Black Dog Newsletter November 14-20 “November Rain Edition”


Yes, they’re here, the cold nasty November rains. Dress warm, Vancouver. Rent some movies. It’s the right thing to do.

New Releases!


Dead Shack – Fun, zombie-cabin-in-the-woods type horror-comedy from Canada! Yes please!


Glass Castle – One of those “young girl comes of age in a poverty-stricken dysfunctional family setting” type of dramas. From the writer/director of Short Term 12.


Jungle – New film from Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, Belko Experiment) shoves Harry Potter into the jungles of Bolivia and makes it hard for him to get out.


Wind River – Excellent new thriller from the writer of Hell of High Water finds Jeremy Renner investigating the mysterious death of a Native American woman. Thrilling thrills, I presume, ensue.

Coming Soon!

Brigsby Bear
Hitman’s Bodyguard
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Birth of the Dragon
Good Time
The Fall Season 3
Limehouse Golem
Endless Poetry

Lots of great things on the shelves for you and plenty more to come. Click here for some suggestions! Stay dry, Vancouver and remember, keep watching!

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Black Dog Newsletter November 7-13 “Brass Monkey Edition!”


Yes, it’s cold out. How cold? Well, you know the old saying…

With this chilly weather I can only suggest some hunkering down with some quality entertainment. We’ve got ya covered.

New Releases!


Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron stars and kicks much ass as the titular action hero in this action espionage thriller. Best name for a movie this year!


Cars 3 – They’re still making these Cars movies, eh? Guess so.


The Crown – Excellent TV series about the Queen (Liz 2) and her doings and goings-ons in the 20th century.


In This Corner of the World – Lovely, dramatic animation piece from Japan about a girl living in Hiroshima during WWII. Probably not the best place to be.


Inconvenient Sequel – Al Gore still has some wind-power left in his old chops and is here to scare you once again with how dire the world is and what we can do about it.


Ingrid Goes West – Aubrey Plaza is an unhinged internet stalker who moves to LA to insinuate herself into the life of her latest obsession, Liz Olsen, in this very good comedy for the internet age. Which is now.


Marjorie Prime – Cool-looking sci-fi number that has John Hamm (mmm hamm) as a guy who, through use of some new fangled technology, contacts his dead father-in-law in holographic image form. Kinda like Tupac. I think.


Preacher Season 2 – Season 2 of this fun, weird supernatural vampire extravaganza. Good times.


Westworld Season 1 – Cool, violent, sex-filled HBO series based on the fine 1970’s film of the same name. Folks pay for a vacation in the “old west” where all of their desires can be fulfilled. But something is amiss…


Your Name – Excellent Japanamation feature finds comedy and drama in a couple of strangers who seem to be linked in some bizarre fashion. Expect to see this on a few year-end best-of lists.

Coming Soon!

Hitman’s Bodyguard
Wind River
Dead Shack
Limehouse Golem
Poldark S3
Glass Castle
Brigsby Bear

As you may know, we also sell stuff! What might you ask? Well check out this here link!

Also, some good friends of the store are putting on an interesting sounding play. Check out this page here!

It’s animation month at Bomber Brewing on Monday nights! Spirited Away, Coraline and Lion King in that order over the next 3 Monday nights. Cheap beer, free popcorn, flicks on the big screen. What could be finer?

That’s it for this week folks. Stay warm, bring in the brass monkey and remember, keep watching.

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Sweet Things for Sale!

In addition to hundreds of DVDs and Blu Rays we have for sale (ranging from $1 and up) Black Dog also has some cool swag to make your life better!

T-Shirts and Hoodies!


T-Shirts are $19.99. Hoodies are $39.99 and also come in black.


Totoro Hoodies are $27.99!



Look at all the things!


Rare new hockey dvd set at Commercial. Amazing!


Tons of kids DVDs for sale at Commercial! Only $5 a pop. Buy 4 get a 5th for free!


Both stores have lots of box sets, rare and cool stuff for sale (this is at Commercial). Drop in and grab something wonderful! And rent some movies!

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Black Dog Newsletter October 31 – Nov 6 “Spooktacular Halloween Edition!”


Ah, Halloween, our favourite time of the year. Time for falling leaves, crisp cool air, crazy costumes and scary movies! Oh ya, and trick r treating. Have fun out there tonight, kids. Drop by the Commercial store today with your costume for a treat if it pleases you! If you need suggestions for horror films for tonight, click this SCARY BUTTON!

New Releases!


Broken Sword Hero – Cool-looking Thai action extravaganza. Check out the trailer here for some sweet martial arts kicking and punching and then some more kicking!


A Dark Song – Cool-looking scary number about a woman hires a weird occultist in an attempt to contact her dead son. Things, of course, don’t go as planned. Heard very good words about this one.


Kidnap – Trashy but fun, B-Movie stars Oscar-winner, Halle Berry, as a mom who’s son has been kidnapped and she will stop at nothing, NOTHING, to get him back.


The Promise – Tragic (think Armenian genocide) historical tale that has Oscar Issac as an Armenian med student who falls in love with Christian Bale’s (I wish I could end the sentence there) girlfriend in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.


Unlocked – Spy espionage thriller type affair with a strong cast – Noomi Rapace, Toni Collette, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas and Malkovich – about a biological attack on olde London towne.

Coming Soon!

Cars 3
Westworld S 1
Limehouse Golem
Inconvenient Sequel
Your Name
Ingrid Goes West
The Crown S1

That’s it for this week, folks. Have a fun, safe Halloween! Watch something scary tonight!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct. 24 – 30 “Shocktoberfest Edition!”


Just wanted to give a nice shout-out to everyone who came by on Saturday to celebrate International Independent Video Store Day with us. We felt all warm and gooey inside, like a cinnamon bun, to see so much love and support from so many of you wonderful people. Makes us think that we’re doing an OK job! Kudos.

And of course it’s almost Halloween! Our favourite time of the year. There’s some Halloween shenanigans transpiring on Cambie Street this Saturday and on Commercial Drive on the 31st. We’ll be handing out candy to all the kids and there are other planned festivities to enjoy. More info can be found at the bottom of this missive.

New Releases!


Aferim! – Another gem from the new wave of Romanian cinema! This fine flick centres on a cop in early 19th century Romania who’s hired by a nobleman to track down an escaped Gypsy slave who had an affair with his wife. Something tells me it doesn’t end up well for the Gypsy slave. But maybe it does! I dunno! I haven’t seen it! Yet!


The B-Side – The great Errol Morris is back with this nice documentary about the life and times of photographer, Elsa Dorfman.


Chuck – Fine bio-pic that has Liev Schrieber playing heavyweight boxing fella, Chuck Wepner. Also stars Elizabeth Moss and Naomi Watts, so it has that going for it.


The Dark Tower – Muddled adaptation of Steve King’s Dark Tower series. Like, how do you distill a bunch of novels into one hour and a half movie? Even if you have the lovely and talented Idris Elba and Matt McConaughey in it?


Glory – Not to be undone by Romania’s fine cinematic output, neighbouring Bulgaria steps up to the plate and hits a home run with this tale of a railway worker who finds millions of dollars on the tracks and decides to hand it into the cops. That, it seems, was his first mistake.


Lady Macbeth – Sexy and violent tale of a woman forced into a grim marriage with a cold dead fish twice her age. She revolts by having a passionate affair with a younger dude. Things, it seems, don’t work out well for some. Heard great things about this little ditty.


The Leftovers Season 3 – The 3rd and last season of this excellent show. What happened to all those people that disappeared?


The Lure – Hasn’t the genre of “Polish flesh-eating mermaid musicals” been done to death already? Sheesh.


Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Lovely Criterion re-release of this much maligned (it’s actually pretty cool) David Lynch prequel to the fine TV show known as Twin Peaks. Nice timing as the new TV series hits the home video in early December!


War for the Planet of the Apes – The last movie in the recent trilogy of talking ape movies. Find out how the world became over-run with smart, talking primates! Pretty good movie but my only complaint is that there’s too much apes talking about boring things and not enough Woody Harrelson as the bad guy. And I felt bad for those horses who had to carry around gorillas and orangutans on their backs. Poor horses. Still worth a gander.


The Wilde Wedding – Great cast – Glenn Close, Malkovich, Captain Picard, and Minne Driver attempt to breathe life into this tale of a retired film star about to get married for the fourth time. Why bother?


The Wizard of Lies – Bob DeNiro plays that scumbag sleaze-ball Bernie Madoff and the ponzi scheme he created that ripped off his clients to the tune of billions of dollars. Also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and has Barry Levinson behind the wheel.

Coming Soon!

Annabelle: Creation
Cars 3
Your Name
Ingrid Goes West
Limehouse Golem
Poldark S3
The Crown S1
Westworld Season 1

In honour of this sweet scary month, may I present to you a hauntingly fine list of what we feel are the best horror movies ever made?

Here’s some more deets on what’s going down in the various hoods for Halloween. Hope to see you out and about!


Talk next week!

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Video Newsletter October 17-23 “Celebration Day Edition!”


This Saturday, the 21st of October, 2017, drop into your favourite Black Dog Video to help us celebrate the 7th Annual International Independent Video Store Day! That’s right, its a real thing, much like Christmas and Cthulhu! If you love video stores, and I know that you do, show us your love and we’ll show you ours! Over at Cambie there will be a draw for a fancy new Blu Ray player while at the Commercial location there will be a draw for a mystery bag full of wonderful and mysterious wonders! At both locations enjoy some swell deals – rent or buy any 2 DVDs or Blu Rays and get a 3rd for free! All catalogue horror films (being Halloween month and all) will be 2 for 1 rentals! Looking for some swell gifts for yourself or a loved one? All merchandise with be 10% off! There might even be balloons! It’s an important day for us and I hope that you’ll drop by and share the joy.

New Releases!


American Gods Season 1 – The great Ian McShane is Mr. Wednesday, a mysterious figure who recruits a guy named Shadow Moon to help him in the upcoming battle between the old Gods and some fresh New Gods. Also stars Crispin Glover as Mr. World. Based on the cool writings of Neil Gaimen.


A Bag of Marbles – Heart-wrenching tale of two young Jewish brothers fleeing the Nazis in occupied France. As one person commented on the IMDB, “It made me cry into tears”.


The Emoji Movie – Yes, it’s the animated thing in which Sir Patrick Stewart plays a talking piece of poop. Pretty much all you need to know.


Rock Dog – Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard and JK Simmons are talking animals in this animated fare about a dog who wants to become a musician. Think of Poochie from the Simpsons but with more sass.


The Survivalist – Intense, harsh sci-fi flick finds a survivalist guy living on his own in the woods after some major starvation-type holocaust who is beset upon by a couple of hungry women. Much suspense and tension, I presume, ensue.


The Vietnam War – Huge (like, 10-disk huge!) immersive excellent documentary from the great Ken Burns looks at the history of Vietnam, the war and it’s aftermath.

Coming Soon!

The Lure
War for the Planet of the Apes
Lady MacBeth
The Leftovers Season 3
Wilde Wedding
Annabelle: Creation
An Inconvenient Sequel

If you need help choosing what to watch click here!

Also returning with some lovely reviews is the lovely Axel Matfin. Today’s review, Highlander, can be found here.

And don’t forget to pop into Bomber Brewing on Monday evenings for some cheap beer and great movies. This coming Monday, enjoy Evil Dead 2 with a tasty pint.

Stay golden, Vancouver. See you Saturday.

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Newsletter October 10 – 16 “Hey, Thanks a Lot Edition!”


Yes, you.

Yes, it’s that time of year again where we’re all supposed to give thanks for the good fortune that we have in our lives. But in reality, we should be thankful all year long for everything we hold dear to us. Outside of the obvious – family, health, friends, cats – I just wanted to say that I’m thankful as…read more.

New Releases!


Beatriz at Dinner – The lovely and talented Salma Hayek’s car breaks down and is then invited to have dinner with some wealthy obnoxious folks led by the lovely and talented John Lithgow. Many uncomfortable and amusing moments, I presume, ensue.


Girl’s Trip – At turns hilarious and dramatic, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith are on a Girl’s Trip to the Big Easy (New Orleans) for some good time partying and things.


Maudie – The always amazing Sally Hawkins plays Maud Adams, arthritic artist painter person from out east (Nova Scotia). Ethan Hawke plays her beau, Everett, in this fine bio-pic.


Personal Shopper – Odd, but intriguing, sounding flick finds Kristen Stewart (K-Stew of course) working as a personal shopper (see title) to a famous person while also trying to contact her recently deceased twin brother (she’s a medium as well). Heard raves about this one.


Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music – Excellent and amazing in-depth account of recorded music throughout the ages. If you like music, especially the recorded kind, do yourself a favour and get this in your eye and ear holes, stat!


Spiderman: Homecoming – The best (at least I think) Spiderman movie yet finds a brand new Spiderman (Tom Holland) going to school, fighting crime, keeping his identity a secret, hanging out with Iron Man and fighting Michael Keaton, who can fly. Much fun to be had here.

Coming Soon!

American Gods Season 1
Annabelle Creation
An Inconvienent Sequel
The Dark Tower
Emoji Movie
Lady MacBeth
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wizard of Lies

Here’s some staff recommendations for your pleasure.

And please don’t forget – mark it on your calendars, your forehead, your children’s foreheads – October the 21st is the 7th Annual International Independent Video Store Day! We’ll have plenty of deals, raffles for cool things, maybe some music. It’ll be fun fun fun!


We’ve joined forces with our pals at Bomber Brewing to present Movie Mondays at the brewery. Free popcorn, cheap beers, great movies. This upcoming Monday drop by for a viewing of Friday the 13th! Come watch Kevin Bacon get it real good! Showtime is at 8pm.

That’s it for this week, folks! Stay dry, stay warm, stay hydrated and remember, keep watching!
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Just wanted to say thanks!


Yes, it’s that time of year again where we’re all supposed to give thanks for the good fortune that we have in our lives. But in reality, we should be thankful all year long for everything we hold dear to us. Outside of the obvious – family, health, friends, cats – I just wanted to say that I’m thankful as hell to still be able to be doing what I do. It’s not easy running these stores in this day and age of Netflix, downloading, pay-per view and all the other sources to get your cheap, if not free (!) entertainment. Stress, anxiety and fear compete with the joy and fun that I have, pretty much on a daily basis. I’m still amazed that there enough good folks out there who see the value in what we do and see that what you get for free or cheap online and what you can get at a well curated video shop, are miles apart. When asked how or why we are still open – apart from me being a stubborn old man – I always say the same thing: online selection is very limited and the quality can be quite dubious (there will always be some who don’t care if they steal a copy of Wonder Woman and it’s all tinted orange and has Turkish subtitles) but when you come into my shop and browse the over 15,000 titles, grab a box, read about the film, talk to a knowledgeable professional, get recommendations, chat about the films – these qualities are intangible and make your viewing experience that much more rewarding. You can’t get any of this great stuff online.
As my friend, Isor, who runs the fantastic shop Eyesore Cinema in Toronto and is the founder of Video Store Day says: “Then there is the sense of community… of like minded individuals sharing a common interest, sharing knowledge and joy. Sure, the internet is full of blogs, tumblrs, forums and such, but for some… nothing is as rich, fulfilling and nuanced as actual, real time, face to face, human interaction. We often forget that we are part of a living organism, or just overtly choose to live in a bubble of our own solipsistic, cloistered reality. The great shame of the internet age is that even with so much access to interaction it seems like we are more alone and lonely than ever before.”
So if you think, as we do, that what we provide and what we do is important, even just on the level of having these films available, please drop on in and rent something wonderful! Who knows what will happen when were gone? Will it be just monolithic corporate entities telling us what we can and can’t watch, enjoy and cherish? I do fear for our future.
But enough yakking. I just wanted to say thanks to all who continue to support us. We love, truly love, doing what we do and we can’t do it without all of you lovely and amazing people! You understand the value of knowledge, experience and of supporting your community. I hope that we are doing a good job and that you still want us to be part of your world. And I hope to be sitting right here next year writing another thank you note to you all. You rock!
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Black Dog Newsletter October 3-9 “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Edition!”


Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year again – leaves are changing colours, chestnuts are banging off the roofs of cars and it’s not only Halloween month, but in a couple of weeks it will also be the 7th annual Independent Video Store Day! Come in and celebrate all that is good and wonderful about video stores. Details to follow.

There’s a ton of excellent releases this week so my apologies in advance for the length of this missive.

New Releases!


13 Minutes – Drama about a dude who tried to kill Hitler back in the day (spoiler alert – he failed). Directed by the fella that made Downfall.


American Horror Story: Roanoke – Ghostly goings-ons are afoot in season 6 of this uneven series.


Baby Driver – Edgar Wright’s cool, music-filled action film stars the wonderfully named Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver named Baby. Stars lots of other people as well. Looks like buckets of fun.


The Beguiled – Solid cast – Kidman, Dunst, Fanning and Farrell – work for director Sophia Coppola to tell the story of a wounded Civil War soldier who finds his way to an all girl’s school. Reminds me of that scene in the Holy Grail…”Oh and spank me, and me and…”


Better Call Saul Season 3 – I love this show.


Book of Henry – Hilariously bad movie that finds a genius kid using his wits to murder his abusive neighbour. Or something like that. My friend raved about it – “It is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen and I cannot recommend it enough.” Can’t wait.


Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 – More fun times with a couple of Canadian cops (one French, one English) who have to work together to solve a crime. Oh, Canada.


Churchills – Documentary about a couple of fellas named Churchill. One you may be familiar with, one, not so much.


Cult of Chucky – More killer doll madness. It’s what we need right now.


A Ghost Story – Low key existential drama (note – it’s not a horror film) about Casey Affleck who dies and then returns to see what life is like without him while wearing only the kind of ghost costume you might have had as a kid.


House of Cards Season 5 – More White House shenanigans.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Wear No Shoes – They’re still making these?


Portlandia Season 7 – More Portland shenanigans.


Slack Bay – Odd French whimsical mystery finds a couple of detectives investigating the disappearance of some tourists in the titular town.


We Are X – Cool doc about the famed Japanese rock band X Japan.

Coming Soon!

Lady MacBeth
American Gods Season 1
An Inconvenient Sequel
Beatriz at Dinner
Girl’s Trip
Personal Shopper
Rock Dog
Spiderman: Homecoming

Whew! That was a lot of things. But here’s some more! In honour of Halloween month, I’m re-posting last year’s “31 Days of Halloween Movies” that we put together to get you in the mood. Check this out for some scary offerings!

Alright, Vancouver, enjoy these fine fall days and hope to see you out at the stores soon!

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Black Dog Newsletter September 26 – October 2nd “Ch-Ch-Changes Part Deux Edition!”


A couple more changes you’ll be seeing over at the Cambie Street Dog – the lovely and talented Bjorn is leaving the Black Dog nest to seek his fame and fortune abroad. He’ll be at the store until the end of next week so drop in and say goodbye, maybe even give him a hug. He loves hugs! You’ll be seeing more of me, for better or for worse, around those parts in addition to the two new recruits, Avash and Naomi. One other change – The Cambie store will be closing at 10pm on Sunday nights starting this coming Sunday, October 1st. We’ll be open until 11 the rest of the days of the week. Plan accordingly.

New Releases!


47 Meters Down – Some great white sharks are just chilling in the waters doing their shark things when some chum, er I mean people in the form of Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, are lowered into the water for them to eat. Problem is this food is in a cage that they must break into in order to enjoy their tasty treats! Good luck, sharks!


David Lynch: The Art of Life – Nice little doc (from Criterion no less!) about the one and only David Lynch and his process and approach to art and life and stuff.


The Little Hours – Comedy finds a handsome servant (the handsome Dave Franco) escaping from his master who takes refuge in a convent full of sexy, potty-mouthed nuns. Hilarity, I presume, ensues. Heard that this is pretty funny. Stars the Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie.


Tale of Love and Darkness – Natalie Portman stars, writes and directs this heavy-duty drama about writer, Amos Oz, and his upbringing during the early years of the newly formed Israeli state.


Transformers – The Last Knight – More incomprehensible eye garbage from Michael Bay (still doesn’t have his own spot in our director’s section!). I’m sure that this one is as good as all the other ones. Somehow they managed to snag Sir Lord Anthony Hopkins to be in this thing.

Coming Soon!

Portlandia Season 7
The Vietnam War
Better Call Saul Season 3
Soundbreaking: Stories form the Cutting Edge of Music
Pirates of the Caribbean
Book of Henry
A Ghost Story
American Horror Story Season 6
Cult of Chucky

Lots of great things on the shelves, both new and old, for your fall viewing. We have many fine lists of many fine films for you to appreciate. Check them all out here!

Have a great week, folks. Stay warm, eat well, hug Bjorn and keep watching!

Black Dog Video


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