Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending October 28th
Big shout out of thanks and what-nots to everyone who stopped in at the stores on Saturday to support International Independent Video Store Day. We gave out a couple of Blu Ray players, some lovely tote bags and much love. It raises one’s spirit to know that there are still lots of folks who appreciate us in their neighbourhood and their lives and that there’s still life left in this old business. Cheers to you all!
There’s a Halloween thingy a transpiring this Saturday in the Cambie hood. There will be candy given out, pumpkin carvings, crafts – everyone loves crafts! – balloons – you’d have to have a pretty cold heart not to love a good balloon – merriment and possibly a monkey knife-fight or two, we’re still trying to iron out the details on that one. Dress up the kids, the dog, the neighbours kid (but don’t do nothing illegal please) or the neighbour’s dog and drop on by the store and the hood for much fun.
And if haven’t been following our Halloween month daily horror film picks, what’s wrong with you? Like seriously, what’s wrong with you? Just kidding, you’re fine just the way you are. Most of you anyways. If you’d like to see where we are at, follow Black Dog on the Facebooks and the Twitters. Not only can you check out the scary list but you’ll be privy to all things Black Dog. I can’t begin to tell you how exciting that will make your life.
New Releases for Tuesday October 22nd
Augustine – In 19th century France, a lovely kitchen maid (the best kind if maid) suffers some sort of seizure, gets sent off to institution, falls under the influence of, maybe, a creepy doctor. Complications ensue. On the shelves at Cambie, soon at Commercial.
Before Midnight – Latest (probably last) of the “Before a Time of Day” films from Linklater finds Ethan and Julie talking and eating and talking and then talking some more. Expect to see this one on many “Best of the Year” lists in the coming months. I’m still expecting at least one more of these films to be made – maybe when they get older. Before Nap-time, Before Dentures, Before Wheel of Fortune…Also on the Blu Ray. (We were shorted our order at Cambie and I am desperately trying to get more DVDS)
The Conjuring – Not bad, not great horror flick finds a couple investigating another couple who claim their house is haunted. Turns out it was. Could have been much better if they stuck with the haunted house story instead of veering off on the direction it did. Although I never understand why folks just don’t leave their haunted abode. I guess that would make for a much more boring film. “Conjure this!!” Is what I say. Also on the Blu Ray.
Dirty Wars – Important looking doc that investigates the world of the “War on Terror” (which if you really think of it, makes no sense – a war on an emotion or state of mind? Bullshit I says), and the secret armies that conduct “operations” as they like to refer to as what they do. Others may call it murder, torture and just being jerks. Looks pretty intense.
A Hijacking – Danish thriller about a ship overtaken by Somali pirates. Does not, I repeat, does not star Tom Hanks. Looks pretty good though, even without Tom Hanks.
I Give it a Year – Couple meets, falls in love, yadda, yadda. None of their friends, acquaintances, neighbours or the neighbours dog think that they will last. Hence the title. Romantic comedy junkies, alert!
The Internship – Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are “old school salesmen” who try to get into the Internship (title alert!) program at Google. Hijinks, I presume, ensue. The little description, which you may need glasses to read, on the box exclaims, “Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up to crash the digital world in this laugh-out-loud comedy you’ve been searching for!” Does that sentence even make sense? Who writes this shit. Maybe I should look into box writing after the video store? From what I hear this movie is basically an extended Google commercial. Like they need to advertise. The word Google is already a noun, a verb and a salad dressing. Also on the Blu Ray.
Only God Forgives – Dude who made Drive is back along with The Gosling to assault your senses in this critically panned thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Bangkok. Love me some seedy underbelly. Looks pretty cool and psychedelic to me, even if it was soundly booed at Cannes. Maybe they were chanting Boo-urns. Also on the Blu Ray.
The Way Way Back – Excellent coming-of-age comedy that finds a 14 year-old dude getting dragged along on a family vacation to a water park where he hangs out with Sam Rockwell who doles out life lessons. Wish I had a Sam Rockwell doling me out life lessons when I was 14. Then I might have ended up asking Kim W. to go steady with me instead of chickening out like a big milk-fed wussy-baby. A life full of regrets. Sigh. Also on the Blu Ray
Old Stuff Just In
Kon-Tiki – Oscar-winning doc from 1947 finds crazy person Thor Heyerdahl making a raft and sailing it almost 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. The recently released film version is worth a look as well.
Coming Next Week
Saturday Morning Massacre
Recently Viewed and Recommended
Way Way Back
In the Flesh
Much Ado About Nothing
This is the End
Have a safe and joyful week. Laugh at this if you will
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