Podcast episode #68 – Lethal Weapon!

The gang are too old for this (Christmas) shit. Darren, Alex & Dylan sit down with festive drinks and discuss the 80’s holiday-timed action classic LETHAL WEAPON (and WKRP in Cincinnati for some reason)…and drink.


Happy Holidays!


The Black Dog Newsletter: The Last of Us/Happy Holidays Edition!

Greeting fellow humans! Just wanted to toss off a few bon mots during this festive (for some) time of year!

We still have things for sale, and I know how much ya’ll like things: Mugs, T-Shirts, Ghibli socks. Movies. This will be the final run of all the swag (we won’t have any more after this) so get them while you can.

You can order them from the website or send me a note – – to arrange local (cheaper) pick-up.

We should have our (2nd) Christmas movie podcast out later this week followed by our best of the year picks in a couple of weeks.Try to remain calm while waiting for these.

I hope that everyone is doing well out there. It can be a trying time of the year for folks (especially with no video store on the Drive!) so I hope you have some friends and or family that you like to help get through the holidays.

Me? I’ll be watching movies, drinking some nog and eating some foods. If you need some Christmas film recommendations, look no further than the Black Dog Video Movie Advent Calendar!

Cheers to you all!

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The Black Dog Video After Dark Podcast #67! Gremlins!

They’re baaack! Gremlins! Now in Gremlin form! Tune in for the Black Dog Video After Dark Christmas podcast episode (hint, it’s Gremlins!)

‘Tis the season and we sit down after midnight and feast on Joe Dante’s holiday horror GREMLINS… and drink. Merry Grem-mas!


The Black Dog Video Advent Calendar!

Hey everybody! It’s the Christmas time of the year again. And to celebrate, we’re presenting you with our Christmas advent calendar! Twenty-five days of movie recommendations! One a day till the big day (Christmas)!

Are you sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin.

December 1st

The Ref (1994) – Denis Leary is a cat burglar (they still call them cat burglars?) who has to take Kevin Spacey (gulp) and Judy Davis hostage after a botched robbery attempt. Wickedly funny, maybe a little too cynical for some, but this goes down like a warm lumpy cup of nog. We did this for our podcast a couple of years back.

December 2nd

Day of the Beast (1995) – Fun, crazy Spanish film from nutso director finds a priest teaming up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to commit as many sins as possible to prevent the coming of the antichrist! Yes you read that right. Strap in for some wild times!

December 3rd

American Psycho (2000) – Americans make the best psychos. And Christian Bale is best American Psycho (despite being Welsh). This film is both horrifying and hilarious. Just like Christmas! Get more Huey Lewis in your life. American Psycho, what would the holidays be without it?

December 4th

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Shane Black likes Christmas. Seems that all of his films, directed or just written, are set at Christmas. This is no exception. Geena Davis rocks it all out as a hit-woman with amnesia. Everything is cool until her past comes back to haunt her. Much action, mayhem and Samuel L. Jackson ensues. A ton of fun (was a podcast episode a few years ago as well)!

December 5th

Silent Night (2021) – Odd little duck from England about a family gathering at some estate for a nice Christmas gathering. Bummer that it’s also the end of the world. Comedy and horror make for a fine cocktail and this one goes down easy.

December 6th

Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) Little Billy is bummed out after watching Santa murder his parents. What’s a boy, raised in an orphanage by an abusive nun, going to do? Don’t be naughty!

December 7th

The Silent Partner (1978) – Cool Canadian Christmas Caper finds Elliot Gould being chased around by Christoper Plumber (a sadistic sob) after stealing the cash that Plumber wanted to steal. Good times in old Toronto!

December 8th

The Night Before (2015) Seth Rogan, JG Levitt and Anthony Mackie spend Christmas Eve looking for the mother of all Christmas parties – the Nutcracka Ball. Pretty funny (usually when Rogan and drugs are involved) Christmas tale to make you laugh.

December 9th

Bad Santa (2003) – Billy Bob’s make the best Santas! Loved this cynical, gross, and hilarious “drunk and horny mall Santa plans a caper” film. Watched this with my mother-in-law years ago. That was a mistake.

December 10th

8-Bit Christmas (2021) –  Directed by Michal Dowse (Goon, Fubar, All Gone Pete Tong), this charming, and at times quite hilarious, tale of a kid who wants a Nintendo for Christmas – think A Christmas Story but set in the late 80s and replace shotgun with Nintendo  – hits all the right notes (maybe a little schmaltzy near the end but that’s OK). A nice surprise.

December 11th

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) Time for some classic holiday fare! Fun and witty and lovely film about mistaken identity, food, G.I.s and other fun Christmas things! Barabara Stanwyck! Sydney Greenstreet! Others! Enjoy.

December 12th

Rare Exports (2010) – Awesome Finnish fun film has Santa being dug up from the bowels of a mountain. Then kids start disappearing. Then some nasty elves appear. Good Christmas mayhem ensues.

December 13th

Gremlins (1984) – What a terrible pet a Mogwai would be! No daylight. No water. No late night snacking. What a boring movie this would be had they followed the rules. Good time, occasionally dark Christmas fare. Just did this for our podcast!

December 14th

A Christmas Carol (1951) – For me, this is the best version of this oft-told tale. Nobody can hold an old timey candle to Alastair Sim’s Scrooge (No, not even Henry Winkler or Scrooge McDuck)). And such a great supporting cast. I’ve seen this probably close to 30 times and it always brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

December 15th

Die Hard (1988) – What would Christmas be without Bruce Willis crawling around Nakatomi plaza thwarting Hans Gruber and his minions? Saw this at the Rio last year and it still holds up incredibly well! And I also picked this one so I could use this fake poster.

December 16th

Better Off Dead… (1985) – My good buddy, John, requested this little fun film from the 80s starring John (no relation) Cusack as a love-lorn dude (his specialty back in the day) who gets dumped just before Christmas and contemplates suicide. Yes, it’s a comedy. And heads up for that menacing paper-boy!

December 17th

Black Christmas (1974) One of the original slashers! Canadian Bob Clark (who also did A Christmas Story – sad we never got the crossover A Black Christmas Story) gives us one of the creepiest, most terrifying horror films of all time. And it’s an all-time favourite around these parts (if only I could get the rest of the family to watch it with me). Great wintry Toronto locations, scary camera work and Art Hindle in a cool fur coat. Pass on the remakes. Accept no substitutes!

December 18th

The Thin Man (1934) – Let’s (by let’s I mean Nick and Nora Charles, not me or you, although…) drink and solve a murder case at Christmas! And drink! This film is too much fun. Love it.

December 19th

Better Watch Out (2016) – Fun, twisted little “terrorize the babysitter at Christmas” type of horror/comedy film. And why did it take until 2016 for a Christmas horror film to be called “Better Watch Out”?

December 20th

Bell Book and Candle – Despite having Jack Lemmon playing the bongos and James Stewart looking way too old (he kinda always looked old) for Kim Novak, this little Christmas witch story is quite delightful. And also has the best cat in all of the movies (probably)!

December 21st

Desk Set (1957) – Fun and wacky hi-jinks are the order of the day in this charming Hepburn/Tracey number about the computerization of a TV network’s research department. But at Christmas. Lovely.

December 22nd

Inside (2007) Ultra-gory (yes please!) French film finds a woman fighting for her (and her unborn baby’s) life on Christmas eve when an unhinged woman breaks in with the idea that the baby should be hers. Did I mention it’s gory? Cause it is! Insanely so.

December 23rd

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – I put off watching this film forever thinking it would be some schmaltzy lame Christmas tripe. I was quite wrong. What I did not expect was a fairly dark, almost Twilight Zoneish, film dealing with suicide, greed and how capitalism might just destroy the world. I’ve seen it several times and it never fails to bring a tear or 6 to these tired, cynical old eyes.

December 24th

Krampus (2015) Our film for this Christmas Eve (probably) will be this fun little horror/comedy about the legendary monster who is accidentally summoned to ruin Christmas. Nasty ginger-bread people, crazy gnomes and a great big Krampus adds up to some chilly hi-jinks!

The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Tis the Season Edition!

They tell me that tomorrow is the first day of December. Who knew?! I just wanted to drop y’all a quick note telling you about a few things:

We just got another order of the famed Black Dog Video/In Dog We Trust mugs back in stock. This might well be the last time we get these. Makes for a great gift for folks that like to drink liquids.

I still have a bunch of Black Dog T-shirts in stock as well. All sizes (only a couple of the larger sizes left).

And we still have the lovley Ghibli socks. Makes great gifts for those loved ones that have feet.

Everything can be ordered here or send me an email () for local pick-up and cash options.

Also! Starting tomorrow check in on the website or the socials for The Black Dog Video advent calendar! Every day I’ll recommend a Christmas film for you to enjoy!

And stay tuned for our upcoming Christmas episode of the Black Dog Video After Dark podcast! It’s a fun one!

Enjoy the snow (hopefully) and everyone be good to everyone out there.

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Black Weekend $2 Sale Movies!

You read that right! All the movies listed here can be had for a measly $2 each! Or you can get 3 for $5!

No Foolin’! Some have already been purchased but that’s the way the movie crumbles.

Email me at to tell me what you’d like. All titles can be shipped for a few bucks each.

Dig in and have a swell weekend!

Here’s the final batch of $2 movies being unleashed today for the #blackfriday weekend sale! $2 each or 3 for $5! More below. Keep going down!

Remembrance Day podcast episode! #66

In honour of Remembrance Day, we sit down and talk war films. And have a few drinks as well.



The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Flashing You Edition!

Today! Tomorrow! The Next Day! We’re tossing at you our first ever online FLASH SALE! All the previously viewed titles I have listed on the website can be had for a whopping 35% off the listed price! I’ll be adding more during the sale but have a gander at what we have (there’s lots!). Remember, I only have 1 copy of each title so first come first serve. Go to the “Home” page on the website and scroll down to the previously viewed area.

At checkout use the code 35dogs for the discount. Shipping not included. Local pickup is available.

Also! The titles listed in the photos at the bottom of this missive can be had for $5 each! And if you buy 4, get a 5th for FREE! Shipping is not included – these titles are best for local pick-up me thinks. Send me an email at and I’ll set them aside for you.

One more quick dealy – listen in on our Remembrance Day podcast episode as we discuss war films (anti-war) and such! Should be up and ready very soon. As soon as Dylan is finished eating his corn flakes.

Thanks for lending me your ears. I’ll get them back to you as soon as I can.

$5 films (buy 4 get a 5th for FREE). Check the Black Dog facebook and instagram for more additions throughout the weekend!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Tis the Season, Sort Of…Edition!

Just what everyone wanted to hear – a Christmas message from their once favourite video store! I’ll keep it brief!

If you want to purchase any films or what-not for loved ones, hated ones or even yourself, get your orders in asap so I can get you them in time! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, drop me a line and I’ll see what’s what. If you go to the “Home” page and scroll down, you’ll see lots of upcoming new releases and tons of used items at great prices!

We also have 2 T-shirt designs ready to go! Ghibli socks are in stock! I’m going to place another order for mugs as well! You can order all this stuff online or if you live in the hood and don’t want to pay for shipping, drop me a line and I can meet you on the Drive!

I hope that everyone is doing well out there! Miss you all! Except you, Eddie. Eddie!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Is it Time Edition?

Now that the weather seems like it might be getting cooler (and appropriate for this time of year), you can all start wearing shirts again! And it just so happens that we just got in our brand-new Black Dog Video T-shirts! You can enjoy this Saul Bass, Anatomy of a Murder inspired shirt and be the envy of all who know you! We’ve also re-upped on the classic “Dogtropolis” design. Both are available through the website or if you just want to pay cash for a local pick-up, let me know.

And we have lots of Ghibli socks available as well. Christmas is coming!

I just added a bunch of documentaries and a few other bits to the site for purchase! Lots of good stuff at great prices! Christmas is coming!

Don’t forget to check out our Halloween horror movie recommendations! I post one a day for your scary season enjoyment!

I hope that everyone is doing well out there! Miss you all (almost all)!