So long 2015, how are ya doin, 2016?!
As the year 2015 draws to a close, there’s a bit of sadness hanging in the air with the deaths of renowned cinematographer and filmmaker, Haskell Wexler and of renowned shit-disturber and rock and roll icon Lemmy from Motorhead. Let’s hope we can escape the rest of the year unscathed. We here at Black Dog are very grateful to still be around serving up the best of what cinema has to offer to you, our amazing and loyal customers. My goal is to still be writing these things this time next year. Fingers crossed.
Over the next several weeks we’ll be featuring the staff’s lists of favourite movies and TV shows that inspired, amazed, thrilled and disgusted us. At the end of this newsletter you can check out Bjorn’s fine list. Enjoy responsibly!
Infinity Polar Bear – Frumpy, manic-depressive Mark Ruffalo, in other words, Mark Ruffalo, attempts to win back his wife and kids by being a good father. I’m not too sure what the title is all about (the French translation on the box reads “Daddy Cool” which is a much better title because, as a father, I totally know what that means) but I can only assume that an infinite number of polar bears were harmed in the making of this. Might be a good double bill with Roar!
Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse – Some Scouts go camping only to find out that their town has been over-run by zombies for some reason. It’s up to them and their Scouting ways to save they day! Much bloody mayhem, nudity, exploding heads and clever scouting innovations, I presume, ensue.
Sicario – Most excellent (from what the rest of the world tells me) action-drama about Mexican drug warlords and the good-looking DEA agents that try to stop them. Very high on my list of must-sees as, I suspect, it will land somewhere on my best of the year list. And I’m dying to know what the word Sicario means.
The Visit – M. Night Shamalamading-dong is back, only this time he’s back with a good movie in tow. A couple of kids are off to their grandparents house for some creepy going’s ons. As the tagline on the box says, “Does for grandparents what Jaws did for going to the beach” For some reason I can only picture grandparents at the beach and that’s pretty terrifying. I’m not too sure why this guy still gets to make movies. He’s done a few good ones – 6th Sense and Unbreakable (and I have a soft spot in my heart for The Happening – so damn funny) but he’s made nothing but terrible things for such a long time. I’m hoping that this is good as I have heard that it is. Fingers crossed. Again.
The Walk – True story about that tight-rope nutcase who thought it was a good idea to walk on a small piece of cable strung up between the World Trade Centers back in the 70’s. The tag line on the box reads: “One man’s dream inspires a nation”. After reading this and then throwing up in my mouth a little, I thought, funny, I don’t remember any insane tight-rope walking craze back in the crazy seventies. What the hell is going on?!
Paranormal Activity 5
Memories of the Sword
Over Your Dead Body
Recently Viewed and Recommended
Nathan for You
The Leftovers S1
Mad Max: Fury Road
More recommendations can be found here!
And without further ado, may I present to you the first of a bunch of “best and worst of the year” list. Bjorn, take it away!
The New Girlfriend
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Los Angels Plays Itself
Song of the Sea
Love & Mercy
Best of Enemies
The End of the Tour
The Duke of Burgundy
Better Call Saul S1
Nathan For You S1&2
The Story of Film
Mad Men S7 P2
Silicon Valley S1
… AND THE WORST
Good stuff! I hope that y’all have a swell week and safe New Year’s. We’ll see you on the flip-side.
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