing for team Bomber.


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