Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 26th

Greetings from Salt Spring Island! Got out of town with some friends for a few days to indulge in some sloth, gluttony and whatever other hedonistic pleasure might come our way. Sure is nice to leave the city and just unwind to the sounds of ducks and waves lapping against the shore. Beats the sounds of traffic, car alarms, hobo fights in the park and the general din of the city. Re-charge the batteries so to speak.

I’ll get back to adding more DVDs to the movie sale upon my return, I promise. Look for the coffers to be filled at both stores by the end of the week. Some fine films to be had at some sweet prices for sure. Six bucks will net you a fine DVD and if you buy 3 or more the price drops to $5.00 a piece. You’re saving money by buying these!

New Releases for Tuesday March 20th

Carnage – Roman Polanski’s latest finds two couple – Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz spending an afternoon in an apartment discussing a fight their children had. Things digress into fighting and whatnot as booze and feelings come out to help and hinder events. Kinda sounds like my time here on Salt Spring – except for the fighting, feelings and a downward spiral of events. I guess the only thing we have in common is the drinking. Also on the Blu Ray.

Hop – Animated thing about the easter bunny going on a murderous rampage and then joining a rock band. I just made that summary up. Don’t really know or care what this is about.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Fincher’s remake of that nasty piece of Swedish business from a couple of years ago. I thought the first of the Swedish films was pretty good but the other ones were mediocre. Not too sure why Hollywood thought a remake was in order. I guess it comes down to the general audience not wanting to read subtitles when they watch a flick. Personally I’d rather see Fincher take his talents elsewhere. He’s one of my favorite directors and, in my opinion, he should be doing more original, challenging fare. That said, I’ll be watching this as soon as I get a chance. Also on the Blu Ray.

The Muppets – Most excellent update of everyone’s favorite talking, singing and dancing pieces of felt. Fun for the whole family! Also on the Blu Ray.

Proie (Prey) – Sorry, no giant killer pigs in this version of The Prey. This is a French escaped convict, kidnapping thriller that is supposed to be quite excellent. It’s just a little light on the killer pigs.

The Sitter – From Oscar nominee to this piece of failed mediocrity. Nice work, Jonah Hill. From George Washington and All the Real Girls to this banal exercise in supposed comedy. Nice work, David Gordon Green. A guy has to babysit some unruly kids. Hilarity, one was to presume, ensues. Also on the Blu ray.

Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy – Most excellent (from what I’ve heard) cold war spy espionage thriller. Gary Oldman (love me some Gary Oldman!) stars as espionage veteran George Smiley who is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI-6. Directed by the guy who made the original Let the Right One In. You know you want to watch this. I do. Also on the Blu Ray.

Old Titles Fresh on the Shelves

Battle Royal – Blu Ray (Yay!)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Blu Ray (Yay!)

Coming Next Week

A Dangerous Method
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Corman’s World
Revenge of the Electric Car
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Monster Brawl

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
The Muppets
Young Adult
My Week with Marilyn
Games of Thrones S 1
Nurse Jackie S
Shameless S 1

Well that’s a bout it for this week, kids. I hope that you’ve all recovered from the St. Paddy’s day festivities and are ready to get serious about watching some flick. There’s a pile of good titles on the shelves right now, so dig in!

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