The Black Dog Video Newsletter: It’s the End of the Year as We Know It Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: It’s the End of the Year as We Know It Edition!

We’ll here we are, the last day of this wretched year. Let’s hope that 2021s New Year’s Baby looks better than 2020s.

I’ll be doing a recap of the ups and downs of 2020 and what to look forward to in 2021 in next week’s newsletter. Included will be the staff’s picks for best (and maybe worst) films of the year. So there’s something to look forward to, right? Until then, don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out, 2020.

We’re open noon until 7pm tonight and noon till 9pm tomorrow for all you bleary-eyed wants and needs (movie-related only).

New Releases!


The Honest Thief – Liam Neeson is a bank robber with a guilty conscience who wants to do the right thing until he’s double crossed by some shady FBI no-good-nicks.


Made in Italy – Liam Neeson is a bank robber with a guilty conscience who wants to sell his home in Italy but is double-crossed by some shady FBI no-good-nicks (may not be actual plot).


Mystery Road S2 – Season 2 of this fine series from the land down under (Australia).


Proxima – Eva Green is bummed to get shot into space and leave her family behind to go spend a year on the space station. Sounds pretty nice to me.


The Wolf of Snow Hollow – Cool-looking comedy horror about werewolves werewolving around a small town.


Yellow Rose – A Filipino teen wants to pursue a career in country music for some reason.

Coming Soon!

The Boys Season 1 and 2
Elizabeth is Missing
American Dream
Minding the Gap
Twilight Zone S2
Words on Bathroom Walls

We have what we’re calling a ‘Dog Track” up on our Podcast channel. The lads and I grabbed some beers and riffed along to Die Hard 2: Die Harder with a Vengeance. Check it out!

That’s it for this year, folks. See you on the other side.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Ringing Your Bells, Stuffing Your Stockings Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Ringing Your Bells, Stuffing Your Stockings Edition!

Why does it seem that Christmas manages to sneak up on me every time? Even in this messed up year. Anyways, here we are. And what better way to celebrate than with the Black Dog Video Empire’s latest podcast where we discuss our favourite Christmas movies?! Listen on Anchor and/or on Youtube where you can subscribe (for free!) and enjoy what we do! We’re adding new fun content all the time. Don’t miss out!

If you need any last minute sweet gift ideas to jam into your favourite person’s hosiery, we have what you’re looking for! T-Shirts (including a brand new design!), local hand-made masks, gift certificates and so many movies!


We’ll be open noon to 6pm on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. Open noon till 9pm on Boxing Day!

Purolator has managed to lose a big shipment due last week (they keep telling me it’s fine) but I do have more stuff on the way! Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.


We did get a few copies of Tenet and more are on the way for rental and for purchase.

Also received…


Aviva – Cool-looking romantic drama thing about a couple of folks finding love via the on-line intranet.


Everly – Selma Hayek dips her toes into the action/crime genre as a badass lady fighting off waves of assassins in her apartment for some reason.


The Rental – Dave Franco directs Alison Brie and Dan Stevens in this thriller about vacations, AirBnB (ScareBnB?) and secret secrets.

Arriving soon (fingaz crossed)

Avenue Five S1
The Craft: Legacy
The Nest
War with Grandpa
The Last Shift
Made in Italy
The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Also check out our daily Christmas movie recommendations here! Good times.

That’s it for this week folks. Have a safe, weird Christmas. Eat, drink, be merry, watch some films and wear a mask. Christmas 2020! Heck ya!

Copyright © 2020 Black Dog Video, All rights reserved.

The Black Dog Newsletter: Better Late Then…ah I give up”


The Black Dog Newsletter: Better Late Then…ah I give up”

I’m so anxious waiting for my late Purolator delivery that I almost tackled a guy who was carrying a pizza by the shop thinking he was Purolator Man. Hoping for good things before the weekend.

Oh! I almost forgot – we got some new T-Shirts! Check these babies out!


Oh! One more thing before we move onto the movies; we’re looking for DVDs and Blu Rays (and even some VHS) for the shop. Donations (we love donations and will take all), sell or trade for in-store credit. Unload your unwanted physical media into our open arms!

New Releases!
(hopefully here soon!)


Avenue Five: Season 1 – Comedy sci-fi show with Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad about a space ship full of upper-snooty space tourists that gets thrown off course. Let the hilarity begin!


The Craft: Legacy – Sequel to the much-loved film from 96 about some high school witches doing their witchy woman things.


Kajillionaire – The wonderful Miranda July’s latest dealy! Crime, parents, strangers and other things can be found in this treasure chest of a movie.


The Nest – Nice-looking drama has Jude Law and Carrie Coon moving into an English country manor where things take a twisted turn. Or something like that.


Tenet – Christopher Nolan’s latest brain buster action espionage thriller weirdo confusing intense drama hits the home video. You know you want to see this.


The War with Grandpa – Kid doesn’t want Robert DeNiro sharing his room (go figure) so he declares war on the old coot.

Coming Soon!

The Rental
The Last Shift
Made in Italy
She Dies Tomorrow
The Wolf of Snow Hollow
Jiu Jitsu
The Honest Thief

We’ve got a new episode of the podcast up on our new platform, Anchor and on Youtube where we’re adding content as fast as we can. Check it out, subscribe (it’s free!) and laugh.

Christmas movie picks!

Holiday hours are as follows:

Christmas Eve (24th) – Noon till 6pm
Christmas Day (25th) – Closed
Boxing Day (26th) – Noon till 9pm

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

Copyright © 2020 Black Dog Video, All rights reserved.

The Black Dog Newsletter! Weather Delay Edition!

The Black Dog Newsletter! Weather Delay Edition!


Being at the whims of the transport couriers can be a bit of a headache. Case in point – I’ve been waiting for this week’s shipment to arrive since Monday. Weather Delay is what they tell me. I checked the weather across Canada (they are shipped from Ontario) and I can’t find any reason for this Weather Delay. My guess is that they are either too busy, have been attacked by pirates (possibly form space) or they have run into a plague of flying poison monkeys. Whatever the reason, they are late. Hopefully for the weekend!

If they do arrive expect to see these on the shelves!


The Beach House – That’s a nice beach house to spend some time at. But what’s with the creepy fog and weird goings ons?


The Call – A phone call connects two people – one living in the past and the other in the present. What’s that all about?


Echo Boomers – Michael Shannon and his buds steal from the rich and give to, well, themselves. Love us some Shannon!


Infidel – Dude gets himself all kidnapped in Cairo. His State Department wife tries her darndest to get him free. You won’t believe what happens next!


Flesh and Blood – British mini-series featuring families, betrayal and, of course, a murder! A murder most foul!


Possessor – Brandon Cronenberg’s (yes) latest violent mind-bender has nasty assassins inhabiting other folks bodies to do their dirty work. Can. Not. Wait. (we have 1-2 DVDs at the moment, waiting on the rest)


Smiley Face Killers – Is Handsome Jake being followed by a crazy band of serial killers or is he slowly going nuts? You decide!

Coming Soon (Fingers Crossed!)

Avenue Five Season 1
The Craft: Legacy
The Nest
The War with Grandpa
Joan Jett- Bad Reputation
Body at Brighton Rock
The Velocipastor

In the meantime, please enjoy:

Our podcast – New Episode up and ready and willing to infect your ears! And subscribe to our Youtube Channel! It’s FREE!
Our 24 Days of Christmas movie recommendations!
Shopping local (at, say, Black Dog Video)
Each other (from a safe distance, of course)

Talk at you soon!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Tis the Season or Something Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Tis the Season or Something Edition!

What are the holidays going to look like this year? Will we all be sipping rum-infested nog watching a fake fire on the TV alone in our skivvies? Will we be kissing our cats under the mistletoe? Who knows? What I do know is that we have some nice things to cram into people’s stockings to make this, the strangest Christmas, somewhat tolerable! T-Shirts! Masks! Gift Certificates! Movies! So many movies. Hit us up!

New Releases!


The 12th Man – Excellent Norwegian WWII survival true story adventure thriller.


Bushwick – Dave Bautista and a plucky teen must fight some soldiers who invaded their neighborhood for some reason.


The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleonne – New cut of the last, and most un-loved, of the Godfather films. Blu Ray only.


The Invisibles – True story telling the story of over 1,700 Jews who managed to survive living in Berlin during WWII.


Perry Mason Season 1 – Cool as beans TV show about a gumshoe solving crimes in 1932 LA.


Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin – Herzog (Yay!) takes his dying friend’s, Bruce Chatwin, rucksack and sets out on a journey inspired by his passion for the nomadic life.


Relic – Very good and creepy haunted house film from Australia. It might live in the same neighborhood as Hereditary (although not as good). Maybe even in a cul-de-sac!


The Secrets We Keep – Noomi Repace kidnaps her neighbor and tortures him either because she thinks he was a brutal Nazi during the war or he stole her garden gnome.


Stiv – Noice doc about Dead Boys front man Stiv Bators.


Target Number One aka Most Wanted aka Movie with Bland Title – Canadian Journalist Josh Hartnett investigates a dude tossed in a Thai jail for heroin related misdeeds.

Coming Soon!

The Boys Season 1 and 2
The Beach House
Echo Boomers
Flesh and Blood
Smiley Face Killers

Couple other quick mentions – we have a YouTube channel! We have a bunch of our podcasts up there now and will be adding more content asap. Word has it that a new episode will be dropping today!

If you want to find out what’s going on at our sister store, Video Cat, you can subscribe to RJ’s new newsletter here – ! Give them some love!

If you like Christmas movies, we’re doing a recommendation a day! Play along at home here!

If anyone wants to pre-order some cool things coming in January let us know. Here’s a little selection of what’s being unleashed.

That’s it for this week my lovelies. Be safe, be good to each other, wear a mask and keep watching!

Copyright © 2020 Black Dog Video, All rights reserved.

Black Dog Video’s 24 Days of Christmas Movies!

Tis the season and so forth so here we are recommending Christmas movies you may or may not or may enjoy. We’ll do one a day up until the 24th of December and then you’re on your own.


The Ref (Ted Demme 1994) – Dennis Leary breaks into a bickering couple’s (the wonderful Judy Davis and, er, um Kevin Spacey) house and, for some reason, is forced to spend Christmas with them. Hilarity ensues. Boy does it ever. Good if you like to laugh.

December 2nd


Christmas Evil aka You Better Watch Out. (Lewis Jackson 1980) – Let me just start off by saying that this is not a good movie. Very low budget, dodgy acting and direction, it makes no sense. But why am I recommending it you ask? Because it’s weird and strange and fun! John Water’s favourite Christmas film is about a guy, scarred as child after seeing Santa caressing his mom’s thigh, who grows up to be a crazy, good/bad child enthusiast with homicidal rage tendencies. I laughed a good number of times. For those of you who are into this type of thing.

December 3rd


The Night Before (Jonathan Levine 2015) – Fun cast, hilarious drug sequences (no-one does baked better then Seth Rogan) makes this a good time holiday party movie that’s even a bit sweet. Not the best thing out there but you could do worse.

December 4th


Rare Exports (Jalmari Helander 2010) – Fun Finnish film finds Santa buried deep in a mountain. What happens when he’s excavated? What happened to all the kids in the town? What’s with the creepy old man elves wandering about? Dig into this terrific slice of Christmas cake.

December 5th


Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff 2003) – Mean, cynical, hilarious, rude, charming, gross. One of these words does not describe this holiday classic. Billy Bob Thorton is at his best (or worst) as a terrible mall Santa with crimes and sex on his wasted mind. Don’t watch this with your mother-in-law like I did.

December 6th


The Lodge (Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala 2019) – Soon-to-be stepmom Riley Keough is stranded in a remote cabin with her boyfriend’s two kids over the Christmas holidays. Things start to get weird in this creepy Christmas thriller-chiller!

December 7th


A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas  (Todd Strauss-Schulson 2011) – Stoners Harold and Kumar are back, getting stoned and ruining Danny Trejo’s Christmas tree. And Neil Patrick Harris is along for the goofy, some might say, hilarious ride. *note – I watched this last night and it is quite dated and terrible and embarrassing. I cannot, with good conscience, recommended this movie. *

December 8th


Bell, Book and Candle (Richard Quine 1958) – Finally saw this charming little number after so many years. Pyewacket the cat stole the show (as cats are apt to do) as Kim Novak’s lonely witch character’s familiar. A nice romp but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why either of these two lovely women would be interested in stodgy old James Stewart.

December 9th


Better Watch Out (Chris Peckover 2016) – Pretty fun “babysitter must defend her charges against a home invasion on Christmas” film! But this isn’t your average “babysitter must defend her charges against a home invasion on Christmas” film! Or is it? Nope it’s not. You decide!

December 10th


Scrooged (Richard Donner 1988) – While it’s not the best version of this oft-told tale – it’s not a particularly well-made movie and it’s tonally all over the place, this version has Bill Murray as Scrooge and a great supporting cast highlighted by Carol Kane’s violent Ghost of Christmas Present. You could do worse than this film. You could also do better.

December 11


It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra 1946) – Ya, ya, I know, it’s THE Christmas movie of all time but I just recently discovered this film after years of avoiding it because I thought it was all schmaltz and lame. But for a movie about Christmas suicide, it’s pretty warm and uplifting (maybe a tad too sentimental), but then again, the older I get the more I can dig these kind of sentiments. To a point. Enjoy.

December 12th


Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas ( Jim Henson 1977) – I have never actually seen this (nor heard of it until recently) but Dylan loves this thing and made me bring it into the shop. Seems it’s about some hick country otters who enter a talent contest (jugs may or may not be involved) to win some much needed cash. Christmas spirit, I presume, flows mightily from these jugs.

December 13th


The Silent Partner (Daryl Duke 1978) – Excellent Canadian thriller has Elliot Gould as a bank teller who thwarts a robbery by funneling the money into his own account. Christopher Plummer’s crook ain’t none too happy about this. Oscar Peterson jazzes up the score and cold-ass Toronto has rarely looked better. Bonus points for having a young John Candy in it! Dig into this forgotten gem.

December 14th


Gremlins (Joe Dante 1984) – Everybody loves Gremlins, right? We sure do. Holiday mayhem ensues as these nasty little creatures are let loose during the holidays to tear up the town and get all up to no good! A classic!

December 15th


Trading Places (John Landis 1983) – There’s been a little debate about this film if it actually holds up or not (the 80’s seem like a decade from another planet). I haven’t seen it in a long time but I remember liking it quite a bit back in the day (hence the recommendation). Must watch soon! What do you folks say?

December 16th


The Long Kiss Goodnight (Renny Harlin 1996) – Geena Davis kicks a ton of ass as an assassin with some memory loss as she teams up with classic Samuel L. Jackson to solve the mystery and kick some more ass. One of the few good and fun Shane Black written films out there that, for some reason, all take place at Christmas. We did this one for the podcast last year and had a blast with it.

December 17th


Krampus (Michael Dougherty 2015) – Adam Scott and Toni Collette head this fun family style Christmas film about a kid, who thinks he’s having a bad Christmas, accidentally summoning a malevolent Christmas monster thing. Evil clowns and nasty ginger bread folks add to the fun!

December 18th


Christmas in Connecticut (Peter Godfrey 1945) – Delightful screw-ball comedy has Barbara Stanwyck as a food writer who has lied in her columns about being a great cook. Of course she’s invited to her boss’ country estate for the holidays to cook for them. Madcap hi-jinks ensue!

December 19th


Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick 1999) – Nothing says Christmas more than Tom Cruise traipsing around New York during the holidays looking for weirdo orgies and danger! Kubrick’s last film is lovely and strange and coldly sexy.

December 20th


Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick 1993) – Full disclosure: I’ve never seen this film. But it’s not all about me, right? From most accounts, this is some wonderful stop-motion animated fare about a skeleton Halloween man who discovers a Christmas town and things happen after that. Sounds intriguing!

December 21st


Black Christmas (Bob Clark 1974) – My second favourite Christmas film (number 1 will be revealed on the 24th) is an awesome Canadian slasher from the early seventies. It’s creepy, it’s weird, it’s terrifying and it’s sometimes funny. Great cast featuring John Saxon, Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin and Art Hindle, who never met a fur coat he didn’t like. Outstanding!

December 22nd


The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke 1934) – A Black Dog favourite! Nick and Nora Charles look to solve a murder at Christmas time and enjoy a few cocktails along the way. Everything about this film is brilliant – cast, script, dog. Sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy!

December 23rd


Tokyo Godfathers (Satoshi Kon 2003) – Lovely animated fare from Japan finds three homeless folks who find a baby in the trash on Christmas Eve. They then set out to find the garbage baby’s parents. Adventures and hilarity and other things ensue.

December 24th


Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) – (Brian Desmond-Hurst 1951) The most faithful and the best version of this way-to-often told tale (looking at you WKRP and Family Ties!). Sure it’s earnest, sure it’s corny, but it is done with such heart and conviction, the black and white cinematography is outstanding and featuring one of movies greatest performances in Alastair Sim as Scrooge, this Christmas Carol cannot be beat. His transformation after the ghost visits will leave you with a huge smile on your face and if you don’t tear up a few times, especially where Tiny Tim in involved, then your heart is 3 sizes too small. I’ve watched this film almost every Christmas Eve since 1988. Much love and I hope that you all have a very fine Christmas indeed!