Black Dog Newsletter August 29 – September 4 “Summer Lovin’ Happened So Fast Edition!”


We managed to get out of town for a brief vacation last week and despite cancelled flights, smoky smoke, Plus 10 air quality (or the equivalent of smoking 7 cigarettes, 2 spliffs or a small bag of hair), questionable tacos and spending time with the family, it was pretty nice. But we’re back this week with a fresh new bumper crop of fine films for you to wind the summer down with. Please enjoy responsibly.

New Releases!


Adrift – Couple meet, fall in love, go on a boating adventure, almost drown. I love these kinds of disaster at sea films – see All is Lost – as I’m terrified of large bodies of water. Not for all the money in the world.


American Animals – Fun-looking caper thriller about 4 young dudes with nothin but time on their hands who decide to pull an audacious heist – stealing some old books from the library! Available at Commercial and soon at Cambie.


Ash Vs Evil Dead S 3 – – Man, I love this show! It’s hilarious, it’s really gross and it has Bruce Campbell! Trifecta! I believe this is the last season so enjoy it while you can!


Disobedience – – From the director of the Oscar winning A Fantastic Woman comes this romantic dramatic drama that finds a woman returning to her Orthadox Jewish community that shunned her for being attracted to another woman. Stars the great Rachel Weisz and the fine Rachel McAdams. That’s a lot of Rachels!


A Fantastic Woman – – From the director of the fine film Disobedience (as well as very fine film Gloria) comes the winner for best foreign film at this year’s Oscars! A transgendered woman deals with life and death and other things. Only available on the Blu Ray.


First Reformed – A nice comeback for Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, The Canyons) finds Ethan Hawke as a priest who gets bummed out with the mounting despair of the world around him. Heard that this is pretty great.


Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami – Cool doc about the wild and wonderful and sometimes terrifying Grace Jones! Available at Commercial and soon at Cambie.


RBG – Pretty good doc about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Check it out and you’ll understand why the kids are all chanting “RBG! RBG!”


Tag – A bunch of handsome emotionally stunted men (Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnston) carry on a life long game of tag. Actually based on a true story. Not that it would make it any better…


The Terror – Think sea men and monsters don’t mix? Think again! A couple of ships – one called The Terror – who’d go on a ship called The Terror! – become stuck in the polar ice on an expedition. Things go from bad to worse to…


Will You Be My Neighbor? – Excellent doc about Mr. Rogers. Guarenteed to jerk tears from your eye ducts.


Zama – From the director of The Headless Woman and The Holy Girl, comes this cool-looking tale of Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer in the 17th century who awaits a transfer to Buenos Aires. Man, I made that sound boring. Apologies to the de Zama family.

Coming Soon!

Oceans 8
Happy End
Ghost Stories

That’s it for this week my lovelies. Lots of good things for you to watch this long weekend. Check out this here link if you don’t believe me!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 15 – 21 “Smoky Smoke Edition!”


If it’s August then the province must be on fire. Seems that this is the new norm now. But, hey, more pipelines! While the world burns it’s best to grab some fine home entertainment and stay inside (the weather app actually says the weather is “smoke”). We finally got most of the films mentioned in last week’s missive (sorry for the delay). Also, there’s more fabulous things for you arriving this week! Life is good, no? Note – there will not be a newsletter next week as I’m taking a week off to enjoy the great smoky outdoors.

New Releases!


Atlanta – Excellent TV series starring the excellent Donald Glover as a dude and his buddies try to make up the ladder in the Atlanta rap scene. Up the rap ladder. Maybe that’s a better name?


Deadpool 2– More hi-jinks starring Canada’s other favourite Ryan as the masked hero who cracks wise as he’s cracking skulls. Word has it that it’s even better than the first one (which was pretty good).


Incident in Ghostland – From the director of Martyrs (the excellent, harrowing French film, not the crappy American remake) comes this horror number about the strange goings-ons in a house where a couple of sisters reunite 16 years after a nasty house invasion. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.


Lowlife – Crazy-sounding, but with swell reviews, flick finds an addict, and ex-con and a luchador getting mixed up in the wacky world of organ harvesting. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.


Meditation Park – Great new film from local film-making hero (and good friend of the store), Mina Shum, finds an aging woman questioning her life when she thinks her husband might be having an affair. If you live in Vancouver this is a must-watch. If you live elsewhere, this is a must-watch.


Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 – David E Kelly (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal) adapts the Stephen King novel into a TV series about a psycho who drives his Mercedes into a crowd of people and is then pursued by a tough grizzled cop. Word has it that its a quite good horror thriller dealie. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.


Shock and Awe – Political drama starring Woody Harrelson that delves into the Bush and Co. (remember those turd blossoms?) run up to war as they lie to the world about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Can some skeptical journalists uncover the truth and stop the war? Watch and find out! On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.


Smithereens – This classic punk film from 1982 gets the lovely Criterion treatment. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.


Spinning Man – Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan and, um, Minnie Driver (who I assume has at least one piercing) star in this thriller about an amorous college professor who is a suspect when a college co-ed (do folks still say that?) goes missing.


Westworld Season 2 – The second season of this fine sci-fi western thriller.


Wilding – A supernatural “what’s the f*#k is happening to my body” horror-thriller. A young woman uncovers a dark secret about her traumatic childhood. What could it be? Is she a mermaid? A space alien? A relative of Donald Trump? Ahhhh! On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

Coming Soon!

Action Point
Black Water
Book Club
Summer of 84
A Fantastic Woman

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay out of the air – pro tip for you – only breathe out, never in – and come on down and rent some movies. It would help us out a lot in this slow season. Talk at you in a couple…
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Black Dog Newsletter August 8 – 14 “We’re Back, Baby! Edition!”


So after many weeks of toil and trouble, of technical hoo-haw, we’ve finally managed to get a fresh and delicious podcast up and ready for you to feast on. Miracle Mile is film under review in the latest episode. We drink some tasty beer and throw out our thoughts on the film as well as other subjects including the plague of peacocks that are terrorizing Surrey, character actor Kirk Fuller and taking advice from a necrophiliac. I probably don’t have to mention that this episode is NSFW.

New Releases
(All titles will be arriving later this week)


Avengers: Infinity War – This movie has all the superheroes – Iron Mans, Older Iron Man, Captain Howdy, Baby Troot, Star Tracks, Mr. Strange. Chris, Rogue, Dr. Watson, Purple Alien, Chad Something, Republican Chris, She-Hulk and the Raccoon. They all team up to fight a mean purple man. It’s a great big messy movie that I found way more enjoyable that I thought I would.


Bad Samaritan – Black Dog fave, David Tennant, stars in this psycho thriller about some thieves who rob a house where, unbeknownst to them, a woman is being held captive. Not too sure if Dave is a thief or the psycho.


Big Fish and Begonia – Chinese animated fare finds an other worldly 16 year-old girl being transformed into a dolphin so she can explore the human world. Well, I guess, the human world of the ocean or maybe a theme park.


Book Club -A bunch of book club friends – Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen etc, – find their lives changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey. Ai Carumba!


How to Talk to Girls at Parties – From the director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus comes this comedy (based on a Neil Gaimen short story) of an alien from outer space (duh) who ends up hanging with some dudes in the underground party scene in London. All of that sounds pretty good to me.


Summer of 84 -From the folks who brought you Turbo Kid, comes this fun-looking throw back horror thriller that finds some neighborhood kids suspecting their local policeman of being a serial killer. Sign me up for this one!


Upgrade– Cool-looking horror sci-fi mind bender revenge film! I can get behind all of those things!

Coming Soon!

Terror Season 1
On Chesil Beach
Deadpool 2
Mr. Mercedes S 1
The Yellow Birds
Ghost Stories
First Reformed

And one more thing before I let you go…you still have a few days left to catch the amazing performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream down on Granville Island. It’s totally great and fun and you should go and see it!


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