Well, another year of Oscar nonsense is behind us. A few surprises I guess but, really, I don’t hold much stock in these awards as they rarely reflect our favourite tastes in film. Where’s Florida Project? Where’s I, Daniel Blake? Where’s The Greasy Strangler? It doesn’t really matter. We know what we like. As do you.
So, we’re currently in the midst of our merch madness sale! For the entire month of March, 2018, enjoy a lovely 22% discount off all of our cool merchandise in both stores (it’s Black Dog’s 22nd anniversary, hence the weird discount)! This includes the famed Black Dog T-shirts and hoodies, all Studio Ghibli swag, mugs, lunch kits and whatever else we have kicking around the stores. Enjoy!
Baal – Cool-looking film from 1970 by German director, Volker Schlondorff, that stars that other German director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, as the titular anti-hero genius poet who snubs his nose at the squares and the norms to live with the outcasts on the fringes of society. From the Criterion collection.
Downsizing – Oddball satire from director, Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth), finds a completely, and I do mean completely, hairless Matt Damon (MATT DAMON!!) getting shrunk down to 5 inches tall so he can lead a better, if not smaller, life.
Ferdinand – A nice talking bull goes on an adventure to be reunited with his family. Not a documentary.
Hellcat’s Revenge – Fun-looking exploitation grind-house type of effort finds an all-girl biker gang setting off on a revenge killing spree after their leader is murdered. I’d expect the same of my employees if anything were to befall myself.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Remake of the not-so-classic flick from 1995 finds Jack Black, The Rock and other teenagers sucked into a video game and how they all have to work together to escape the video game. And no, Axel Rose nor Slash appears in the movie.
Mom and Dad – Nic Cage and Selma Blair are parents who, for reasons unknown, go crazy and try to murder their children. Man, there’s so many jokes to make with this premise I think I won’t make any! (should be here later this week)
Pitch Perfect 3 – Those girls are still pitching perfect it seems.
Shape of Water – Oscar winning tale (Good job Del Toro!) of a sexy fish-man who hooks up with a nice mute lady in the 1950’s while Michael Shannon looks on disapprovingly. I knew it was tough for interracial couples back in those days but imagine how it must have been for inter-species couples to be accepted? We’ve come a long way. A long long way.
Small Town Crime – Haven’t seen the fine John Hawke on the screen in a while. Wait, there he is, playing a boozy cop looking for a little redemption while trying to solve a young girl’s murder. Presumably in a small town. (should be here later this week)
Star Wars: Last Jedi
Last Men in Aleppo
Legion Season 1
Mr. Robot Season 3
Americans Season 5
And finally, we have a lovely guest reviewer this week! Here’s Jon’s take on the aforementioned Shape of Water… https://jontheblogcentric.org/2018/03/02/oscars-2017-best-picture-review-the-shape-of-water/
That’s it for this week, folks. Stay dry, stay hydrated, be nice to each other and remember, keep watching!
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