Black Dog Video Newsletter September 19-25 “Times are a Changin’ Edition!”

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So big changes are going down over at the Cambie location! This week will see the departure of both Becky and Mike as they’ll be moving on to bigger and better things! We will be welcoming Avash and Naomi into the Black Dog family. Make them feel welcome and at home please.

New Releases!

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The Bad Batch – From the woman who made the fine vampire flick, Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night, comes this almost really good tale of Arlen, a young woman banished to the wastelands of a future Texas inhabited by cannibals and Keanu Reeves. The first act is outstanding but then it falls apart a bit near the end.

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The Big Sick – Excellent comedy/drama finds a Pakistani guy falling for a white grad student. Culture clashes, a mysterious illness and some tough parents liven up the proceedings.

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Bluebeard – A dude begins to suspect that his landlord and son are actually serial killers in this fine looking thriller from South Korea. Never trust your landlord.

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I, Daniel Blake – A guy who recently suffered a heart attack must fight the bureaucratic forces that be to get the help that he needs in this latest heavy-duty drama from Ken Loach. Dylan over at Commercial says it’s the best film of 2017 so far! A bold statement.

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It Comes at Night – As an unnatural threat looms outside, a couple of families struggle to maintain a sense of civility inside their desolate house. Or something like that. Heard very good things about this little shocker.

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Mune – French animated family fare finds a faun named Mune being put in charge of the moon’s well being. Some other things happen as well.

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The Other Side – Fascinating, maybe even somewhat disturbing to some, documentary about some gun and drug obsessed misfits who live on the fringes of Louisiana society. RJ over at Cambie says it’s outstanding and that you should put this one on your list.

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Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in this actiony-type adventure! I’ve heard that this is actually quite good.

Coming Soon!

Transformers
47 Metres Down
The Devil’s Candy
Pirates of the Caribbean
Book of Henry
Ghost Story
American Horror Story S 6
Cult of Chucky

Lots of great recommendations for your viewing pleasure can be found with a click of a button!

Have a great week! Rent some great films!

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Black Dog Newsletter September 12 – 18 “We’re On It Edition!”

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In response to the survey that many of you kindly filled out – thanks again – one thing that we’re going to try and do better is bring in more interesting smaller films of high quality. I have my crack staff combing the globe for the best in what cinema has to offer. The cool titles have already started rolling in!

Oh I should also mention, those LED and Glow-in-the-Dark fidget spinners I ordered back in May finally showed up and are on sale at the Commercial store. And they’re cheap! If anyone want some at Cambie, I can bring them over. Just let me know.

New Releases!

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After the Storm – From the great Kore-eda (Like Father Like Son, Nobody Knows) comes this, some might say timely, drama about a guy getting reacquainted with his estranged family following a big storm. Of course this will be excellent.

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Ash v Evil Dead Season 2 – Another wonderful season finds the wonderful Bruce Campbell fighting off those pesky Deadites in season 2 of this fine, fun show!

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Captain Underpants – A couple of pranksters hypnotize their principal into believing he’s famed, dim-witted superhero, Captain Underpants. I remember reading this stuff to my sprog when he was of age. Good for the young-ins.

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Deutschland 83 – Excellent Cold-War thriller TV show finds a plucky 24 year-old dude from East Germany infiltrating the West German army in 1983. Heard nothing but great things.

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Living is Easy with Eyes Closed – Very nice Spanish film about a teacher who picks up a couple of hitchhiker’s on his way to, hopefully, meet John Lennon. Sounds like one of those fine life-changing, crowd-pleasing, road-trip movies popular at film festivals.

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Lowriders – No, not a movie about those sexy low-cut pants but a tough family drama set in the low-rider car-culture of East Los Angeles.

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Megan Leavey – Kate Mara stars with a smart dog in this true-story about a soldier and her smart dog performing heroic feats in Iraq. Not too sure who Megan Leavey is. I hope that’s the dog’s name.

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The Mummy – Tom Cruise tries to jump-start the Universal Monster series with this tepid re-telling of the mummy tale. Look for this one to show up on many worst of the year lists.

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Neither Heaven Nor Earth – Cool-looking mystery chiller about some French soldiers in Afghanistan who start to disappear into the desert with no explanation. Spooky!

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Raw – Fun-looking horror film about a vegetarian who develops an insatiable taste for the meat after undergoing a traumatic hazing ritual at a vet school. Pop this into your player, throw a couple of steaks on the barbie (rare, please!), sit back and dig in!

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Swallows and Amazons – Family fare finds some children on holiday who start a “war” with some other children on an island. Ah, kids and their war games. Based on the book of the same name.

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This is Us Season 1 – Much acclaimed TV series follows a bunch of people, all with the same birthdays for some reason, who cross paths throughout their lives.

Coming Soon!

Wonder Woman
It Comes at Night
The Bad Batch
The Big Sick
The Dinner
The Other Side
Tale of Love and Darkness

With back to school fall-ness in the air I thought I should mention that we have some swell lunch boxes to carry your edibles in! How cool would you look with one of these?!

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Have a great week, y’all. Talk soon. xoxo

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Sept. 5-11 “Back to School Edition!”

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The kids are back in school (and there was much rejoicing!), the air is thick with smoke and the New Releases are a bit thin – must be the first week of September! I’m not too sure why but this particular week has traditionally been slow for new stuff. But don’t fret! There’s piles of great titles on the way! Might be a good time to brush up on some fine older fare?

New Releases!

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All Eyez on Me – Nice-looking bio-pic (if bio-pics are your thang) about rapper icon fella Tupac Shakur. Not starring a hologram but an actual human! I assume the movie explains why “Eyez” is spelling with a Z?

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Broadchurch Season 3 – Cool beans! A fine, if not a bit grim from what I’ve been told, new season of this most excellent show!

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Oprah (Winfrey) stars in this bio-pic (for those who enjoy bio-pics) about an African-American woman who unwittingly became a pioneer in the medical field when her cells were used to create the first immortal cell line in the 1950s. The future, today!

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The Last Face – A couple of good-looking, well meaning folks – Charlize and Javier – work and romance together in Africa while trying to do some good. Directed by Sean Penn.

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Silicon Vally Season 4 – A fine season 4 for this fine, funny show. Check out the Daniel Clowes box art!

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Veep Season 6 – A fine season 6 for this fine, funny show! If only Daniel Clowes did the box art!

Coming Soon!

Ash v Evil Dead S2
David Lynch: The Art of Life
The Mummy
This is Us S1
Lowriders
Megan Leavey
It Comes at Night
Bluebeard
City of Tiny Lights
The Dinner
The Other Side
Tale of Love and Darkness
Neither Heaven Nor Earth

In these hot and dreary times, one must take solace and coolness when one can find it. Might we recommend some films that might help lower the temperature for you? Check these frosty titles out!

Alive
Cold Prey
The Ice Storm
Let the Right One In
The Thing
Fargo (TV series as well!)
The Gold Rush
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The Shining

I hope these chill you down. If you need more, current, suggestions please click this here button.

Talk at you next week!
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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 29- Sept 4 “I’m Melting Edition!”

It’s too hot, dawg…

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Holy hotdogs, when is this summer going to end?! Is this the way it’s going to be from now on? End of days, my friends. But before we all perish, let’s watch some movies!

New Releases

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Author: The JT Leroy Story – Excellent, odd and intense doc about famous author JT Leroy, who was actually a pseudonym created by Laura Albert.

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Creepy – Nice looking and, well, creepy number from Japanese master Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse) finds some unsettling going-ons as an ex-detective looks into the mysterious case of a family who disappeared 6 years earlier. Sign me up!

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Disneynature – Born in China – Hmm what animal, born in China, do you suppose this little doc is about? You guessed it!

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Girls: The Final Season – Last season of Girls, it seems.

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Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers – Sequel to the amazing Goon from a couple of years ago finds our favourite goon facing retirement when a new tough goon appears on the scene. There’s always going to be another tough guy my mom used to tell me.

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Grantchester Season 3 – More fun from England finds a clergy fellow helping to investigate some evil doings up in the hamlet of Grantchester. They also stand around with their hands in their pockets which not only cool, but it’s quite comfortable.

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My Cousin Rachel – Nice creepy little thriller finds the lovely and talented Rachel Weisz as a cousin named Rachel who may or may not have killed her cousin’s wife.

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Paris Can Wait – Eleanor Coppola (yes, related) directs Diane Lane as she drives Alec Baldwin around France for some reason.

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Right Now, Wrong Then – Excellent new film from the director of In Another Country finds a film director falling for a young painter, twice.

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Rough Night – Scar-Jo, a lady Ghostbuster and one Broad City find themselves in hilarious hijinks after they, and some other friends, hire a male-stripper for a bachelorette and things go terribly wrong.

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Wakefield – Bryan Cranston snaps and then goes and lives in the attic above his garage where he observes his family without their knowledge. Not a comedy.

Coming Soon!

Broadchurch Season 3
This is Us Season 1
Lowriders
Megan Leavey
The Mummy
It Comes at Night
Last Face
All Eyez on Me
Ash v Evil Dead Season 2

Thanks to all that filled out our online survey last week. It has been very helpful and encouraging. I’ll have some hard paper copies in the store very soon if you’re so inclined. If you missed the online version you can still participate here!

Need some recommendations? We’ve got ya covered. Click here!

Stay hydrated and cool my friends! Together we can beat this heat!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 22-28 “Survey Says Edition!”

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I hope that everyone survived the eclipse yesterday. No seared retinas. I thought it was was pretty neat. Speaking of pretty neat, we finally got that survey put together I’ve been yaking about for the past several weeks. If you can, take a moment and check it out here and let us know what you think! Please be nice. We’ll have some paper copies in the stores shortly as well for those less inclined to internet.

New Releases!

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Batman and Harley Quinn – More animated shenanigans finds the Batman teaming up with The Joker’s lady-friend, Ms Quinn, to fight some other evil bad guys.

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Baywatch – Two of the most unattractive guys on the planet Earth, The Rock and Zac Efron (just kidding, these two hunks just ooze beefcake out of their tanned, buff pores – man, that actually sounds pretty gross), resurrect the stiff bloated corpse of that mediocre TV show from the 80’s that made The Hoff so big in Germany.

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Below Her Mouth – Steamy, sexy lesbian fare (use your imagination about the title – use it!) finds a couple of women getting involved in some steamy sexy situations.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – More if the same – but this time louder, more garish and less of a story – finds our heroes hanging out with Snake Plissken on a distant planet while also saving the universe and other things.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 – The gang have to deal with another enemy in the form of a tough guy with a barbed wire-encrusted baseball bat who threatens their existence. Oh ya, and zombies! But just don’t call them zombies.

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Wildlike – The always-excellent Bruce Greenwood as a lone backpacker in the Alaskan wilderness who befriends a runway teenager. Heard very good things about this lovely number.

Coming Soon!

Girls S6
Grantchester Season 3
Ash v Evil Dead Season 2
My Cousin Rachel
All Eyez on Me
Rough Night
Meagan Leavey
Raw
Homeland Season 6

Lots of great stuff to check out in these waning days of summer. Don’t believe me? Check out our selections for you right here!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and (hopefully) fill out the survey. Have a great week and we’ll talk at you in seven days!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 15-21 “Summertime Fun on Cambie Edition!”

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Seems that there’s a doin’s a transpiring over yonder in the Cambie hood this Saturday (19th)! Plenty of fun activities are to be had including lots of great music (The Paperboys, the Shenanigans), tasty food for your mouth and interesting things such as a moustache growing competition and axe-throwing at your neighbour (I may have made those last two up). Fun for the entire family – even crotchety old Uncle Ned! Drop by the Cambie Black Dog and scoop up 3 movies for the price of 2! It’s gonna be a great day so help make it better by getting in on all the action.

New Releases

 

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Alien: Convent – A starship full of ninja space-nuns, who are out on a space mission from God, crashes on a planet filled with the nasty aliens. Mayhem ensues. Or so this instalment of the Alien franchise would have gone if I had written it. I think it’s actually called Covenant which is boringly named after the ship that a bunch of idiots drove to a planet filled with you-know-who(s).

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Amnesia – Barbet Schroeder (Barfly) is back with this tale of a DJ who travels to Ibiza to dj and becomes friends with a solitary older woman who has lived there for many years. Techno music and some soul searching, I presume, ensue.

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Blind – This one looks unintentionally hilarious ~ Alec Baldwin plays a guy blinded in a car crash who then carries on an affair with a married Demi Moore. Watch at your own risk.

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The Dressmaker – Sexy Kate Winslet returns to her hometown somewhere in Australia to seek some sort of revenge on those who did her wrong in the past and to also make some nice dresses.

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Everything Everything – Young adult novel fodder finds a teenage girl, who can’t leave her house for some reason, falling for the cute boy next door. Does she take a chance on romance and get outside to have life-changing experiences? I dunno, probably.

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A Quiet Passion – Miranda from Sex and the City plays Emily Dickinson (E-Dick to her friends) in this nice looking bio-pic from director Terence Davies (Deep Blue Sea – not the one with Sam Jackson being eaten by a shark, the other one).

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Riverdale Season 1 – This ain’t your daddy’s Archie! Drugs, sex, murder and some profanity all figure in to this “modern edgy update” on the comic of your youth. Or at least my youth. I hear it’s actually quite good!

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Unforgettable – Another one of those “unstable woman makes life hell for her ex and his new lady-friend” thrillers. Why Rosario Dawson, why? There’s a joke to be had in the title me thinks…

Coming Soon!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Inconceivable
My Cousin Rachel
Baywatch
Walking Dead S7
Ash v Evil Dead S2
Disneynature: Born in China
Bluebeard
Moments of Clarity
Below Her Mouth
Wildlike
City of Tiny Lights

Recommendation? We have a few…push this button.

Last week we spoke of a nice little survey we’d to get into your hands this week but events have conspired against us and it looks like we’ll have it ready – in-store and online – by this time next week. Carry on.

That’s it for this week, folks. Hope to see you out in the Cambie Village this weekend – and over on Commercial as well of course. Cheerio!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 8-14 “Quiz Show Edition!”

Here at Black Dog laboratories we’re always trying to come up with fantastic new ideas to make your video store experience that much more rewarding. So we thought who better to ask what you love and maybe love-less about Black Dog then you! Yes you and even you! We’re currently throwing together a short quiz/questionnaire/compendium to see what you think we do well and what we lack (I imagine this area will be blank:) and what kind of things you’d like from your favourite video store in the future. Look for this in next week’s edition as well as in the stores.

New Releases!

 

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Big Little Lies – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley are 3 moms who may or may not get caught up in a murder! A murder most foul in this excellent series from the HBOs.

Billions: Season 2 – Season 2 of this fine tight drama about a sleazy money guy and the district attorney who tries to bring him down. Stars the Paul Giamatti and the Damian Lewis.

Diary of  Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – More things happen to this wimpy kid and his family.

Fortitude Season 2 – More murder (most foul probably) on the arctic circle!

Going in Style – Remake of the fine 1970’s comedy caper that finds three old goats – Freeman, Arkin and Caine – deciding to rob a bank. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Guy Ritchie directs that other guy from Sons of Anarchy (you know, the guy with the dubious acting chops) in yet another retelling (I bet it’s very flashy and exciting with a contemporary music score!) of the legend of Art.

Snatched – Goldie Hawn is Amy Schumer’s mom in the comedy that finds them going on a tropical vacation together where they get mixed up in all kinds of hijinks!

The Wall – Doug Liman (Swingers, Edge of Tomorrow) directs this tense little thriller about a couple of army men who get trapped by a sniper behind a crumbling wall somewhere in the desert (one that a war is a-happening).

Coming Soon!

Alien: Convenant
Everything Everything
Riverdale Season 1
City of Tiny Lights
Bluebeard
Blind
Amnesia
Below Her Mouth

Need some help deciding what to watch? We can help. Check out this here link for new stuff and this other link for older things you may enjoy.

Have a great week, hope to see your lovely smiles in the stores soon.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 1 – 6 “We’re Back in Black (Dog) Edition!”

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I just returned from a couple of weeks off for some much needed R and R. It was nice to get away and forget about the troubles for a while. But I’m back and ready to face the future and fight the good fight. To be honest it’s been a tough summer for your favourite video store. We’ve been taking a beating with this extraordinary hot, sunny weather and all. We could really use your help. If you like what we do and want us to continue on, please drop by and rent some great things, buy a T-shirt, hoodie or whatever. Anything helps. Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! We’re counting on all of you!

Some New Stuff!

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Buster’s Mal Heart – Mr. Robot (Rami Malek) is on the run from the authorities after chatting with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter. Sounds and looks like this could be quite terrific. Also stars everyone’s favourite DJ, DJ Qualls! On my list of things to see for sure.

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The Circle – Tom Hanks is some sort of tech guru who runs a powerful company at that may or may not be evil or good (probably evil knowing Tom Hanks). Emma Watson goes to work at what she thinks is her dream job. But is everything as it seems? I dunno.

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Colossal – Anne Hathaway is a party girl who has some strange connection to a giant monster that’s ravaging Seoul, South Korea in this cool-looking sci-fi monster comedy. On my list this one is!

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The Expanse Season 2 – Fine TV spacey show with great special effects and Thomas Jane sporting a weird haircut.

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The Lovers – Very good (from what I hear) drama about a couple – Debra Winger and Tracey Letts – who are both having affairs while their marriage crumbles around them. But then something sparks the romance…On my list of films to check out!

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Prime Suspect – Tennison – Prequel to the great Dame Helen Mirren detective drama. Here she’s a young 22 year-old probationary officer working her way up the ranks in the 1970s. Loved the original series so I’ll have to put this one on my list of things to see!

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Shin Godzilla – Man, I’ve been waiting for this one for quite a while, being the the big Godzilla fan that I am. Don’t know the plot but I bet it involves another monster or two wrecking some Japanese cites and it’s up to Big G save the day. No need to tell you that this is high on my list of things I need to see!

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Song to Song – Wow, Terrence Malick just can’t stop making films these days! Great cast – Fassbender, Portman, Mara and Canada’s own baby goose, Ryan Gosling portray folks caught up in Austin’s music scene. I think that I’ll put this one on my list as well. Looks like I’m going to be busy of the next while.

Coming Soon!

Fortitude S2
The Dressmaker
A Quiet Passion
Amnesia
Below Her Mouth
Big Little Lies S1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Going in Style
King Arthur
Snatched

We have so many great flicks, new and old, I can’t even begin! But you can start right here with oodles of recommendations!

That’s it for this week folks. Stay cool, stay golden.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 11 – 17 “Dog Days Edition!”

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There seems to be no end in sight to this torrential sunshine we’ve been slogging through. Winter is coming, right? Anyhow, celebrate the dog days of summer by renting some great movies and TV shows! It’s the right thing to do!

I will be out of the office for the next couple of weeks so you’ll have to do without your favourite newsletter! Sad face.

New Releases!

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Ballerina (aka Leap)– Nice little animated tale of a young waif who dreams of becoming a Ballerina so she murderers the star of the show and takes her place. Not to sure about the murder part. I haven’t watched it.

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The Blackcoat’s Daughter – Spooky-looking thriller finds a couple of girls battling mysterious forces after they get left behind at a creepy boarding school over winter break. Heard fabulous things about this number!

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Fateful Findings – Neil Breen stars in this weirdo cult oddity written by Neil Breen about computers and government conspiracies and such. If you like your movies wonderful and bad, this might be the ticket for you. Directed by Neil Breen.

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Frantz – Excellent new film from Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, Sea the Sea) about a grieving widow of a German fella killed in WWI who meets a strange French gentleman that visits her dead husband’s grave. Hmmm, I wonder who that might be?

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Free Fire – Fun new shoot ’em up number from Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Kill List) about some gangsters who meet in a warehouse and have a big gun battle for some reason. Sign me up!

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Journey to the West 2 – Demons Strike Back! – The story continues as a monk and his three disciples fight more demony demons. Not directed by Stephen Chow.

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Kong: Skull Island – The big ape is back for another kick at the ape can. A bunch of Hollywood stars become trapped on the island with the big fella and have to fight their way off battling, not only Kong, but other monsters and maybe even some personal demons! Stick around to the end of the credits for a tasty treat.

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Lost City of Z – Lovely and amazing true-life adventure flick that follows one of the Sons of Anarchy as he gets lost in the Amazon while searching for a mysterious city back in the day. Look for this one to show up on many year-end top film lists.

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Sense of an Ending – Crotchety old man becomes haunted by his past when some new realities present themselves. That make any sense? Of an Ending? Based on a book. An entire book!

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The Tunnel Season 2 – More tunnelling in this fine and exquisite British TV series that stars Stannis from that other show.

Coming Soon!

Fortitude Season 2
Song to Song
Busters Mal Heart
Gifted
Boss Baby
Final Master
Ghost in the Shell
Shot Caller
Unforgettable
Shin Godzilla
Colossal
The Lovers
Big Little Lies

Suggestions to quicken your heart!

Our good friend Axel Matfin is here once more to give you his thoughts on the fine film, Heist!

Have a good couple of weeks, my lovelies. Talk at you in August!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 4 – 10 “Sans Car Edition!”

 

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This Sunday, leave your car at home or wherever as it’s the annual Car-Free day on the Drive. Please don’t drive to car-free day (see any irony there?) as it’s going to be a gong show in a zoo over here. Pop into the store and say “hi!” We’ll say “hi” right back!

New Releases

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Fate of the Furious – Man, they pump these things out at a “furious” rate! Get it? Plot doesn’t matter as all you have to know is that it’s filled with fast cars, ridiculous stunts and several large, beefy, bald men. This one is classed up a bit with the appearance of Charlize Theron. But just a bit.

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Norman – Richard Gere is Norman (see title), a New York “fixer” who gets a little more than he bargained for when a guy he helped out makes it to the big show. Word has it that this is quite a fine little flick.

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Smurfs: The Lost Village – Small blue animated things doing stuff for some reason.

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Their Finest – During the Blitz of London in the WWII, a woman gets hired to write a movie script after some movie fellas see what a swell number she did writing propaganda films. This one gets high marks on the critics list.

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Zookeeper’s Wife – True-life tale about a Polish couple who helped to save a pile of animals and even some people during WWII in Warsaw. Stars the lovely and talented Jessica Chastain.

Coming Soon!

Song to Song
The Void
Fateful Findings
Frantz
Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back
Lost City of Z
The Tunnel Season 2
Kong: Skull Island
Free Fire
Buster’s Mal Heart
The Expanse Season 2

Lots of great stuff on the shelves (new and old) to make your life that much better. Click here for all sorts of amazing recommendations (New Release suggestions are at the bottom of the page).

Have a great week – wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, be nice to each other and remember, keep watching.

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