The Black Dog Newsletter April 16-22 “Sale into Our Contest Edition!’


For the upcoming long weekend (Easter or something) we’re going to have a small secret sale at both Black Dog locations. It’s not a big special event sale like we’ve had in the past but just a little something something we cooked up for you guys. Check the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on Friday for details.

Also we have a little contest a brewing! We have several Blu-Ray/DVD combos of the new Glass film by M. Night Shyamalan to give away. But first you must spend the night on a haunted house! Either that or answer this skill-testing question: What is this movie about? Wrong answers only. Best answers win!

New Releases!


The Bouncer – JCVD is back and ready to dole out some Van Damage as an old-man nightclub bouncer struggling to raise his 8 year-old daughter.


Escape at Dannemora – Excellent tough TV show about a prison guard who helps the two cons she’s sleeping with escape!


Escape Room – It’s escape week here at Black Dog Video! Six strangers find themselves trapped in a deadly escape room. I did an escape room in Romania a few years ago. We didn’t make it out but it was fun nonetheless. Perhaps if I spoke Romanian?


Glass – The final installment of M. Night Shymalan’s trilogy nobody knew he was making finds Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson from Unbreakable trying to track down James McAvoy from Split. Glass!


The Kid Who Would be King – Finally a new film from the guy who made the excellent Attack the Block all those years ago! Some sort of Excaliburian quest is at hand for a bunch of kids. Heard it’s pretty good!


Tito and the Birds – Lovely animated fare from Brazil about a kid and his dad who try to find a cure for some illness one contracts when scared or something like that.

Coming Soon!

Free Solo
Vikings S5 pt2
The Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
Berlin, I Love You
The Charmer
El Angel
Touch Me Not
Unknown Soldier
The World Before Your Feet

Oh, City TV did a little spot on us the other day. And I don’t sound like an idiot (always a fear/chance)!

That’s it for this edition, kids! Have a swell week and hope to see you in the stores soon!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter April 9-15 “Dropping like Flies Edition!”


So we’re just a few months into 2019 and we’ve already seen a number of cinema folks pass on (die); Agnes Varda, Larry Cohen, Stanley Donen, Albert Finney, Seymour Cassell, Luke Perry, Katherine Helmond, Peter Tork, Bob Einstein and others we may not know of yet. Drop in and rent some films and TV shows to celebrate their lives. Or something.

New Releases!


The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot – Might just be the best title ever for a movie. Sam Elliot, fresh off a secret assassination of the dreaded Hitler, is recruited to take down Bigfoot for some reason. I like how they equate the two. Looking forward to this one!


Next of Kin – Spooky spooktacular spookarama haunted house number from Australia was actually made in 1982 but is just now making it’s fabulous debut on the home videos. Heard very good things!


Outlander Season 4 – Season 4 of Outlander.


Thunder Road – Much ballyhooed (won a bunch of awards or something) flick about a cop facing a personal meltdown after a divorce and the death of his mum. Funny, dramatic, sadness. All of the above.


La Verite (Criterion) – Excellent flick from Henri-Georges Couzot (Wages of Fear, Army of Shadows) starring Bridget Bardot (it’s from 1960) about a woman accused of murder. A murder most foul.

Coming Soon!

The Bouncer
Escape at Dannemora
Escape Room
Kid Who Would be King
Tito and the Birds
Free Solo

That’s it for this week, kids. Stay tuned for some info on an upcoming sale special for the next holiday weekend! Til next week…

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter April 2-8 “So, You Like Movies? Edition!”

Had a guy come into the store the other day and, as he’s perusing our cool films we have for sale, he says to me, “So you like movies?” I just stared blankly at him and told him to get out. Just kidding. But speaking of things for sale, we just added a huge pile of awesome titles over at Commercial (Cambie has lots as well)! Drop in to scoop up some neat box sets and films for very good prices!

Oh! There’s a brand new hilarious episode of our podcast ready for your ears. April Fool’s Day special!

New Releases!


Bumblebee – Another Transformers entry into this dreadful talking machines from outer space series. But…I hear that this one is actually quite good. Michael Bay was not involved. Can someone please stop letting that guy make movies.


Dog’s Way Home – Who’s a good boy?! Oh yes you are, you’re a good boy! Hoosyboosey!


Holmes and Watson – Will Farrell and John C. Reilly muck about as the famous detectives in this terrible “comedy”. Sorry.


On the Basis of Sex – Bio-pic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG!) that looks at her early life fighting for women’s rights and getting on the supreme court and other fun stuff. Bader is a weird name.


My Brilliant Friend – Excellent HBO series about an elderly woman recounting her times growing up in post war Naples with her friend. Her brilliant friend.


Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase – Teen detective hijinks.


Ray Donovan Season 6 – Season 6 of tough guy series, Ray Donovan.


Vice – Christian Bale magically transforms into human lizard toad, Dick Cheney, in this entertaining political comedy romp.


Welcome to Marwen – Based on the vastly superior documentary, Marwencol, Steve Carell plays a guy who gets beat up, spends some time in a coma and then turns into a weird artist.

Coming Soon!

Free Solo
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot
Next of Kin
The Bouncer
Escape at Dannemora
Kid Who Would be King
Escape Room
Outlander Season 4
Vikings Season 5

The rains are a coming so might be time to hunker down with some fine film selections! Need some help? Check out here and here.

Till next week, my lovelies.

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The Black Dog Newsletter “I’m Melting Edition!”


Wow. Seems spring has sprung with the intention of melting our faces off! It’s too warm too soon, in my opinion, (end of days I tells ya!) but it is good for sitting on the patio!

There won’t be a newsletter next week as I’m taking a bit of a much-needed vacation. Yap at ya in two weeks.

New Releases!


Aquaman – Jason Momoa play a fish-man named Art who can talk to the fishes and make them do his bidding. Has practical applications I suppose. (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


If Beale St Could Talk – Heavy drama from the fella that made Moonlight about a family struggling to survive after the husband is set up by a racist cop. Lousy coppers.


King of Thieves – Michael Caine and Michael Gambon star, with others, in this true tale of some old coots who pull off one last heist. (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


Mary Poppins Returns – How can you miss me if I won’t go away? Emily Blunt is the new singing magic nanny.


MFKZ – Cool-looking French animated number about a guy living in Dark Meat City (Yum!) who starts to see monsters prowling around the neighborhood. (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – Everyone loves this wonderful new Spider-man animated movie. And you will too! (Winner best animated film)


Stan and Ollie – Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly play Laurel and Hardy as they try to recapture their mad magic on a farewell tour of post-war Britain. I was a huge fan as a kid so I hope that this is good! (Should be on the shelves this Friday)


The Quake – Oslo, Norway gets punished by a big earthquake. First it was The Wave and now The Quake, what’s next, The Bees? The Trees? The Sneeze?

Coming Soon!

Free Solo
The House that Jack Built
The Mule
My Brilliant Friend
Unknown Soldier
My Scientology Movie
Le Verite

Don’t forget to check out our podcast – Black Dog After Dark! We aim to put a smile on your face!

That’s it for this week, folks! Enjoy the sunshine, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and remember, keep watching!

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The Black Dog Newsletter March 12-16 “Blobtacular Edition!”


We just released a fresh bloberrific episode of our podcast, Black Dog After Dark, on Podbean. Dylan, Alex, Nick and I sit around, enjoy a few fresh beers and chat about the 1988 creature feature, The Blob! Tune in to hear our blobbiest thoughts and see if it holds up or not!

New Releases!

(We have too many new films on the shelves this week to list and describe them all! I’ll pick out a few notable titles and just list the rest at the end. Capish?)


Border – Strange, well-received Swedish film about a border security guard that can actually smell fear, among other things. Blu Ray only.


Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Oscar nominated film stars Melissa McCarthy as a writer named Lee Israel who turns to deception when she feels she is no longer relevant. I hear ya, lady.


Clovehitch Killer – Serial killer movie with a strange title (my wife says, “That’s a made up word!” I says, “All words are made up!”). Stars Dylan McDermott. Count me in for this one.


Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald – More beasts of a fantastic nature.


Green Book – A bouncer gets a gig as a driver for a African-American jazz fella as he tours the American south in the 1960’s. Won an Oscar or something for best movie. Looks like this year’s Driving Miss Daisy! I’m looking forward to the sequel, Soylent Green Book, where they drive around eating racist hicks.


The Mortal Engines – In the future where cities roam around on wheels devouring each other, two folks meet in London to try to stop some sort of conspiracy. Sounds cool, right? Written by Peter Jackson and his friends.


Piercing – A crazy creep, with an unsuspecting family, sets off to work but actually his plan is to murder a prostitute. Sometimes when I go to work I’d rather be doing something else – go to the bar, take kid’s lunch money, beekeeping. Maybe this guys should think about other things?


Sicilian Ghost Story – A grim fantasy horror number about a 12 year-old girl who sets off into the creepy woods in search of a missing boy.


Vox Lux – From unknown singer to pop sensation star to scandal riddled has-been to come-back artist tale. Stars Natalie Portman and Jude Law.

Other titles waiting for you to take them home!

Documentary Now! Season 1 and 2
The Final Wish
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Tea with the Dames
London Fields
The Facebook Dilemma

If you need some nice ripe suggestions on what to watch, click here!

That’s it for this week folks, keep us in your thoughts and dreams.

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Black Dog Newsletter March 5-11 “Silver Anniversary Plate Edition!”


Holy Hotdogs! I realized that today is the 23rd anniversary of Black Dog Video. You may have heard of it. March 5th, 1996 was the date we first opened our doors to an eager public. I still remember it like it was 23 years ago. So much has changed; we all got older, some of us had kids, some of us passed away, some moved onto to bigger and brighter things. It’s been an amazing ride (I should write a memoir documenting our history) and I feel so lucky to still be able to be doing what I love. And thanks to all of you who have come through our doors and supported us through the good times and the bad. My heart is swollen (I should probably get that checked out) with love, gratitude and bacon. Hear’s to 23 more!

New Releases


Ben is Back – A drug addicted teenager expectantly shows up at his family’s house for Christmas dinner. Ruh-Roh! I imagine that drama and, hopefully, warm-hearted guffaws, ensue. Stars Julia Roberts (remember her?).


Burning – Excellent, award-winning intense drama from South Korea that’s been described as a slow-burning (hah!) mystery about class, economics, sexual jealousy and cats.


Creed II – You wanted some more Creed in your life, you got some more Creed in your life! This time Creed, mentored once again by Sly Stallone, is up against the son of Dolph Lungren, who, if you remember Rocky III, killed Apollo Creed by punching him in the head a number of times.


The Favourite – Wonderfully excellent costume drama/comedy from weirdo filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) that netted Olivia Coleman an Oscar prize. Top of my list of films to see!


House of Cards: Final Season – With Kevin Spacey finally killed off (did he die in the shower or something?), Claire takes over the reigns as Prez of the US of A in the final season of this show that might have gone on for one season too many.


Instant Family – Marky Mark and Rose Byrne find themselves overwhelmed when they take in three foster kids. Hilarious, wacky comedy hijinks, I presume, ensue.


The Vanishing – Cool-looking mystery about three lighthouse keepers who disappear after finding a chest full of gold. Gerry Butler and Peter Mullan are two of the three keepers of the lighthouse.

Coming Soon!

(should all be on the shelves by the end of the week or sooner)

Green Book
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindewald
London Fields
Mortal Engines
Clovehitch Killer
Documentary Now Seasons 1 and 2
Final Wish
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Sicilian Ghost Story
Tea with the Dames
Vox Lux

That’s it for this week my lovelies. Once again, thanks so much for all the support and I hope to see you all very soon! Viva le Black Dog!

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The Black Dog Newsletter Feb 26 – March 4 “And the Winner Is…Edition!”


You! You’re the winner as now that the Oscars (boring!) are over and Driving Miss Daisy 2: Road to Revenge! won best picture – for better or for worse or for who really cares – we can all get onto what’s really important (in the context of this missive that is) and that’s watching movies!. Lots of great things coming out in the next few weeks as March is a fine month for releases! Winner!.

Oh, and if you’re interested, here’s a link to an interview I did about, well, you can guess what it’s about. Nice to not come off as a blathering idiot for once. Click HERE!

New Releases!


Apostle – Nice, weird, gory, intense tale of Dan Stevens in the year 1905 going to look for his missing sister on an island full of religious crazies. Think Wicker Man. From the director of The Raid films!


The Car: Road to Revenge! – Hey that sequel to the 1977 movie about a killer car has finally been made! We can all exhale now. It even has Ronny Cox in it! Drive at your own risk.


Hold the Dark – Pretty intense and odd offering from the fella that made the amazing Green Room and Blue Ruin. Jeffery Wright is a writer hired to find some missing kids believed to have been taken by wolves somewhere in cold bleak Alaska. Other things happen as well.


Mary Queen of Scots – Period costume drama finds Mary Stuart trying to overthrow Liz 1 of England. Looks like it might be great or as once critic put it…”this a vital film, whose lace-trimmed bosom heaves with life.” There ya go.


The Night Comes for Us – If you’ve ever considered a career as a stuntman in Indonesia, this may cure you of that dream. Looks quite painful. Insanely violent and ten times the fun comes this actioner from the other director of the Raid movies (also has the stars of that film). Plot doesn’t matter, just the awesome action. Loved it!


The Possession of Hannah Grace – Man there’s a lot of folks being possessed by demons and other things out there. What’s going on?!


Ralph Wrecks the Internet – More shenanigans with Ralph and his good buddies doing things and stuff.


Roma – Oscar-winning film (director, Foreign Film, cinematography) about a year in the life of a maid in the middle class family in Mexico city in the 1970’s. Heard that this is pretty good. I like Mexico.

Coming Soon!
(most of these we should have by the end of this week)

Ben is Back
Creed II
The Favourite
House of Cards S6
Instant Family
The Vanishing

That’s it for this week folks. Happy viewing!

Black Dog Video


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Is Brick and Mortar Built to Last?

Hey, check out this nifty interview I did about, well, you can guess what it’s about. It’s nice to not sound like a bumbling buffoon and have things I say taken out of context.

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The Black Dog Newsletter Feb 21-27 “Handsome Gold Statue Man Edition!”


In lieu of the regular newsletter (new films won’t be arriving until Friday evening) we bring you this extra special Oscar edition!

I don’t know about you but I’ve heard that it’s the Academy Awards weekend! And I don’t know about you but, even though I work and have worked for many years in this industry, I really don’t give a rat’s fart about the Oscars. I love movies and talking about movies and I love making lists about movies and so forth but the Academy Awards have rarely ever reflected my tastes in what are considered to be the best films of the year.

Thinking back, the most recent film to win the BIG PRIZE that I considered worthy was No Country for Old Men in 2007. There have been some good films – Spotlight, Moonlight, – something else with the word Light in it – but these never made my top picks. Maybe it’s because I’m a weirdo and have strange tastes (hell The Greasy Strangler made my top picks in 2016!) but “favourite” anything is always subjective, so whatever. Here’s my list for the best films I saw in 2018 (some came out in 2017 but I didn’t get a chance to see them until well into 2018).

One of my customers, Jon (who inspired this edition of the newsletter), does an annual list of Oscar this and Oscar that. Check out his predictions and things here.

And here’s my predictions for this year’s BIG SHOE..

Best Picture

Black Panther (?!)
Blackkklansman – the only nominated film I saw to make my top of the year list.
Bohemeian Rhapsody – Didn’t see it. Heard mixed things.
The Favourite – Didn’t See it, really want to.
Roma – Heard good things.
Green Book – Zzzz.
Star is Born – Whatever.
Vice – My co-worker Dylan hated this movie.

Prediction – Bohemian Rhapsody – in keeping with the Academy’s poor voting record.
My Pic – You Were Never Really Here


Alfonso Cauron (Roma)
Yorgos Lanthomos (Favourite)
Spike Lee (Blackklansman)
Adam Mackay (Vice)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Prediction – Alfonso Cauron – Academy likes the Mexican directors!
My pick – either Spike Lee (about friggin time!) or Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) – be nice to see a woman nominated – or Gaspar Now for creating one of the craziest, most awesome and intense films I’ve seen in a while (Climax).

Actress – Note – I haven’t seen any of these movies.

Yalitzo Aparcio (Roma)
Glenn Close (The Wife)
Olivia Coleman (Favourite)
Lady Gaga (Star is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me)

Prediction Glenn Close
My Pick – Toni Collette (Hereditary) or Glenn Close (always good dating back to Garp) or Olivia Coleman (loved her in Broadchurch!). I’d like to see Lady Gaga win just to hear that sentence.

Actor – Note – I haven’t seen any of these movies.

Christian Bale (Vice)
Brad Cooper (Star is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortenson (Green Book)

Prediction – Rami Malek – for having to wear those teeth or Christian Bale for getting really fat and ugly and acting like a Dick.
My Pick – Joaquin Phoenix and his hammer (You Were Never Really Here) or Ethan Hawke (First Reformed – easily his best work) or Willem Dafoe – Loved him in everything from To Live and Die in LA to Shadow of the Vampire.

I’m not going to do best dramatic short animated feature or any of the other categories. I hope you’re OK with that. Anyways enjoy the Oscars if that’s your bag. I’ll be watching (only because I’ll be in a bar with my friends).

I’ll have a regular newsletter next week with some actual films that we have for your viewing pleasure. See you on the other side.

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The Black Dog Newsletter February 14-20 “Love is in the Air Edition!”


Yes it’s the Love Day, The Valentine’s Day. If there ever was a celebration geared to get you to spend money and make you feel bad, this is it. But we’re here to help! Listen to our special Valentine’s Day podcast here! We celebrate with a few beers and chat about My Bloody Valentine! I hope this makes your day brighter and more beautiful.

New Releases!


At Eternity’s Gate – Willam Dafoe is a painter named Vinny van Gogh (perhaps you’ve heard of him) in this rousing bio-pic. (today at Commercial, tomorrow at Cambie)


Between Worlds – Wow, it’s been a few months since we’ve had a Nic Cage film. Here he’s a fella who’s dead wife’s spirit has inhabited the body of a woman’s daughter who was dying and the woman can save spirits by suffocating. I don’t understand it either.


Front Runner – Political dealy about Gary Hart’s run for the president back in whenever and how it was derailed because of his wandering penis. Hugh Jackman is the man.


Hounds of Love – Nasty Australian piece of business (has tons of great reviews!) about a crazy couple who kidnap teenage girls and well, you can probably guess what happens. Their latest captive must use her wits and the couple’s troubles against them to survive.


Mermaid: Lake of the Dead – Killer mermaid movie from Russia.


Overlord – A group of Allied G.I.’s in 1944 Germany discover some evil doings going on in a fort of some kind. Think Nazi zombies and you can board this train.


Possum – A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns home to face his evil stepfather and some weird puppets. This little British horror ditty looks like it might have legs.


Robin Hood – Yet another re-telling of this over-told yarn.


A Star is Born – Brad Cooper and Lady Gaga liven up the proceedings in this often told tale. Reminds me of when my kid was 6 he came home from school all excited to tell me that Lady Gaga was born in an egg!


Shoplifters – Latest wonder from Koreeda finds a family of small-time criminals taking in a kid they find outside in the cold. Nominated for Best Foreign film. (today at Commercial, tomorrow at Cambie)


Wild Boys – Crazy-looking French weirdo tale of savages crimes, haunted sailboats, Dutch Captains, mutiny, supernatural islands, luscious vegetation and bewitching powers. (today at Commercial, tomorrow at Cambie)


You Might be the Killer – A camp counselor, who suffers from blackouts, finds himself surrounded by dead bodies (not living ones). Might he be responsible? This horror-comedy looks to be a fun ride.

Coming Soon!

Mary Queen of Scots
Possession of Hannah Grace
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Creed II
The Favourite
Green Book
Vox Lux
Ben is Back

Here’s an interesting essay on what might be just down the road for all of our viewing habits in the near future.

That’s it for this week, cool cats. Enjoy the snow and the long weekend. Get out and rent some movies! We’d love to see your smiling faces.

Black Dog Video


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