It’s March 5, 1996 and it’s the very first day that Black Dog Video opens it’s doors to the public. It’s a small store with astro-turf flooring and about 1000 VHS tapes. Fast forward 20 years – March 5th, 2016. We’re still here – the store is bigger and there’s about 13,000 DVDs and Blu Rays. We’ve come a long way, baby! I think some might refer to this as an anniversary. We’ve survived fire, floods and flying monkeys (the poison kind!) to bring you the finest films and TV from around the world for 20 years! Holy hotdogs, I can’t believe we’ve been at it for that long! And it has been my pleasure to do so. I’m hoping that we can stay for many more years to come. It’s been an amazing ride so far and we’re not done yet. Not by a country mile which, I guess, is different than a city or outer space mile. Anyways, thanks to all of you for the great support you’ve given us over the years. We would not be here if it wasn’t for you fine folks! Huzzah!
We’ve got a few things up our sleeves (besides hairy arms) to help celebrate come March 5th. Might there be cake? Might there be movies deals? Might there be draws for cool swag? Might there be a petting zoo? Just watch out for the poison monkeys. Details to come…
The 33 – Dramatization of that famous mine cave-in way down in Chile that trapped 33 poor bastards for 69 days. Stars noted Chilean actors such as Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Philips and James Brolin.
About Elly – Yet another excellent film from the Iranian director of the Iranian film A Separation. This fine Iranian flick tells the tale of the mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher while on a school outing. Available at Commercial and soon to Cambie.
Black Mass – Johnny Depp steps out of those lame pirate movies (and his hair it seems) and into the skin of Whitey Bulger – notorious Boston gangster and FBI informant. I think this film might be better if Depp had played Bulger as Jack Sparrow. Think of it. Think of it!!
Breathe – The new girl at school is sexy and rebellious! Just what Charlie needs to get out of her shell and rut. But what happens when their friendship turns sour? It’s French so you know something might happen.
Finders Keepers – Fun looking documentary about a guy who buys a grill at an auction. I had you at grill, didn’t I? But wait! There’s more. He takes it home only to find a leg in it (prosthetic I assume, but who knows?). Then the guy who’s leg it is wants it back. Hilarity, I presume, ensues. At Cambie, soon to Commercial.
Girls Season 4 – The girls are still living on New York, doing what they do. Making you laugh. Making you cry. Making you.
The Keeping Room – Good-looking western that finds 3 women having to defend their property and themselves from some nasty union soldiers in the final days of the Civil War. Stars Brit Marling. She’s cool.
Labyrinth of Lies – Some bad men in the German government (what? No!) attempt to cover-up some nasty business committed by those lousy nazis. It’s up to one man, and one man only, to uncover the truth! The DVDs are late (should be here in the next day or so), Blu Ray is available now.
The Leftovers Season 2 – Probably my favourite TV show at the moment (that is, until Fargo Season 2 pops in the door). And one that hardly anyone has seen or heard of. It’s kind of a sci-fi drama where, for reasons unexplained, 100 million people on the planet Earth just vanish. Probably not a bad thing overall. The folks remaining – The Leftovers of the title – are left to figure things out and go crazy. Check this one out. At Commercial, soon to Cambie.
People Places Things – Drama/comedy that finds recently single Jermaine from Flight of the Conchords balancing being a dad and a teacher and a graphic novelist while navigating the highways and byways and truck stops of dating and all that that entails.
Secret in Their Eyes – Remake of the fine Argentinian film of the same name finds a bunch of investigators – Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor (I still can’t pronounce his bloody name!) being torn apart when one of their teenage daughters is found brutally murdered. Boy, this film came and went without a whisper. As in most cases of remakes, you’d probably be best sticking with the original.
Spotlight – Exciting newsroom drama stars a bunch of sexy actors – Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton – as they uncover a cover-up by the evil Catholic church in Boston. From the director of The Cobbler. Go figure. The DVDs are late (should be here very soon), Blu Ray is available now.
Steve Jobs – Another week, another Steve Jobs movie. How many Steve Jobs movies do we need? Apparently lots and lots of Steve Jobs movies. This one is probably your best bet for a Steve Jobs movie as it’s directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) and stars Michael Fassbender (Eden Lake) as Steve Jobs. If you say Steve Jobs enough times, it stops making any kind of sense.
Trumbo – Another bio-pic! This one is about the cooly-named screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted back in the 50’s for his suspected love of Communism. He managed to win two Oscars while writing under false names. How cool is that? Stars Heisenberg and Helen Mirren.
Welcome to Leith – Intense-looking documentary about that attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by a horrible white supremacist knob who goes by the name of Craig Cobb. What do you do when nazis try to take over your town? Watch and find out.
World of Kanako – Crazy-looking Japanese flick about a detective who goes looking for his missing daughter. He soon finds out more than he bargained for as he goes deeper into the sordid world that she’s involved in. Sounds a bit like the film Hardcore. That film has one of my favourite tag-lines from George C. Scott, “Oh my god, that’s my daughter!” Yikes!
Broad City S2
The Good Dinosaur
We Are Twisted Fucking Sister
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The Leftovers S2
The New Girlfriend
Show Me a Hero
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Have a safe, dry week my lovelies! And remember, keep watching!
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