The Black Dog Newsletter October 17-23 “Celebrate Good Times Edition!”


You may have it already marked on your calendar, but this Saturday is the 8th annual International Independent Video Store Day! There’s not too many of us left so now’s a good time to get out and celebrate and support your favourite local! We’re doing our best to hang in there and provide all of you lovely humans the best cinema the world has to offer. Pop in this Saturday to enjoy rental deals – rent 2 get a 3rd free, sale offers – all of our $5 sale movies will be 2 for 1, and a cool mystery grab bag full of mysterious cool things that we’ll raffle off. There may even be balloons! Hope to see you there!

Also we have a new episode of our podcast, Black Dog After Dark, up and ready for your eager ears. Listen as Alex, Dylan and I have a few pops and give our thoughts on the classic, Switchblade Sisters!

New Releases!


The Affair Season 4 – I haven’t seen any of this show, although I hear it’s quite good, but I can’t help but think; isn’t 4 years an awfully long time to be having an affair? But what do I know?


Ant Man and the Wasp Lady – The first Ant Man movie was much better than I thought it would be and I hear number 2 is even better. Plus it has a wasp woman!


Boundaries – This sounds appealing – I like both Vera Farmiga and Chris Plummer and I like road trip movies – but word of mouth has it that this one, about a mom and her kid forced to drive her estranged pot-dealing dad across the country, is a bit of a dog. And not a good dog. Who’s a good dog! Not you.


BuyBust – Awkward title can’t slow down the intense awesome action of this “drug cops caught in a deadly maze in the slums of Manila” violent extravaganza. Sounds a bit like The Raid so I’m all in!


Prayer Before Dawn– Heavy intense violent drama tells the true story of an English pugilist incarcerated in a nasty Thai prison who has to fight in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom. I’m on board with this one as well!


We Are the Flesh – Crazy, grim-sounding, maybe even shocking and disturbing, film from Mexico finds two siblings wandering the smoking ruins of a city. One day they stumble across one of the last remaining buildings where a creepy guy lives who makes them some sort of offer….

Coming Soon!

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Mama Mia 2: The Reckoning
Endeavor Season 4
Unfriended: Dark Web
I Think We’re Alone Now

Oh, one more thing, don’t forget the in-store signing next Friday the 26th at 7pm featuring local film hero, Tristan Risk, plus others at the Commercial location. Should be fun!

One also last thing – I hope that you’re following along and enjoying our 31 Days of Halloween recommendations. Good scary thing lie in wait for you!

Enjoy the beautiful weather, you beautiful people, you!

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The Black Dog Newsletter October 10 – 16th “Too Many Things Edition!”

So many lovely things to tell you about this week! I’ll be as brief as possible… October 20th is International Independent Video Store Day! Come celebrate all that is wild and woolly about your favourite local; we’ll have rental and sale deals, giveaways and other things! October 26th pop into the Commercial store at 7pm for an in-store DVD signing with Tristan Risk and a bunch of other fine folks to celebrate Darkside Releasing’s Amazon Hot Box! Also don’t forget to hit up our Facebook or twitter or website for our daily dose of horror recommendations! Whew!

New Releases!


Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie – Nice animated fare featuring the rascally demon hunter, John Constantine.


Dark River – Alice, a wandering sheep-shearer, has been away for 15 years. But with the passing of her father she returns home to claim, what she believes, is her right to the family farm. I wonder if things go smoothly?


Eighth Grade – Excellent film about a young girl trying to survive her last week of a disastrous eighth grade (see title) before she hits the big time in high school.


Hotel Artemis – Cool, weird looking sci-fi number that finds Jodie Foster as a nurse who runs secret, members-only, emergency room for criminals in L.A. sometime in the near future. (should be on the shelves by the end of the week)


Hotel Transylvania 3 – The third Hotel Transylvania movie.


Okja – A young girl risks all she has to prevent her best friend – a giant strange pig-like creature – from being kidnapped by an evil multinational corporation who wants to turn it into food or something.


Skyscraper – The Rock must save his family from the world’s tallest skyscraper which is also on fire. Expect lots of unbelievable stunts and snappy one-liners from the charming mountain of muscles.


Three Identical Strangers – Three identical triplets, who were separated at birth, meet for the first time as adults and then plot their revenge. Not too sure about the revenge part of this documentary but this looks to be quite the fascinating tale.

Coming Soon

Ant Man and the Wasp Woman
Prayer Before Dawn
We Are the Flesh
The Affair Season 4

That’s it for this week, folks. One more tiny thing – we should have a fresh new episode of the podcast ready for you in a few days. Check in here!


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The Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct 3 – 9 “Scaretober Edition!”


Ah, October, where have you been? We missed you with your crisp clean air, chestnuts donging off the roofs of cars and, of course, Halloween, the most magical, wonderful time of the year! As has become somewhat of a tradition around these parts, we here at ye Olde Black Dogge will be serving up a tasty stew of horror movie recommendations! Everyday, starting 2 days ago, we’ll be posting a scary movie recommendation to (maybe) literally scare the pants off of you. We’ll try not to repeat too many suggestions from previous lists but if you’re interested, and I know that you are, click HERE! Happy Shocktober!

New Releases!


Barry – Excellent funny comedy (the best kind!) finds hit-man Bill Hader moving to LA and getting caught up in the live theatre scene.


Blood Fest – Fun-looking horror-comedy about some kids attending a horror festival only to find the diabolical and deadly plans the organizer has for all the attendees.


The First Purge– Ever wonder why or how they started these Purges? Ya, me neither. This is the first one of these that I watched and, except for the bad script, poor acting, nonsensical plot, lame production values, terrible lighting and lack of gratuitous violence, it was great!


Leave No Trace – From Debra Granik, the writer/director of the excellent Winter’s Bone, comes this intense drama about a dad and his daughter living off the grid until something happens that shatters their existence as they know it. Expect to see this one pop up on a lot of best of the year lists, unlike The First Purge.


Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich – A strange evil force makes a bunch of nasty puppets come to life at an auction and start murdering everyone. No, this is not a documentary. Written by the fella who made Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99. So it has that going for it.


Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Very good follow-up to Sicario but without Emily Blunt, it’s a tad too dude heavy for my tastes. That said, and despite a bit too Hollywoody ending, it’s still a solid action thriller. Although I still don’t know what Soldado means. I guess I could look it up.

Coming Soon!

Dark River
Three Identical Strangers
Eighth Grade
Hotel Transylvania 3
Constantine: City of Demons
Shetland Season 4

Also, we’ll be selling a local distributor’s, Darkside Releasing, cool-looking Blue Rays! Check out these nifty looking items pop in for an in-store signing October 26th at the Commercial branch!

That’s it for this week folks! Don’t to check out our podcast here. It’s funny and informative and well, funny anyways.

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31 Days of Halloween – 2018

We here at Black Dog love the horror genre and are terribly excited to share our favourite terror-filled films with you. So it’s become a (somewhat) tradition that we concoct a very nice list of horror films to be celebrated during the month of October! Everyday we’ll recommend a sweet little number guaranteed (no actual guarantee) to flip your hair back and scare the pants off of you (figuratively and hopefully, literally!) Enjoy!

October 1st


Hereditary – I thought that since this is a new list for this year, we’d start with what is probably going to end up being the best horror film of 2018. Part dour family drama, part haunted house dealy part, well I don’t want to give anything away suffice to say that what starts out as a slow burn ends with an intense crazy, if somewhat derivative, ending. Great performances throughout. Looking forward to seeing what this guy does next!

October 2nd


The Innocents (1961) – Let us step back in time a few years for an amazing tight little ghost story. Based on Henry James story Turn of the Screw, Deborah Kerr is the ward of a couple of youngin’s at a giant house with big gardens. But something’s not right! Is it haunted? Are their ghosts? Well, I’m not one to spoil anything but… It would make a great double bill with another fine ghost story from around the same time that will appear later on this list.

October 3rd


Baskin –  Strap yourself in for a weird, gross ride into the pits of hell! No we’re not going to Denny’s, we’re watching a bunch of Turkish cops set out to investigate some goings on out at a large country estate. But what they find there is a stairway to hell! It’s revolting, debauched, bloody and even a tad repulsive. And fun did I mention fun?! (I guess it would also depend on your definition of fun.)

October 4th


The Others – I love a good haunted house movie. Have I mentioned that? And here’s an excellent little number that finds Nicole Kidman and her two kids living in an old dark manor house out in the country (sounds eerily familiar!) who come to believe that their house is haunted. Is it? Well, I’ll never tell.

October 5th


Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956/1978 – It’s not often the remake of a great film equals or betters the original but here’s the exception to the rule. I remember watching the original on TV when I was a kid – I didn’t really get the communism allegory at the time – but it freaked my crazy beak right out the door! It was like a giant game of Spider but with stakes being much higher. The remake, which features a nice little cameo but Kevin McCarthy – star of the original, held up it’s end of the bargain and heightened the paranoid horror. Props for having the better ending of the two as well (it also made me look at capers in a different light!) .

October 6th


The Wicker Man – I remember catching this on late night TV when I was but a youngin’ and I couldn’t believe what I was watching! Strange rituals and masks, naked women, singing and dancing and that ending, holy hotdogs! Such a great creepy experience. The remake is fun on its own because it’s so absurd and poorly made and over-acted (looking at you, Mr. Cage). But for good chills, stick with this classic.

October 7th


Raw – Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving everyone!. On the menu for tonight is a tasty little number from France. A nice vegetarian girl from the countryside goes off to veterinarian school and soon develops a tasty craving for the joys of the flesh. I won’t say anymore about this fine film except bon appetit!

October 8th


Ghost Stories

Everyone likes a good ghost story, right? Well here’s a nice little anthology movie dealy from England! Three spooky tales are book-ended by another scary story. Usually in these types of affairs not all the of the tales are quality but the three on display here are all top notch. My only complaint is that I wanted more out of each. The wrap-around story is just OK as well but there’s lots of good scares here!

October 9th


Drag Me to Hell

Sam Raimi has made some of my favourite movies (Evil Dead II can’t be beat) and this is among his very best. I just re-watched it on the weekend (probably scarring my 13 year-old son in the process) and loved it all over again! It is simply a perfect film. It balances the comedic elements (which there are many) with the terrifying parts (which there are many!). Best old hag fight sequence ever laid down on film!

October 10th


The Haunting (1963)

I’m a sucker for a good haunted house or ghost story and this is one of my all-time favourites.. Based on the Shirley Jackson book, The Haunting of Hill House,  the story is simple – Some folks spend some time in the in an awesomely creepy old mansion to see if it’s haunted. This black and white masterpiece is a master class in the use of sound and editing to heighten the scares. So good.

October 11th


Tucker and Dale vs Evil

A couple of lovable hillbillies head to their cabin where they run into a bunch of preppy college kids who assume they are redneck maniac chainsaw-wielding murderers. Much hi-jinks, hilarity and gross gory deaths ensue. This totally fun take on the cabin in the woods scenario is a hoot. And it’s Canadian!

October 12th



A woman, who recently lost her unborn child and husband, really wants another woman’s unborn child. And I mean really really wants it! This film is bonkers! It’s as intense and gory as anything I’ve ever seen. Man, I want to watch this again! But be warned, if you’re pregnant, about to be pregnant, know someone is pregnant or know what the word pregnant means, this might not be for you! Or it might!

October 13th


Under the Shadow

When was the last time you saw a ghost story from Iran? Well here’s your chance! Not only do a mom and her daughter have to worry about living in war-torn, post-revolution Tehran in the 1980’s, but they also have to deal with a terrifying presence in their home. Very effective chiller. Check this one out!

October 14th



Whoever thought a film about a haunted mirror could ever work? Well Mike Flanagan sure did (he’s behind the new adaptation of the Haunting of Hill House – better be good, Flanagan!). And he was right. A pair of siblings attempt to destroy a sinister mirror – one that shows you things that aren’t there, which is very scary in itself, that was responsible for the death of their parents. Great tense atmosphere add to the chilling fun!

October 15th


The Changeling

Another great haunted house film! I think one of the key factors in this genre is to have an amazing house to start with. And then add George C. Scott. Shot here in Vancouver (and Victoria) but set in Seattle the tale tells of a guy who, well, moves into a haunted mansion. That’s about it. It’s a very well done, tense chiller. Reportedly based on a true story!

October 16th


The Beyond

A woman inherits an old mansion in Louisiana (of course) that happens to be built atop one of the 7 gateways to hell (I imagine there’s one in Surrey as well – aaoo!). Lucio Fulci’s fun, barely-coherent, poor-acted piece of awesomeness takes such delight in staging weird, crazy murders it makes up for all that it’s lacking. The scene with a bunch of tarantulas is the highlight (for me at least)!

October 17th


The Burning

I could riff on The Burning of weed or maybe suggested some marijuana themed horror movies (if there are any) because, as of today, weed is legal in Canada! But, whatever. I remember seeing this nasty little shocker way back in the 80s and it’s reputation has grown since then. A caretaker is horrible burned when a prank by some unruly teenagers goes wrong. Of course the only course of action is to get some garden shears and seek revenge! Features spectacular gore effects from the master, Tom Savini.

October 18th



More Evil Dead II and Dead Alive than a straight up horror film, New Zealand’s Deathgasm is a riotous mix of heavy metal (a song is used to invoke a nasty demon that makes everyone go crazy) and blood and guts (and lots of it!). It’s a fun blast of a party movie and with a description such as this – Suddenly, they are attacked by Brodie’s uncle Albert and his wife Mary who have also been possessed, but manage to kill them using three dildos and a chain saw! – one can’t really go wrong.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Sept 26-Oct 2nd “We’re Back, Again, Baby!”


So after being chained up in the Black Dog basement subsiding only on a thin gruel of rotten potatoes and children’s tears while working feverishly on getting the next episode of the podcast ready, Dylan has declared, “Success! Huzzah! “Hey can you let me out of here now?” Josie guests as we drink and riff on the film One From the Heart. Take an ear listen here!

Also, as you know, the month of October is almost upon us. And also, as you know, that means Halloween and watching scary films! Scaretober or Shocktober if you will! Starting on the 1st, we’ll be publishing a scary movie recommendation everyday. You can follow along on the Facebooks, the Twitters or the Instagrams – black_dog_video! I’ll also put it up on the website. Should be fun!

New Releases!


Billions Season 3 – Season 3 of the TV show Billions.


Gotti – Travolta is Gotti! You remember, that lovable murderous crime boss from back in the day? Ya, that guy.


Housewife – New film from the director of the crazy Turkish flick, Baskin! A woman, who was traumatized as a kid when her mom butchered her dad and sister, grows up and joins a mysterious cult. Heard this is a good slow burn with a nutty finale that may or may not involve tentacles.


Indian Horse – Excellent Canadian First Nations film finds Saul Indian Horse battling racism and residential schools in the 1970’s to become a star hockey player.


Izzy Gets the F%#k Across Town – Fun-looking little comedy finds Izzy, at a low ebb in her life, trying to get across LA to crash her ex’s engagement party. I love these type of flicks.


Occupation – Aliens attack, folks fight back.


The Seagull – Fine cast – Elizabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, others – star in this Checkov adaptation about some people visiting some other people.


Star Wars: A Solo Story – Hum-drum Star Wars tale about when Hand Solo hooked up with Chewbacca for the first time and did the Kessle run in under 9 parsecs. Why did they make this movie, again?

Coming Soon!

Sicario: Day of The Soldado
The First Purge
Leave No Trace
Barry Season 1
Blood Fest
Puppet Master: Littlest Reich

That’s it for this week, kids. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather on your way to Black Dog to get your beautiful movies!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter September 19th – 25th “Sweet Swag Edition!”


So we’re working hard to get some new sweet swag back into the stores for you very soon! We have a couple new T-shirts being designed by our uber-talented staff, we’re hoping to have more lovely Studio Ghibli stuff back in stock and we’re going to be bringing in some cool art things to sell from a local artist hero! Stay tuned for details!

New Releases!


Adventure Time: Final Seasons – The end of this fine hilarious creative weird series. We still sing the “makin bacon” song at home.


Bleeding Steel – Latest Jackie Chan kicked in the groin action comedy martial arts extravaganza.


Damsel – Weird and strange neo-western finds Robert Pattinson (shiny vampire) traversing the wild wild west in search of his love, Penelope.


Last Movie Star – Burt Reynold’s (RIP) last film. He’s an aging former hunky movie star who must come to the realization that he’s now a broken down old man. I here ya, Burt…


The Looming Tower – Mini-series depicting the events leading up to that fateful day in September all those years ago. I wonder if it touches on some of the conspiracy theories – inside job, aliens, manatees etc, that made the rounds on the internets?


Yellow Birds – Two young soldiers try to survive the Iraq War. Much drama and war shenanigans, I presume, ensue.


X-Files Season 11 – You still believe, Mulder? I guess so or we wouldn’t still be getting more episodes (for better or for worse) of this series.

Coming Soon!

American Horror Story: Cult
Star Wars: A Solo Story
The Seagull
Billions Season 3
The Occupation
Preacher Season 3

That’s it for this week, folks. Here’s a link to a whole page of recommendations of all kinds! Enjoy responsibly. Stay dry, stay warm and remember, keep watching..

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Black Dog Video Newsletter September 12-18 “It’s a Date Edition!”


Some dates to jot down in your calendar, your magic phone, in the clouds, the dark web or wherever you keep your dates ~ Sept 18th and 19th – The Cambie store will be closed from noon till 5pm as a film crew is taking over the space. If anyone want to be an extra, contact Ben at Also, October 20th is International Independent Video Store Day! Not too sure yet what we’re going to do for it yet but it’ll be something nice and spicy.

New Releases!


Handmaid’s Tale Season 2– The second depressing season of this excellent show. A scary show for these scary times. We’ve only one copy with more on the way so please be patient and don’t freak out.


Jurassic World: Too Many Dinosaurs! – These movies aren’t particularly good but I do love dinosaurs and I do enjoy watching them eat people so I’ll give this one a spin.


Looking Glass– Nicolas Cage buys a motel where strange things are a happenin!


The Miniaturist – British drama finds a woman living in 17th century Amsterdam who has a fella make her miniatures of things she likes but soon they start to foreshadow events in her life. Sounds eerie!


Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge – Very interesting looking doc about the famed magazine and all it’s rock and roll glory and such. It’s a two-parter as it’s almost 5 hours long. I’m game! You?


Siberia – Canoe Reeves travels to Siberia to look for his business partner. But of course, things don’t go as planned. Or do they? Probably not.


Silicon Valley Season 5 – Season 5 of Silicon Valley.


Stranger Things Season 2 – More spooky going’s on in this fun throwback monster horror chiller.


Superfly – Remake of the fab 70’s Blacksploitation classic set in modern times with a modern rap music sound-track!


Trolled – Trolls are hot right now, for some reason, so here’s another animated thing to keep your kids occupied while you do other, say, more adult stuff.

Coming Soon!

Bleeding Steel
Fahrenheit 451
Looming Tower
American Horror Story: Cult
Americans Season 6
Star Wars: A Solo Story
Izzy Gets the F*%k Across Town

One more thing before I let you get back to your real lives – we should have a new podcast up soon! Dylan is hard at work in the Black Dog Basement putting it together. Wish him good tidings!

And if you need some recommendations on what to watch, well here ya go!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter September 5 – 11 “Finally! Edition!”


The summer is finally winding down, the kids are finally back to school and we can finally breathe in relative safety. I love the fall – the crisp air, cool nights, Halloween, hearty stouts. Bring it on!

Word of note – the Cambie store will be closed Tuesday September 18th and Wednesday September 19th from noon till 5pm each day. There’s a film crew taking over the spot but they should have everything wrapped up by 5pm. Sorry for the inconvenience.

New Releases!


Beast – Cool, tough British flick about a woman torn between her oppressive family and the loner dude who just blew into town who may or may not be a killer! (should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)


Ghost Stories – The title pretty much tells you what you need to know – three (I think 3) ghostly tales guaranteed to shiver your timbers. (should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)


Happy End – New film from Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Piano Teacher) stars the always great Isabelle Huppert as a member of a family with secrets. Can’t wait. (should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)


Headshot – I’m just going to post the awesome description from the IMDB for this one – Uwais (The Raid) plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.


Hereditary – The best horror, and one of the best films, of the year finds Tony Colette and Gabriel Byrne as the mom and dad of a family that has a history of, shall we say, bad luck. A nice slow burn the builds to a great (if not a tad derivative) last act. Loved it.


Ocean’s 8 – It’s the ladies turn for the heist hoo-haw! Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bulloch, Anne Hatheway and at least 5 other women are getting together for a nice caper at the yearly Met gala. Looks like fun!

Coming Soon!

Silicon Valley S5
Adventure Time: Final Season
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Dark River
American Horror Story: Cult

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay tuned for some cool upcoming lists that we’re putting together! Hopefully this time next week we’ll have the Black Dog staff’s picks for favourite movies of the 1990s! Until then, keep watching!

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Black Dog Newsletter August 29 – September 4 “Summer Lovin’ Happened So Fast Edition!”


We managed to get out of town for a brief vacation last week and despite cancelled flights, smoky smoke, Plus 10 air quality (or the equivalent of smoking 7 cigarettes, 2 spliffs or a small bag of hair), questionable tacos and spending time with the family, it was pretty nice. But we’re back this week with a fresh new bumper crop of fine films for you to wind the summer down with. Please enjoy responsibly.

New Releases!


Adrift – Couple meet, fall in love, go on a boating adventure, almost drown. I love these kinds of disaster at sea films – see All is Lost – as I’m terrified of large bodies of water. Not for all the money in the world.


American Animals – Fun-looking caper thriller about 4 young dudes with nothin but time on their hands who decide to pull an audacious heist – stealing some old books from the library! Available at Commercial and soon at Cambie.


Ash Vs Evil Dead S 3 – – Man, I love this show! It’s hilarious, it’s really gross and it has Bruce Campbell! Trifecta! I believe this is the last season so enjoy it while you can!


Disobedience – – From the director of the Oscar winning A Fantastic Woman comes this romantic dramatic drama that finds a woman returning to her Orthadox Jewish community that shunned her for being attracted to another woman. Stars the great Rachel Weisz and the fine Rachel McAdams. That’s a lot of Rachels!


A Fantastic Woman – – From the director of the fine film Disobedience (as well as very fine film Gloria) comes the winner for best foreign film at this year’s Oscars! A transgendered woman deals with life and death and other things. Only available on the Blu Ray.


First Reformed – A nice comeback for Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, The Canyons) finds Ethan Hawke as a priest who gets bummed out with the mounting despair of the world around him. Heard that this is pretty great.


Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami – Cool doc about the wild and wonderful and sometimes terrifying Grace Jones! Available at Commercial and soon at Cambie.


RBG – Pretty good doc about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Check it out and you’ll understand why the kids are all chanting “RBG! RBG!”


Tag – A bunch of handsome emotionally stunted men (Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnston) carry on a life long game of tag. Actually based on a true story. Not that it would make it any better…


The Terror – Think sea men and monsters don’t mix? Think again! A couple of ships – one called The Terror – who’d go on a ship called The Terror! – become stuck in the polar ice on an expedition. Things go from bad to worse to…


Will You Be My Neighbor? – Excellent doc about Mr. Rogers. Guarenteed to jerk tears from your eye ducts.


Zama – From the director of The Headless Woman and The Holy Girl, comes this cool-looking tale of Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer in the 17th century who awaits a transfer to Buenos Aires. Man, I made that sound boring. Apologies to the de Zama family.

Coming Soon!

Oceans 8
Happy End
Ghost Stories

That’s it for this week my lovelies. Lots of good things for you to watch this long weekend. Check out this here link if you don’t believe me!

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


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!


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?


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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
Summer of 84
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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