Free Hugs! Black Dog Newsletter for week of October 13th – 19th 2014

Fall is here. Time to watch movies non-stop for the next 6 months.
Happy pumpkin times!


Independent Video Store Day is Next Saturday!

Don’t forget to stop by the stores to enter our raffles! Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12 and all of the ticket sales goes to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. What could you win, you ask? Why a whole basket of exciting goods and services from local businesses in either the Cambie Village area or Commercial Drive. The contests ends this Saturday, October 18th – which is also VIDEO STORE DAY! Make sure to swing by then to take advantage of our special rental deals and get your late fees cut in HALF! IN HALF!

In T-shirt news, the response to our latest design has been so popular that we’re getting 100 more shirts made. So if you missed out on the first batch or we were already out of your size when you came by to buy one we’ll be able to satisfy your T-shirt desires again soon! Stay tuned on the Black Dog facebook page for updates on when the shirts are available in both stores.


Ok and now on to the main event:



X-Men: Days of Future Past
I’m not big on super hero movies, but I love all of the X-Men movies. They’re great and you know what else is great? Time travel. This movie has both the X-Men and time travel in it! Bryan Singer (the director of the first 2 X-Men movies) is back to direct this one, which combines the casts of the original trilogy and the new series reboot. Rent this and enjoy not only Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan but also Michael Fassbender AND Peter Dinklage and a gazillion other great actors mostly in goofy outfits and blue makeup.


Tom at the Farm
Xavier Dolan is perhaps today’s best and brightest Canadian filmmaker. He’s back with another excellent movie which he stars in (and also wrote and directed). This thriller centres around a man who upon attending his boyfriend’s funeral discovers that nobody there has ever heard of him. He quickly finds himself part of a twisted game in a strange household with a dark past. If you haven’t seen any of Dolan’s films before we have them all! Highly recommended!


Are You Here
Funny people Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler and Owen Wilson star in this comedy by the creator of Mad Men. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d be typing. Two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their home town after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased estranged father. Apparently there’s also a chicken in the movie.


Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis star in this dysfunctional family drama that also includes motocross, heavy metal and drama. Guaranteed grittiness.


Whitey: United States of America Vs. James J. Bulger
Another excellent true crime documentary from directer Joe Berlinger (director of the Paradise Lost documentary trilogy) about one real big bad guy. Number 2 on America’s Most Wanted list after Osama Big Laden, James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized the city of Boston for years without ever being charged with so much as a misdemeanor. He was a monster, murdering over a dozen known victims, but did the the FBI and local law enforcement give his reign of terror over South Boston a free pass? Fascinating, scary stuff!


Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Everyone’s favourite brainiac dog and his adopted son travel through time having probably less stressful adventures than the X-Men.


Mystery Road
This Australian film centres on an indigenous detective who returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl. Sounds a little similar to the plot of the New Zealand based TV-show Top of the Lake – which if you haven’t already seen – rent it!


Beneath the Harvest Sky
A teen drama set in a farming town in Maine. This coming of age story turns dark when one of two best friends decides it would be a good idea to start smuggling drugs over the Canadian border. We don’t want your drugs, Maine! Potatoes yes, drugs no. Stars the guy who plays Littlefinger in Game of Thrones as a bad influence outlaw-father.


Dario Argento’s Dracula
The Italian master of horror is back with a new version of Dracula. This one of course has his daughter Asia Argento in it and is reportedly very sexy. Also it has a whopping 3.6 / 10 rating on! That alone makes me want to watch it.


Cult director Bruce La Bruce brings us this new movie about a young man who realizes he is attracted to the elderly. Hi-jinx, I’m sure, ensue in this atypical romantic comedy. Oh you scamp you, Bruce LaBruce!


Sharknado 2: The Second One
What can I say, this is the sequel to a movie about a tornado made of sharks. This is a TV movie that stars Tara Reid which means that her character didn’t die in the first one. If you saw Sharknado I’m sure this one is the same but better.


Fargo – Season 1
The beloved Coen brothers’ movie from 1996 is now a TV show packed with great actors (like Mr. Bob Odenkirk) and shot in beautiful snowy Calgary, Alberta. Expect lots of dorky accents and brutal murders.


Penny Dreadful – Season 1
Here’s a new series that straddles horror, sci-fi, fantasy and historical drama. Characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Jack the Ripper show up and hang out. Stars Josh Harnet and Timothy Dalton. So THAT’S what those guys have been up to!

In Your Face Next Week!


Casse-Tete Chinois

Earth to Echo

For a Woman

Kundo: Beyond Vengeance

Last Sentence

Letter to Momo

Mad Men: Final Season Part 1

Purge: Anarchy

Sex Tape



Recently Viewed and Recommended:

Tom at the Farm
Obvious Child
Edge of Tomorrow
They Came Together
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9
True Detective
We Are the Best!
Jodorowsky’s Dune

And some bonus recommendations!

Sorry for the lateness of this newsletter everyone. It was delayed due to the holiday Monday rush of customers in the store, and then faulty internet on Tuesday and today. I hope it didn’t stress anyone out too terribly.

Have a fabulous week and don’t forget to stop by the stores on Saturday for Video Store Day!

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