Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 3rd

Animal House, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Stripes, SCTV, Meatballs, Back to School, Vacation, Moe Green, Egon Spengler, Crazy Legs. Read that list. Amazing. So many of these movies and characters played such an important role in my life. Hell, my kid’s nickname, Sawnson, comes from Caddyshack! Harold Ramis, your time on this planet was well spent. Our lives are better for you being here. You made us laugh, which is no small feat. Again and again. Great job. Thanks.

New Releases for Tuesday February 25th

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Afternoon Delight – Bored housewife (why does that sound sexy?) hits the strip club to jazz up her relationship and ends up bringing a pole-dancing stripper home with her to work as her “nanny” (not too sure why I put the word nanny in quotation marks). Come to think of it, we could use a nanny. I hope that my wife reads this.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour – Cannes Palme d’Or winning sexy relationship drama between two women. Very explicit (don’t watch this with your mom – or do, your call), very French and very good. And it’s three hours long. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Gravity – “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are floating in space”. Do you like your Bullock with a little side of Clooney? I hope so as they float, jump and bump around outer space going from one disaster to another in this stunning, exciting and intense flick. I don’t know how this will play out on the small home screens (for the love of that which is good and true in this world, please don’t watch this on your freakin’ phone!) but in the theatre the images were stunning. And the use of 3-D was amazing as well. So amazing in fact that we’re going to have a 3-D Blu Ray copy for rent! The script is a little thin and I don’t know why they decided to go with the “big stars” (well besides box-office pull) – I think that even if they had a monkey and a box of cereal it still would have been as good – but the end result is that space is bloody terrifying! One of the year’s best. Also on the Blu Ray and 3-D Blu Ray.

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Haunter – Cool looking haunted house story about a ghost of a teenager who reaches out to the living to try to prevent what happened to her form happening again. Nice to see a ghost doing something good for a change. Although I hope that this is scary and not Casper-like. From the director of Cube and Splice so I’m sure that it’s bent and twisted in some fashion..

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Nebraska – Old coot Bruce Dern travels in black and white across some state (can’t remember which one) to claim, what he thinks, is a big mega-lottery prize. He drags his estranged son along for the ride so he can, I presume, become stranged with him. Lots of awards swimming around this film. From the director of Sideways, The Descendants and Election. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Nicky’s Family – Doc about a heroic English fella who, during WWII, managed to rescue 669 Czech and Slovak children (including one that seems to be Sarah McLachlan, judging by the cover art). Good job, English!

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Thor: The Dark World – I was hoping that this would be better than the first Thor. And it is, but only marginally. The plot concerns something about some space jam that wants to destroy the universe (don’t the bad guys have to live in the same universe that they’re always trying to destroy?!). Kinda boring in parts- especially when they’re on other planets – but overall it’s a pretty fun ride that gets better as it goes along and the big battle shenanigans at the end entertains your eyes and ears (and maybe even a little of your brain). Also on the Blu Ray.

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Watermark – Mind-melting doc from Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, who made Manufactured Landscapes, about how water shapes the world around it. If you smoked marijuana, one might suggest doing so for a film such as Watermark. This is just what I’ve been told of course. Water is cool, man.

Coming Next Week

Hunger Games – Catching Fire
The Grandmaster
Oldboy
Girl Rising
Untold History of the United States

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Gravity
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Watermark
Computer Chess
Game of Thrones Season 3
Top of the Lake
How I Live Now
Inequality for All
All is Lost

If you’ve seen Gravity check out this “honest trailer”. If you haven’t, don’t as it’s spoiler heavy.

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2014/02/honest-trailer-gravity/

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