The Black Dog Newsletter Jan 29-Feb 4th “Of Parties and Rats Edition!”


We had our annual staff Christmas party this past Sunday at the ANZA Club (thanks, Steve!). Nice to get everyone from both shops together to make a little merry. We’ve assembled a great group of kids and I’m pleased as punch to have them in the Black Dog family. We’ve had many fine people work at Back Dog over the years (and some real duds as well!) and I can’t say enough good things about the group we have now. Come in and chat them up and rent or buy some sweet DVDs and Blu Rays!

Oh and I should mention that there’s a new podcast ready to (hopefully) make you smile and think about what you might do if a big nasty rat invades your house. Click HERE.

New Releases!


Black 47 – Heavy drama about an Irish fella who fights the English and the Great Famine of the days. Tough times.


Cloverfield Paradox – I apologize in advance for the poor quality of this movie.


The Deuce Season 2 – Season 2 of the Deuce. Great, gritty show.


Hunter Killer – Gerry Butler and old man Gary Oldman star in this submarine, rescue the Russian president who’s being held hostage by a rogue general, action thriller!


Long Dumb Road – Road comedy drama starring Jason Mantzoukas and another guy.


My Dinner with Herve – Bio-pic of the late Herve Villachaize, who played the lovable scamp, Tattoo, on Fantasy Island. Look it up, kids. Stars Peter Dinklage and that creep from the 50 Shades of movies.


Shameless Season 8 – Season 8 of Shameless.


Suspiria – Excellent, if not a tad long, remake of the classic masterpiece by Argento. Some thought it was a disaster, some thought it was a great compliment to the original. Made it into my top 10 picks for 2018.

Coming Soon!

Girl in the Spider’s Web
A Private War
Best F(r)iends
Department Q Trilogy
I Am Not A Witch
Jobriath A.D.
Old Man and a Gun
Studio 54
Outrage Coda

If you need some suggestion on new things to watch, click here! Also check out the other recommendations on the website here!

On a sadder note – some garbage people have stolen a few hoodies from the Commercial Black Dog as of late so, for that reason, we will not be making anymore new ones. Get what we have left while you can!

Have a good week, y’all. Thanks for the support! We can’t do it without you!

Black Dog Video

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The Black Dog Newsletter January 16-22 “Let Us Continue Edition!”


As promised we have another batch of top picks of the year in this week’s missive. Josie and RJ chime on on what impressed and maybe depressed them in the world of cinema in 2018. Check out what they thought at the bottom of this edition. We’ve also just received more Ghibli socks and Shout Factory Blu Rays and DVDs (including the much requested Spirited Away) for purchase. All should be in the stores by Friday.

New Releases

(All titles should be on the shelves by Friday at both Black Dog locations)


Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Blu Ray only) – Cool, if not depressing, doc about how human activity is changing (destroying) the Earth planet.


Beautiful Boy – Big drama, based on a dad and son’s memoirs, chronicling how a family deals with addiction and things. Stars Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet as dad and son of dad.


Boy Erased – Big drama about the son of a Baptist preacher being forced to undergo gay conversion therapy. Is this still a thing? What year are we living in again?


First Man – Canada’s baby goose, Ryan Gosling, gets shot into space by director Damian Chazelle (La La Land) and lands on the moon!


Hate U Give – A woman witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend at the hands of da police. Pressure mounts from different sources as she struggles to do the right thing. Make a good companion piece with Blindspotting or Sorry to Bother You.


Here and Now – Shoddy remake of the acclaimed Agnes Varda film, Cleo from 5 to 7, finds Sarah Jessica Parker wandering the streets of NY after getting some bad news from her doctor.


Johnny English Strikes Again – Comedy spy thing starring Britain’s own Rowan Atkinson as a spy caught up in some hilarious shenanigans.


Kidding S1 – Comedy drama type shoe finds Jim Carrey barely hanging on to his sanity as his home and work life (kids show host guy) fall apart.


Kusama-Infinity – Cool doc about artist Yayoi Kusama.


Let the Corpses Tan – Fun-looking French thriller finds some thugs hiding out on a beach with a bunch of gold they stole. But others on the remote island show up to complicate things. And it also has the best title of anything released this week!


The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl – Cool-looking anuimated tale from Japan finds a girl partying all night and her many adventures.


Mid90s – Coming of age skateboarding flick from first-time director Jonah Hill.


The Sisters Brothers – Based on the excellent book, a couple of brothers in the old west, John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, pursue a dodgy gold prospector. Really looking forward to checking this one out!


The Wife – Glenn Close re-examines her life with her famed author husband as they travel to Sweden where he’s to accept a Nobel Prize. Drama and emotions, I presume, ensue.

Coming Soon!

The Deuce Season 2
The Girl in the Spider’s Web

As promised, here’s a couple of lists to please your soul…

From Josie…

The Party – Sally Potter
The Death Of Stalin – Armando Ianucci
Zama – Lucrecia Martel
Annihilation – Alex Garland
Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
Patti Cakes -Geremy Jasper
Faces Places – Agnes Varda
The Endless – Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson
Gemini – Aaron Katz
Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town – Christian Papiernak

Link to the full list with reviews and such (and a few films not yet available at Black Dog that we hope will be soon available):

And last but not least, RJ!

dir. Hirokazu Koreeda – Koreeda continues his journey to define and explore the meaning of family and the bonds we create as humans. A testament to finding your heart and a place to belong despite being in the gutter.

Dir Ari Aster – Another family story…but the worst kind. Finally someone can deliver on a premise instead of pandering to teenager sensibilities of horror. Kicks your ass so hard within the first 30 mins and it only gets better. Creative original and destined to be imitated.

The Favourite
Dir Yogros Lathimos – His funniest and funnest movie yet. Perfect casting and delectably snappy dialogue make this the best period piece in eons. Olivia Colmann is stellar as is Stone and Weisz.

You Were Never Really Here
Dir Lynne Ramsay – This masterpiece of editing and sound design might seem to conventional to some but it’s anything but. Fast loose and one of the best use of sound and theme in eons. Phoenix is the best living male actor after Day Lewis.

In My Room
Dir Ulrich Kohler – This quasi post apocalyptic dystopian/utopian drama hit me in many ways and stuck with me till this day. Moving between genres and moods the film confronts you with myriad of emotions and reflections of loss, love, and purpose.

Dir Gaspars Noe – A hypnotic descent into hell and paranoia in the funkiest phantasmagorical way possible. An ode to 90s dance culture mixed with the worst post outcomes. One of the best opening scenes ever.

Sharp Objects
Sir Jean Marc Valleè – Valleè returns to triumph again in the mini series form, only much darker this time. Taking Gillian Flynn’s macabre southern Gothic family drama and adding some creative visual and narrative tools that makes it so good its hard not to watch all episodes in one sitting.

My Brilliant Friend
Dir Saverio Costanzo – This HBO series was a bit of surprise in the last parts of the year. A rich tapestry of Neo-realism centered around the childhood friendship of two working class school girls in post war Italy. It seduced me with its stellar acting and delicate storytelling. Classic coming of age amidst the backdrop of social commentary.

Support the Girls
Dir Andrew Bujalski – Bujalski does it again in this funny and insightful look into the pitfalls of working in the service industry. Regina Hall is a force to be reckoned with and the entire cast is also stellar. Raw and un-glamorous.

Dream Corp LLC
Adult Swim series – Hopefully this will get a DVD release soon so more people can enjoy this overlooked gem. Imagine Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind directed by Quentin Depieux and add a dash of LSD. Hilarious and extremely creative.

Won’t you be my Neighbor
Dir Morgan Neville – Mr Rogers was always too dorky for me when i was a kid. Too bad i didn’t see the strides in reaching children and people he made till i was an adult. A touching portrait of a man whose legacy has had a dramatic effect on how children are reached through media. Uplifting and emotional.

Patti Cake$
Dir Geremy Jasper – Raw real and authentic. This journey into teenage dreams of transcending the shit hole life you can be born into something great needs to be seen. A young Jersey girl with serious rhyming skills who makes the music is great! So good you will be singing it for months to come.

Most overrated and biggest disappointments of 2018

Sorry to Bother You
A Quiet Place
Anything Marvel related

That’s it for this week folks! Sorry for the length of this edition. So much to tell you! See you next week or in the shops!

Black Dog Video

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The Black Dog Newsletter January 9-15 “The Best Things Edition!”


It’s time, my friends! Time to share with all of you lovely folks our picks for the top films of the year! I asked the staff to chime in with the best (and in some cases the worst) things that they saw in 2018. At the bottom of the newsletter we’ll feature a couple of lists and have a couple more next week as not to give you list fatigue! Enjoy!

New Releases!

(Titles listed here are on the shelves at Commercial right now and at Cambie tomorrow)


Castle Rock Season 1 – Very good (from what I’m told) horror, sci-fi, drama, mystery, fantasy, spook-fest finds a bunch of folks living in a Stephen King world. The world of Castle Rock!


Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – A couple of kids find a magic book that makes a ventriloquist’s dummy come to life. And then what?


Halloween – Unnecessary sequel of John Carpenter’s (he also did the score) classic finds an indestructible (why is he indestructible?) Mike Meyers escaping prison and going on a bloody killing spree with his sights ultimately set on Jamie Lee Curtis. To dumb to be great, not dumb enough to be laughably great. Still, I had fun with it. Written by Danny McBride and directed by David Gordon Green for some reason.


Jonathan – Strange sounding sci-fi dealie that finds two brothers sharing the same body. One gets the first half of the day, the other the second. Then one gets a girlfired! Complications and hurt feelings, I presume, ensue.


Speed Kills – How in the hot potatoes did this end up on our shelves? My apologies to anyone who rents it. Someone tell John Travolta to go back to flying airplanes.


The Super – Horrorish flick that finds Val Kilmer in a weird apartment building where folks seem to disappear. Is everything what it seems? I think not!


Yellowstone – Kevin Costner digs out his cowboy boots and hat from his tickle trunk to head the family in this very good (from what I’ve been told) TV western series.

Coming Soon!

Kidding Season 1
First Man
Hate U Give
Here and Now
Beautiful Boy

Alright! The moment you’ve been waiting for…Here’s my picks for the best films of 2018. Some of these were released in 2017 but I never saw then until last year. It’s OK.

1. Florida Project
2. I, Tonya
3. Climax
4. You Were Never Really Here
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
6. Phantom Thread
7. Hereditary
8. Suspiria
9. Death of Stalin
10. Revenge
11. Mandy
12. Blackklansman
13. First Reformed
14. Leave No Trace
15. The Endless

My entire list can be found here.

And on the flip-side click here to check out the biggest disappointments and worst films of the year.

And here’s young Nick with his picks for 2018…

1. Mandy
2. First Reformed
3. Lucky
4. Blackklansman
5. Suspiria
6. Upgrade
7. Annilation
8. The House that Jack Built
9. You Were Never Really Here
10. Hereditary

Check out the rest of Nick’s Picks here!

That’s it for this week folks. Next week check out RJ’s and Josie’s picks (and if anyone else submits there’s as well!). Till then!

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The Black Dog Newsletter January 2-8 “It’s 2019 and We’re Still Here. Never Give Up Edition!”


Happy New Year to all of you lovely folks from all of us at Black Dog Video! I have to say thanks to each and everyone of you who continue to patronize our little establishment. It means a great deal to me and the employees that we are still able to be doing what we do. And we would not be here if it wasn’t for you. Without you, we are nothing. It still amazes me that it’s 2019 and we still have a couple of video stores in this town! We’re going to do our best to stick around and I hope to be here a year from now saying these exact words. Cheers!

Oh, I should also mention there’s a new episode of our podcast up and ready to entertain your ears! This time around it’s a New Year’s Special as Alex, Dylan and myself tackle Strange Days! Give it a listen here.

New Releases!


Assassination Nation – Dark comedy thriller type affair finds the town of Salem, Massachusetts descending into chaos after some sort of computer hack exposes secrets best left unveiled.


Bad Times at the El Royale – From the dude who gave us Cabin in the Woods comes this fun dark ride where a bunch of folks bump into each other at a seedy little hotel in Lake Tahoe. Secrets are revealed. Chaos ensues.


An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn – New film from the dude who gave us (for better or for worse) The Greasy Strangler! Lulu Danger is stuck in an unsatisfying marriage. Things get cray-cray when a stranger from her past comes to town. Will secrets be revealed? Will there be a descent into chaos? Who knows!


Night School – Comedy that finds little Kevin Hart going back to night school for some reason. Comedy hi-jinks sprinkled with a dash of chaos, I presume, ensues.


Venom – Tom Hardy dips his feet and tongue into the super-hero pond as he gets some powers that give him super strength or something like that.

Coming Soon!

Castle Rock Season 1
24 Frames
Goosebumps 2
The Super

We just received a nice new pile of DVDs and Blu Rays for sale! Cool things.


Next week we’ll feature our picks of the year! Lots of good things to prattle on about.

Have a swell week, my lovelies.

Black Dog Video

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