The Black Dog Newsletter August 13 – September 3rd “Taking a Break Edition!”



Just wanted to say thanks to all who shot us great ideas on how to keep on keepin’ on last week. Some really good suggestions that we’re mulling over. We want to be able to provide all of you fine folks with the best selection of world cinema around for a long long time. That said, I’ll be stepping out of my writing pants for a brief respite so there won’t be another newsletter until the beginning of September. Oh stop it, you’ll be fine!

New Releases!


All is True – Kenneth Branagh directs himself as William Shakespeare (Billy Shakes to his friends) who’s Globe Theatre burns down and he’s forced to go home to Stratford and hang with his fam.


Dark Forest – Low budget Canadian “maniac in the woods” type slasher flick.


Donnybrook – Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo end up at a cage match in the woods competing for a large cash prize!


Finding Steve McQueen – Bunch of clever thieves attempt to steal Tricky Dick’s secret funds in the sort-of true tale.


Missing Link – Animated family comedy movie about an orange monkey.


Mr. Mercedes Season 2 – Season 2 of this fine Stephen King TV shoe.


Plus One – All of Alice and Ben’s friends are getting married and they are each others “Plus One” (see title) for the insufferable weddings in this rousing romantic comedy. Think they become less jaded and fall in love? Ya, me neither.


Shadow – Latest beautiful martial arts extravaganza from director Zhang Yimou.


The Souvenir – Tilda Swinton’s daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, Swintons it up as a young artist finding her way in the realms of love, art and other such life-like things.


Teacher – Intense drama about a nice teacher trying to protect his students against bullies and mean goateed headmasters.


Tolkien – Nick Hoult (The Favourite) is JRR Tolkien, a guy who wrote some famous books about Hobbites and such.

(Oh, and also a certain special powers film I’m not supposed to mention, rhymes with Suspenders: Friend Came)

Coming Soon!

Biggest Little Farm
A Dog’ Journey
The Hustle
Secret Life of Pets 2
Sun is Also a Star
American Gods Season 2
Mayans Season 1
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Banana Splits Movie

That’s it for this week folks. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Keep us in mind when you need some quality entertainment in your life. See you on the other side.
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The Black Dog Video Newsletter August 6th – 12 “On the Ropes Edition!”


So I’m sure that it will come as no surprise that the Video rental business is a tough one. We want to keep providing access to the best film selection in the city for you, our loyal customers, but it’s getting harder and harder all the time. We’ve been racking (or is it wracking?) our brains to try to figure out a way to keep off life support and remain healthy. We’ve already upped our DVD sales options (special orders and a bigger in-store selection), and brought in new T-shirts. These ideas are helping, but we want your input. Here are a few suggestions we’ve come up with:

Turn part of the store into a cafe
Install a Tanning Booth
Fight Club

Sell new items such as:

Ice Cream
Posters (Movie paraphernalia)
Fight Club gear

Or maybe a wealthy patron would like to step in and take us under their wing. 🙂

We’re appealing to our wonderful customer base for ideas as well. What kind of things would you like to see at Black Dog? Shoot us your best thoughts! No idea is too dumb! We’re not quite ready to go into this good night.

New Releases!


Amazing Grace – Cool doc about Aretha Franklin belting it out in 1972.


American Experience: Woodstock – Cool doc about this concert that happened, like 50 years ago. You may or may not have heard of it.


Batman: Hush – Animated Batman movie in which Batman goes to the library and gets told, “Keep it down, Batman!”


The Command – Thriller about that nasty Russian submarine disaster that went down in 2000.


Curse of La LLorna – Hhorror mmovie about a gghost named Llorna.


Never Look Away – Oscar nominated German film about an artist haunted by his childhood experiences in the Nazi part of World War II.


Penguin Highway – Japanese animated fare that deals with small town folk, penguins and dental hygiene.


Pokemon Detective Pikachu – Canadian hero Ryan Reynolds is a cartoon thing called a Pokemon that solves crimes.


POMS – “Comedy” about some senior ladies who, for some unknown reason, decide to start a cheer-leading squad. Comedy hi-jinks, I presume, ensue.


Endeavour Season 6 – Season 6 of Endeavour.

Coming Soon!

All is True
Avengers: Endgame
Dark Forest
Finding Steve McQueen
Missing Link
Mr Mercedes Season 2
Plus One

Thanks for your time and for your support over the years. Let’s keep this train a rollin’!

Black Dog Video

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter July 30 – Aug 5th “Crazy Deals for You Edition!”


You read that right, we have some crazy deals coming up this weekend – Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Over yonder at Cambie we have a big rack of $3 DVDs. Buy 2 and pay $5 but if you buy 10 (ten) you will only pay $10! Zoinks! Also all of our $5 titles can be snarfed up at a 2 for 1 holiday special deal (at both locations!)! And don’t even get me started on box sets! Come enjoy whatever made-up holiday that we’re celebrating this weekend at your favourite local Black Dog!

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a new podcast episode ready and willing to bore into your ears and delight your funny brains. Check it out here!

New Releases!


Ash is the Purest White – Another excellent film from Zhangke Jia (A Touch of Sin) as this one follows two lovers who are involved in some mob stuff and whatnot over the course of 17 years. Get up on it!


Daughter of Mine – Lovely Italian drama about a daughter torn between two moms – biological and the one who raised her. That’s a spicy meatball!


El Chicano – Twin brothers living in East LA choose very different career paths. I’m going to guess Lion Tamer and Hand Model!


Level 16 – Cool-looking Canadian sci-fi effort (had a few of these as of late, what’s going on, Canada?!) about a tight boarding school where things are not as they seem. You figure it out!


Long Shot – Seth Rogan is grubby schlub Fred Flarsky who becomes the speechwriter and, somehow, romantic fella for presidential hopeful Charlize Theron. Comedy hijinks, I presume, ensue.


Lu Over the Wall – Delightful (it’s full of delight!) Japanese animation number about a gloomy girl who befriends a mermaid.


The Public – Emilio Estavez directs most of Hollywood in this drama about homeless folks taking over the public library on a cold night in Cincinnati.


Styx – VIFF fave about a woman sailor who encounters a bunch of shipwrecked refugees on the high seas. Hear that this is pretty great.

Plus a few nice Criterions ready to go!

Blue Velvet – DVD and Blu Ray
La Vie de Jesus
Mickey and Nicky
Stalker – Blu Ray (Commercial)
To Sleep with Anger

Coming Soon!

Amazing Grace
American Experience: Woodstock
Batman: Hush
The Command
The Curse of La Llorona
Penguin Highway
Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
Manhunt Series 1
Endeavour Season 6
Never Look Away

That’s all for this week folks. Hope to see you in the stores soon. We need all you wonderful people to keep on keepin’ on. Tell your friends about us. Tell your enemies. Get the word out. We’re counting on you!


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The Black Dog Video Newsletter July 23-29 “Lazy Daze Edition!”


Yes it’s hot. Stay frosty. Enough said. But check out these cool tentative, plans for a new people space over in the Cambie Hood. What a fantastic idea! Anything that gets more folks out of their cars and on foot is a good thing in my opinion. Makes the neighborhood that much more livable.

If any of you lovely folks (or any friends, neighbors, enemies) have a working DVD or Blu Ray player that you want to get rid of, drop it off at Black Dog Video! We’ll make good use of it. (We also take dvd donations!)

New Releases!


Alita: Battle Angel – James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez team up for this special animated tale about a cyborg who goes on a revenge-laden killing spree. Um, that might be a different movie. Um….it’s, um animated. I think.


Domino – Jamie Lannister plays a cop who’s out for revenge in this new Brian DePalma mystery movie! Love me my DePalma!


Hellboy – I’m not too sure that we needed a new Hellboy but sometimes you get what you don’t ask for.


The Image Book – New film by Jean-Luc Godard (I’m always amazed writing that sentence) that was also written by and stars the man himself. (At Commercial, soon to Cambie)


Master Z: Ip Man Legacy – It’s been, what, 2 months since we’ve had an Ip Man cross our paths? Here’s the latest!

Coming Soon

Long Shot
Endeavour Season 6
Game of Thrones Season 8
Stranger Things Season 3
Ash is the Purest White
Daughter of Mine
Viceroy’s House

That’s it for this week, folks. Hope that you’re enjoying the summer. Remember to check out our podcast (new episode coming next week!) and our recommendation list. Cheers.
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The Black Dog Newsletter July 16 – 22 “Media Baron Edition!”


Hey, not only do have a fancy new episode of the podcast ready for your (hopefully) enjoyment, but we are featured on the CBC today in print, on the radio and even on the TV! Here’s a link to the article (video at the end – it’s pretty good!) and we’ll be on the 6pm news tonight! Thanks again for all of your support! We can’t do it without you fine folks. Viva Le Video Store!

New Releases!


The Aftermath – Find out what happens after you’ve learned all the math! Right? Or check out this sexy film with Keira Knightley and Al Skarsgard, as they try to reconstruct things in post-war Germany.


At First Light – Canadian (yay!) sci-fi film about a girl who gets some sweet super powers courtesy of a passing UFO.


Best of Enemies – Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the KKK (boy those idiots are weird), in 1971, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. Sam Rockwell seems to be doing OK for himself playing racist monsters as of late.


Starfish – Sci-fi, horror monster-chiller drama (sold!) about a girl who is mourning the death of her friend just as the world comes to an end.

Coming Soon!

Alita: Battle Angel
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
Never Look Away
Daughter of Mine
The Image Book
Lu Over the Wall
Ash is the Purest White
The Viceroy’s House

That’s it for this week folks. Recommendations? We’ve got a few. And don’t forget to ensconce your lovely bodies in our new T-Shirts! Till next week.


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The Black Dog Newsletter July 9-15 “Shirts Ahoy Edition!”

shirt guy

We have new T-shirts! The lovely and talented RJ over at Cambie designed our awesome new wearables. We have them for purchase – $19.99 at Commercial at the moment and will be at Cambie later this week. Come and grab one (limited edition) or one of our other fine garments. You’ll be the envy of all your friends, your enemies and others you don’t even know (yet).

New Releases


Abduction – Dude wakes up in a fountain in Vietnam (we’ve all been there) and tries to piece together what happened, all the while being pursued by some local toughs.


After – A young woman fall for a mysterious brooding fella (played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin – actual name) with a dark secret.


Little Woods – Tessa Thompson and Lily James have to dabble in deeds outside the law to make their lives work (we’ve all been there).


Shazam! – I hear that this is actually pretty fun. For a DC super-hero movie. My kid says, “check it out!”.


Teen Spirit – I wonder what this movie smells like? As the thing says – “Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story”.

Coming Soon!

At First Light
Best of Enemies
High Life (Blu Ray)
Violent Separation
Alita: Battle Angel
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

That’s it for this week, kids. If you need some suggestions on some new things that we liked, click here! Or check out this link for our podcast!


Till next week…

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter July 2-8 “So Many Things Edition!”


I’ll do my best to keep this brief as there’s lots tell you about:

~ Car-Free Day on the Drive this Sunday! We’ll have some tables out front hawking our wares including the debut of an awesome new T-Shirt designed by RJ at the Cambie shop.

~ Cambie Store Summer hours are now in effect – 2:30-10:30 Sunday to Thursday. Noon till 11 Friday and Saturday. Commercial hours remain the same.

~ New podcast is up and ready for your hungry ears! This episode we look back at The Kid’s in the Hall’s Brain Candy and are joined by the film’s musical composer and Odds front man Craig Northey! Tune in, turn on, drop out.

New Releases!


The Beach Bum – Harmony Korine films Mathew “Moondog” McConaughey at the beach.


Blue Velvet (Criterion) – One of Black Dog’s favourite films gets the Criterion treatment! (Blu Ray is on the way as well).


Broad City Season 5 – Season 5 (the last?) of this great show.


Escape Plan: The Extractors – Sly, 50 Cent and Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy engage in prison breaking shenanigans.


High Life – Ace director Claire Denis shoots sparkly vampire (Robert Pattison) into space. Blu Ray coming soon.


Killing Eve Season 2 – Season 2 of this excellent show. Watch this!


Let the Sunshine In – Ace director Claire Denis has divorced mom and artist Juliette Binoche wander the streets of Paris looking for love.


Maria by Callas – Excellent doc about the famous opera singer with the great pipes.


Pet Semetary – Remake of the crappy Stephen King flick about a mysterious cemetery that brings the dead back to life with mixed (at best) results.


The Professor – College professor John Depp goes on a partying spree after learning he’s gonna die.

Coming Soon!

Best of Enemies
A Violent Separation
Teen Spirit

Sorry for all the words. I hope I didn’t bore you or cause you to change the channel. Have a great week and hope to see you on the Drive on Sunday!

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The Black Dog Newsletter June 25 – July 2 “Free Car Day Edition!”


So after a 10 year hiatus Black Dog Video will be back on the street for Car-Free Day on Commercial July 7th! Drop by and say hey, peruse that great movies and box sets we’ll have for sale and check out (re: buy) a cool T-shirt or two. We’ll (hopefully) be unveiling a sweet new design that day as well. Hope to see you there (if not in the stores before then).

New Releases!


Furie – Trying to retire from the gang-style life, a woman moves to the Vietnamese countryside only to have her daughter kidnapped. Time to kick some butt!


Haazussa – Cool witches in pagan times horror number from Germany. Yes please!


Hummingbird Project – Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård,(in a terrible looking bald cap) Salma Hayek conspire against one another in this stock trading thriller.


The Kid – Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt and other actors act in this tale of Billy the Kidd and Pat Garrett.


Mary Shelley – 16 year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin meets 21 year-old (ewww!) Percy Shelly and have a Frankenstein baby!


Patrick Melrose – Benedict Cumberbatch is a guy named the title of this show who does some drugs and then redeems himself. Supposed to be excellent.


Standoff at Sparrow Creek – Heavy drama about a former cop-turned-militia man who investigates a shooting at a police funeral.


Una – A woman (Rooney Mara) confronts an older man (Ben Mendelsohn), her former neighbour, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship. Seems to be an icky theme this week.


Under the Silver Lake – A dude sets off across LA on a weird journey to find a woman he met the night before who’s mysteriously vanished. From the guy who made the brilliant It Follows! Totes looking forward to this!


Valentine: Dark Angel – A waitress in a tough town gets turned into a superhero. I hope that it’s better than I made it sound.

Coming Soon!

The Beach Bum
Blue Velvet (Criterion Edition)
Broad City Season 5
Escape Plan: The Extractors
High Life
Killing Eve Season 2
Let the Sunshine In
Maria by Callas
Pet Semetary
The Professor

One more thing! Remember that starting next Tuesday, the hours at Cambie are changing! Sunday to Thursday we will be open 2:30 to 10:30. Noon till 11 on Friday and Saturday. Adjust your lives accordingly.

That’s it for this week, folks. Apply sunscreen as there’s no end in sight from the brutal rays of the sun. Stay calm and keep watching.
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The Black Dog Video Newsletter June 18-24 “The Time It Is A Changin’ Edition!”


Starting the first week in July (2nd) the hours at the Cambie store will be as follows: Sunday to Thursday – 2:30 – 10:30. Friday and Saturday – Noon to 11. We’ll probably open at noon on holidays as well. The hours will remain the same (for now) at Commercial. Please plan accordingly.

Oh happy days! There’s a new episode of the Black Dog After Dark Podcast up and ready to entertain you! This time around your intrepid hosts tackle the John Carpenter classic, In the Mouth of Madness! Check it out HERE!

New Releases


Five Feet Apart – Jughead from Riverdale meets an attractive teenager and falls in love. Unfortunately they both have cystic fibrosis and can’t touch each other! Ay Ca-rumba! What are they going to do, an interpretive dance of their tender feelings?


Hotel Mumbai – Terrorists attack the Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008. You won’t believe what happens next!


Slaughterhouse Rulez – Horror-comedy about a sinkhole that develops on the grounds of a posh boarding school, unleashing unimaginable (I can imagine) horrors! Good cast – Michael Sheen, Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, others – add to the shenanigans.


Us – Jordan Peele (Get Out) is at it again with this horror mystery thriller about a family’s beach vacation being interrupted by a bunch of doppelgangers! That’s weird, right!


Wonder Park – Nice animated family affair about a girl named June who has a wild imagination and likes talking animals. Or something like that.

Coming Soon!

The Hummingbird Project
The Kid
Killing Eve Season 2
Mary Shelly
Patrick Melrose
Second Act
Standoff at Sparrow Creek
Under the Silver Lake
Valentine: The Dark Angel

That’s it for this week, my lovelies! If you need some inspiration on what to watch, check out our recommendations! And if you’re interested, follow me on letterboxd!

Be safe. Be strong. Keep watching
Black Dog Video

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The Black Dog Newsletter June 11-17 “Mermaid Ave Edition!”


Whew! Italian Days are behind us once again. It was a zoo – 300,000 humans walking around the Drive. So many people. One bright spot was in front of a little shop known as Black Dog Video there was a real live mermaid chillin’! (Thanks, Tristan Risk!) Cool.

We will probably be adjusting the store hours in the next couple of weeks as summer rolls in. Something along the lines of opening later in the afternoon and possibly remaining open later in the evening. Stay tuned.

New Releases!


Gloria Bell – Gloria Bell is Julianne Moore, a free-spirited woman in her 50’s who rocks the L.A. dance club scene. From Oscar winner Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman).


Her Smell – Unfortunately titled film finds Elizabeth Moss as a self-destructive punk rocker. Is there any other kind?


I am The Night – One of the Captain Kirk’s (Pine Kirk) is a gumshoe who teams up with an orphan woman to, hopefully, solve the Black Dahlia murder case in this fine TV shoe.


JT Leroy – Strange, true tale of a woman who impersonated a made-up author for 6 years. Or something like that. Looks pretty cool.


Knife + Heart – Take one helping of Bava, a dash of Lynch and two fingers of Anger, mix well and serve up this gay giallo inspired mystery. Knock it back in one gulp.


Woman at War – An Icelandic woman goes to battle against a big polluting aluminum factory! Who’s gonna win?!

We also have a certain marvelous film on the shelves for your enjoyment!

Coming Soon!

Best of Enemies
Five Feet Apart
Hotel Mumbai
Slaughterhouse Rulez
Wonder Park
Under the Silver Lake
Killing Eve Season 2

Don’t forget to drop in and see what we have for sale! Lots of cool things added to the sale shelves pretty much everyday! Don’t miss out!

Have a fine week, my lovelies! Stay frosty, hydrate, listen to our podcast and remember, keep watching!

Black Dog Video

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