Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending October 10th

Just wanted to throw out a thanks to those who participated in our first Free Film Thursdays this past week. We brought in a modest amount of food for the food bank but considering that it was the first week of this event, we did pretty good. That is, of course, except for the folks who brought in a measly can of tuna and a can of expired clams. I think that we can do better than that next time out. The next Free Film Thursday will be on the last Thursday of October. Charity is still to be determined. Stay Tuned.


This week’s showing at the Unthank Cinema is the great Michael Cimino flick Thunderbolt and Lightfoot starring Clint Eastwood and the Big Lebowski himself, Jeff Bridges. Great film. Haven’t seen it since I was a kid. The viewing gets underway at 10:30 on Wednesday evening at the Black Dog Cambie location.


New Releases for Tuesday October 4th


African Cats – Pretty much everything you need to know is in the title. Nicely filmed doc set in Africa that follows some big cats as they raise their kittens. Is that what we call baby big cats? Kittens sounds too nice for an animal that would like to tear your face off and eat it in front of you. Also on the Blu Ray.


The Arbor – Documentary about the late Bradford, England playwright Andrea Dunbar. Supposed to be quite an amazing doc. Don’t think that this is a particularly happy story.


Bored to Death Season 2 – I’ve been told that I should watch this show. Some say it’s a fine program. Hard to go wrong with the cast that’s for sure – Danson, Schwartzman and Galifianakis!


Desert Flower – Heavy drama about an African woman who was circumcised (ahhh! brutal) at age 3, sold into a marriage at 13, fled Africa to America, became a supermodel and then a UN spokeswoman against circumcision. Holy hotdogs she’s been busy!


Entitled – Canadian drama about a dude who decides to kidnap the offspring of some wealthy socialites. I have a sneaking suspicion that things don’t really go as planned. Fine cast in, what I hear, is a pretty good drama/thriller – Ray Liotta, Stephen McHattie, Kevin Zegers.


Fast Five – Two things surprised me about this flick; that there was actually 4 previous films in this series, and that its actually pretty entertaining. A puffy Vin Diesel, a completely wooden and bland Paul Walker and a shiny Rock (looks like he was slathered in butter for most of his scenes) star in this heist kind of film set in Rio. Think Ocean’s 11 but without all those pesky actors and interesting script. Take it for what it is – a preposterous romp with cars and ladies and dudes. You know what you’re in for when The Rock is the best actor in this film. Make a drinking game out of it – have a shot every time there’s a scene with that big Jesus up on the hill. Also on the Blu Ray.


The Housemaid – Dark and twisted tale from South Korea about a housemaid (hence the title) who has an affair with the man of the house with not so good results. Really? And you’d think that nothing but flowers and sunshine could come of this.


In Treatment Season 3 – A pile of new episodes of this fantastic show about crazy people and Gabriel Byrne trying to sort out their (and his own, of course) shit. Like therapy for only $4 a disk!


Outrage – The great “Beat” Takeshi is back in full on nasty gangster mode (my favorite mode of his) in this tale of the Yakuza and all their doings.


Red Chapel – I’ll just defer to the IMDB description as I really can’t add anything to it – Two Danish comics, one of them a spastic and both born in Korea, join the director on a trip to North Korea, where they have been allowed access under the pretext of wanting to perform a vaudeville act. Sounds quite amazing really although I’m not too sure what a spastic is.


Scream 4 – Not too sure why this was made. I was hoping for something good and fresh and we just got more of the same. At least you’d think they could have come up with a different costume for the killer. Not scary, not funny, not enough nudity, not nearly bloody enough. And I must say that the high def Blu Ray really doesn’t do any favours for all the Botox and facelifts up on the screen – I’m looking at you, Courtney Cox! As mentioned, also on the Blu Ray.


Submarine – One of those quirky, indie coming of age flicks. This one is set and England and has the bonus of Paddy Considine in it as a new age mystic guy (he should have a had a bigger role). Not a bad flick. The main characters aren’t all that likable but they kind of grow on you like so much fungus. Nothing we having seen before though.


Olde Stuff Just In


Parks and Recreation Seasons 1 and 2

Big Lebowski – Blu Ray

Miller’s Crossing – Blu Ray


Coming Next Week


Leap Year

Life in a Day


Beautiful Boy

Brand New Day

Pig Farm


Snuff Box

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Master Harold and the Boys

Horrible Bosses

Tree of Life

The Green Lantern


Recently Viewed and Recommended


Fast Five 

In Treatment Season 3

Submarine ( marginal recommendation)

Troll Hunter

The Trip

Fringe Season 3

Bored to Death Season 2

Deliver Us From Evil (Danish)

Viva Riva!


X-Men: First Class


Internet Stuff for the Week


You all know of my hate for Netflix and my love for The Oatmeal. Here’s a little match made in heaven;


It’s always good to know that Charlie Kaufman has something new coming along…,62651/


I love this guy’s films. Hope that this is good…Great title so it’s got that going for it…


Have a great week folks, stay dry, drink wine, watch movies.



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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending Oct 3rd

Couple of things worth noting this week (because the slate of new releases isn’t really worth talking about); starting this Thursday the 29th of September we will commence with what we are calling Free Film Thursdays! Yes that’s right, free films! How can that be you may ask? What’s the catch? Well here’s the deal – we will be collecting for a local charity the last Thursday of every month. This month it’s the Vancouver Food Bank. So just bring in a non-perishable food item (again, no Jellied Grass of Liquid Pork) and take home a nice little film of your choosing for free! Sound cool? Well it is.


Also we’ve decided to open the Cambie store at noon on Sundays instead of the 1pm opening we had going during the summer. So the store hours are as follows; Cambie – Mon – Thursday 1pm till 10pm, Friday 1 pm till 11pm, Saturday noon till 11pm and Sunday noon till 10pm. Commerical stays the same noon till 11pm every day. Got all that? Good. See you soon.


New Releases for Tuesday September 27th


Frisson Des Collines – Nice sounding Canadian fare (it is from Quebec) about a 12 year-old who decides it’s a good idea to travel from his home in our French speaking province to see his hero, Jimi Hendrix (not from Quebec)  who’s playing at some festival called Woodstock.


The Ledge – That good looking biker from Sons of Anarchy (yes the pretty boy with the questionable acting chops) stars in this intense drama as a guy lured out onto a ledge of a high-rise by his lover’s husband. Idiot. Drama, I assume ensues.


Loose Cannons – Sweet, charming Italian comedy drama about making pasta and being gay. Not necessarily in that order.


True Legend – From master martial arts choreographer Woo-ping Yuen comes this martial arts extravaganza that has some revenge and a martial arts school in it. Doesn’t every kung-fu film have both a martial arts school and some revenging that needs a doin’?


Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Releases Friday, September 30th) – You know it’s a bad week for new releases when a Michael Bay film is the big film of the week. More giant, confusing looking robots fight each other for some reason and wrecking a lot of shit. I thought that it was some sort of Pink Floyd tribute thing but it’s called Dark of the Moon (whatever that means) not Dark Side of the Moon. I wonder if you played that Floyd LP while you watched the movie…


Coming Next Week




Scream 4

Fast Five

Red Chapel

Disney – African Cats

In Treatment Season 3

Desert Flower


Bored to Death Season 2


Recently Viewed and Recommended


Troll Hunter

The Trip

Fringe Season 3

Bill Cunningham: New York

Deliver Us From Evil

Modern Family S 2

Viva Riva!

X-Men- First Class



Internet Interest of the Week


Instead of a bunch of links to things that I find amusing/interesting/disgusting/offensive that I would like to share, here’s a little round-up on one site of the above mentioned things


That’s it for this week folks. I promise to have some better films on the shelf next Tuesday and hopefully every Tuesday after that. Cheers!


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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 26th

Nice crisp fall day today (maybe even a tad warm). Yep summer’s officially over in a couple of days and the change in the seasons also brings us the Vancouver Film Festival. I didn’t make it out to any flicks last year (first time in 16 years!) but this year will be hopefully different. The guides are available for purchase at both Black Dog locations – $10.


Also Black Dog is proud to announce a new little charitable event that we’re calling Free Film Thursdays. On the last Thursday of every month we will be collecting donations of a sort for a local charity. How does this work you ask? Well, pipe down and let me tell you. You bring your fine self down to either Black Dog location, drop of the determined charitable item and you get a free film for your troubles. Easy peasy. The first day for this will be Thursday September 29th. I will post what charity and what the donation will be in next week’s newsletter as well as on the Facebook site and I’ll even tweet it on the Twitter thingy.


And this week’s film from Unthank Cinema at Black Dog Cambie will be Paris Blues – 1961: Stars Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as American jazz musician ex-pats living in Paris, includes a jazz battle with Louis Armstrong. How does that sound? Terrific! Free Admission – 10:30 in the PM.


New Releases for Tuesday September 20th


Bill Cunningham: New York – Great doc about famed NY photographer who liked to take photos of people who wore clothes. Currently at the Commercial location with copies coming to Cambie hopefully by the end of the week.


BKO: Bangkok Knockout – Thai martial arts kick to the face/groin/back/knees/throat/spine/kidneys/cranium and whatever else there is to kick and punch. Enjoy.


Bridesmaids – OK time-waster with a really good cast. Kirsten Wig plays a bit of a loser who’s best friend is getting married. Hijinks ensue. Should have been funnier than it was and also about a half an hour shorter. There really is no excuse for a comedy to be over two hours. Also on the Blu Ray.


Conan O’Brian Can’t Stop – Doc about Coco’s comedy tour after he was booted from the Tonight Show gig. Supposed to be quite excellent.


Familiar Grounds – Well received French Canadian number about a brother and sister who live together whose lives are thrown for a loop with the arrival of a man who claims to be from the future. Hijinks, I presume, ensue.


Good Neighbors – 1995 Montreal. There’s a serial killer on the loose. This makes the tenants of an apartment building in the neighborhood where the murders have taken place uneasy. No kidding. (I know the feeling – there was a guy murdered outside my house on Saturday!) This includes the new tenant and his cat. This one looks like it could be something worth watching.


Hung Season 2 – Season 2 of the show about the high school teacher with the big schlong who puts his, ahem, biggest asset to work for him to make some extra scratch. No point in wasting your talents I always say.


The Kennedys: Miniseries – Don’t really need to go into detail about this do I? Good cast, won some awards last night on that dreadful Emmy show.


Meek’s Cutoff – This is the film that I’m most interested in checking out this week. It’s the story of some settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 who find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. Bummer. I wonder if they started eating each other? That’s what I’d do for sure. From the director of Wendy and Lucy and Old Joy. Also on the Blu Ray.


Modern Family Season 2 – Season two of the Emmy award winner for best comedy series. Good stuff. But only if you like to laugh.


The People vs. George Lucas – Doc about the famous chinless wonder who destroyed so many hopes and dreams when he made those awful Star Wars prequel films. This film takes a look at what happened to poor old George and how he managed to succumb to the dark side. Supposed to be quite funny and entertaining.


The River Murders – Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames and Christian Slater star in this thriller about a cop who falls under suspicion for the murders he’s investigating. Never heard of it. I imagine it was one of those straight to DVD flicks. There ya go.


The Set-Up – Speaking of never heard of it, straight to DVD comes this crime thriller starring Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillipe. Oh, and Fitty Cent. Something about a heist gone wrong or whatever. Also on the Blu Ray for some reason.


Wrecked – Mope face Adrian Brody stars as a dude who wrecks his car (hence the clever title) and gets trapped at the bottom of a ravine and then must survive against the odds! I wonder if he eats anyone? Because that;s the first thing that I would do. Oh and he gets amnesia. In all of my travels I’ve never met anyone who has suffered from amnesia. But in the movies and TV it seems like a common occurrence. Like, what’s up with that.


Coming Next Week


True Legend

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Ledge

Frisson Des Collines

Loose Cannons


Recently Viewed and Recommended


Deliver Us From Evil (Danish)

Bullitt (yes that Bullitt!)

Bridesmaids – slightly passing recommendation

Modern Family S 2

Fringe S 3


The Trip

Viva Riva!

X-Men: First Class

Winter in Wartime


Troll Hunter


Internets! Yeah for Internets!


Here’s a funny article about some famous films with some glaring plot holes that clever editing helped to hide. I was watching Bullitt the other night and there’s a scene where McQueen gets a call from a panicked cop who is protecting a witness. McQueen tells him that he’ll be there in 5 minutes. Cut to McQueen arriving but at the scene are ambulances, more cops and about 100 onlookers. I said to myself, that has to be the longest 5 minutes ever! –


Speaking of Bullitt, it still has, in my opinion, the best car chase ever filmed. So exciting. No CGI obviously. Here’s Rotten Tomatoes list for the best chases ever committed to celluloid.


If you know me, then you know about my love for signs. Here’s a funny little website where some folks have sarcastically altered signs around the town. (Not this town but any or every town)


And last but least, here’s a little ditty from the wonderful Oatmeal about things we should have learned in high school –


Alright folks, that’s a wrap. Enjoy fall and keep watching!



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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 19th

I’m tired. Oh so tired. Hosted a summer’s end BBQ last night (hence the tardiness of this installment of the newsletter), probably ate a little too many ribs, steak, salad, pie, asparagus, tomatoes, beer and wine. Woke up at 2:30 in the am and could not get back to sleep (until the alarm went off at 7 of course). Lousy insides. Lousy brain. That said (for whatever reason) it’s not a bad week for releases. In fact, the next several weeks looks pretty solid. Good to hear.

Also wanted to remind ya’ll of the Unthank Cinema showings happening at Black Dog Cambie every Wednesday night at 10:30pm. This weeks feature is Road to Salina. For more info please go here –

New Releases for Tuesday September 13th

Cold Fish – Strange, mostly unpleasant, nasty affair from the director of Suicide Club about a guy who’s rebellious teenage daughter goes to work for a seemingly (notice how I said seemingly?) nice couple at their fish store. Then the truth, the bloody truth, comes out.

Forks over Knives – Very engaging doc that argues for our better health by reducing our over-consumption of animals and processed foods. I wish I had watched this before last night’s BBQ.

Glee Season 2, Volume 2 – The second half of the second season of this singing and dancing thing.

Incendies – Canada’s entry for the best foreign film Oscar thing last year. Haven’t seen it yet but word has it that this film, about a pair of twins (of course it’s a pair!) who travel to the middle east to discover their family history, is most excellent.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 – The latest season of this show.

The Reef – Big shark terrorizes and eats some Australians.

Sentiment of the Flesh – Odd sexy French thriller about a couple who meet and explore each other’s bodies in, say, an unconventional manner. Think something along the lines of Dead Ringers or Crash (Cronenberg’s Crash that is) Cool.

Take Me Home Tonight – Comedy about a guy who quits his high paying job on Wall St to go to work as a video clerk (what can I say – it’s the best job in the world!). He then reconnects with old friends and the crush he had on in high school. Hijinks, I presume, ensue.

Thor – Big budget hoo-haw about some blond muscle guy who’s superhero power is that he has a big hammer. Sure he’d be great at helping build that tree house in the backyard but as for a compelling action film guy, not so much. I saw it for free and still felt ripped off. Also on the Blu Ray.

The Trip – Looking forward to this one – One of my favorites, Steve Coogan, and another guy go on a food tour trip and talk about funny stuff. Doesn’t sound all that exciting but I hear that there’s some fine laughs abounding in this one. Check out this scene if you don’t believe me. – [youtube][/youtube]

Viva Riva! – From the Congo, yes you heard right The Congo, comes this entertaining and slick crime thriller about a guy who steals some gas from some bad guys. Of course said bad guys coming looking for him and the gas. Fairly violent, pretty sexy as well. Worth a look. May change your mind about that family vacation to Kinsala you had planned for Christmas.

YSL: Amour Fou – Doc about fashion guy Yves Saint-Laurent, or YSL to his friends.

Coming Next Week

People vs George Lucas
Meek’s Cutoff
The Setup
River Murders
Good Neighbors
Modern Family Season 2
Hung Season 2
The Kennedys

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Viva Riva!
The Trip
X-Men: First Class
Win Win
In a Better World
Troll Hunter
Winter in Wartime
The Lincoln Lawyer

Internets! Entertain us!

So the awesomely great Rio Theatre on Broadway and Commercial are trying very hard to obtain a liquor license. Want to help? Of course you do. Sign this petition then, please.

Here’s a fun article detailing stuff that Hollywood would rather the general public not know about how it conducts it’s business. Read on.

And for a good larf, check out this site which has documented the best of the worst tattoos that new parents got of their grotesque babies. Very bad idea. Freaky and creepy. What’s with the one with the rat in it’s mouth?!

That’s it for this week kids. Have a good week. Reminisce about the good weather which seems to be in the rear view mirror these days, and remember, keep watching.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 12th

And that’s that. Another summer in the bag. I’ve heard so many people grumble and gripe that it was a shitty summer it was. Anyone remember the last day it rained? It’s really hard to argue with what we have at the moment and how great the month of August was (July, you are dead to me). To be honest I appreciate the crappy weather in the summer time for the exclusive reason that people rent more films. I know that’s selfish of me, but that’s the nature of being in business for yourself. You take what you can get. That said, I spent a great deal of time at the beaches in and around the town, had quite a few fine BBQ’s and had the misfortune to go camping. A pretty good summer all and all. The fall looks pretty strong for films hitting the DVD’s so that’s something to look forward to, right?

This is pretty cool – starting this Wednesday, Black Dog on Cambie will be holding free viewings of some pretty interesting/trashy/fun/ films. Showings are at 10:30 pm. There’s a limited number of seats so first come, first serve. I do believe that there will be refreshments on hand as well. For a rundown of what’s playing check out the Facebook site Unthank Cinema. If it works out and nobody gets hurt, we’ll make this a regular occurrence.

New Releases for Tuesday September 6th

Certified Copy – Renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami takes us on a journey through the Tuscany region of Italy with Juliette Binoche and some other French guy. Supposed to be nice nice, very nice.

Community Season 2 – Season 2 of the TV shoe Community.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – Actiony type fantasy thriller type dealy from Luc Besson about the adventures of a young woman in the early 20th Century and her dealings with would-be suitors, cops, monsters, and other distractions. Looks pretty darn cool if you ask me.

Fringe Season 3 – Locally shot, pretty good sci-fi show complete with parallel universes, weird goings on, Pacey from Dawson’s Creek and that mad king guy from Lord of the Rings. This is the third season.

The Gruffalo – Award winning animated short film about a mouse who takes a walk in the woods and outwits a bunch of predators (the animal kind who like to eat him, not the outer space reptilian hunter kind).

Hanna – Mostly excellent actiony type thriller about a girl raised near the arctic circle by her dad who is trained to kill with the ultimate goal being revenge on Cate Blanchett for a past wrong-doing. Great score, excellent action, undone somewhat by an plot-hole filled ending but still very much worth your while. Someone please tell me what’s with Blanchett’s accent and her obsession with her teeth. Also on the Blu Ray.

A Horrible Way to Die – Nasty piece of business (if you can’t tell by the title) about an escaped killer who attempts to track down his ex-squeeze who is trying to start a new life in a small town. Word has it that’s it’s supposed to be quite good.

The Office Season 7 – This documentary isn’t done yet? They have 7 years worth of material! When is it going to be finished?! This is season 7 of The Office (still a pretty good shoe)

Parks and Recreation Season 3 – We don’t have the first 2 seasons (yet) but trust me, this is a pretty funny show and worth your time and hard earned clams. This is the 3rd season.

Road to Nowhere – Famed director Monty Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop) is back with his first film in like 20 years or something. A filmmaker gets embroiled in a crime while making a film. That is what I can make out of the plot. I’ve heard it’s pretty cool as the lines between reality and what is fiction tend to blur. Kinda how I felt when I woke up yesterday.

Tracker – Ray Winstone (love me some Ray Winstone!) is a soldier from the Boer War who ends up in New Zealand tracking a fugitive accused of killing another soldier. Action and some complications ensue.

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie – Documentary about the famous barber. Supposed to be quite entertaining.

X-Men: First Class – I saw but 2 films in the theatre this summer (shocking, I know) this and Thor. I thought Thor sucked royal donkey balls but I loved this film – easily the best of the X-Men films. Origin films usually aren’t that good but this one rocks fairly hard. Great cast (maybe with the exception of January Jones – that lady cannot act to save her life), fine action and just a good time at the movies. Also on the Blu Ray. (Releases on September 9th – Friday)

Old stuff just in…

Creepshow 2 (yeah!)
The first 3 Scream films (at Commercial, soon arriving at Cambie)

Coming Next Week

The People vs George Lucas
Rescue Me Season 6 and 7
Forks Over Knives
Meek’s Cut-Off
The Trip
Bill Cunningham: New York
BKO: Bangkok Knockout
Glee S2 V2
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6
Viva Riva!
Take Me Home Tonight

Recently Viewed and Recommended

X-Men: First Class
In a Better World
Venus Noire
Louie Season 1
Winter in Wartime
The Lincoln Lawyer
Jane Eyre

Behold! Internets!

I’m sure you’re getting a little tired of how much I’ve been touting Louie. Well don’t listen to me, check out this cool little article (mostly talking about the second season) touting how great this shoe is…

And for a good laugh, there’s always Tim and Eric! [youtube][/youtube]

Here’s an article from last week’s Westender about the plight of the Rio theatre and their attempts to obtain a liquor license. I cannot understand why it is against the law to serve alcohol in a movie theatre in Vancouver?! Like, what is the reasoning behind this? I love having a few pops while watching a film. Like, come on, time to grow up.

Here’s a fun little editing mash-up of Coen Brothers films and the films of QT (Tarantino). Warning: this may make you want to run out and watch these films again…

That’s it for this week, kids. Enjoy the sun while we can. Eat some BBQ. Enjoy a nice bottle of wine with loved ones or friends. Watch some fine home entertainment.

Black Dog Video

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending September 5th

R.I.P. Elliot Gould…mug. Yes, you heard right, my cherished Elliot Gould glass/mug thingy came to an unceremonious end last Wednesday night. It seems that some jughead who attended Jessica’s birthday screening of Cruising (more on that later) held at Cambie Black Dog broke the fabled piece and tried to hide the evidence underneath the sink. So sad. We shared some fine times, me and that mug. I can’t remember how I actually came into possession of this fine glass many years ago. It’s all a bit hazy, a beautiful dream. It was a commemorative ornament from his fine days at some dinner theatre in upstate New York. Elliot, you held many a fine beverage for me and my thirsty maw; water, beer, schnapps, mead, bourbon, smoothie, more beer plus countless other liquids too numerous to name. You’ve seen your fair share of hard times; the devastating fire of ’04, the RAV line debacle, 9/11 and that weird guy, Garrett, who worked at the store for less than a week. You survived them all. You couldn’t survive Cruising though. Tough film. You were a good companion, confidant, and friend to the other assortment of kitchen wares at the store. I shall miss sipping from your golden rim. You are gone, but not forgotten. The dream lives on.

As mentioned above, there was a screening last week at the store in a sort of trial run with the potential to hold a monthly or bi-monthly viewing of movies that please us. Al Pacino in Cruising was on the block last week and by all accounts it was a raving success (with the exception of what was stated above). Stay tuned for the future!

Also we have a little Blu-Ray sale going on at both stores. I recently culled the herd and sifted out some older titles that no longer rent. Come on by for a good deal – 1 BR for $10.00, 2 for $18.00 and 3 for $25.00. You’re saving money by buying them!

New Releases for Tuesday August 30th

Bereavement – Scary looking horror number about a 6 year-old boy who’s abducted (won’t be watching this one with the wife) by a sadistic serial killer (there’s really no nice serial killers) who, over the course of five years, teaches the boy everything he knows. Looks good and nasty!

The Big Bang – Antonio Bandaras stars in this noir-type thriller about a private dick on the trail of a missing stripper. Can’t say if this is any good or not but I do likes me the noir!

Blitz – Jason Statham stars in this action number (what, you thought it might be a romantic comedy?) as a cop who’s hot on the trail of a sadistic serial killer (see above) who targets other cops. Straight to DVD makes me think, hmmm. Also on the Blu Ray.

Bobby Fischer Against the World – Excellent doc about the mad genius of chess (of course the only chess geniuses are mad, right?) and his rise and fall in the seedy underworld of chess club. First rule? You don’t talk…

The Conspirator – Robert Redford directs this stuffy drama about Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This court-room drama follows her and her reluctant lawyer and yadda-yadda. Also on the Blu Ray.

Exporting Raymond – Hilarious doc about the creator of that terrible show Everyone Loves Raymond who is commissioned by Russian television to recreate that show, called Voroniny, for Russian audiences. Much hilarity, I presume, ensues.

Henry’s Crime – Pretty good cast, Canoe Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan star in this little thriller about a guy who was sent to the big house for a crime he didn’t commit who then gets out of the slammer and targets the bank he was accused of robbing. Got that?

House Season 7 – More House doin’ his crazy doctoring. (Might be late on the shelves)

In a Better World – Great Danish film and deserving winner of the best Oscar for foreign film. Its fine drama about bullies, tough choices, masculinity in modern culture, when to take a stand, when to back down, when to just go and make a sandwich. Can’t recommend this enough. Also on the blu ray.

The Perfect Host – Black comedy starring Niles from Frazier (and Side-Show Bob’s brother) as a dinner host who has more in store for his guests than cucumber sandwiches without the crusts and a glass of Baby Duck.

Prom – Like, who are going to the, like, prom with? Like, oh my gawd, I don’t even know?! Is, like, Elliot Gould still available?

Sons of Anarchy Season 3 – More bikers doin what they do – biking around and committing crimes. (Might be late on the shelves)

Sympathy for Delicious – Stupid name for a movie. This one stars and is directed by indie favorite, Mark Ruffalo. A newly paralyzed DJ seeks out some faith healing but gets more than he bargained for. I wonder what that means? You’ll have to watch to find out. Good indie flavoured cast – Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich among others.

True Adolescents – Comedy about a 30-something slacker who’s forced to take a couple teenagers camping. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

Venus Noire – True story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic worker who, in 1808, left South Africa for Europe hoping to find fame and fortune there. Apparently things didn’t really work out as planned. Think carnival sideshow, prostitution, disease and death. I don’t think that this is a comedy.

The Ward – So John Carpenter, you’ve had nine years since your last film (that terrible Mars movie) and this is what you came up with – a horror number about a bunch of young supermodels in a psychiatric hospital who are terrorized by a shoddy looking ghost? Nice job. It’s almost saved by the twist at the end and Carpenter’s always cool music, but then it’s undone by a cheap scare afterwards. Quite disappointing.

Coming Next Week

The Office S 7
Vidal Sassoon Movie
The High Cost of Living
Road to Nowhere
Fringe S 3
Parks and Recreation S 3
Everything Must Go
A Horrible Way to Die
Small Town Murder Songs
X-Men: First Class (Sept 9th)

Recently Viewed and Recommended

In A Better World
Exporting Raymond
Louie Season 1
True Blood Season 3
Meet Monica Velour
Winter in Wartime
Lincoln Lawyer
Jane Eyre

Internets! Speak to me!

Here’s something to make you laugh – it’s a ridiculous Chinese translation of Batman Begins found in a dollar store –

Here’s some funny images to come out of the sort-of big storm that was Hurricane Irene –

Great (kind-of) Craigslist offer –

That’s it for this week folks. I leave you with this disturbing and upsetting image…

Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 29th

Been kind of a strange morning; awoke to find that Jack Layton had died which is a big bummer. Cancer! (I yell as I’m shaking my fist at the sky), Gaddfi is all washed up (I wonder if he’s going to keep his fabulous mad dictator wardrobe – Halloween costume ideas, kids!), it’s not just raining, but pouring out there, saw a BMW with the license plate SKID RW (he either really likes the band or really likes poor, broken people – or like mocking them) and there was a small headline on one of the local rags that posed the question that’s been on everyone’s mind “Can Apes Really Rise Up?”. Crazy day.

New Releases for Tuesday August 23rd

The Beaver – What can one say about this? It has Madder than Usual Mel Gibson running around with a filthy beaver puppet on his hand as he drives the shortbus straight to crazy town. When I heard about this film I thought that the only way it could work was if they went full on bat-shit insane mode, make it a really dark comedy. I hear that’s not what it is but actually a sensitive piece about a dude losing his grip on everything in his life. Too bad, missed opportunity me thinks.

Beneath Hill 60 – Tense WWI Australian flick about an Australian dude who has to lead a mission full of Australians that has to tunnel under German lines and blow some shit up. Blow it up, real good.

Bride Flight – When I first read this I thought, cool, Bride Fight! It’s about time someone made a film about the dirty, dark world of underground bride fights. Stupid eyes. Instead we get an award winning Dutch film about the famous “bride flight” that takes some mail order brides to New Zealand to get all married up to, I presume, some sheep farmers. Supposed to be quite good actually. Stars my favorite Hobo with a Shotgun, Rutger Hauer.

Community Season 1 – Season 1 of the acclaimed comedy series. Season 2 is here in a month so don’t freak out.

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil – Kids thing about Little Red Riding Hood battling a serial killer known as the Spine Ripper and…just kidding of course. Kids know what this is, me, not so much.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 vs Gamera – The clowns at MSK take on 5 of the old school Gamera films. Word has it that it’s among the best stuff the MSK has done. Available at the Commercial location only for the time being. Anyone want me to bring it in at Cambie, drop me a line. More info can be found here…

NEDS – With a name like that I pictured a bunch of sweater wearing nerds doing some LARPing or something. Instead NEDS is short for Non Educated Delinquents. This number is a coming of age story set in the lovely gritty nasty world of 1970’s Glasgow. Looks pretty darn good actually.

Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold – Can’t say how much I hate the dumb title of this doc or how tired I am of it’s creator Morgan Spurlock. This time around our hero delves into the world of corporate sponsorship and product placement in da movies.

Troll Hunter – This one is my pick for most anticipated movie released this week. This Norwegian flick is a Cloverfield type horror number about some folks running after and from giant trolls roaming the Norwegian countryside doing mean things. Check out the awesome trailer here…
Troll Hunter was late shipping so I’m hoping to get it on the shelves by tomorrow. Keeping the fingers crossed…

Win Win – Comedy drama exercise finds sad sack lawyer Paul Giamatti moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach which, of course, he’s terrible at. The awesome Amy Ryan is along for the ride as his wife. Word has it that it’s quite a good flick.

X – Heavy Australian drama about a call girl on her last night on the job (think everything goes alright?) who teems up with a rookie hooker on the run from some bad guys. As the box art exclaims, “A thriller that excites.” Yee-haw.

Old Stuff Just In…

Anne of a Thousand Days
Mary Queen of Scots
Things – check out the awesome cover here –
The Children’s Hour

Recently Viewed and Recommended

True Blood Season 3
Meet Monica Velour
Winter in Wartime
Lincoln Lawyer
Jane Eyre

Great Job Internets!

Need more proof that you should be watching Louie because Louis CK is the funniest man on the planet? Check out this clip from Conan from last week…[youtube][/youtube]

Here’s a pretty good article about films and stuff that the crew at the Onion didn’t like but would recommended to others…,60621/

As promised last week, here’s a good article about musician on musician insults. Good stuff…

Anyone still have a VCR? Maybe you might want to add these to your collection..

That’s it folks, stay dry, get high, stop on by and watch a flick!

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 22nd

Hope everyone’s having fun! Sorry but that’ about all I have this week. I’m still trying to recover from a friend’s wedding ordeal over the weekend. There was much drinking, dancing and everything else that happens at weddings. At least I came home with my pants this time.

New Releases for Tuesday August 16th, 2011 the year of our Lord

The Bang Bang Club – This film doesn’t even need to change it’s name to make it a funny porn title, i.e.: Chitty Chitty Gang Bang, On Golden Blonde or Splendor in the Ass. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Anyhoo, now that you’re finished laughing – this movie centres around some war photographers in South Africa in the final days of Apartheid. Also on the blu ray.

Dexter Season 5 – Oh Dexter, will you ever stop your murdering ways? Hope not.

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Story – Doc about BC’s (and Canada’s) favorite and most famous tree hugger.

Jane Eyre – Yet another adaptation of the Bronte tale. This one stars dreamy Michael Fassbender. My favorite version is still the SCTV one with a big-eared Andrea Martin riding around on a small pony for some reason.

Medium Raw – Horror film starring the cigarette dude from the X-Files about some people who are trapped in a prison/insane asylum where some occurrences occur that traps them in with the inmates who are running amok. I haven’t had a good running amok evening in quite a while. Miss those days.

Meet Monica Velour – Awkward teen sets out to meet his favorite porn star. Awww how sweet. Part of growing up, wasn’t it? Meeting your favorite porn star. Looking forward to sending out my kid on this quest when he comes of age. Kim Cattrall stars as the titular character who best days are well behind her as she struggles to make ends meet as a single mom. Doesn’t sound all that titillating anymore, does it?

Petits Mouchoirs – French film that translates to Little Mouchoirs. I mean Little White Lies. Stars the lovely Marion Cotillard and some other French actors that go on vacation and things happen to them on vacation and secrets are revealed while on vacation. Drama and comedy, I presume, ensue during the vacation.

Priest – Documentary about a rogue Priest who knows how to kick some vampire ass. Which, I presume, he does. (I was just kidding about the documentary, it’s a musical.) Also on the blu ray.

Something Borrowed – Generic rom-com starring the queen of these things – Kate Hudson and John, you are quickly losing any cool points you may have acquired on The Office, Krasinski. Couldn’t tell you what it’s about and really. Does it even matter?

West is West – Sequel to the wildly popular East is East from a few seasons back finds the family going back to India for a healthy dose of culture clash and comedy hi-jinks.

The Year Dolly Parton was My Mom – Coming of age Canadian dealy about an 11 year-old girl searching for her real mom and waiting for adolescence to kick in. How Canadian does that sound?

Old Stuff Just In…

Conan the Barbarian – Blu Ray – Arnold’s finest 2 hours. Watch it with the commentary on as it’s the funniest thing you’ll ever witness! I’m not at all kidding about that at all. Watch it!

Coming Next Week

Venus Noire
Pom Wonderful Presents the Greats Movie Ever Sold
Henry’s Crime
The Beaver
Tactical Force
Beneath Hill 60
Bride Flight

Recently viewed and Recommended

Lincoln Lawyer
Winter in Wartime
American Grindhouse
Outside the Law
Louie Season 1
Source Code
Hobo with a Shotgun
Rec 2

Great Job Internets!

Hey want to read some great insults that famous directors have directed at each other? Some good director on director action here as someone once said…
Coming next week – best musician on musician insults.

Tell me this film doesn’t look awesome! It seems to have everything! (hits the DVD in a couple of months) [youtube][/youtube]

Need and excuse to start watching Louie?

Hey who knew that The Terminator was on Twitter?

That’s it for this week folks. Enjoy the sun, but not too much, and keep watching!

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending August 15th

I’m a tad under the weather today so I’ll keep the newsletter concise and to the point. Here goes…It’s not the best week in the history of cinema for releases this week. There seems to be a leaning towards comedies. You like comedies, right? Good, we have some.

I also have to mention that there’s some sort of big street party this Saturday on and around Cambie street. Bands, food, other stuff. Drop on by. There’s a poster thingy at the bottom of the newsletter with more details.

New Releases for Tuesday August 9th, 2011

Mars Needs Moms – Creepy looking animated thing that reportedly cost 150 million friggin’ dollars to make! Really? And then it tanked at the box office. I can think of a few better ways to spend/waste that kind of coin than on a sub par story about aliens who come and abduct some kid’s mom and take her to Mars. (Aww just what the kids like – abduction stories).

Outside the Law – No it’s not the latest three-word-title Steven Segal masterpiece, but an outstanding French historical thriller about Algeria’s fight for independence from France. Kind of a sequel to the great Days of Glory from a few years back.

Paul – Pretty good comedy about a couple of British sci-fi geeks (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) who attend Comic-Con to nerd out and then hit the road in an RV to check out famous UFO sites around America including Roswell and Area 51 (I’ve been to both on my own nerd UFO quest 15 years ago). What didn’t happen to us on our trip was we didn’t pick up an actual alien voiced by Seth Rogan who was being chased by evil government agents. I was hoping for more out of this comedy as the laughs are scattered about and the ending is pretty lame and weak but there was enough fun sci-fi references and the alien, Paul, is great, to keep the interest. Worth a look, especially if you’re a bit of a geek. And really, isn’t there a little geek in all of us? Also on the Blu Ray.

Repeaters – Locally shot Canadian film (well duh) about three twenty-somethings who, for some reason, are forced to repeat the same horrible day over and over again. Kind of like an unfunny, gritty Canadian Groundhog Day.

Super – This is a . Didn’t know what to expect when I threw this on the other night. I think I may have been expecting a comedy in the vein of Kick-Ass as it’s about a dude who takes on a super-hero persona to fight crime and to get his wife back after she is abducted by Kevin Bacon. What I got was a sort of weird and creepy Taxi Driverish super-hero comedy thing. Dwight Shcrute from The Office can’t quite carry the film and is a bit dense and annoying at times as the Crimson Bolt and Ellen Page is bat-shit crazy as his sidekick Boltie. Kevin Bacon rules the film though as a sleazy drug dealer who kidnaps Liv Tyler (still hard to buy Liv Tyler being married to Rainn Wilson). It’s quite violent as our hero bludgeons “criminals” with his monkey wrench, people get blown up, stabbed and other stuff. Worth a look for sure as it’s something out of the ordinary. “Shut up, Crime!” Also on the Blu Ray.

Your Highness – Stoner comedy from David Gordon Green (why is he doing films like this? Get back to the stuff that made you good – George Washington, Undertow) and stars the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman who romp around the countryside back in the days of yore (well back when there were knights and wizards and shit). I’ve heard middling things about this but it’s a stoner comedy so do what you need to do. Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

Something Borrowed
Dexter Season 5
Hoodwinked Too!
Jane Eyre
West is West
The Bang Bang Club
The Killing
David Suzuki: Force of Nature

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Source Code
Winter in Wartime
Children’s Hospital
Hobo with a Shotgun
The Adjustment Bureau

Great Job, Internets!

Speaking of unlikely screen couples, here’s a recent post in the Onion discussing that very subject…,59992/

Speaking of comedy and laughing and shit, check out this great compilation of tragic auto-correct submissions from people’s Iphone things (warning some of them are quite rude)



Speaking of street parties, here’s the poster I wuz tellin’ ya’ll about…


That’s it for this week folks, go to the beach, enjoy the sun, drink something cold, get frisky and remember, keep watching!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter for Week Ending August 8th

My poor car. I lease a Matrix (boring, yes I know) which I’m told that for some reason is better than buying a car for the business. Anyhoo, while I can’t say it’s the car’s fault, I’ve had such a bad run of luck with it in the 2 and 1/2 years that I’ve had it. I have two lovely yellow scrapes on either side of the car after someone (they shall remain nameless) hit a couple of parking pillars. This causes the front passenger door to make an unGawdly scronky sound whenever it’s opened. Add to that the damage to the roof and hood that a recent hailstorm caused – I must have about a hundred small dents littering the thing. Also a while back some wayward hobo broke into the car, smoked a cigarette, stained the back seat with I don’t want to know what and proceeded to scratch up my glove box. Then a couple days ago another ne’er-do-well (might be the same fellow, probably not) broke into the car again and stole my rearview mirror! I’m thinking that the car co-op or some similar program might be the way to go when my lease is up. Anyone out there know a good body repair person?

New Releases for Tuesday August 2nd

Children’s Hospital Season 1 and 2 – I haven’t seen this TV show but from what I hear Rob Corddry from The Daily Show has created a pretty funny little number that parodies medical dramas. Nothing funnier than sick children, that’s what I always say!

Conqueror – Russian film based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol about Cossacks fighting in the Ukraine against Poland. Good old Cossacks, always fighting. Gotta give ’em a hand for that!

Eastbound and Down Season 2 – Couldn’t really get into Season 1 of this show, although it did have it’s moments. Maybe it’s just the guy, Danny McBride, that I don’t favour. Don’t really know. Might give Season 2 a try as I hear it’s even better than the first. We’ll see.

Ironclad – Another sword and blood epic finds a bunch of Knights Templar defending a castle against Paul Giamatti and some bad hair. Seems to be lots of these type of things floating around on the DVDs lately. I’m a fan, might give this one a spin. Also on the Blu Rays.

Jackboots on Whitehall – All puppets all the time! This number presents a satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London. Think Team America but with English and German accents.

Last Night – Two insanely good looking married people are tempted by more insanely good looking people in this tale of trust and infidelity. I must say if I was being tempted by Eva Mendes, well… Also on the Blu Ray so you can see just how darn attractive everyone is!

Quarantine 2 – Nice timing. Rec 2 (where the first Quarantine was based on the first Rec) just hit the DVD shelves. This one changes things up a bit by having the disease (or whatever caused the first outbreak of zombies) get loose on an airliner. Chaos and horror, I presume, ensues.

Rio – Animated kids thing about talking birds and stuff in Brazil.

Soul Surfer – True story (lame title) of a teenage surfer girl who lost an arm to a mean old nasty shark while surfing. This inspiring tale follows her and her families attempt to overcome the tragedy and get her back on board. She has way more cajones than I do that’s for sure, the chances of getting attacked by a shark a second time must be pretty slim. (But don’t tell that to the park ranger guy who’s been hit by lightning 5 times!)

Stake Land – Not terrible, pretty OK vampire apocalypse film finds a guy called Mister and his young protege battling the nasty bloodsuckers as they try to make their way across a ravaged and desolate US to “New Eden” or “Canada” as it’s called in the film. Some good ideas, some left undone, pretty good vamps, but I have to say the main guy is not much of an actor. Sure dude, it’s your idea and you had a hand in writing it, but seriously, hire an actor, you don’t need to try and act all tough like. And when was the last time you saw Kelly McGillis?

United States of Tara S 3 – More Taras are back to entertain you.

We Are Who We Are – This one sounds pretty cool – a Mexican family of fine young cannibals try to keep the clan afloat and the freezer full after dad kicks the bucket.

Coming Next Week

Your Highness
Petits Mouchoirs
Mars Needs Moms

Recently Viewed and Recommended

13 Assassins
Rec 2
Source Code
Life During Wartime
Damages S 3
Hobo with a Shotgun

Yo, Internets, what up?

The Missing Link has been found! Who knew it was to come in the form of a mushroom? [youtube][/youtube]

What price fame? Here’s nutty article detailing some of the insane things one must agree to when signing on to be a cast member of MTV’s The Real World. Creepy.,59864/

I’ve always thought that we are too overprotected when it comes to warning signs and labels. Maybe I was wrong.

Don’t make Dan Savage mad. Smarten up Santorum, ya knob…

That’s if for this week, folks. Have a great sunny seven days, keep watching and please, leave my car alone.

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