Black Dog Video Newsletter March 7 – 13 “We’re 21 Edition!”


Holy hotdogs, Jim!

Whoa! I came to the realization on Sunday that we’re 21! Twenty-friggin-one! It just kind of snuck up on me that 21 years ago we first opened our doors to the public. What a long strange, but great, trip it’s been. It’s quite amazing and I thank my lucky stars that I’ve been able to do this for so long. We’ve met some wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) people along the way, both as customers and staff. And that’s been the best part of this job, the people. Sure we have an incredible selection of films but it’s the getting to know some of you fabulous folks that made this trip so special. We’ve had many ups and downs along the way but the ups by far outweigh the downs. Here’s to 21 more years!

Note – I’ll be taking a break from the newsletter for the next couple of weeks. I hope that y’all can get by without me!

New Releases


Elle – Controversial (what else would you expect from Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert?) about a woman who’s viciously attacked in her home and sets out to find the sleaze-bag POS responsible. But it doesn’t end there. I watched this the other night and while I thought it was a damn good film and she is amazing in it, I am still unsure how I feel about it. Check it out if you dare and see what you think?


Eyes of My Mother – Cool-looking intense horror film about a lonely young woman who, after tragedy strikes her family, is consumed by her deepest, darkest, nastiest desires. Filmed in lovely black and white. Sounds pretty much perfect!


Fences – Big time acting from Denzel and Viola Davis highlight this stage to screen adaptation about a working class fella (I can only assume that he makes fences of some sort, unless “fences” is symbolic of his life and the relationships he builds with family and friends?) trying to raise his family in NY of the 1950s. On Blu Ray at the moment, DVDs should be here soon.


Jackie – Natalie Portman is Jackie Kennedy in the days following the assassination of her husband (JFK) in this bio-pic from the director of No, The Club and Tony Manero. Heard good things.


Moana – Lovely animated fare about a feisty Chieftain’s daughter in ancient Polynesia who fights a terrible curse that’s been foisted upon her island.


Passengers – Two extremely good-looking actors wake up out of frozen cryogenic sleep on a spaceship 90 years too early! What are they going to do to pass the time? Well, besides that.


People vs Fritz Bauer – Intense drama about the dude who tracked down notorious Nazi Adolph Eichmann and brought him to justice. Go Nazi hunters!


Windy City Heat – Insanely hilarious movie (from what I’ve been told by quite reliable sources) from Bobcat Goldthwait follows a guy who thinks he’s making an awesome movie but what he doesn’t know is that it’s all a ruse. Sucker. Stars the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly and other funny lads.

Coming Soon! (over the next few weeks)

Autopsy of Jane Doe
Assassin’s Creed
Fire at Sea
In Dubious Battle
Live by Night
Master of None S1
Miss Sloane
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Patriots Day
Planet Earth II
The Silence

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Dr. Strange
Windy City Heat
The Fits
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Under the Shadow
Train to Busan

For more tasty selections please click on this here button!

That’s it for this week, folks. I’ll be back all fresh and full of words in a few weeks. Stay warm, stay dry and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Newsletter February 28 – March 6th “Whoops, Ahem Edition”!


“La La Land! Moonlight! La La Land!! Moonlight!! It’s La La Land and Moonlight!”


Well that was a bit of craziness for an Academy Awards show now wasn’t it? I felt a bit bad for Bonnie and Clyde up there all befuddled like. It was as if we were watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Livened things up a bit it did though. I love all the conspiracy theories floating around from Russian hackers to Wall St manipulation to an attempt to increase the ratings on the already most popular broadcast in the world. Hilarious.

New Releases


Doctor Strange – Pretty fun, visually impressive piece of fluff from the Marvel Universe. Annoying Doctor (name is Strange and is played by a guy named Cumberbatch) travels to Nepal in an attempt to regain his hand powers and becomes involved in a world of mystical arts and saving the world and stuff. Worth checking out, especially if you have a “prescription” from one of the many new “pharmacies” that have popped up recently.


Men Go To Battle – Neat-looking western comedy about a couple of brothers trying to hold their estate together in a small Kentucky town during the US Civil War. I wonder how long until the next US civil war? We should have a pool.

MV5BMjM4MjkyMjY2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDI2OTQ4OTE@._V1_UY268_CR0,0,182,268_AL_ Miss Hokusai – Nice looking animated fare from Japan about the life of a famous artist – Miss Hokusai!


Moonlight – Best Picture winner (why is it we only use the word “picture” when we describe an Academy Award nominated film? No one ever says, “Hey did you see that great picture, “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo?!” It’s always movie or film) about the life of a guy growing up in a tough neighbourhood in Miami. I’m sure that there’s much more to it that my lame synopsis.


One Man and His Cow – An Algerian fellow is overjoyed to find that his favourite cow, Jacqueline (hee-hee), has been accepted into the best cow competition in Paris, France. Hilarity and some touching moments, I presume, ensue.


Quarry Season 1 – Dude named Quarry (hence the title of the show, I suppose) returns home from Vietnam (no, he wasn’t on vacation, it’s 1972) only to find hostility and disillusionment wherever he goes. So what does he do? Takes a job as a hitman, of course.


Rules Don’t Apply – The suddenly ubiquitous Warren Beatty is back! Here he plays Howard Hughes (he also directed the film – Beatty, not Hughes) who is the boss of an up-and-coming actress and his driver. Romance, comedy and probably some drama, I presume, ensues.


Shut In – Naomi Watts is caught slumming it in this middling horror number about a isolated psychologist who has to rescue a boy from another dimension or something like that. I always enjoyed watching hockey back in the day when the announcer would throw a shout-out to all the “shut-ins” watching the game that night. I don’t know why I found that funny, but I did.


Trespass Against Us – British crime drama (man they make a lot of crime dramas) about a dude – Michael Fassbender – who wants to leave his gangsta family headed by head gangsta, Brendon Gleeson. Good cast. Good crime.


Wheeler – Odd sounding film has Stephen Dorff applying some make-up and pretending to be a country singing guy who goes to Nashville to “make it”. I guess the draw is that nobody realizes this is a movie being made and lots of country stars are featured as is lots of real live music.

Coming Soon!

Eyes of my Mother
Collateral Beauty

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Dr Strange
Nocturnal Animals
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water
Train to Busan
The Handmaiden

Here’s a nice link if you need scads more recommendations.

Have a fine week folks! Never mind that snow you saw this morning.

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Newsletter February 21 – 27 “Fancy Awards Edition!”


I’d like to thanks the Academy, and my hand…

Well the time is upon us once again as Hollywood strokes its, um, ego, ya ego, this Sunday with the 147th Academy Awards. I’ve only seen 2 of the best picture nominees and both I thought were quite good. Arrival was my pick for best film of 2016 so I hope it wins. But in all honesty, I don’t really care. My life will not be affected in any way shape or form no matter who wins. I just like movies! We just acquired a couple more films this week that are up for the top spot, so come on in and check them out!

We’ve also just picked up a bunch of awesome Criterions (will be on the Cambie shelves tomorrow) for your enjoyment! Photo below to see what we have for you.

New Releases!


1:54 – Tough little French Canadian flick about the pressures of high school and all that that entails. Namely being gay, bullies, peer pressure, suicide, drugs, athletics, finding a monkey’s paw and making three fateful, ironic wishes (I may have made that last part up).


All Through the House – “There was a creature stirring”…I knew it! Fun (from what I’ve gleaned) 80’s style slasher throwback finds a Santa-mask wearing killer slashing and dashing his way through a small California town. Maybe it will become a holiday classic along the lines of Black Christmas, Christmas Evil and It’s a Wonderful Life!


Allied – Brad Pitt plays a sexy Canadian intelligence officer (I’ll leave you with that one) who hooks up with the lovely and talented Marion Cotillard to perform some secret mission behind enemy lines. Oh, I should mention that it’s a WWII action/drama/romance.


Certain Women – Another fine film from director Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy) finds three certain women – Michelle Williams, K-Stew and Laura Dern – intersecting in a small town in America. Heard very very good things about this one.


Hacksaw Ridge – Mad Mel Gibson and his mighty beard direct this true-life tale of a guy in WWII who didn’t want to fight or kill people but still did a fine job on the battlefield. I don’t think I’d want to go to a place called Hacksaw Ridge in WWII. Maybe Golden Daisy Fields, but not Hacksaw Ridge. Up for best picture this Sunday.


Klown Forever – Those knuckle-heads, Frank and Casper are at it again, making inappropriate mayhem wherever they go. This time it’s on a journey to LA. If you’ve seen and enjoyed Klown (I know I certainly did), my guess is that you’ll see and enjoy Klown Forever.


Manchester by the Sea – Highly touted (look at all the touts!) drama with lots of acting and words and stuff about an uncle having to look after his nephew after the boy’s dad dies. It should do fairly well come this Sunday (Oscars!)


Men & Chicken – Weird comedy from the director of Adam’s Apples finds the always wonderful Mads Mikkeleson as one of two brothers who learns the awful truth about their family. I wonder what that could be? Does it have something to do with chickens? Are they chicken men? My mind can’t handle this!


The Monster – From the director of the pretty creepy, The Strangers, comes this nifty little horror number about a woman and her daughter having to survive the terrors of a monster in the woods when their car breaks down at a really bad spot. Some people have the worst luck.

Coming Soon!

Dr. Strange
Shut In
Eyes of My Mother
American Pastoral
Windy City Heat
London Road

As promised, here’s the Criterions!


Recently Viewed and Recommended

Manchester by the Sea
Nocturnal Animals
Found Footage Festival Vol 7
Ouija 2: The Ouijaning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Fits

That’s it for this week, folks! Enjoy the warm weather (ignore that “chance of snow this weekend” warning) and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Video Newsletter Feb 14-20 “Holidays Galore Edition”


Love is in the air.


Two holidays in a row?! What is this, The Land of Revelry and Hullabaloo? Yesterday there was something called “Family Day”. Is that new? I don’t remember ever having a Family Day before. I guess it’s just an excuse to have a day off in February. And today is “Valentine’s Day”, or Lupercalia to you old Romans! Time to get all romantic like. It’s also “Ferris Wheel Day”! I can’t wait for “National Battery Day” on the 18th followed by “National Hoodie Hoo Day” on the 20th. The party never stops.

New Releases


Antibirth – Nice cast – Natasha Lyonne, Meg Tilly and Chloe Sevigny – enliven the bizarre body horror proceedings in which a stoner takes some weird drug and finds herself pregnant. Things just get more odd and nasty from there on in. Looking forward to this one, I am.


Arrival – Arriving on the shelves just in time for the Oscars, comes Arrival! It was my pick for best film of the year, 2016. Don’t want to build it up too much but I adored this film. It’s good smart sci-fi that packs an unexpected emotional punch. It’s a crime that Amy Adams didn’t get an Oscar nod for this. Well, there are much worse crimes to get your potatoes boiling, but you know what I’m saying.


Bad Santa 2 – The weird thing about the DVD release of Christmas films is that you get them well after Christmas. Who wants to watch a Christmas movie in February or July? Even if it is a Bad Santa. I loved the first one but I’ve only heard middling things about this sequel. I guess that what happens when a talent like Terry Zwigoff (director of the original) is not involved.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Where did this film come from? Did this even hit the theatres? An Ang Lee anti-war epic?! Yes please. As Billy Lynn comes home from a tour of duty in Iraq and embarks on a victory tour, his story of what really happened over there is told in flashbacks. I bet nothing good happened “in the shit” as they say.


Christine – Docu-drama about a TV reporter – Christine Chubbuck – who took extreme measure to deal with her depression. I won’t give away any details as I’m not a jerk. Not about spoilers anyways.


Edge of Seventeen – Dramatic high-school comedy about a young woman who finds it tough sledding when her best friend starts dating her brother. A symphony of small humiliations, I presume, ensues.


Found Footage Festival Volume 7 – Another compilation of amazing old VHS oddities selected and edited by these two funny fellas. I met and got drunk with them at the RIO a few years back. Good dudes they were. And probably still are. Available at Commercial, soon to Cambie (and soon Vol 8 for both!)


Justice League: Dark – John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood (I don’t know who these people are) join forces to fight some supernatural bad guys in this cool animated fare. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman also are along for the ride.


Nocturnal Animals – Fashion fella Tom Ford writes and directs this dark thriller starring Amy Adams (again with the Amy Adams), Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon (he of the enormous head). An art gallery owner is haunted by a novel written by her ex-husband. Weirdness and terrible things are afoot. One of Dylan’s favourites from 2016.

Coming Soon!

Hacksaw Ridge
Manchester by the Sea
American Pastoral
Windy City Heat
All Through the House
The Monster

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Nocturnal Animals
Found Footage Festival Vol 7
Ouija 2: The Ouijaning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Fits

For more fabulous recommendations click here!

That’s it for this week folks. Enjoy the warmish weather, say goodbye to the snow and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Video Newsletter Feb 7-13th “Enough is Enough Edition!



Watch out, Car-2-Go, there’s some poorly made snowmen about!

Up yours, snow, you beautiful, horrible, white-devil, you!

New Releases!


Almost Christmas – A Christmas movie in February? No thanks. I thought we all were collectively trying to forget Christmas?


Blackway – Ray Liotta is a guy named Blackway. He’s a psycho ex-cop turned crime-lord (I plan to soon be an ex-video store owner turned crime-lord, well not too soon) who harasses a nice woman that has returned home. So she enlists the aid of Hannibal Lector to help her out.


Desierto – Psycho racist border security guard (is there any other kind) hunts down some Mexicans trying to enter the US. Much mayhem, I presume, ensues.


Frank and Lola – Described as a psycho-sexual noir love story – whatever that means – this flick stars Michael Shannon and his enormous head (I want a Michael Shannon head mask for Halloween!) and the awesomely named Imogen Poots as a couple in a dysfunctional relationship. Sounds intriguing.


Loving – Very nice, low key real-life true story as such about a nice interracial couple who got arrested back in the day in good-old Virginia for being married! They then take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. I’ve never ever been able to understand why some folks get so bent out of shape over such nothing. Bunch of idiot racist psychos.


Nerdland – The amazing Patton Oswald and the lovely Paul Rudd voice a couple of nerdy loser characters desperately trying to make it in the entertainment world.


The Take – Idris Elba (so dreamy!) stars in this action thriller about a CIA guy trying to stop some psycho terrorists in Paris. If anyone can stop them it’s Idris Elba!


Trolls – Animated kids thing about some psycho internet jerks who sit around in their parent’s basement all day trying to make life miserable for folks on the internet. Or…it’s a kids film about some cute trolls doing cute troll things.


Vice Principals Season 1 – Nice sounding TV show that has Danny McBride and the fabulous Walton Goggins as a couple of Vice Principals vying for the number one top dog spot of Principal. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

Coming Soon!

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Edge of Seventeen
Quarry Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Ouija 2: The Beginning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Infiltrator
The Fits
Train to Busan
The Handmaiden

For more recommendations go here!

That’s it for this week folks. Stay warm, stay dry and remember, keep watching!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Jan 31 – Feb 6th “Not Talking About You-Know-Who Edition!”


(artwork courtesy of Grant Mercs)


In these dark and troubled times one can get overwhelmed with the constant barrage of unpleasantness concerning the political nightmare unfolding down below our belts south of the border. But we here at Black Dog laboratories are putting the kibosh on mentioning Orange Julius Caesar and his cabal of witches and warlocks. We’re here to talk about movies and movies is what we will talk about, dammit! Until at least Cheeto Mussolini drops the A-Bomb on someone.

New Releases


9th Life of Louis Drax – Neat-O looking thriller (maybe horror?) from director Alexander Aja (High Tension, Piranha) about a psychologist type fella who gets drawn into a mystery after some kid suffers a near fatal wipeout.


Broad City Season 3 – If you haven’t been watching this show, you should. It’s pretty darn funny.


Danny Says – Rock and roll doc about a fella named Danny Fields, who was involved with several well-known rock stars in various capacities. They might include The Doors, Lou Reed, The Stooges, MC5 and the Ramones amongst others. Not a bad CV. Watch and find out what Danny says!


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Most excellent adaptation of the writings of Douglas Adams follows a couple of fellas – Frodo and another guy – as they solve mysteries that are of the supernatural in nature. Good stuff.


Juste La Fin Du Monde – aka It’s Only the End of the World – The latest from Canadian superstar director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, I Killed My Mother) finds a guy returning home to tell his family that he’s dying. Let the laughs begin! Stars the always awesome Vincent Cassel and Marion Cotillard.


Queen of Katwe – Another entry into the “Ugandan girl’s life is changed when she discovers the world of chess” genre. Haven’t we had enough of these films already? Sheesh.


Sea of Trees – Odd-sounding little number from Gus Van Zant (To Die For, Milk) about a suicidal Matthew McConaughey who meets a lost Japanese fella in the woods around Mt Fuji. Life lessons and some drama, I presume, ensue.


Sherlock Season 4 – More sleuthing abounds!


Train to Busan – Fun Korean entry into the “world is over-run by fast moving zombies for some reason” genre. Some great zombie set pieces and non-stop action even out the heavy-handed melodrama for a fine zombie-filled evening on the couch.


Two Lovers and a Bear – Well-received, beautifully-filmed, unpredictable Canadian romantic drama set in the North Pole. Stars Orphan Black.


When Elephants Were Young – Touching documentary about a young boy and a young elephant who try to survive on the streets of Bangkok. The elephant exploitation trade is quite depressing and horrible in SouthEast Asia. If you’re ever in Thailand, or that part of the world, don’t ride the poor beasts, visit one of the rescue sanctuaries. That’s what we did and it was great. You get to feed them, wash them and just hang out. Highly recommended.

Coming Soon!

Almost Christmas
DCU Justice League: Dark!
Eagle Huntress
Frank & Lola
Lost in the Pacific
Vice Principals Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Train to Busan
Broad City Season 3
Dirk Gently’s Holisitc Detective Agency
The Fits
The Handmaiden
Under the Shadow
The Night Of
Better Call Saul Season 2

For more swell recommendations click this here button!

Till next week, my lovelies!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Jan 24-30 “A New Day Dawns Edition!


One hat to destroy them all!

Well, the day is finally upon us, President Sex Criminal has taken up residence in the White House. What do the next 4 years have in store (that is, of course, if he’s not impeached before then) for the world? I shudder to think. But, hey, at least we still have the movies, right? The Oscars were announced today. Lots of quality films on display (check out the chart at the bottom of the page). And while Cheeto Mussolini is making life hard for everyone, remember to stay vigilant, stay active and lean on us when you need some comfort, support and a good distraction.

New Releases!


City of Gold – Cool doc about LA food critic guy, Johnathan Gold, and what food means in this crazy, tasty world.


The Handmaiden – Sexy, twisted, weird and hypnotic thriller from Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) about a schemer who poses as a handmaiden to a rich woman but has plans to defraud her. And that’s just the start. One of our favourite most excellent flicks of 2016!


Inferno – Famous symbolist, Tom Hanks, wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia for some reason. It’s up to him and a doctor to piece together the puzzle and save the world. Be cool to wake up only to find out that you’re Tom Hanks!


Jack Reacher 2: Never Stop Reaching – aka The Reach-Around – Little Tom Cruise is back playing big Jack Reacher in this latest Jack Reacher epic. Here Jack Reacher must clear his name and uncover a major government conspiracy. I thought the American public didn’t like whistleblowers? I guess if they’re Tom Cruise, or Jack Reacher, then they’re A-OK, USA!


The Light Between Oceans – Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander live in a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Australia. They are sad because they can’t conceive (a baby). Then one day, low and behold, a baby in a boat washes up on shore. What are they to do, keep the free baby, eat the free baby or try to find it’s owners? Watch and find out!


Masterminds – Truth based comedy (whatever that means) about some bumbling funny people (Zack Galifinakis, Kirsten Wiig, etc) who decide to rob a bank. Comedy hijinks, I presume, ensue.


Under the Shadow – Well-received, cool sounding ghost story set in Tehran in the 1980’s. As a mother and daughter struggle to adjust to post-revolution Iran, a evil entity invades their house. Can’t wait to check this one out!


USS Indianapolis – What Nic Cage movie do we have for you this week? Well, how about the one where he’s a WWII navy guy on a secret mission in the Pacific and his ship gets sunk? Not good enough? Well, what if I told you that him and a bunch of other guys spent 5 days in shark infested waters? Interested now aren’t you? Based on actual things!

Coming Soon!

Everyone Else
Long Way North
Broad City S 3
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Sherlock S4
Danny Says
Girl King
Queen of Katwe

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Handmaiden
Better Call Saul S2
The Night Of
Captain Fantastic
The Fits
Ouija 2
American Honey

Oscars things that we have and that are coming. For those of you who care…



That’s it for this week folks. Talk at you soon!

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Still Fighting the Good Fight

Here’s a nice little ditty courtesy of our friends at BeatRoute magazine…


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Black Dog Video Newsletter January 17-23 “Survive We Did Edition!”



If it’s going to be that kind of party…

Well it seems that we all survived the infamous Black Dog Christmas party Sunday night relatively unscathed. There were no fistfights, nothing caught on fire and nobody got pregnant. Not this time anyways. Guess we’re all getting a little older. Big thanks to Steve at the Anza Club for plying us with booze and putting up with our shenanigans well into the wee hours. Good times but holy hotdogs, do I feel like the dog’s breakfast today (written on Monday)! Till next year!

New Releases!


Death Race 2050 – Updated brand new movie where contestants race across the country trying to run over as many people as possible. Points are scored for taking out children, the elderly and infirm and everyone in between. This is what Trump’s America looks like.


Girl on the Train – So there’s this girl, see. And she’s on a train, see. And she gets wrapped up in a mystery involving a missing woman, see. And is she part of the mystery or what? Watch and see, see.


The Greasy Strangler – Insane, gross and greasy best describes this crazy flick. Ronnie and his son Brayden run a Disco walking tour (whatever that might be). They also vie for the affections of a sexy woman who takes said tour. There’s also a evil strangler (I assume he’s very greasy) lurking about. Not for all tastes but for some for sure. Me included!


Keeping up with the Joneses – Hollywood type comedy about some normal people – Zack Galifinakis and Isla Fisher – who get tangled up in some silly espionage thing when they find out their new neighbours – John Hamm (mmmm Hamm) and Gal Gadot – are real-life spies.


Max Steel – A spunky teenager, Max, teams up with his alien buddy, Steel, to make a fabulous new superhero, Max Steel! Wish my name was Max Steel. I could go places with a name like that!


Ouija: Origin of Evil – Prequel to the terrible Ouija film from last year finds some seance scammers unintentionally inviting an evil presence into their home via a scary Ouija board. I’ve heard that this flick as actually quite good. It’s directed by the fella that made Oculus, which I quite liked. He was also born in Salem, Massachusetts, so he has that going for him.


Zero Days – Scary doc from Alex Gibney ( dude that made the very good Enron doc and hockey goon doc and doc about Scientology) about a dastardly plot by the US and Israel to unleash some nasty malware that was to destroy part of an Iranian nuclear facility but it spread beyond it’s intended purpose doing many bad things. Where did it go? What did it do? How did it get there? This is not my beautiful wife!

Coming Soon!

Broad City S3
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
The Handmaiden
Light Between Oceans
Sherlock S4
USS Indianapolis

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

The Night of
The Fits
American Honey
Don’t Breathe
The Wailing

For many more treats for you to enjoy click here!

That’s it for this week folks. Stay safe, stay dry and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video


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Black Dog Video Newsletter – Jan 10 – 16 “Par-Tay Edition!”



This is how we roll.

Just a heads-up – we’ll be closing this coming Sunday the 15th of January at 9pm – both locations – so we can all get together for our staff Christmas party! Plan your movie getting accordingly. If we survive the evening, we’ll be back open at noon on Monday.

If you or anyone you know has any DVDs for sale, we’re buying. Give the store a shout or email us here for details.

One more best of the year list (mine) can be found at the tail-end of this edition. Nothing but great movies, guaranteed!

New Releases!


The Accountant – Ben Affleck is an autistic accountant (yes, you read that right) who cooks the books for the mob or something like that. He also fires a gun at some point, judging by the cover.


American Honey – Much ballyhooed flick from Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) about a free-spirited young woman who hooks up with a rag-tag bunch of hustlers as they traverse the American landscape. Shia LaBeouf is, for some reason, in this flick as the leader of the gang. Heard nothing but great things. Nothing!


Before I Wake – A good-looking young couple adopt a child whose dreams seem to manifest themselves into reality. That could be either really weird, quite embarrassing or downright terrifying. Or all of the above. But since it’s a horror flick, I’m picking door number 3. From the director of Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil.


Birth of a Nation – Sort of remake of the olde tyme racist DW Griffith epic from 1915. Instead of focusing on the KKK and what heroes they were, this one is a little more accurate as it follows Nate Turner, who lead an uprising during the slave days.


The Fits – Strange and altogether wonderful film about an 11 year-old girl, played by the awesomely named Royalty Hightower, who becomes entranced with a dance troupe. To say more would be giving things away. That and I don’t know much more about it.


Homeland Season 5 – Carrie and the gang are back for new and exciting adventures in the spy vs spy world! This one’s set in Berlin so expect some European flavoured espionage. Beer and Bratwurst perhaps?


The Whole Truth – And everything but the truth! You can’t handle the truth! No truth for you because, as I just mentioned, you have trouble handling the truth! But if you can handle some truth, please watch Canoe Reeves as a lawyer (!) trying to get a teenager off of a murder charge.

Coming Soon!

Mr. Robot Season 2
Broad City Season 3
Death Race 2050
Girl on the Train
Keeping up with the Joneses
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Zero Days
The Greasy Strangler

And now, without further ado, because we all know how boring ado is, here’s my humble list of my favourite films of 2016. Handle with care.

1. Arrival
2. Mustang
3. OJ: Made in America
4. Hell or High Water
5. Hunt for the Widlerpeople
6. The Handmaiden
7. The Lobster
8. Captain Fantastic
9. The Big Short
10. Don’t Breathe

My list is actually about 20 films long or so. You can check out the rest of the winners here.

Worst film of the year – 31. Rob Zombie should not be allowed to make films anymore. Lazy, boring, totally inept filmmaking and without the requisite gore.
Biggest disappointment – Hail Caesar. I love the Coens, and despite some great moments, I just couldn’t get into this mess.

More current recommendations can be found here as well.

Till next week!

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