Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending April 21

So it’s no surprise that video stores have fallen on hard times and many have disappeared over the last several years. Besides Black Dog, there might only be 2 or 3 left in town. It’s been a struggle the past number of years to keep this boat afloat. I’m not one to usually talk about numbers but our rental revenue has decreased by about 40% over that past few years. This isn’t a huge surprise—obviously technology has been moving this direction for some time—but the decline has been more dramatic than we had anticipated. We’ve responded by doing everything we can within the limited scope of this business. We have fabulous deals almost every day of the week, we offer a money-saving punch card for frequent renters, and we have reasonable rental periods and cheap late fees on which we’re almost always willing to cut you a break. Having such small stores we aren’t able to move into sales or offer any other services like coffee, ice cream, booze or sex toys so we have to rely on you fine folks to keep us doing what we love to do – provide a unique and well-cultivated selection of cinema served to you by seasoned staff who are passionate about film.

I’ve been putting off writing this “open letter” for a while now as…read more

New Releases for Tuesday April 15th

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Better Living Through Chemistry – Fun looking comedy with a fine cast – Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda – about a straight-laced pharmacist who hooks up with a attractive customer who takes him on a bender fuelled by drugs, sex and maybe even murder! I like all of those things. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Bletchely Circle Season 2 – More crime-solving shenanigans from the WWII code-breaking women from Season 1. Heard some swell things about this show. It’s on my list. My long, long list.

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Flowers in the Attic – Evil Granny Ellen Burstyn keeps her grandchildren locked in the attic of her house where they’re forced to live and “come-of-age”, if you get my drift. And I know that you do because my drift is strong! Heard that this adaptation of the novel of the same name veers into “so bad it’s good” territory. I might be up for a watch. Who’s in?

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The Invisible Woman – Dang, I was hoping this was going to be a kind of sleazy comedy where a woman finds out she can turn invisible and then does some crimes and goes in men’s locker rooms and stuff like that because that’s what an invisible guy would do, right? Anyhoo, this film, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, is about Charles Dickens and the his secret lover, who may or may not be invisible. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Pervert’s Guide to Ideology – That crazy (crazy in a good, smart, amusing way that is) Slavoj Zizek attempts to uncover the hidden meaning of many Hollywood films by applying psychoanalytic theory to film interpretation. We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis – and fiction cinema and so forth. Good times for your head.

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Philomena – Dame Judi Dench and funny guy Steve Coogan go on a road trip to Spring Break where they fall into the wrong crowd led by a crazy James Franco who makes Dame Judi Dench “look at his shit” as they go on a coke-fuelled rampage through the party towns of Florida. I think that this is the synopsis. Either that or Coogan plays a reporter who helps Dame Judi Dench track down the child she was forced to give up decades ago by a crew of evil nuns. Lousy nuns. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Nut Job – No it’s not some sleazy, ball strewn porno outing. Perverts. It’s some animated family affair about some squirrels and some nuts and a job of sorts.

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Ride Along – Ice Cube (you’re a long way from NWA, dude) is a cop who takes his sister’s boyfriend on a “ride along” in his police jalopy to see if he’s worthy of dating her. That’s a weird thing to do. My guess is that it starts out with the guy, tiny Kevin Hart, bumbling and being a smart aleck but he proves himself to the Cube later on, earning his respect. Some comedy and, probably, gunplay factor in here as well. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Hit-and-miss Ben Stiller directs and stars along some special effects in this fine tale (don’t know if the movie is any good, but I like the story) about a guy who fantasizes a lot about a bunch of different things but then gets the chance to explore the world. To me it seems like it might be a cross between Eat, Pray, Love and Forrest Gump that targets emotionally stunted man-children. Hijinks and sappy life-lessons, I presume, ensue. I imagine I’ll be taking a pass on this one. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Touch of Sin – Our newest rookie, RJ, (this was his favourite film of last year) chimes in with this little review/synopsis – Taken from the actual news headlines in China, Jia Zhangke weaves four bloody stories of explosive violence. A Touch of Sin asks how does an ordinary non-violent criminal suddenly become entrenched in violence? Is corruption so rampant that society has lost all humanity, or is there something else going on? Stylish and scathing, Jia Zhangke has taken social critique to a highly entertaining form. Good job, rookie!

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Wrong Cops – Sequel of sorts to Quentin Duplex’s weirdo, surrealist flick, Wrong, from last year. This one stars that deadpan cop, Mark Burnham, who, along with some other bad cops, look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot. I much enjoyed Wrong and with some inspired casting – Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie, Eric Wareheim and Eric Roberts – this one should be a hoot.

Coming Next Week

A Birder’s Guide to Everything
Bag Man
Big Bad Wolves
Broadchurch Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Touch of Sin
Philomena
The Great Beauty
Wolf of Wall Street
Odd Thomas
Blue is the Warmest Colour
American Hustle

Oh there’s a big Easter Egg hunt in the Cambie Village this Saturday. Stop by for some Easter treats!

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Black Dog Needs a Little Love

So it’s no surprise that video stores have fallen on hard times and many have disappeared over the last several years. Besides Black Dog, there might only be 2 or 3 left in town. It’s been a struggle the past number of years to keep this boat afloat. I’m not one to usually talk about numbers but our rental revenue has decreased by about 40% over that past few years. This isn’t a huge surprise—obviously technology has been moving this direction for some time—but the decline has been more dramatic and alarming than we had anticipated. We’ve responded by doing everything we can within the limited scope of our business. We have fabulous deals almost every day of the week, we offer a money-saving punch card for frequent renters, and we have reasonable rental periods and cheap late fees on which we’re almost always willing to cut you a break. Having such small stores we aren’t able to move into sales or offer any other services like coffee, ice cream, booze or sex toys so we have to rely on you fine folks to keep us doing what we love to do – provide a unique and well-cultivated selection of cinema served to you by seasoned staff who are passionate about film.

I’ve been putting off writing this “open letter” for a while now as it scares me to do so as it makes it seem more real about where we are in this business and where is looks like it is headed. Black Dog Video is a labour of love. Everyone who works for us, or has worked for us, does it because we all love movies. We feel passionate about sharing our experience and knowledge of film with everyone we can. I’ve been doing this for over 18 years now and I love it as much as I did when we first opened. Black Dog has never been about making a lot of money but it is a business that does have to support itself. And at this time we’re getting precariously close to not being able to do that. I know that the future doesn’t look too bright – not wearing any shades over here – but that doesn’t mean we have to give up and throw in the towel.

Our goal is to stay open as long as we can and we hope that enough of you fine folks think that what we have going here – offering one of the best collections of film and TV in the city – is worth saving. We get a lot of our customers telling us how happy they are that we’re still around. They know the deal and what’s out there that is quickly eroding the video business. I’d hate to close and disappoint so many folks.

So many people say to us, “I love you guys! I used to go there all the time!” Lately that has included, “What can I do to help?” That’s simple. Come back! Rent a couple of movies once or twice a month. Tell your friends, your enemies, your neighbors, co-workers or anyone who’ll listen. I understand the convenience of the Netflix and all the other options that are out there (be they legal or otherwise), but if you can combine these options with a visit to your local Black Dog now and then, that would be a tremendous help. And especially with the slow summer season approaching, your business is more valuable and so much more appreciated. Without you amazing people we won’t be around too much longer. It seems weird and unpleasant to imagine a world without video stores.

So that’s were we are, what’s happening with Black Dog. Thanks for taking the time to read this as it is from the bottom of my heart (I guess that’s the best part of the heart?). We hope to see you soon. Check us out on the Facebook and the Twitter to chat with us and get updates on what’s happening at your favourite Black Dog.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending April 14th

As some musician once sang (I think it was Gino Vanelli) “The times, they are a changing”. And it seems lately that it’s usually for the worse. Case in point – Gary, owner of the Cambie General Store, recently found out that his landlord decided not to renew his lease and will be forced to close soon (I believe it may be the end of this month). Such a shame as he’s a swell guy who’s been there for so long and is an icon in the neighbourhood. I don’t know what will go in there instead but I’ve heard rumours of a bar/nightclub thing, and underground fight club (humans, dogs, monkeys, chickens, jello) a brothel, a designer hammer and nail boutique, a pankration studio, a laser-gun eye surgery clinic, a pet rock store, and the dumbest idea of all, a DVD rental shop! All kidding aside, it will be sad to see our friend and great neighbour go. Good luck, Gary, wherever you end up. After all as, I believe it was, Cory Hart once sang, “We’re all just dust in the wind”.

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Just hold still. This won’t hurt a bit!

The DVD sale is over at Cambie but I just added one last pile of flicks to the bins at Commercial. $3 each or 2 for $5. They’ll be there for a week only so get yer buns on down while the bun-getting is good.

The Cambie Store is looking to hire a good, film-smart, people-smart, hard-working person to fill in on (moslty) weekends. If you think that you have what it takes to join the Black Dog family, drop off a resume at the Cambie location.

New Releases for Tuesday April 8th

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August: Osage County – One of those talky, dramatic stage play films with a bunch of well regarded actors – think Streep, Roberts, Cooper, Mulrooney, McGregor + bunch of others. I keep wanting to think that this is about a family of sausage makers (I see sausage when I see the word Osage. Actually I see sausage everywhere) that reunite to discuss some sort of family crisis. Despite the lame Canadian art-work on the cover (I’m going to have to do a piece/rant on this subject) I’ve heard good things about this. Here’s the Canadian one (the one above the words is the original American design). Also on the Blu Ray.

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Lame amright? They’re not even looking at each other. What are they looking at? Tell me! Terrible photo-shop.

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Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded – More stories of cowboys hopped up on goofballs. Either that it or it’s the continuing saga of a family of drug kingpins. I like family films.

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The Great Beauty – Stunning Italian flick (and winner of the best foreign film Oscar) finds a playboy, who’s lived a decadent lavish lifestyle for years, turning 65 and reflecting back up his life of debauchery. I’d love to, a) make it to 65, and b) have had a debauched (well more debauched) life to look back upon. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Grudge Match – Holy shit! Look at this cover. What’s going on here? Are these two old, broken down men have a pooping contest? Are they constipated or being anally probed for some reason? DeNiro, oh how far you’ve fallen. And Stallone, well it seems kind of par for the course for you these days. If you must know – this “comedy” is the tale of two washed up boxers who step back into the ring to settle each other’s hash for some past digression. They should have just smoked said hash and got on with their day. Also on the Blu Ray.

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug – Second part of the over-blown Hobbit trilogy is better than the first one (it has a talking dragon!) with some entertaining, eye-popping (well I hope that’s just an expression) set pieces. But the story just meanders and staggers all over the place and by not having any of the wee dwarfs and hobbitses put in any real peril, there’s no real tension or sense of danger. Still, if you buy the ticket, you take the ride. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Nurse – For some strange reason, this is the film I want to see most this week. Is it because it’s about a sex-crazed, clothing-adverse homicidal nurse and has “brutal violence” and “sexual situations” warnings? Probably. Also on the Blu Ray and the 3-D Blu Ray.

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – It seems that the Paranormal Activity kids needed to take the stale haunted house idea out of the house and toss it into an apartment building. After a creepy old woman neighbour dies in her apartment, Jesse starts to experience weird and disturbing occurrences. Is he one of the Marked Ones (dun-dun-dun!), whatever a Marked One might be? I liked the Paranormal films so I’m hoping for good things here. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Snake and Mongoose – What sounds like an awesome martial arts flick (judging by the title and the title alone) is actually a fine little bio-pic drama type dealy about Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, two drag racers and rivals from way back in the day.

Coming Next Week

Better Living Through Chemistry
Bletchley Circle Season 2
Confessions of Murder
Flowers in the Attic
The Invisible Woman
Nut Job
Philomena
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ride Along

Recently Viewed and Enjoyed

Wolf of Wall Street
The Great Beauty
Hobbit 2: The Hobbiting
August: Osage County
American Hustle
Anchorman 2: The Anchoring
Zero Charisma
Out of the Furnace
Odd Thomas

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Have a great week, my lovelies. Keep us in your dreams and your hearts.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending April 6th

I’m always sort of maybe kinda excited to see a new business pop up on either Cambie St. or Commercial Drive. I’m usually hoping for a new delicious food place, drinking hole or some kind of business that I’d be interested in frequenting, say like a designer doily place. But in these troubled times I am increasingly disappointed to see what is springing up. Case in point – the crappy dive bar Avanti’s recently closed on the Drive and it’s rumoured to be replaced by one of those bland characterless corporate Donnelly-Group pubs. Yawn. And over at Cambie, some coffee shop just closed and has been replaced by a Subway. How lame is that? We have all these nice little independent eateries (with the exception of Starbucks and Flying Wedge – but they’ve been there forever) and now the landscape is blighted by a Subway. It’s terrible food and an ugly store. Although, I am amused by their slogan “Eat Fresh”. Why am I amused? “Fresh” is what we used to call dog shit back in the day. Sounds about right.

Last week to take advantage of our DVD sale. Still lots of fine titles left to be had. $3 a pop or 2 for 5 bones. Sweet deal that is. Speaking of good deals on used DVDs and Blu Rays – every Tuesday we load up the bins with fresh New Releases that we no longer need. Lots of fine titles to choose from – $10 ea, 2 for $16 or 3 for $20! (That’s like buy 2, get one free!)

Oh! And don’t forget to fill out a ballot for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming screening of a couple of fine Cronenberg films at the Cinematheque. Dead Ringers = Cambie. The Fly = Commercial Drive.

New Releases for Tuesday April 1st

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47 Ronin – Canoe Reeves is back! It’s like he never even went away. Here he’s a “half-breed” who sets out with some other samurai to avenge the death and dishonour of their master. Love me a smashing revenge tale but I haven’t heard too much good about this one. But it has dragons. Go with Reeve’s Man of Tai Chi. Much better for your eyes. Your pretty pretty eyes. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – I actually quite enjoyed this dumb comedy. If you liked the first one, you’ll enjoy this one as it’s more of the same but with more of the same. I felt that the great supporting cast wasn’t fully utilized to their full potential though. That Paul Rudd guy is quite funny and Steve Carrell is good for a laugh. His and Kirsten Wiig’s scenes together were the best thing about the flick. The Blu Rays offers you 3 different versions – theatrical and unrated on one disk (I watched the theatrical) and a separate disk with, what they refer to as, a Super-Sized Edition that has over 743 more jokes. Or so they say.

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A Few Hours of Spring – French drama follows a trucker, fresh out of prison for doing some crime, who’s forced to move in with his mom. Then she discovers she has a tumor and wants to legally off herself. Let the laughs begin!

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Knights of Badassdom – A bunch of nerdy LARPers (Live Action Role Players – for all you non-nerds out there) played by Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage accidentally summon up real live demon while out in the woods LARPing around. Being a nerd not required to enjoy this, I’m told by nerds.

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Norman – Comedy/drama finds a troubled high-schooler (are there any other kinds? Especially in the movies) who pretends that he has terminal cancer for some reason. Then he meets his new girlfriend’s dad who is actually dying of cancer. Might get awkward, me thinks.

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Zero Charisma – Interesting little indie drama that centres on an aging nerd (man the nerds are taking over the world. At least for this week) who is, what some call, a Game Master of some sort of fantasy board game thingy. He is a hard to like misfit living with his grandma while trying to have some authority in a world that has made him a middle-aged teenager. When a hipster joins his game, everything falls apart. Damn hipsters, always ruining everything. Heard very good things about this flick.

Old Stuff Just In

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Archer Season 2 – Man I love me some Archer! Funny stuff. Not for kids. Not really.

Coming Next Week

August: Osage County
Cheap Thrills
Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded
The Great Beauty
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Nurse
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Snake and Mongoose

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Anchorman 2
Zero Charisma
Knights of Badassdom
Out of the Furnace
Wolf of Wall Street
American Hustle
Archer S 1 and 2
Man of Tai Chi
Broken Circle Breakdown
Inside Llewyn Davis
Odd Thomas
Veep S 2

If you’re also interested in some movie reviews by Josie, the manager at Commercial Dr. check out her musings here…http://buddharhubarb.blogspot.ca/

Talk at y’all next week. Be safe. Be happy. Be.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 31

So our big DVD sale is in it’s final death throws and to help choke it out of existence we are lowering the prices on all remaining films. You can now snag a fine quality film for just $3! Yes you read that right, three bones! Or, if you’re feeling like walking on the wild side, you can nab 2 for a measly $5! Gonna run this for about another week. Get on yer spending pants and shuffle on down to the stores.

We are also doing a ticket giveaway for a film at the upcoming David Cronenberg (Black Dog favourite!) retrospective at the Pacific Cinematheque. Just pop into either store and drop a frisky little ballot in our box for a chance to win. Winner at Cambie gets 2 tickets for Dead Ringers. Winner at Commercial gets two tickets to see The Fly. You don’t even have to rent anything, although it would be nice if you did.

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http://www.thecinematheque.ca/from-within-the-films-of-david-cronenberg

New Releases for Tuesday March 25th

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At Middleton – Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga act like a couple of giddy school kids playing hooky while on a tour of their kids college. Of course they fall in love and shit. I imagine that there’s dancing, bicycle riding and finding oneself, all set to a contemporary beat.

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Beyond Outrage – Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is back behind and in front of the camera in this sequel to Outrage (better title then Outrage 2: The Outraging, me thinks). Much yakusa style violence, I presume, ensues.

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Broken Circle Breakdown – Oscar nominated foreign fare (Belgium) finds a couple of lovers and lovers of American Bluegrass music and lovers of tattoos dealing with the illness of their lovely child.

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Californication Season 6 – This show is still on? I gave up after 3 or 4 seasons when it kind of turned into Three’s Company but only with lots of swearing and sex.

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Delivery Man – Remake of a pretty good Canadian film (Starbuck) finds a really really tall Vince Vaughn (just look at that cover, he must be like 11 feet tall!) as a very fertile guy who’s given out a lot of sperm at fertility clinics over the years, fathering 533 children (that is a huge vat of sperm!). Then a bunch of moms want to legally find out the identity of the father of their kids. He’s going to have to buy an awful lot of Christmas presents! Hijinks, I presume, ensue. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Odd Thomas – Small town short-order cook, who can see dead people because, well he just can, meets a mysterious stranger who blows into town with an entourage of soul-sucking beasties bent on raising some hell. It’s up to Odd Thomas, his girlfriend Stormy and Willem Dafoe to stop the onslaught. Heard quite good things about this little number.

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The Past – Oscar nominated French/Iranian film finds a guy dumping his wife and kids to return to Iran. His wife then strikes up a new relationship which doesn’t sit too well with the husband who high-tailed it out of there. Drama, I presume, ensues. From the cat who made A Separation. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery – It’s about time that the powers be finally combined two of societies most valuable properties – talking crime solving dogs and talking steroid monster freak-men in short, tight pants. Enjoy kids!

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Veep Season 2 – Season 2 of this great little show that finds Elaine as Vice Prez of the good ole’ U. S. of A. Funny shit, man.

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Walking with Dinosaurs – I was interested in seeing this as I love dinosaurs and enjoyed the BBC series of the same name but then I found out that the dinosaurs talk and sing and dance (not too sure about the singing and dancing part). Kind of the let the air out my tires. Lame. Also on Blu Ray and 3-D Blu Ray.

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The Wolf of Wall Street – Leo DiCaprio almost won an Oscar for his fine work in this sex and drug-riddled, debauched Martin Scorsese romp through the disgusting world of high finance and the corruption that it breeds. Bring on the debauch! That’s what I say. Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

47 Ronin
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Knights of Badassdom
Smuggler

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Wolf of Wall Street
American Hustle
The Past
Odd Thomas
Veep Season 2
Enough Said
Man of Tai Chi
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Gravity

That’s it for this week folks. Have a great 7 days. Talk at you next week.

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 24th

Here’s a little snippet of a conversation that took place at the Cambie store last week. So one of our lovely, regular customers, we’ll call her Beulah, approached the desk to ask the clerk about the fantastic film, The Hunt. Our friendly and knowledgable video store representative replied, “It’s fantastic!”. But before she could further extrapolate on the fantastic properties of the flick, another customer interrupted her and blurted out read more…

The sale is drawing to a close at both stores in the next couple of weeks. Just added a batch of documentary DVDs to the bins at Cambie and some TV stuff at Commercial. Prices range on the TV stuff but regular DVDs can be had for $5 each or 2 for $8 and even 3 for $10! Come early, come often.

New Releases for Tuesday March 18th

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American Hustle – David O. Russell’s fun, funky film tells the tale of a couple of grifters who, for some reason, have to work for the FBI to help bring down some Mafia types and such. Great cast, C-Bale, J-Law, B-Coop and A-Ad all lend to the sexy fun. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Frozen – Another animated musical Disney yawn. This one is about perverted talking snowmen (he does have a rather large carrot for a nose) and killer snow bees and singing penguins or something like that. Don’t really know. Don’t really care. Also on the Blu Ray.

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In Fear – Horror dealy that finds a young, nubile couple getting lost driving around the backwoods somewhere where they have backwoods. Of course an unseen tormenter torments them because, well…did I mention the backwoods?

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Kill Your Darlings – Harry Potter is Alan Ginsberg. That guy with half a face from Boardwalk Empire is Jack Kerouac and another guy is William Burroughs in this bio-picy tale of murder and poetry.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Stringer Bell AKA Luther hams it up as Nelson Mandela in this bio-pic that follows the great man from his humble beginnings as a young upstart hockey goalie (I made that part up) to his becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa (that part is real). Also on the DVD.

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On My Way – The lovely Catherine Deneuve is a woman facing a failed relationship and a failing restaurant so she decides to go on a road trip with her grandson for some reason. Life lessons, I presume, ensue.

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Saving Mr. Banks – Mr. Tom Hanks is Walt Disney who tries to persuade Emma Thompson’s author PL Travers to let her adapt Mary Poppins for the big screen. Whaa? That’s what this flick is about? Seriously? Is there at least a monkey knife-fight in it? Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

Californication Season 6
Delivery Man
Odd Thomas
Past
Veep Season 2
Walking with Dinosaurs
The Wolf of Wall Street

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Inside Llewyn Davis
Hunger Games 2
Marwencol
All is Lost
Nebraska
Gravity
Top of the Lake
Game of Thrones
Out of the Furnace
Blue is the Warmest Color
12 Years a Slave

One of our esteemed colleagues – Josie from the Commercial store – has recently slapped together a nice blog of movie reviews and what-not. Check it out here for witty, insightful insights into the world of film…
http://buddharhubarb.blogspot.ca/

And for your weakly guffaw…
Yes we still have some great Black Dog underwear for sale. I wsa thinking of maybe doing some more designs. I think I may have found some…
http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/vintage-underwear-ads-that-will-give-you-nightmares

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Swimming Upstream

Here’s a little snippet of a conversation that took place at the Cambie store last week. So one of our lovely regular customers, we’ll call her Beulah, approached the desk to ask the clerk about the fantastic film, The Hunt. Our friendly and knowledgable video store representative replied, “It’s fantastic!”. But before she could further extrapolate on the fantastic properties of the flick, another customer interrupted her and blurted out, “You know that movie’s on Netflix, right?” So Beulah turns around and informs the young woman, “I really like that Black Dog is still here, and I like to support them and don’t have Netflix or download movies because of that”. Magic, Beulah, magic. A few minutes later the Netflix loving woman asks if she could buy our copy of Funny Face because she just can’t seem to find it anywhere. “What, it’s not on Netflix?”, she was asked by our Black Dogger. Check and mate.

I’m always perplexed why someone feels that this is an appropriate thing to say INSIDE of a video store (or record store, or book store or whatever business is being threaten by the intranet). Do they really have such little clue of their surroundings and what a shitty thing that is to say? I don’t come over to your house and tell your friends that you suck and there’s better friends to be had a few doors down.

I get people telling me of their downloading habits all the time. I was working last week and chatting with a nice fellow about Lars Von Trier. He was renting 3 of his fine films. I asked if he had seen The Kingdom (personal favourite). He blurted out that he just downloaded it the previous night. I could see from his expression and his shifty eyes that he instantly knew it was the wrong thing to say. After a moment of me staring at him and him scrambling for what to say next, he told me that he had rented it from us a few years back. Good save. And he was there to rent from us. No hard feelings.

I was chatting with a friend last week about downloading and Netflix and all that crap. He was trying to justify his illegal downloading habits to me but I didn’t really comprehend is rationale. I was a little bummed that a friend, who lives not more than 2 blocks from the store, would prefer to steal films off the interwebs rather than support a friend’s local business. Is this indicative of how the general public feels towards piracy – that it’s no big deal and that there are no consequences? How many folks are actually stealing stuff as opposed to buying it and streaming it legally? Why do people think that they are entitled to free art? What implications does this have for the future, not only for us, but for the movie industry as a whole? It seems that the future looks quite bleak (let’s not even talk about the real problems that the world is facing).

I don’t want to sound naive and bitchy. I see what’s going on. It’s my business to stay on top of things and do whatever I can to make our store viable through these turbulent times. In the end technology is going to kill us all. I’m betting on a robot uprising within the next 10 years. Mark my words. Mark them!

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 17th

I’m tired. So tired. Maybe it’s the brutal time change from the weekend or maybe it’s because I’m a bad sleeper at the best of times. Or is that a good sleeper at the worst of times? Who’s to say in this crazy, mixed-up world? It’s strange walking around and talking to people when you average about 3-4 hours of sleep in the last couple of nights. It’s like you’re there but not really there. You just say things to folks hoping that it was the right thing to say at the right moment. It’s almost like you’re watching yourself in a movie. And a pretty boring movie at that. And then there’s the hallucinations. At least I hope the scene I saw in the park of a unicorn playing ping-pong with Kim Jong Il was a hallucination. Why am I telling you this? Probably because; a) gives me an excuse if this newsletter turns out poorly and b) because I’m tired, so very tired.

Oh, I should mention that tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day for our late charge amnesty at Cambie St. Just bring in some delicious food items to donate to the Food Bank and we’ll absolve you of all of your embarrassing late fees. Please be generous. Good deal. Everyone wins.

New Releases for Tuesday March 11th

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The Book Thief – Uh-oh! Someone’s been thieving books from the Nazis (WWII Nazis that is)! Is it that young girl with the bulgy coat? What is she doing with those books? I hope it’s not something as nefarious as reading to her friends and that Jewish refugee who lives under her stairs. Based on a book that, may or may not, have been stolen at some point. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Easy Money: Hard to Kill – Swedish sequel to the surprisingly good Easy Money (no, not the classic Rodney Dangerfield comedy) finds the new Robocop (Joel Kinnaman – is that guy Swedish? I didn’t know he was Swedish!), killing some hard time behind bars and struggling to get his life turned around. Once out of prison he finds himself being pulled back into the underworld (of course he does) where there’s easy money thats hard to kill, or something like that.

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Gabrielle – Sweet little Canadian romantic comedy about a woman with Williams syndrome who has a positive outlook on life and all that jazz. Things become a little more complicated when she gets a boyfriend. (late on the shelves – hopefully later this week)

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Here Comes the Devil – Cool looking horror number from Mexico finds a couple on vacation who lose their kids (sounds like a perfect vacation!) in some weird caves only to have them reappear. But are the kids who they used to be? What has happened to them? Are they some sort of Devil children now? As if children weren’t creepy enough! At Commercial only – soon to Cambie.

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Homefront – Jason Statham (how many of you just tuned out?) is a former DEA agent (drugs are bad, kids!) who moves his family to a nice, quiet town run by creepy meth kingpin James Franco. Think that there may be some sort of conflict with the two? You can tell that Statham’s the good guy just by the cover of the box – he’s draped in the Amurican flag (psst! He’s not American!) looking all serious while hugging his (I presume it’s his) daughter while Franco’s eyes are looking up while his head tilts down. Menacing he is! Also on the Blu Ray.

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Inside Llewyn Davis – Latest from the Coen’s finds a struggling folk singer in the early 60′s (loosely based on the life of early 60′s folk singer Dave Van Ronk) as he goes from one disaster to the next. Oscar Isaac is great – he even sings and plays all the tunes – and Justin Timberlake has a great turn as a friend and folk singer – there’s a great scene with those two and that goofy guy from Girls singing some sort of novelty song. But for me, there was too many folk tunes and I realized about half way through the film that I really don’t care for folk music all that much. And Carey Mulligan, who I usually adore, was pretty terrible – all shrill and unpleasant. But the cat is great! (Reports say that the Coen’s had so much trouble with the cats making the movie that they now hate cats) Not one of my favorite Coen Bros. films but even their lesser films are far better than most filmmaker’s best work. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Last Days on Mars – Sci-fi horror dealy about some astronauts who find some unpleasant business while hanging out on Mars. I’m calling bullshit, because, like, as far as I know, like, humans haven’t even been to Mars. Duh! Also on the Blu Ray.

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Out of the Furnace – Excellent dramatic type thriller finds Batman (Christian Bale) getting out of prison only to find his younger brother (Ben Affleck’s younger brother) has disappeared after becoming mixed up with a ruthless (they are totally without ruth) drug gang. What’s he to do, try to lead a normal life or find out what happened to his brother and act accordingly? One of those great little films that seemed to fall through the cracks when it hit theatres at the end of last year (2013) but would love to find life on home video. Make it so! Also on the Blu Ray.

Coming Next Week

American Hustle

Frozen

Kill Your Darlings

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

On My Way

Saving Mr. Banks

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Inside Lleywn Davis
Out of the Furnace
Gravity
12 Years a Slave
Blue is the Warmest Colour
All is Lost
Blue Jasmine
Hungry Games 2
Blue Caprice
Top of the Lake

I met these dudes when they were in town last year traveling with their hilarious Found Footage Festival (check out some of the DVDs if you like to laugh). Here’s one of them pretending to be a chef on a local (it was local somewhere I guess) TV station. Good job! http://happyplace.someecards.com/29672/fake-chef-pranks-morning-news-reporters

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Our mailing address is:

Black Dog Video
Cambie Street and/or Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V6H 3J1
Canada

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Black Dog Newsletter for Week Ending March 10th

This Wednesday (5th of March) Black Dog Video on Cambie comes of age. That’s right, we turn 18 this week (that’s 126 or something in dog years). Crazy! It’s been a fun, exciting, sometimes bumpy, ride. We’ve seen lots of fine folks – employees and customers alike – come and go, survived a devastating fire and the miasma of construction (remember the RAV hole out front for months on end?), been robbed, had dogs and children defecate in the store, threw some wicked parties, rented out a few movies and made some life-long friends (again employees and customers included). I still enjoy this business as much as I did when we opened across the street back in 96. I love this job, I really do. I love bringing in films – especially cool, hard to find ones, and getting them on the shelves for everyone to enjoy. I love chatting with folks about films and having a nice place to hang out and spread the movie love. I can only hope that we survive this internet craze (OK, I’ll admit that it may not just be a fad) and stick around for a few more years (or even longer). It all depends on you fine folk and your need/want for quality films and TV shows. To show our appreciation for your support over the years we are going to be offering our famous late-charge amnesty! Starting tomorrow (Wednesday) stop by with a donation to the food bank – non-perishable of course (here’s a guide on what not to donate…read more) and we’ll obliterate, annihilate and utterly destroy any late charges you may have accrued up to this point. (Cambie store only) Everyone wins! Hope to see you soon.

New Releases for Tuesday March 4th

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12 Years a Slave – Funny how it took some Brits and Aussie’s to tell a harrowing tale of the brutal slave trade in the US. Are American filmmakers afraid to admit to their own disgusting history? Who knows. Anyways, this Best Picture winner delves into the true horror story of a free black guy who was abducted off the streets of Washington and taken to the South where he was forced into slavery for 12 miserable years. Has anything good every come out of the American South? Hmmm. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Banshee Chapter – Cool looking thriller type of horror dealy finds a woman investigating the disappearance of her friend who ingested some weird CIA experimental drug. More drugs, unexplained radio transmissions, disfigured entities and general weirdness ensue.

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Girl Rising – Hard-hitting doc that follows nine girls as they try to overcome such devastating things as forced marriage, slavery and other nasty injustices, get an education and rise above the horrors that have befallen them. Go girls!

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The Grandmaster – Another take on the famous IP-Man, who ended up training a certain Bruce Lee. Loved the Donnie Yen films and this one, directed by the stylish Wong Kar Wai, looks to be quite impressive. Yes please! Also on the Blu Ray.

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The Hungry Games : Catching Fire – Second film in the trilogy follows klutzy Jennifer Lawrence (Je-Lawr to her cool fans and the Twitters) as she fights for survival and revolution in some dystopian future where kids are forced to fight each other to the death for the amusement of the rich and garishly dressed. Seems we’re not too far away from that type of scenario already. Also on the Blu Ray.

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Oldboy – Absolutely pointless remake of the great Korean film that finds a guy imprisoned in a small room for, like, 20 years or so. Then he’s let out and goes revenging with his best friend, claw hammer, to find out why he had to endure imprisonment and who put him there. I haven’t seen Spike Lee’s version and I’m not too sure that I want to. Loved the Korean film and I can’t see them keeping the same demented twists that made the original so great. Also on the BLu Ray.

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Untold History of the United States – Leave to Oliver Stone to slice open the fetid underbelly of the history (almost all 20th Century) of the US. Supposed to be a pretty great doc. On 4 disks as it’s that long.

Coming Next Week

The Book Thief 

Easy Money: Hard to Kill

Gabrielle

Here Comes the Devil

Homefront

Inside Llewyn Davis

Last Days on Mars

Out of the Furnace

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Gravity

Nebraska

Watermark

Computer Chess

Top of the Lake

How I Live Now

All is Lost

I’m not too sure why I find this video hilarious. It’s a bunch of stoner raver boys dancing (badly). It’s set to Benny Hill music though..guffaws ensue… YouTube Preview Image

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What Not to Donate to the Food Bank

We’ve been doing our late charge amnesty for a number of years now and I constantly get the question, “I have exorbitant late fees and, well, I’m not too sure what to bring in for the food bank in exchange for these embarrassing fines?” Well let’s start off with the obvious – nothing perishable. Nothing living. Nothing breathing. Bring in something that you yourself might want to enjoy. We’ve had weird stuff donated over the years – Jellied Grass, expired clams, odd canned organ meats – maybe try to avoid those. And here’s a little list of stuff that, really, nobody would like to eat. Well, almost nobody.

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