So I guess the first thing I should do is apologize. I wasn’t even going to put together this edition of the newsletter on account of the insanely poor releases for this week. That’s not to say that the films are of sub-par quality, it’s just that there is hardly anything new hitting the shelves this week. In fact we received more older titles for the stores than we did newer stuff. I’m not too sure why the studios did this to us. Maybe it has something to do with the Olympics. Maybe they’re dicks. So my apologies for the lack of new stuff. Anyways, the month of August has a lot of films and a lot of great films that will be made available for your wanting eyeballs. So maybe it’s time to delve into some older stuff, start some quality TV fare, check out some great documentaries or go to the beach.
On another note it seems that our poor old Black Dog sandwich board at the Cambie location is too damaged to continue and will have to be put down. We had a good run together, shared some good times as well as some bad. It was a very nice dog that lived a good, fulfilling life being chained up to the store everyday, all day long. It never complained, no matter what the weather, what little kids did to it and even after it’s feet were destroyed and it couldn’t stand up anymore. So to you good readers, I offer a challenge. If anyone would care to make me another lovely sandwich board in the style of what we had before, or something completely new and astounding, I’d love to trade your time, labour and what-not for free rentals. If you are interested send me your ideas and we can start from there.
New Releases for Tuesday July 31st
Cherry Bomb – A nice rape/revenge exploitation type film for your summertime enjoyment about a stripper with a heart of gold (of course, is there any other kind?) who looks to take revenge on some scumbags who did her wrong.
Flamenco Flamenco – A film so nice they named it twice. This is a doc about, well, flamenco. I used to go to the Kino Cafe across the street from the Cambie store. I even witnessed a few flamenco nights – it was pretty cool, all the stomping and clapping and hey-hey. But after a couple of visits, coupled with the fact it’s on almost every night, I haven’t been back much. Maybe it also has to do with the fact I live over in the Commercial Drive hood. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I don’t really like flamenco. Even just writing about it is giving me a slight headache.
Freddy Frogface – Animated Danish kids fare finds someone (I presume it’s a frog, or a kid with a face like a frog) named Victor who, together with his friends, try to outsmart the town bully and win a talent contest. Also known as Orla Frøsnapper to all you Danes out there.
Hatfields and the McCoys – TV miniseries about a couple of asshole families that almost started a state vs state civil war with their bickering, and blood feuds and hog ownership claims and pie throwing and name calling and murderous antics. Actually supposed to be quite an excellent show. Stars the Kevin Costner and the Bill Pullman or the Bill Paxton. Not too sure. Filmed in Romania for some reason.
The Hunter – Not starring Willam Dafoe. Iranian film about a guy who kills a couple of cops (I presume they had it coming) and then flees into the woods pursued by a couple more cops. Word on the street has it that this is an excellent, tense, atmospheric, philosophical thriller. Sorry, I couldn’t find an English trailer so here’s a trailer for Troll Hunter which has nothing to do with this film. I just like it.
Old Stuff Just In
Brainstorm – Blu Ray
Barbarella – Blu Ray
The Entity – DVD
A bunch of Don Knotts films – The Ghost and Mr. Chicken / The Reluctant Astronaut / The Shakiest Gun in the West / The Love God?)
A bunch of James Stewart westerns – Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage / The Rare Breed)
Coming Next Week
Deep Blue Sea
Dr. Seuss – The Lorax
Grimm Season 1
Recently Viewed and Recommended
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Get the Gringo
Breaking Bad S 4
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
God Bless America
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
For those of you you who watch Breaking Bad (should be all of you since it’s an excellent show) here’s a funny piece from The Oatmeal detailing the relationship between the character’s hair and the violence they perpetrate… http://theoatmeal.com/comics/breaking_bad_hair?god_dammit_marie
Well that’s it for this edition ya’ll. Have yourself a fine week, drink some nice cold beer on a hot day or some nice red wine on a cold evening. Your call. Remember, keep watching.
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