Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending June 6th

You may recall, dear readers, a few weeks ago when I posted how I had been ripped off by this guy on Craigslist – – well we had a little fun with it and there was a bit of anger directed towards this him – check the comments section of that link. I thought that was that, move on. I hadn’t actually thought about it in weeks.. So I was quite surprised to see a message in my email inbox from him on the weekend. It was just a bunch of sophomoric, pathetic insults. I wasn’t even sure he wrote the email – I thought it was written maybe by a seven year old. It was weird and sad. So I didn’t take the bait and reply to it. Instead I thought we’d have a little contest! The prize? The bootleg box set of all three seasons of Deadwood that caused all of this commotion in the first place. The contest? Tell me any stories of encounters you’ve had with idiots on the internet – be they from Craigslist or whatever. Our esteemed panel of judges (me) will determine the best entry and award said box set.

On another note – just a reminder that starting this Wednesday, June 1st, the Cambie store hours will change slightly. From Sunday to Thursday we will be open 1pm to 10pm (We are opening an hour later on these days) and Friday and Saturday will remain the same noon till 11pm. Sorry if this inconveniences anyone. The Commercial store hours will remain as is.

New Releases for Tuesday May 31st

Burning Palms – One of those ensemble cast thingies where a lot of characters do stuff and occasionally intersect with each other. I blame Crash for these types of films (although sometimes they can be quite good). This one has Shannon Doherty, Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana and Nick Stahl, set in LA, and is supposed to be quite dark, nasty and full of sex and sexual situations and all things sex. Interested yet?

Biutiful – If you’re looking for a bunch of laughs, look the other way. Javier Bardem (nominated for this) stars in this tragic tale of a dying guy who goes from one horror to the next in the seedy underbelly of Barcelona. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu the dude who made Amores Perros and Babel. Also on the Blu Ray.

Drive Angry – Who doesn’t drive angry? Nic Cage does. And he acts and looks all weird again playing a guy (demon, maybe I dunno) in this ludicrous tale of a fella driving around looking to avenge the death of his daughter at the hands of cult leader. Along for the ride is a tough, talking barbie doll. This is the WTF film of the year for me so far. I still am not too sure what happened and I just watched it last night. Entertaining it is for sure, just don’t expect too much. For me it falls into the so bad it’s almost good category with some inspired violence and strange dialogue. Also on the Blu Ray.

Kaboom – The latest from Greg Araki (Doom Generation, Mysterious Skin) that takes a look at the sexual awakenings of a bunch of college kids. Is there some “experimenting” going on here? What do you think? Have you seen any other of his films?

Kisses – Great little drama about a couple of kids who run away at Christmas and spend an incredible night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin. Word has is that it’s quite excellent!

Passion Play – This may be the other contender for the WTF film of the week. Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke and Meghan Fox star in this weird gangster thriller about an angel (?) stripper (?!) who tries to get out from under her menacing gangster boss with the aid of a down on his luck trumpet player. Haven’t seen this yet but it does sound intriguing. Anything with Bill Murray gets my attention.

Proie – AKA Prey – Because it’s been mere weeks since we had the last giant killer boar (or forrest pig as my 5 year old likes to call them) film, comes this gory horror film about, well a giant killer forrest pig! Move over Chawz, here come Proie!

Rock Steady: The Roots of Reggae – Title pretty much says it all. If you like the reggae, you’ll like this. Seems something to watch when the weather is nice and you have a cold one in your hand. (That’s basically the only time I enjoy those sweet, sweet reggae sounds)

Rogue Kill – An assassin must fend for himself when his boss puts out a contract on him. Hmmm contract eh? Something to consider if the employees ever get out of line. Stars the Baconater himself, Kevin Bacon! Mmm bacon.

The Shrine – Well received horror number about some kids investigating a cult rumored to be involved in human sacrifices. Hmmm human sacrifices eh? Something to consider if the employees ever get out of line.

True Blood Season 3 – The gangs all back ready to sink their teeth into season 3!  My 5 year old insists that he’s a vampire. A day-walker if you will. But he doesn’t drink human blood, just blood from the store, he says. Just like these vampires!

Coming Next Week

True Grit

Another Year

Just Go With It

When We Leave

Breaking Bad Season 3





American: The Bill Hicks Story


Recently Viewed and Recommended

I Saw the Devil (good nasty, over the top violent fun)

Festival Express (good rock and roll fun)

Treme S 1

Found Footage Festival Volume 5

Public Speaking


Ip Man


Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Blue Valentine

I Am You

Vanishing on 7th St.

Go Internets Go!

If you are a regular reader of this newsletter, you know that I’m a big fan of The Onion. Here’s a funny link to some of the Onion’s Facebook postings that people thought were real.

And keeping with the Craigslist theme. Here’s one of my favorite sites – You Suck at Craigslist. While it doesn’t deal with scoundrels like the guy who ripped me off, it has a lot of funny postings. Peruse, enjoy and make sure you check out  “The 8 suckiest Craigslist ads” and the “Not a Lion” section.

Ooh! There’s a new Between Two Ferns

That’s it for this week folks. Looking forward to hearing your internet tales. Bootleg Box Set could be yours!



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