Black Dog Video Newsletter August 15 – 21 “Smoky Smoke Edition!”

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If it’s August then the province must be on fire. Seems that this is the new norm now. But, hey, more pipelines! While the world burns it’s best to grab some fine home entertainment and stay inside (the weather app actually says the weather is “smoke”). We finally got most of the films mentioned in last week’s missive (sorry for the delay). Also, there’s more fabulous things for you arriving this week! Life is good, no? Note – there will not be a newsletter next week as I’m taking a week off to enjoy the great smoky outdoors.

New Releases!

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Atlanta – Excellent TV series starring the excellent Donald Glover as a dude and his buddies try to make up the ladder in the Atlanta rap scene. Up the rap ladder. Maybe that’s a better name?

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Deadpool 2– More hi-jinks starring Canada’s other favourite Ryan as the masked hero who cracks wise as he’s cracking skulls. Word has it that it’s even better than the first one (which was pretty good).

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Incident in Ghostland – From the director of Martyrs (the excellent, harrowing French film, not the crappy American remake) comes this horror number about the strange goings-ons in a house where a couple of sisters reunite 16 years after a nasty house invasion. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Lowlife – Crazy-sounding, but with swell reviews, flick finds an addict, and ex-con and a luchador getting mixed up in the wacky world of organ harvesting. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Meditation Park – Great new film from local film-making hero (and good friend of the store), Mina Shum, finds an aging woman questioning her life when she thinks her husband might be having an affair. If you live in Vancouver this is a must-watch. If you live elsewhere, this is a must-watch.

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Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 – David E Kelly (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal) adapts the Stephen King novel into a TV series about a psycho who drives his Mercedes into a crowd of people and is then pursued by a tough grizzled cop. Word has it that its a quite good horror thriller dealie. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Shock and Awe – Political drama starring Woody Harrelson that delves into the Bush and Co. (remember those turd blossoms?) run up to war as they lie to the world about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Can some skeptical journalists uncover the truth and stop the war? Watch and find out! On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Smithereens – This classic punk film from 1982 gets the lovely Criterion treatment. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Spinning Man – Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan and, um, Minnie Driver (who I assume has at least one piercing) star in this thriller about an amorous college professor who is a suspect when a college co-ed (do folks still say that?) goes missing.

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Westworld Season 2 – The second season of this fine sci-fi western thriller.

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Wilding – A supernatural “what’s the f*#k is happening to my body” horror-thriller. A young woman uncovers a dark secret about her traumatic childhood. What could it be? Is she a mermaid? A space alien? A relative of Donald Trump? Ahhhh! On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

Coming Soon!

Action Point
Black Water
Book Club
RBG
Summer of 84
Tag
Upgrade
A Fantastic Woman

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay out of the air – pro tip for you – only breathe out, never in – and come on down and rent some movies. It would help us out a lot in this slow season. Talk at you in a couple…
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Black Dog Newsletter August 8 – 14 “We’re Back, Baby! Edition!”

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So after many weeks of toil and trouble, of technical hoo-haw, we’ve finally managed to get a fresh and delicious podcast up and ready for you to feast on. Miracle Mile is film under review in the latest episode. We drink some tasty beer and throw out our thoughts on the film as well as other subjects including the plague of peacocks that are terrorizing Surrey, character actor Kirk Fuller and taking advice from a necrophiliac. I probably don’t have to mention that this episode is NSFW. https://bdad.podbean.com/

New Releases
(All titles will be arriving later this week)

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Avengers: Infinity War – This movie has all the superheroes – Iron Mans, Older Iron Man, Captain Howdy, Baby Troot, Star Tracks, Mr. Strange. Chris, Rogue, Dr. Watson, Purple Alien, Chad Something, Republican Chris, She-Hulk and the Raccoon. They all team up to fight a mean purple man. It’s a great big messy movie that I found way more enjoyable that I thought I would.

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Bad Samaritan – Black Dog fave, David Tennant, stars in this psycho thriller about some thieves who rob a house where, unbeknownst to them, a woman is being held captive. Not too sure if Dave is a thief or the psycho.

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Big Fish and Begonia – Chinese animated fare finds an other worldly 16 year-old girl being transformed into a dolphin so she can explore the human world. Well, I guess, the human world of the ocean or maybe a theme park.

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Book Club -A bunch of book club friends – Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen etc, – find their lives changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey. Ai Carumba!

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties – From the director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus comes this comedy (based on a Neil Gaimen short story) of an alien from outer space (duh) who ends up hanging with some dudes in the underground party scene in London. All of that sounds pretty good to me.

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Summer of 84 -From the folks who brought you Turbo Kid, comes this fun-looking throw back horror thriller that finds some neighborhood kids suspecting their local policeman of being a serial killer. Sign me up for this one!

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Upgrade– Cool-looking horror sci-fi mind bender revenge film! I can get behind all of those things!

Coming Soon!

Terror Season 1
On Chesil Beach
Deadpool 2
Lowlife
Mr. Mercedes S 1
The Yellow Birds
Ghost Stories
First Reformed

And one more thing before I let you go…you still have a few days left to catch the amazing performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream down on Granville Island. It’s totally great and fun and you should go and see it! https://www.facebook.com/events/1973055933006772/

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A Midsummer Night’s Newsletter – July 31 – Aug 6 “Acting Edition!”

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So my sprog, who just turned 13, is part of Performance Work’s Teen Shakespeare production of Midsummer Night’s Dream! And it’s pretty excellent. (I’m not just saying that cause I’m the Dad). All 18 of these teenagers do a marvelous and very impressive job. The costume’s are great and the setting can’t be beat. And it’s free! (you can also shell out $6 for reserved seating – which I would recommend) If you’re looking to spend a nice evening (when you’re not watching movies of course) out of your sweltering house, I’d recommend this for sure! https://www.facebook.com/events/1973055933006772/

New Releases!

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Black Wake – Something in the water is making people turn into the zombies! You know it’s low budget straight to video when it has both Eric Roberts and Tom Sizemore in it!

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DC Comics: Death of Superman – Superman can’t die, he’s Superman! Like, what the what?

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Here and Now – Cool looking HBO show stars Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter as parents of adopted kids from around the world that, for some reason, start to see things that no one else can see. Spooky? I hope so. From Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood).

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Keeping Hours– The always amazing Carrie Coon stars in this little ghost story about a couple who kids dies but then supernatural things start a happenin’.

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Life of the Party – I like Melissa MacCarthy. She’s very funny. But she tends to do a lot of middle of the road comedies that, for some reason, are all directed by her husband. Maybe it’s time to step out and work with someone funny? This one finds her returning to college to get her degree. I hope it’s as funny as that Simpsons episode. “Lousy Dean!”

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Marrowbone – Four siblings, who share a scary secret involving their dead mom, are plagued by terrifying things in the mansion where they, for some reason, all live together. I love a good ghost story and this one gets pretty good reviews. Fingers crossed!

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No Offence – Manchester police drama from across the pond (England)! Folks love these things! I know that I do.

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Revenge – A resourceful woman takes bloody revenge on some scum-bag business men who assaulted her and left her for dead in the desert. Not for everyone, of course, but I’ve heard that it’s a very good revenge thriller.

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The Rider – Award-winning, much ballyhooed drama about a cowboy who suffers a head injury and must reinvent himself in the heartland of America. I’m sure that it’s much better than I just made it sound. Apologies to all of those involved.

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Who’s Watching Oliver? – For fans who like their horror down and dirty and nasty (hello!) comes this debauched tale of a mental patient loner who goes on a “truly shocking and humiliating killing spree” – IMDB. You have been warned.

Coming Soon!

On Chesil Beach
Lowlife
Avengers: Infinity War
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Mr. Mercedes Season 1
The Yellow Birds
Deadpool 2
First Reformed

That’s it for this week folks. Stay hydrated! Go to the beach! Check out the play! Watch movies!

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Black Dog Newsletter July 25 – 31 “So Hot Edition!”

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I don’t need to tell you that it’s damn hot out there. It’s not end of the world hot like Iraq or Armenia or Mercury or Toronto, but it’s still damn hot. I used to love this weather but now, in my elder years, I’m just basically counting down the days until fall. For those of you who like the heat, enjoy! All the best! For me, I’ll be in the dark, air conditioned theatre biding my time.

New Releases!

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Braven – Jason Momoa (Karl Dragon on Game of Thrones) stars in this tense little action thriller about a logging fella who has to defend his family against a pile of dangerous drug running bad guys for some reason.

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Final Portrait – Geoffrey Rush is famous artist Alberto Giacometti who makes Armie Hammer (still one of my favourite names in the biz) sit still long enough to paint his portrait.

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Marcella Season 1– After her husband leaves her, a cop returns to the force to help solve a series of murders in the series of episodes from a swell looking TV show form Britain.

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Tully – Very well reviewed comedy/drama from the Oscar winning team of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody (Juno) finds the amazing Charlize Theron as the mother of 3 – including a fresh baby – being gifted a night nanny (not too sure what that is but I like the sounds of it) from her brother to help out. Comedy hi-jinks, female bonding and life lessons galore, I presume, ensue.

Coming Soon!

Black Wake
The Terror
No Offense Season 1
The Rider
Revenge
Life of the Party
Here and Now Season 1
MCU: Death of Superman
The Keeping Hours
Marrowbone

That’s it for this week folks. We should have a new podcast episode up and running very soon as our boy, Dylan, is no longer technologically challenged and is locked in his hovel hard at work editing!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 18-24 “Stink Flower Edition!”

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So after you’re finished lining up for hours to see a giant flower that smells like a garbage corpse, don’t forget to pop into the Dog to get some fine entertainment to wash out the memory of that highlight of your summer. We have lots of amazing things that don’t require line-ups or an assault on your olfactory senses. (That said I wish I had gone to see the thing)

New Releases

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Chappaquiddick – Drama about that ill fated and mysterious car ride that Ted Kennedy took back in 1969 that ended up in a swamp and a with dead passenger. What happened? Was there a cover-up? Was it the Kennedy curse? Watch and find out! (at Commercial, soon to Cambie)

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Future World – Mad Max knock off finds James Franco driving around looking for a mythical cure for his ailing mother in the wasteland that is our future.

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I Am a Hero – Strange things begin to happen to a guy when, on his way home from work, he witnesses a fatal car crash but then the victim gets up and walks away! Ai Carumba! This one looks pretty cool!

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I Feel Pretty – Amy Schumer falls down and when she awakes she believes she’s the most beautiful woman ever to walk the planet. Comedy hi-jinks and life lessons galore, I presume, ensue.

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Keeping Faith – A small-town pregnant lawyer in Wales investigates the mysterious disappearance of her husband in this fine looking British TV production.

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Like Me – Crazy, violent, fun-looking satire that follows a psychopathic young woman as she documents her killing spree on the social medias – you know, the Facebooks, the Twitters, the Depp Web (and the Deep Web), the Bamboozles, the Shimmy-Shams, the Reddits, and so forth… (at Commercial, soon to Cambie)

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Loch Ness – Another fine British TV series finds a rookie detective trying to find a killer in the famed region of wherever Loch Ness is. And no, Nessie is not a suspect.

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Ready Player One – Senior Speilbergo directs this fun actiony sci-fi thing where, in a Future where everyone is obsessed with 80’s pop culture for some reason, the world sets out to find an Easter Egg (bonus thing) in a game after it’s designer dies. Good fun romp, if not a little too long. Why can’t filmmakers just end their films instead of drawing it out? Come on, Steve!

NOTICE! – Isle of Dogs and Super Troopers 2 are both now available at all Black Dog locations!

Coming Soon!

Tully
Lean on Pete
Madame
Ismael’s Ghosts
Manifesto
Final Portrait

If you’re interested in checking out some of our (mine) favourite movies of the this and other years, check out my letterboxd page here! And also the Black Dog recommends pager here!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 10 – 16 “Free Movie Just for You Edition!”

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Check out this cool looking new local film premiering at the Rio this week (Thursday the 12th). Want to go? We have some free tickets to give away! The first of you fine folks who replies to this newsletter or to our Facebook page and says, “Yes, please” to the tickets will be on the guest list (max 2 per winner). Get those fingers all limbered up. http://riotheatre.ca/movie/the-unseen/

New Releases!

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Escape Plan 2: Hades – Sly Stallone teams up with Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy to break into a fancy prison to find his friend.

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The Expanse Season 3 – This fine sci-fi show just gets better and better.

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Isle of Dogs – Another home-run stop-motion extravaganza from Wes Anderson finds a boy in search of his dog (who’s been sent to an island for bad puppies) in Japan (at Cambie right this minute and hopefully soon to Commercial).

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Rampage – The Rock has to fight a giant monkey, a giant crocodile and a giant flying penguin (or something, maybe a badger?) for some reason in this fun take on the popular video game. Is there anything the Rock can’t do?

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Sneaky Pete: Season 1 – Fine television program that finds an ex-con, on the run from a nasty piece of criminal business, assuming the identity of his former prison cell mate. I can get behind this.

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Super Troopers 2 – Don’t know much about the Super Troopers except that the hi-jinks in this comedy spills across the border into Canada. Expect many maple syrup, RCMP, beaver and nice people jokes. (at Cambie right this minute and hopefully soon to Commercial)

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Truth or Dare – Meh looking horror film about some attractive young people playing a game of truth or dare that turns deadly when someone – or something (Ahhh!) – starts bumping them off.

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The Tunnel Season 3 – Season 3 of the Tunnel. French and English cops get together to solve cross-border crimes. Good stuff.

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Unsane – Nice-looking little mind-bender from great “retired” director Steven Soderburgh finds a troubled woman (Claire Foy) being committed to a mental hospital. Are her delusions in her head or are they something more?

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You Were Never Really Here – This is probably my most anticipated film so far this year. A broken army vet, Joaquin Phoenix, with hammer in hand, takes on the nasty job of tracking down a missing girl. From fine director Lynne Ramsay.

Coming Soon!

Ready Player One
Future World
Lean on Pete
Atlanta Season 1
I Feel Pretty
Disobedience

That’s it for this week, folks. Enjoy these warm summer days. Enjoy these warm summer movies. (If you need some suggestions on what to rent, click here)

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Black Dog Newsletter July 4 – 10 “No Cars For You Edition!”

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This Sunday on the Drive it’s Car Free Day. Please don’t drive your car to Car Free Day. Also 1st Avenue between Clark and Nanaimo is closed for a while so please don’t drive on that street. Maybe just don’t drive, period. Lots of good, tasty treats for you this week!

New Releases!

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Another Wolfcop – Aahwoooo! Its another wolfcop! Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou must stop the evil plans of an evil mastermind who plans on opening up a brewery. Wait, that doesn’t sound very evil.

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Beirut – How do you like you middle eastern political thrillers? With a side of Hamm? Jon Hamm that is! Pretty good flick. Sad to see how that nice city was destroyed.

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Beyond the Hills – Excellent serious drama from Christan Mungiu, (4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, Graduation), about two women who grew up in the same orphanage in Romania. Their relationship gets, shall we say, complicated.

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Double Lover – Fine tight little French thriller from Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, Young and Beautiful) that finds a young woman falling for her psychoanalyst but is he who he appears to be? Maybe. Maybe not.

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Graduation – Excellent serious drama from Christan Mungiu, (4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, Beyond the Hills) about a father and daughter living in Transylvania (yes it’s a real place). She wants to go away for school but an attack jeopardizes her future. It’s up to her dad to sort things out.

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Journey’s End – Heavy WWI war drama about some guys unraveling in a trench in France as the war draws to a close. Trench warfare is not for me, that’s for sure.

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Tag – Nutbar flick from Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club) finds a school girl’s life descending into chaos as everyone around her keeps meeting gruesome fates. I’d like a taste of this piece of crazy candy!

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A Quiet Place – Intense quiet horror film about life in the post-apocalyptic future where monsters with great hearing will kill you if you make any kind of sound. Pretty high on my list of films to watch!

Coming Soon!

Dark Crimes
Isle of Dogs
The Expanse Season 3
Rampage
Sneaky Pete Season 1
The Tunnel Season 3
You Were Never Really Here
Escape Plan 2

That’s it for this week, my lovelies. Make the best of the nice weather during the day and pop into the stores for your nighttime summer film wants and needs.

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Black Dog Newsletter June 26 – July 3 “School’s Out Edition!”

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Yep, it’s that time of year again, the sun is getting hotter, dogs are getting lazier and the sprogs are out for summer vacation. It was the best time of year when I was a kid and it’s still pretty good as an adult, I guess. It’s also the slower time of year for Black Dog so please keep us in mind when it’s rainy or sunny and you need something to do to entertain the little ones. Hope to see you soon and that y’all have an amazing and safe summer!

New Releases!

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As the Gods Will – Bunch of high school kids in Japan are forced to play games where the loser is killed. Sounds a little like Battle Royal. Okay, sounds a lot like Battle Royal.

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Blockers – Bunch of meddling parents get wind of a plan by their kids to lose their virginity on prom night! Of course, they try to “block” them – hence the lame title – and of course, comedy and embarrassing parental situations ensue. Currently at “69” on Metacritic.

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El Sur – Lovely Spanish film from Spain about a little girl that lives in the north and is fascinated with mystical tales of life in the south. From the Criterion collection.

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The Endless – Ooh! I’m very much looking forward to this little horror sci-fi number. A couple of brothers return to the cult they grew up in only to find that the group’s beliefs may not be as crazy as they once thought. Cults, man, I tell ya.

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Gemini – Cool and interesting and cool looking mystery thriller that involves a murder, a famous actress, an over-zealous assistant and a meddling detective. Colour me intrigued!

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The Last Post – Much heralded TV series about a British squad fighting a Yemeni insurgency in the Middle East circa 1965.

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7 Days in Entebbe – Either a coming of age sex-romp about some kids who spend a week frolicking on the beaches of Entebbe or an intense account of that 1976 plane hijacking and the ensuing rescue attempt. Can’t decide which one I’m hoping for.

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Terminal – Sci-fi thingy about the intertwining lives of a couple assassins, a dying teacher, a waitress leading a double life, a weird janitor and a fella controlling events who’s also hell-bent on revenge for some reason.

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Tragedy Girls – Fun, recommended, horror-comedy about a couple of death-obsessed teenage girls who have a show about real-life tragedies that they use to send their little town into a tizzy. I can get behind that.

Coming Soon!

Escape Plan 2: Hades
Beirut
Journey’s End
Another Wolfcop
Where is Kyra?
A Quiet Place
Lean on Pete

That’s it for this week folks. We’re hoping to have a new podcast ready for your eager ears this weekend but I think that Dylan is having some technical issues. Also, we should have it on iTunes very soon as well. So nobody freak out, OK?  http://blackdogvideo.bc.ca/black-dog-after-dark-a-podcast/

And if you need some current suggestions on what to watch, click HERE!

Till next week, my lovelies…

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Black Dog Video Newsletter June 13 – 20 “Junevember Edition!”

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Everyone enjoying the cold dank spring so far? I’m OK with it as the desolate hot and dry Mad Max style summer is lurking in the weeds. Might be a good time to get on down to the Dog and get your movie fix taken care of before it’s too late!

New Releases!

(most are on the shelves at Commercial, all will be available at both stores tomorrow!)

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Bent – Cops and robbers and espionage and shady government creeps are all up to no good!

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Death of Stalin – Steve Buscemi leads a fine cast in the new flick from the fella who made In the Loop and Veep. Chaos and power struggles ensue when Stalin dies leaving a vacancy for the big chair. Heard nothing buy raves about this one and expect to see it on many best of the year lists.

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Doctor Foster – Intense British thriller where a woman suspects her husband is having an affair but that only scratching the surface of this fine TV program.

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In the Dark – Pregnant private investigator must return to her hometown, which she loathes, to solve a mystery involving two missing girls. More fine British TV programs just for you!

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Love, Simon – Excellent comedy, romance, drama about a gay dude trying to hide the fact that he’s a gay dude from everyone he knows.

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Loveless – Heavy-duty, Oscar nominated, Russian drama about a couple going through a divorce when their son vanishes. Sorry folks, but this is only available on the Blu Ray at the moment.

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Manila in the Claws of Light – Famed tough film from the Philippines about a country bumpkin who travels to the big city in search of the woman he loves. Things don’t go as planned. Fresh Criterion release of this fine tense drama.

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November – Strange, surreal film from Estonia set in medieval times about a village that uses magic and folk remedies to survive the nasty winter. May contain werewolves, plagues, spirits and the devil himself!

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Outside In – Nice solid little drama about an ex-con forming a relationship with his ex high-school teacher. Stars the great Edie Falco and one of the Duplass brothers (who also co-wrote it).

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Pacific Rim 2: Uprising – More giant robots fighting huge monsters. I unabashedly loved the first one so I’ll have to get me some more of this in my eyes. Stars John Bodega from Star Wars. And others as well, I assume.

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The Party – New flick from Sally Potter finds Kirsten Scott Thomas hosting a swanky dinner party. Of course things don’t go as planned. Love these type of films!

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Walking Dead Season 8 – More zombies! More baseball bats covered in barbed-wire! More mayhem! Who’s gonna live? Who’s gonna die? Who cares?

Coming Soon!

Unsane
The Endless
Gemini
Terminal
Double Lover

There should be a new podcast available this Sunday. Dead End Drive In is the film in discussion and Dylan assures me that it’s our best one yet! Check it out here!

Have a swell week folks. Talk at you soon.

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Black Dog Newsletter June 6 – 12 “Interesting Things Edition!”

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So some of you may remember a former Black Dogger who goes by the name of Keir-la. She was a staple behind the Cambie desk for many years before she moved onto to bigger and better things. One of those things included writing books. She is hard at work on her second one which is about famed Warren Oates flick, Cockfighter. The reason I mention this is she has an Indigogo campaign to help finance it and I’m here to pass on the important information.

Speaking of important information, our 4th episode of Black Dog After Dark is up and ready to amuse and inform your precious ears. Monkey Shines is the film we riff on. Find out whether or not if it it holds up here!

New Releases

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An Ordinary Man – Sir Ben Kingsley is a war criminal in hiding who’s only contact is his maid. Drama and tension, I presume, ensue.

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Sherlock Gnomes – True story about the time garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, hired private investigator, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the disappearance of other gnomes around town. True story.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night – Sequel to the movie called The Strangers finds a family staying in a secluded trailer park being attacked by masked psychopaths. Good times.

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Tomb Raider – Alicia Vikander takes a stab at the Lara Croft adventure movies in this, from what I’ve heard, fairly good flick that finds her on the hunt for her missing dad. Bonus points for having Walton Goggins in it!

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Wonderstruck – Tale of two kids – one in 1927 and one in 1977 – who are both searching for some missing folks. Possibly Lara Croft’s dad? Stars someone or something called Oakes Fegley.

Coming Soon!

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Love, Simon
Loveless
Death of Stalin
Bent
As the Gods Will
In the Dark

If y’all need some suggestions on what to check out, we got ’em! Right here.

Cheers till next time.

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