Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending November 7th

Rats! I was hoping to have this newsletter done by yesterday so I could prattle on about Halloween and all that jazz but I got caught up doing shit, decorating the house, getting the sprog ready for trick or treating and everything else that All Hallows Eve brings. That said, I had a great night last night. The house looked swell, we had over a hundred kids come by, trick or treating was a success, there were fireworks, an awesome funeral procession type jazz band winding their way through the hood and even a beautiful crescent moon to enhance the enjoyment. Good times.

 

I also just wanted to let ya’ll know that there won’t be a newsletter for the next couple of weeks as I’m taking a much needed vacation. I hope that everyone copes well in the absence.

 

New Releases for Tuesday November 1st

 

Beginners – Family comedy/drama that has Ewan McGregor finding out that Christopher Plummer (his dad – in the film) has cancer and is gay. Dramatic and comedic hijinks, I presume, ensue. Also on the Blu Ray – My apologies as the DVDs for this flick are late. We’re hoping to have them on the shelf by the end of the week. Keeping my fingers and other body parts crossed.

 

A Better Life – Illegal Mexican worker in LA tries to make, cue…A Better Life…for his son. Shhh don’t tell any Republicans about this guy!

 

Californication Season 4 – Sex addict David Duchovney plays sex addict Hank Moody in this sex riddled comedy series. It’s not bad but seems to be trying to hard sometimes and it comes across on occasion as Three’s Company but with lots of naked boobs.

 

Cars 2 – As much as I enjoy the Pixar films, this one holds little or no interest for me (or my 6 year-old). Also on the Blu Ray.

 

Crazy Stupid Love – Newly single Steve Carell has to navigate the single’s scene (yikes, how scary!) with the aid of shirtless Ryan Gosling. As much as I like the Gosling – he was great in the awesome Drive – I think he may be getting to be a little over exposed (no shirt-pun intended). Also on the Blu Ray.

 

Herschell Gordon Lewis: Godfather of Gore – Doc about famed exploitation director of such wholesome fare as Two Thousand Maniacs, The Gore Gore Girls, Blood Feast and The Wizard of Gore.

 

The Hour – No it’s not the George Snuffleupagus show, it’s a great miniseries from the BBC (so it’s gotta be good, right?). It’s a cold war espionage thriller that stars McNulty from The Wire. Looking forward to this one for sure!

 

A Little Help – Pam Beesley from The Office stars in this comedy about a woman who gets caught in a crazy web of lies as she tries to make do for her and her 12 year-old sprog. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

 

A Serbian Film – Notorious flick from Serbia about a former porn star who gets sucked back into the life. I haven’t seen this yet but word has it that it contains all sorts of depravity and I have to throw out a warning that this may be a bit much even for seasoned film goers. Enjoy!

 

Tabloid – The great documentary film-maker Errol Morris pops up out of the blue with this excellent doc about a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. Only Morris could even find this story, never mind making a film about it. Mormons. Hee-hee.

 

Trespass – Straight to video is becoming quite common these days even if it doesn’t star Eric Roberts. Nic Cage and Nicole Kidman slum with crappy director Joel Schumacher in this tale of a home invasion gone wrong. Do they ever go right? Hey, check out those waxy looking faces on the cover. Weird.

 

Water for Elephants – And Guinness for Darren. Sorry. Nicely shot tale about a vampire (well it is the guy from Twilight!) who runs away to join the circus. As a veterinarian. There he hooks up with Reese Witherspoon. Things happen. People say stuff. They kiss at some point. Am I giving too much away? Also on the Blu Ray.

 

Oh, and I should mention that we finally got more DVD copies of The Robber – excellent French crime thriller – at both stores.

 

Coming Next Week

 

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Magic Trip

Becoming Santa

The Change-Up

 

And Coming the Week After That

 

Superheroes

Bunraku

Camelot

Larry Crowne

Face Off

Drummond Will

Dreamworks Dragons

 

Recently Viewed and Recommended

 

Attack The Block

Tabloid

The Robber

Captain America

The Hour

Rare Exports

Bill Cunningham: New York

Red Corner

Hesher

Red State

 

One from the Internets

 

Sorry this is a day late…And in the spirit of the almighty Halloween, I’ll throw your attention over to the fine folks at the Onion who prattle on about their favorite scary moments in film…What’s yours? I’d have to put the ending of Carrie and the scene in Ringu (The Japanese original) when she crawls out of the TV, up there for good scares. http://www.avclub.com/articles/scariest-movie-scenes,64163/

 

That’s it for this week, folks. Remember no newsletter for a couple of weeks. Be safe and keep watching.

 

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