#55 SOYLENT GREEN (1973)

Our first podcast of 2022 we drink and discuss the 2022-set dystopian classic SOYLENT GREEN… and drink. Digressions include Betty White,  accidental cannibalism,  and random acts of movie theatre violence. Not safe for work. 1470 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. www.blackdogvideo.ca 



The gang rings in 2022 while drinking and discussing the year that just happened and the movies that happened in it…and drinking. We pick our best movie picks, happy surprises and crushing disappointments. Recorded at Black Dog Video, 1470 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. www.blackdogvideo.ca



Dylan’s worst to best films of 2021!


Here’s the 52 films that Dylan saw last year (almost one a week!) and how they ranked in his brain!


52. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Zack Snyder’s extended wet ego-fart of a film. At 4 hours, this should be called Justice Lag.
51. Army of the Dead
Actually worse than Justice League but at least it’s not 4 hours long.
50. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Let there be garbage.
49. Mortal Kombat
48. Reminiscence
Ironically, it’s forgettable.
47. Black Widow
Delayed due to lockdown and I think I preferred lockdown.
46. Cop Shop
Interesting premise that goes nowhere with stylish moments but overall boring and stupid.
45. Belfast
Tedious, go nowhere snore-fest with little story and lots of Van Morrison. Will win best picture because it felates “the magic of the movies”.
44. Furious 9
They missed a trick by not having this one have Vin Diesel drive back in time to run over Hitler and calling it “Furious Nein!”. Would have been more believable than what we actually got.
43. The Stand
An excellent book that they just can’t ever seem to adapt properly. This is easily the biggest disappointment of the year.
42. The Many Saints of Newark
No gabagool in this fridge. Pointless Sopranos prequel that hardly features Tony at all.
41. Dear Evan Hanson
A fucked up musical of a fucked up story of a fucked up kid played by a fucked up adult.
40. Godzilla Vs Kong
It could have been much worse.
39. The Matrix: Resurrections
It could have been much better.
38. The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson stopped making movies and started making “Wes Anderson” movies.
37. Ghostbusters Afterlife
Who you gonna call? Nost-algia!
36. Nobody
Pretty good action flick that scores no points for originality. Bob Odenkirk caries this one. Anyone else and it wouldn’t have been as interesting.
35. The Suicide Squad
Enjoyably juvenile but the constant gory violence wears thin after a while. Still it’s ballsy and very original. In your face Jared Leto!
34. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings
Great martial arts in an otherwise cookie cutter Marvel mess. Awkwafina is the most annoying character since Steve Urkel.
33. Night Raiders
The little Metis sci fi thriller that could. This Hunger Games meets Canadian colonialism has my full support despite issues with pacing and editing. It’s not perfect but damn it has spirit.
32. A Quiet Place 2
Shhhhh…It’s more of the same. But the opening sequence is awesome.
31. House of Gucci
Dynasty meets Chef Boyardee. Cheesy and hilarious but I’m pretty sure it was trying to be serious.
30. Percy
Interesting true story about the Canadian farmer who went up against Monsanto. Quiet and restrained telling of a story that could easily have been cliche and corny.
29. Jungle Cruise
A fun ride
28. Cruella
Much more fun and fresh than I was expecting. Terrific soundtrack.
27. Luca
These Italian fish monsters are more believably Italian than the entire cast of House of Gucci.
25. Des
David Tennant is terrifyingly downbeat in his horrifyingly accurate portrayal of notorious London serial killer Dennis Nilsen. The banality of evil on full display.
24. Worth
Run of the mill 9-11 biopic but Michael Keaton is great as always.
23. Pray Away
Infuriating documentary about the Christian hell that is gay conversion therapy. This shit is still happening, people.
22. The Fight Before Christmas
Everything I despise about the holidays in the form of one insufferable, entitled, smug, rich asshole in a Christmas sweater ruing the lives of his neighbours. But hey, it’s Christmas!
21. Free Guy
So much smarter than I expected. Fun fun fun!
20. Don’t Look Up
Ham-fisted Liberal soapboxing but I laughed a lot despite myself. It’s not as profound as it wants to be but it’s still an entertaining watch.
19. Summer of Soul
Excellent doc about excellent musicians.
18. Anthony Bourdain: Roadrunner
Made me miss the man even more.
17. No Time To Die
Farewell, Mr Bond. One of the better Craig Bond films which makes it an above average Bond film.
16. The Green Knight
Weird, creepy and haunting. It stays with you like bloody dirt under your fingernails.
15. Sound of Metal
Technically this is a 2019 film but we only got it here last year. Damn did I love this movie. Unconventional on every level with a career best performance from Riz Ahmed. Superb.
14. Midnight Mass
Stephen King- reminiscent horror series that’s refreshingly free of jump scares in favour of patient mediation on mortality. People criticize it of being “too talky” as if that’s a bad thing. The talky-ness really worked for me.
13. Lamb
Just plain weird but I’ve never seen a movie like it. Somehow it’s horrifying and sentimental in equal measure.
12. The Night House
Surprising little supernatural horror flick with a lot more hidden in the shadows than it first lets on. Very interesting art direction and cinematography keeps things just this side of bizarre and believably haunted.
11. Stillwater
Matt Damon puts away his charming smile and dons a dusty blue-collar ball cap in his captivating depiction of a blue-collar American father in France attempting to spring his daughter from prison.
10. The Last Duel
This movie is very very good but nobody went to see it. Great story, great direction, challenging story with one hell of a great fight scene at the climax. This is old school filmmaking at its best. We need more films like this.
9. The Sparks Brothers
Who are these wonderful, genius weirdos and how did they make such great music for decades without me having ever heard of them? I’m hooked on Sparks.
8. Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Funniest film of the year and laughed throughout both times. Charming, original and colourful.
7. Spider-Man: No Way Home
The second best Spidey movie and one of the best Marvel movies. Loads of fun!
6. Dune
My most anticipated film of the year. If it handed ended so abruptly it might have made my #1 spot but I’m holding out for part 2 and look forward to viewing them both as one 4 hour masterpiece.
5. Licorice Pizza
PT Anderson’s most charming film since Punch Drunk Love. Completely original.
4. Bo Burnham: Inside
Never before has one man done so much with so little. What Bo does with clever camerawork, creative lighting and masterful editing is genius, all from the confines of his garage. And the songs are catchy and hilarious.
3. Dopesick
Infuriating, multi-faceted take on the opioid crisis that puts a human face on the epidemic and the blame squarely on those most responsible on every level. Fuck you, Sacklers. Your name will never be untarnished.
2. West Side Story
The sheer balls to even attempt this after the recent run of musical movie flops. It’s a home run. Exciting, thrilling and moving night of old-school musical cinema. Flawless choreography and filmmaking and the classic music sounds even better. Too bad the lead was a bit of a dud, the rest of the cast excel.
1. Last Night In Soho
Goddamn I loved this movie! This is the most immersive and moving experience I had at the movies all year. Edgar Wright’s latest opus is a head spinning, hypnotic and immersive experience through the world of 1960’s London that took my breath away over and over again. It has its detractors, but for a few issues in the third act it’s otherwise perfectly realized and executed. Bonus points for being a whole original property from this generation’s coolest director.

The Black Dog Newsletter: “Is it Still January Edition!”

Is it me or does this month (January) feel like it’s been going on for decades? Maybe it’s the post-holiday blues, maybe it’s Covid fatigue, maybe it’s folks who still don’t know how to wear a mask, who knows? Anyhoo, just a reminder that prices go up next week (just a little – you won’t even notice) and that we’ll be closed on Saturday February 16th for a film shoot. Plan Accordingly.

Oh! There’s a new podcast up and ready to entertain your brains! The gang traversed down to the Rio a week or so ago and took in Soylent Green! Here’s our impressions.


New Releases!
(There’s so many I couldn’t fit them all here!)


Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road – Here’s another top-notch doc about your favourite Beach Boy.

Ema – From Pablo Larrain (Jackie, Spencer) comes this cool as buttons film about a marriage falling apart after an adoption goes south. Includes dancing and sex.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – At least this one has Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd!

I’m Your Man – Woman must live with a handsome robot for some reason in this comedy sci-fi number. Stars Cousin Matthew aka Dan Stevens.

Mainstream – Dating in the digital world can be strange. Just ask Andrew Garfield.

New York Ninja – Filming started in 1984 and wrapped last year on this wonderfully crazy film about, well, a ninja in New York. Can’t wait! Blu Ray only.

Slumber Party Massacre – Remake of the classic 80s film where an uninvited guy shows up at a sorority slumber party with a large drill. And he’s not there to install the cabinets or hang the drapes!

Spine of Night – Twisted, trippy, violent animated fare looks tres cool, man.

Swan Song – Friend of the shop and cult movie hero, Udo Kier, stars as a flamboyant hairdresser who walks across town to style a dead woman’s hair.

Together – Couple have a tough time dealing with Covid lock-down. Supposed to be pretty darn good!

WCBN and the American Revolution – Sweet-looking doc about a maverick radio station in the late 60’s/early 70s. Love these type of films.

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched – Former Black Dogger Kier-la Janisse’s exhaustive study of folk horror throughout the ages. Won all kinds of awards. Makes me feel like a proud papa! We also have the massive box-set (12 blu rays), featuring many of the films mentioned in the doc, for sale. I may keep it for rental if enough folks are interested.

Coming Soon!

Summer of Soul
Clifford the Big Red Dog
The Antichrist
The Dry
Finding Alice S1
King Richard
The Beatles: Get Back

That’s it for this week folks. Everyone be good to everyone out there.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: Cruel to be Kind Edition!

It’s not enough that this pandemic has crushed the hopes and dreams of so many, but I just found out our rent is going up substantially (in addition to a whopping property tax bill). It’s been quite a challenge trying to keep this ship afloat so to help plug the leaky holes, we’re going to have to raise our prices. It’s something I have avoided doing (we haven’t raised our prices in almost 10 years!) but I can’t see any other option.

Starting February 1st prices will be as follows:

New Releases – $7 for 3 nights (rent 2 and get a 3rd FREE)

New TV – $6 per disk (rent 2 and get a 3rd FREE)

Old Titles – $5.50 for a week (rent 5 for the price of 3)

Old TV – $5 per disk (rent an entire season $10)

We can do this!

New Releases!


13 Minutes – A tornado attacks a plucky town in the Midwest.

Clerk – Doc about everyone’s favourite clerk (and fan of the shop), Kevin Smith!

The Djinn – Kid wishes for something. Monster appears in his apartment. D’oh!

For the Sake of Vicious – A double home invasion thriller! Who’s going to win? Looks like fun. Blu Ray only.

Initiation – Sports person gets murdered on campus. What’s the sinister meaning behind the mysterious exclamation point on the socials? !

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To – Two weirdo siblings must decide what to do with their sickly other weirdo sibling.

Only the Animals – French mystery thriller finds 5 people somehow linked to the dead body of a dead person.

We Don’t Deserve Dogs – Doc about the wonder of pooches. Dog lovers rejoice!

Zeroes and Ones – Ethan Hawke must, for some reason, uncover the dastardly deeds done dirt cheap when the Vatican is blown up. Real good. From Abel Ferrara.

Older titles fresh to the Shop!

Little Otik
Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer
The Steamroller and the Violin (Tarkovsky)
Wool 100%

Coming Soon!

I Ought to be in Pictures
Dick Johnson is Dead
Finding Alice S1
Clifford Big Dog
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Spine of Night
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror

One more note before I let you resume your day – we will be closed on Saturday Feb 12th for a film shoot. Plan accordingly (you have plenty of time).

Be good to each other and don’t you forget about us.

Copyright © 2022 Black Dog Video, All rights reserved.

#53 JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996) Merry Christmas!

It’s our very special Christmas episode as the gang breaks open the Xmas cracker that is Arnie’s JINGLE ALL THE WAY! Digressions include retail hell stories, childhood toys and other, better Christmas movies. Put that cookie down! NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Recorded at Black Dog Video in East Vancouver.


And raised $2100.00 for the Vancouver Food Bank! The gang discusses our 16 hour Freddy-thon and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, the good, the great and the ghastly! We also talk about waterbeds a lot. Remember waterbeds? www.blackdogvideo.ca Recorded at Black Dog Video 1470 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Spoilers. Not safe for work.