Free Hugs! Black Dog Newsletter for the Week of November 24th – December 1st

Another week has arrived. Time for another e-mail.

Thank you to everyone who came out to John’s memorial last Thursday evening at the Cambie store. Also thank you for all the food and drinks that people donated. It has been a tough couple of weeks in the store. Customers are still finding out the sad news every day. It is difficult to go back to business as usual when everything in the store reminds me of John.

At a memorial on Monday at Emily Carr University it was announced that they have created a scholarship in John’s name, which is lovely. A few customers and I have been throwing ideas around of having monthly John movie nights or a John Film Festival.

On another sad note our friends on Main Street They Live Video are closing this week. Their entire inventory is for sale including their shelving units. Their movies are selling for amazingly low prices, so if you’re in the neighbourhood you should stop by.

They Live Video
4340 Main Street.

On the Shelves This Week


The Expendables 3
Sylvester Stallone and his team of elderly friends are back wearing strange hats and delivering awkward one-liners voices so gravelly that they are often incomprehensible. Watch it. It’s insane.


The Giver
Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges and a bunch of other people star in this movie based on that book that I never got around to reading in high school. Sort of a Hungry Games-esque story. You should probably just watch it because of Meryl Streep.


“A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father’s, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.” Whatever that means! Korean film by the director of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring. Seems like there could be some incest in here. Oh dear.


A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
A comedy about how stressful Christmas is. Seriously, why do we do this every year? People come in to the store around Christmas on the verge of tears because they are so exhausted and stressed out by the bizarre pressures put on them around the holiday season. Maybe this movie will help? Stars Robin Williams in one of his last roles.


A hard-luck limo driver struggling to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie takes on a job with a crazed passenger whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals. Who hasn’t been there, am I right?


The F-Word

A romantic comedy staring Harry Potter from the director of Fubar. What is going on? So this is a romantic comedy where the two protagonists are not in a romantic relationship with each other. I WONDER WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! (In the States this movie had to change it’s name because one can’t imply a swear word in the title of a film. How lame is that?)


November Man
Ex-James Bond Pierce Brosnan plays an ex-spy who has to do spy things again one last time so he can out-spy his former spy pupil. Looks like there is also a woman in a shiny dress in this movie.


Beyond the Edge
A documentary about the first people who ever stood up on the top of Mount Everest. But when is the Story of the Story of Everest coming out?


Drunk History – Seasons 1 & Season 2
Originally a web series, this hilarious show features very drunk narrators re-telling historical events which are then re-enacted by famous actors and comedians who lip synch to the drunken ramblings of the narrators. Definitely worth watching.

Coming Soon:

As above, So Below
Broad City – Season 1
The Calling
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Hundred Foot Journey
Justified – Season 5
Third Person
To Kill a Man
Turks and Caicos
Salting the Battlefield


If you come in to the Cambie store we have switched out all of our normal staff picks for John’s staff picks. We went through our catalog of older films and pulled out all the movies that John wrote notes on. His taste in film isn’t for everyone, but if you knew him I recommend watching one of his staff picks.

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