The Black Dog Newsletter “Rise of the Empire Edition!”


The Black Dog Newsletter “Rise of the Empire Edition!”

So we here at Black Dog Video we are taking steps to boldly enter the 21st Century! Coming soon…”The Black Dog Video Empire” will be spreading it’s tentacles into the far reaches of Youtube! We will be launching a fun and lovely project to entertain and delight in the next few weeks! Also stay tuned for a very special event happening on November 13th, 2020. Many details to follow!

New Releases!


AVA – Jessica Chastain is an international assassin. That’s about all you need to know.


The British Invasion: Beatles, Stones and The Who – Wonderful-looking (and long) documentary about your parent’s favourite bands. (At Commercial)


The Burnt Orange Heresy – Fun-looking art-heist movie. Stars Claes Bang. That’s about all you need to know.


Capital in the Twenty-First Century – Follow the money. Great doc on the history of wealth and money and (probably) terrible people. (At Commercial)


Deep Blue Sea 3 – Hey humans, stop making genetically modified sharks! You keep getting the same results!


Guest of Honour – Atom Egoyan’s latest drama centres on possible abuse and food inspection.


The King of Staten Island – Judd Apatow’s latest centres on a weed smoking wanna-be tattoo artist who must confront the realities of reality.


Town Bloody Hall – Great doc about a debate between Norman Mailer and Germaine Greer and other outspoken women in 1971.


Washington – Mini-series about George Washington, his likes and dislikes, his turn-ons and turn-offs. I heard he likes long walks in the rain on the beach while eating Chinese food. (At Commercial)

Coming Soon!

After Midnight
Before We Vanish
Judy & Punch
The Mover
Mr. Jones
The Tobacconist
The Trip to Greece
A White White Day

Also, if you’re interested in ordering any sweet boxes sets or movies, let us know. We can usually beat the Scamazon price and you’d be supporting a local business rather than giving the richest dork in the world more money. I doubt he needs a new space yacht.

That’s it for this week (recommendations on what to watch can be found here). Stay safe, stay hydrated and support your local businesses. They need your help more now than ever!

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The Black Dog Newsletter “Now’s the Time Edition!”


The Black Dog Newsletter “Now’s the Time Edition!”

So many things to tell you! I’ll do my best to keep it brief. There’s a great promotion from Vancity on until tomorrow. You can buy gift certificates for some local businesses and they’ll cover half! Buy a $50 GC for many shops (ours included) and only pay $25 (Vancity will cover the rest). It’s a great way to help out your favourite haunts, many of which are struggling during the plague, and save some money yourself! Offer expires on the 12th. Get on it!

There’s a new edition of the famed Black Dog After Dark podcast ready and willing to infect your brains!

Last thing – there’s a lovely new Blu Ray box set of all the Friday the 13th films coming out. Pre-order from us and save s few bucks (cheaper than Amazon and as a bonus you don’t have to buy from Amazon!) and we’ll probably get it to you sooner then that terrible company.


New Releases!


The Assistant – Intense drama that follows the assistant (see title) to a powerful executive over the course of one day. (At Commercial)


Dead Dicks – Wicked-looking comedy horror sci-fi dealie from friend of the shop, Chris Bavota, about suicide, siblings and well, I’m not going to mention anything more. Just watch it!


A Dog’s Courage – Nice animated fare about abandoned dogs finding their place in the world. (Today at Commercial, tomorrow at Cambie)


Gold Digger – An older woman is groovin’ on some young stud but is everything as it appears? Hope not, that’d be boring. (Today at Commercial, tomorrow at Cambie)


Swallow – Newly pregnant Hunter finds herself compelled to consume increasingly dangerous items. Zoinks! Here that this little number is squirm-inducingly great!


The Terror: Infamy – Loved the first season of this show. Hoping that this one, set in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, is just as good! (At Commercial)


Valley of the Gods – John Malkovich is an eccentric trillionaire(!) who pals around with his biographer, Josh Hartnett, while embracing Navajo lore in this odd duck of a movie. (Today at Commercial, tomorrow at Cambie)


You Don’t Nomi – Doc about the film Showgirls and how it went from disaster when it was released to the pinnacle of cult status. (I personally love this crazy film) (At Commercial)

Coming Soon!

Burnt Orange Heresy
Deep Blue Sea 3
Guest of Honor
The King of Staten Island
Town Bloody Hall

That’s it for this week folks. Thanks for reading. See you in the shops!

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Father and Son (and sometimes wife) Film Appreciation Class

Since we’re all cooped up in our abodes while the plague ravishes the land I thought we’d put together a film appreciation class! Everyday my 14.5 year-old, we’ll call him Swanson, and I (and sometimes his mother, my wife) will take in, what I consider anyways, a classic of cinema. We’ll run the gamut from silent films to a few current selections. I’m going to try to keep it fun so he won’t get bored. It will be non-linear, as in we’ll pop around the 20th Century and explore theme’s, history, where we’re at and how did we get here. Feel free to play along and chime in with thoughts and suggestions!

March 30/2020


The General (Buster Keaton – 1926) – Made on a rather large budge for the time – $750 K – and making only $475K – it was a big flop and almost ruined Keaton’s career. He later said it was the film he was most proud of. This action/comedy set during the beginning of the Civil War is known for it’s elaborate and crazy dangerous stunts. Watch for the scene when he rides on the cow catcher and tosses railroad ties to clear the way. Incredible.

Post – it was a fun film to watch again. I hadn’t seen it in ages. Cool score by the Alloy Orchestra. Swanson really liked it as well. When asked what he liked about it he replied, “It was funny, well-shot and I like that Buster Keaton guy. He’s short, has a big head and looks weird.”  There ya have it.

March 31/20


Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly 1952) – Since we just watched a silent film and since Swanson loves musicals, I thought this would be the perfect film for tonight as it deals with the struggle of a film company as the adjust going from silent movies to “talkies” or, I guess, “singies” back in the day. Famous for Kelly’s wet rain number but don’t forget Donald, um, Sutherland…nope…Pleasence…nope…Duck….um nope…O’Connor! That’s it, and, of course, Debbie Reynolds. All are amazing.

Post – All enjoyed the fun dancey film. Lots of tap. Maybe too much? Naw. Swanson says, “put it on my staff picks!” He also commented that Gene Kelly looked like Spongebob Squarepants in during one particular number.

April 1/20


Casablanca (Michael Curtiz – 1942) Look at that cast – Bogey, Bergman, Lorre, Reins, Greenstreet, others! Although Casablanca was an A-list film with big stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expected it to be anything other than one of the hundreds of ordinary pictures produced by Hollywood studio system which churned out films at an alarming rate. Who’s laughing now?

Post – I loved it. As did my wife. Swanson, not so much. He liked it but found it a little confusing. I guess one needs to know a little of the history of the time to put the film in context. Still, he admired Bogie’s enormous head.

April 3rd


Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock 1954)Swanson’s seen the Simpsons version so now it’s time for the real thing.

April 5th


The Third Man (Carol Reed 1949) – Nice to revisit the dank dark streets of post-war Vienna and get reacquainted with the friends of Harry Lime. Swanson liked it but of all the films we’ve watched for this club so far, it was his least liked. I’ll get him an American noir in his eyes soon enough.

April 6th


Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron – 2006) – I thought I’d treat Swanson to something a little more current – not just when the film was made (14 years ago!) but timely in it’s subject matter – pandemic, blame the immigrants etc. Told him to focus on the details – so much going on in the background and the intense single shot takes. Still holds up beautifully although it wasn’t his favourite film we’ve watched so far. I loved it.

April 7th


The Haunting (Robert Wise 1963) – The Haunting (original – forget the lame remake) has been one of my favourite horror films (haunted house category) for such a long time. It was our first horror film for this class and I was quite excited to show Swanson this one. I told him to look for the use of sound, art direction, editing, camera angles and shadows and the fine black and white cinematography (instead of showing you ghosts and things) to create the unsettling atmosphere and give you the chills and the scares. And to my delight (and maybe a little surprise) he loved it! The odd angles and creepy statues were highlights for him. It goes on his staff pick shelf!  That’s 4 out of 7. Not too shabby.

April 9th


A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood 1935) – The first Marx Brothers movie and any of us had seen! And what a delight. Swanson and Wife really were head over heels for it while I enjoyed it but could have done with less opera singing and harp playing. Made us want to watch more and it goes on his staff picks! What are your favourite Marx Brothers movies?

April 12/20


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman 1978) – I thought it might be appropriate given the times we’re slogging through. I mentioned to watch for the hand-held camera, quick cuts, camera angles and use of background noises to heighten the feeling of paranoia. And to look for cameos from the director and star of the original (which we watched last year and it’s the version that I prefer although I like this version’s ending better). It was great to watch again although Swanson felt there was too much running.

April 14/20


The Bank Dick (Edward Cline 1940) – Another first – none of us had seen a W.C. Fields film before. This is a weird movie. Swanson really enjoyed it (more than I did) as it has a nice light comedic tone with a sprinkling of good laughs and ends with a crazy car chase. I enjoyed the child abuse and his strange relationship with his hateful family. Bonus points for having a character named Filthy McNasty.

April 16/20


Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder 1944) Walter Neff looks at the glass of iced tea he’s been handed. “A little rum would get this on it’s feet”. A great line in a film filled with great lines. My favourite noir and now Swanson’s as well. A pleasure to watch again. On the staff pick wall it goes.

April 18/20

A surreal double bill!


Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel 1929) Thought I’d blow Swanson’s mind with 21 minutes of bizarre surreal imagery (as it blew my mind when I first saw it all those years ago). I still can’t believe this made in the 1920s. The eye slicing scene made him bury his head in a blanket. After that his comment was, “I don’t trust this film anymore”. Might be the best comment I’ve ever heard.



Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly 2001) – I’ve seen this film four times now (once the director’s cut – not recommended) and it’s still up for debate about what it’s all about and what actually happens (at least in my mind). Swanson loved it and we discussed the possibilities of what transpired for some time. but came up with no concrete answers. A great cult classic that still holds up incredibly well despite being almost 20 years old (!).

April 21/20


Duck Soup (Leo McCarey 1933) – Yes, another Marx Brothers film (watched upon recommendations made after viewing Night at the Opera). Pretty funny with a nice short run time. I think I enjoyed Night at Opera better, but this still has some inspired moments (the peanut vendor gags are gold). Swanson requested this one and he was quite enthralled with it. And I can see why Zeppo is the Shemp of the bunch. Not too sure why it was called duck soup – no ducks, no soup.

April 25/20


Little Shop of Horrors (Frank Oz 1986) – This was a Swanson pick. He’s a big fan of the stage production and soundtrack so what can I say? He enjoyed it (liked the play much more). I thought it was particularly dreadful – lame songs, flat direction, vaguely racist talking plant. I liked Steve Martin until I didn’t. I know it’s beloved by many but I cannot recommend this one at all.

April 26/20


What’s Up Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich 1972) – As this was one of my favourite comedies growing up, I was a tad apprehensive about watching it again in case it didn’t age well. Boy was I wrong. This is still one of the funniest, silliest, most wonderful of comedies. A young, sexy and totally charming Barbara Streisand leads a hilarious cast through a series of misunderstandings and mix-ups climaxing in one of the most hysterical and thrilling car chases ever. Swanson loved it as well. He said it’s probably his favourite of all the films we’ve watched so far! I was pleased as punch!

April 28/20


An American Werewolf in London (John Landis 1981) I thought I’d introduce Swanson to one of the earliest (that I remember anyways) examples of the horror/comedy genres combining for a tasty movie stew. For the most part it holds up – effects are still cool – but I forgot the “climax” starts in a porn theatre (not particularly necessary and vaguely uncomfortable to watch with a 14 year-old, “Did those places actually exist?” he asked) and all the ridiculous gory mayhem – people flying through windshields, heads crushed, decapitations, bodies strewn about during the monster’s final rampage! It was still fun but of the time for sure.

April 30/20


In a Lonely Place (Nicolas Ray 1950) – I’d been told by several people to watch this, so I did. Wow. What a great film. Bogart at his best – might be my favourite role he’s played. He’s sad, angry and pathetic. You’re still rooting for him even as he spirals out of control. A great mash-up of noir and 50’s melodrama. Swanson loved it as well. I’m constantly impressed by how much he enjoys these older films.

May 1/20


Robocop (Paul Verhoeven 1987) Some fun Friday night viewing! Still a great funny, violent satire. I love Verhoeven and now Swanson does as well. We especially laughed at the Ed-209 audition, the toxic waste fella and Ronny Cox’s long arms as he falls to his death. Good times.



Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock 1960) Hard to believe this came out in 1960. It’s still great and chilling! The boy loved it as well. Rediscovering Hitch all over again myself! I want to live in that house!

May 8/20


The Road Warrior aka Mad Max 2 (George Miller 1981) – Still my all-time favourite action film. Melted my young brain when I accidentally stumbled across it in the theatres all those years ago. Sure Fury Road is glossier with a bigger budget, but pound for pound, gimme The Road Warrior any day. Oh, and the boy and wife both enjoyed the hell out it!

May 12/20


North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock 1959) Digested another Hitchcock film. Lots of fun, maybe a bit too long (I can think of a few scenes some scissors would have been appreciated) but top notch anyway. I was never a big Hitch fan but re-watching these past few has changed that opinion. Can’t wait for Vertigo! The boy is digging the old man as well.

May 15/20


Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson 1986) – “We’ve gone on holiday by mistake!”, “I’ve had but a few ales”, “I want the finest wines know to humanity!” “Cool your boots, man” So many fine lines in this cult classic. I was worried that the boy wouldn’t be down with this funny and sad tale of down-on -their-luck actors who hightail to the country-side to rejuvenate with disastrous results. But he quite liked it (he like that fact the other guy is just called “I”). Nice to see these guys again.

May 19/20


Le Cercle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville 1970) – Look up “cool film” in the dictionary and you’ll find this wonderful French slice of crime life. Cool, not just in feeling and stature, but in the colour palette, the acting, the settings, just so cool. Wow. The boy quite enjoyed it but thought it was a bit too long (and there are no female characters in it at all). But I loved the pace and how it took it’s time to introduce the 4 main characters and how they all came together. Never boring, always cool.

May 23/20


Carrie (Brian De Palma 1976) – One of my favourite horror films growing up, this one still packs a punch. From the very uncomfortable opening shower scene to the amazing prom scene to the crucifixion scene to the great, weird last scene, Carrie still delivers the goods. And, especially, just after watching a few Hitchcock films it was fun to point out the influences on De Palma’s film. The boy loved it and that final shot scared the bejeezus out of him. Good times.

May 28/20


Safety Last! (Fred Neymeyer 1923) The forgotten (by some) contemporary of Chaplin and Keaton, Harold Lloyd is no slouch in the physical comedy department. Just watch and marvel at the 20 (or so) minute climax where he scales a building. Hold your breath laughs! Simply amazing. We all loved it (first time viewing for everyone!). A must watch for fans of this type of thing.

May 30/20


It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Stanley Kramer 1963) I remember seeing this when I was a kid and thinking it was the funniest thing ever. Looking back I wonder what I was thinking at all! Check out this cast of funny dudes (Sorry, women, I guess there wasn’t any funny ladies back then!)! Then why isn’t this film hilarious? We really enjoyed it – even at it’s 2 hour and 40 minute run-time (there’s a 3 hour and 25 minute cut out there somewhere) – the car chases and stunts are great but with all these folks involved it should have been a laugh riot. The boy totally enjoyed it and says, “put it on my picks!”.

June 3/20


City Lights (Charles Chaplin 1931) What a charmer! I’d never seen this Chaplin film before. It’s funny, sad and lovely. I like how all three of the big “silent fellas” – Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd – make their protagonist heroes poor and struggling to make it in the world. The end scene in City Lights  pushed it over the cliff for me and made me tear up a bit. I don’t think that’s ever happened in a silent film (made 5 years after the introduction of sound!) before. Loved it.

June 5/20


Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Terry Jones 1979) Of the three Python movies I’ve always found this one to be the least funny. And that remains true after last night’s viewing. That said, Life of Brian is still quite a hilarious and fun ride. So many good lines. I’m forever saying “I’m not!” in various conversations. And the aliens! Nice touch. The boy liked it but the Holy Grail is still his jam. We haven’t checked out Meaning of Life as of yet though…

June 7/20


Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock 1958) Our fourth Hitch film for the class is a wonder of lighting, mood and intensity. That said, it’s also my least favourite of the 4 we’ve watched so far. But that said, it’s still great: Jimmy Stewart and his blistering blue eyes, the lovely Kim Novak in a dual role, that crazy red restaurant, Midge. The amazing first 2/3ds are undone (for me anyways) a bit by the obsession of Scottie to get Judy done up to look like Madeline. But that’s just me. Still a great film!

June 12/20


The Exorcist (William Friedkin 1973) Time to freak the boy out! I saw this when I was around 13 or so and it’s stayed with me all these years. Arguably the scariest movie ever made. I still find it terrifying (and I’m an atheist!) and it still has the power to shock (can’t imagine what it was like to see this at Christmas time in 1973!). The boy wasn’t as freaked out as I’d hoped – he laughed at a few parts before becoming horrified – but he still enjoyed it. On the staff pick wall it goes!

June 16/20


To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan 1962) Still packs a punch to this day and as is still as relevant as when it premiered over 50 years ago. Great acting (Oscars, hello!), writing and cinematography add to the atmosphere of racial oppression, mischievous childhood antics and mysterious neighbors. Actually I had never seen this before (none of us had) and we were all riveted, especially the last 3rd. Recommended for the whole family (older kids) and is a good conversation starter.

June 20/20


The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (Norman Jewison 1966) We continue our journey down the classic screwball comedy lane (What’s Up Doc and It’s a Mad Mad Mad World) with this fun, madcap tale of a Russian submarine washing up on the shores of a tiny US island on the eastern seaboard during the height of the Cold War. Alan Arkin is amazing as the leader of the Russian crew trying to fix the problem but the show is stolen by Jonathan Winters and his amazing enormous face. A lot of fun and beautifully shot but it rolls in at number 3 of these films for me.

June 26/20


The Odd Couple (Gene Saks 1968) Classic buddy comedy provides some fine laughs due to great chemistry provided by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (my wife says, “wow Walter Matthau was pretty handsome back in the day”. Made us all laugh – to me he’s always looked old). It’s a bit dated for sure – check out the sexual harassment of the waitress scene – but with some witty one-liners from everyone in the cast, it made for a pleasant night at the movies.

June 27/20


Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky 1979) I had a feeling that this one would be a hard sell. The boy lost interest before we even started. “What, you don’t want to watch a 2 hour and 41 minute slow-moving epic Russian film?” I asked. The wife slept through some of it. I thought it was brilliant at parts and tedious at others. Beautiful to look at and even at that unwieldy running time, it did not seem that long. I’m still pondering what I watched the next day (not too sure what even happened) but I’m liking it the more I think about it.

June 29/20


M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati 1953) I’d never seen a Jacques Tati film before (none of us had) so I thought we’d start with, arguably, his most famous creation. What a strange little French film! The boy really liked the wacky characters and the absurd situations and the repetitive music and the slapstick humour and the odd way Hulot walked and such but it didn’t really work for me. Maybe I’m missing something but so many folks love this guy. Anyways, I’m glad I watched it but I don’t feel compelled to go back for more.

July 30/20


Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder 1959) Wow! It’s been a month since our last class! Life got busy I guess. Anyhoo, here’s a Billy Wilder film I’ve been putting off seeing for a very long time (my fear of Jack Lemon is the root cause). And while this was a fun, farcey sexy romp – just watch Marilyn Munroe practically devour Tony Curtis in one of the best make-out scene’s ever, there was still a bit too much zesty Lemon for my liking. The boy really liked it though!

August 7th


Hairspray (John Waters 1988) – Only the wife had seen this fun bouncy film filled with great dancing and big hair. I wanted to introduce the boy to Mr. Waters and thought this would be a good introduction rather then, say, Pink Flamingos. A big ball of good times boasts a nutty cast and it also delivers a (still) pertinent message about inclusiveness and the ridiculousness of racism. A winner!

August 9th


The Blues Brothers (John Landis 1980) I hadn’t seen this film since the mid-80s so I reckon it was time to slap it on for some cocaine-fuelled (the cast and filmmakers, not me and the boy) mayhem. We watched the extended cut on the Blu Ray which, for some reason, is shorter then the theatrical cut. I’d forgotten what a blast this film is. Great musical performances, many quotable lines (“You’re going to look pretty funny eating corn on the cob with no fucking teeth!”) and a few wrecked cars made for one of the most enjoyable times we’ve had in film class. And yes, the boy loved it!

August 20/20


This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner 1984) – Not quite as funny as I remember it. But that may be because I’ve seen it close to 30 times and knew all the jokes. Still has some priceless bits – the Stonehenge performance being the shining standout. The boy thought it was pretty good but not growing up with that type of music may have dampened his spirits a bit.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: “Home Stretch Edition!”


The Black Dog Newsletter: “Home Stretch Edition!”

So we ease on into August, the sun is out, the beer is cold and this is the last month of my reign at Black Dog Cambie! It’s weird and sad and exciting all at once. More on that to come. RJ is working tirelessly to get his paddle in the water and steer the shop boldly into the future. Wish him luck, extend a hand and support if you can. Should be cool!

New Releases!


Belgravia Season 1 – The Brits (and many others) love their upper class that has dark family secrets that are threatened to be exposed period pieces, don’t they? Rather!


The High Note – Big time singer and her overworked assistant must face a decision that could alter their lives and such!


His Dark Materials Season 1 – Excellent fantasy show that has to do with magic and animal spirits and bad guys and heroines and all that jazz.


The Gene: An Intimate History – Ken Burns gets inside you (literally almost) with this well-received doc about what make you tick.


Grantchester Season 5 – So many wrongdoings in the small town of Grantchester!


The Postcard Killings – Jeffrey Dean Morgan travels to London to find out what happened to his daughter! I imagine postcards figure into this somehow.


Primal – What would be a month without a Nic Cage film? Here he’s on a ship with a bunch of exotic animals and an international assassin who lets all the animals out of their “cages”! Excitement, I presume, ensues.

Coming Soon!

The Assistant
Dead Dicks
Dog’s Courage
Gold Digger Season 1
Valley of the Gods
You Don’t Nomi

Hey I’ve ordered a couple of these for the shop (Commercial). If you want one let me know!


Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the original Friday the 13th film (1980), this Collector’s set includes all 12 films in the franchise plus new and existing extras! • The definitive Blu-ray release of one of THE most popular and iconic horror franchises ever created!

Also here’s some suggestions of what you may like to cool down in the evening with!

Have a lovely week, stay safe, stay hydrated and remember, keep watching!

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The Black Dog Newsletter: “I Want You to Want Me Edition!”


The Black Dog Newsletter: “I Want You to Want Me Edition!”

So as you’ve probably heard, we’re in the middle (hopefully near the end) of a global pandemic! On a smaller scale that means that we won’t be getting much in the line of new Hollywood movies for a while. But RJ and myself have put our noggins together and have been scouring the film world for cool, interesting films to fill that void. Recently we’ve acquired new films from:

Werner Herzog
Terrence Malick
The Dardenne Brothers (2 films!)
Errol Morris
Ken Loach
Michael Winterbottom
Donnie Yen
Takeshi Miike
Quentin Dupieux

And more are on the way! Every week (or so). So do yourself (and us) a favour and pop in and try some of these on for size! You just might be pleasantly surprised.

New Releases!


American Dharma – Latest Errol Morris doc as he turns his critical lens on political scumbag, Steve Bannon.


Bacurau – Strange, but amazing sounding film set in a small town in Brazil where strange things are happening. RJ assures me that I will love this film. I hope you do as well. Has Udo Kier in it so I’m sold.


In the Fog – Intense, slow burning and haunting are words that can be used to describe this WWII film from Russia. Sign me up!


Unknown Girl – Latest intense film from the Dardenne Brothers (The Son, The Child) finds a teenager dying after being ignored at a doctor’s office. (at Commercial, soon to Cambie)


Zombi Child – Cool looking French film finds a girl telling a family secret about…well my guess it may involve zombies! (at Commercial, soon to Cambie)

Coming Soon!

(today and tomorrow!)

Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
Come and See – Blu Ray
Postcard Killings
Ride Your Wave
Survive the Night
Jack Ryan Season 2
Dead Dicks
His Dark Materials
Postcard Killings

And we lost a couple of screen legends over the weekend, Olivia de Havilland (she was 104! And in Gone with the Wind!) and a Black Dog favourite, John Saxon (Enter the Dragon, Black Christmas). Here’s a photo of me with John Saxon and Kier-la (former Black Dogger and creator of Cinemuerte Film Fest) from way back in 2003. He was a very nice gentleman.


That’s it for this week, folks. Stay out of the punishing sun, drink plenty of fluids, have fun and keep watching!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Lava Hot Edition!


Well, you wanted the hot weather, you got the hot weather! It’s a little on the toasty side for my liking but I’m not going to complain. Might be time for a socially distanced visit to one of Vancouver’s lovely beaches! And then home to watch a movie!

If you’re doing some cleaning/downsizing and want to unburden yourself of your DVD collection, we are taking donations of every and all kinds! We can offer a little money or in-store credit for ones that we fancy as well. Send me an email –

New Releases!


Come and See – Intense, grim, insane WWII film from Russia gets the Criterion treatment! (Blu Ray coming soon!). I saw this at the film fest a number of years ago and parts of it are still seared into my brain. Top notch!


Gundala – Indonesian super-hero does battle with the wicked Pengkor (lousy Pengkor!) and his diabolical band of evil orphans!


The Outsider – Mini-series based on a pretty good Stephen King book about some nasty murders and the strange events surrounding them. Yep, sounds like Steve King alright.


Strange But True – A woman surprises the family of her dead husband with the news that she’s pregnant with his baby. Surprise!


Wild Goose Lake – Cool-looking Chinese gangster epic about a gangster on the lam. I’m in!


You Should Have Left – Kevin (Mmmm) Bacon stars in this little horror number about a family moving into a possibly haunted house! (At Commercial, soon to Cambie)

Coming Soon!

American Dharma
Queen of the Desert – Blu Ray
Unknown Girl
In the Fog
Zombi Child

We just released another Pandemic Edition of our podcast! Listen in as myself, Dylan and Alex discuss the Chuck Heston end of the world 70’s saga, Omega Man! Not to toot any horns but I think it’s one of our best and funniest episodes to date!

Also if you need some suggestions for what to watch on these hot steamy nights, check out or new release recommendations and also a few classics you may enjoy!

See you in the shops! Stay hydrated, sunscreened and safe!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Phase IV Edition!


Now entering Phase IV ( I, for one, welcome our ant overlords!) of the “getting back to whatever normal might be” of this current plague! Thus we’d like to announce the following Hours of Operation update :

Commercial Drive

Monday to Wednesday – 12-8pm
Thursday to Sunday – 12-9pm


Monday to Thursday – 2-8pm
Friday to Sunday – 12-9pm

Hopefully this will be the last change in our opening times but who knows what this crazy future holds?

New Releases!


Atlanta Season 2 – Season 2 of this highly acclaimed show!


Better Things Season 3 – Season 3 of this highly acclaimed show!


Castle Rock Season 2 – I liked Season 1 enough, hoping for good Steve King type chills in this one. Commercial location only.


Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 – Amazing that this awesome show is still consistently funny after all these 10 awkward years.


Enter the Fat Dragon – Laughs and kicks courtesy of the amazing Donny Yen!


Greed – Fun-looking satire on the rich and orange! From Winterbottom and Coogan!


The Peanut Butter Solution – Fun and wonderful (so RJ tells me) kids flick from 1985 about ghosts, peanut butter and premature baldness.


Scoob! – Latest Scooby-Doo adventure involves the ghost dog Ceberus! Ruh-Roh!


Sorry We Missed You – Latest kitchen sink drama from Ken Loach finds a family struggling to make ends meet in today’s gig economy. Get ready for some laughs!


What You Gonna do When the World is on Fire? – Intense doc that looks at a predominately Black community in the South that, in the summer of 2017, was rocked by a series of brutal killings of young black men. Seems very timely. Commercial location – soon to Cambie.

Coming Soon!

American Dharma
Queen of the Desert – Blu Ray
Unknown Girl
Grantchester Season 5
Samurai Marathon

That’s about it for this week folks! If there’s anything you want to buy, let us know! Some interesting things being released lately!



Have a safe and lovely week!
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The Black Dog Video Newsletter “The Days of our Black Dog Lives Edition!”


On today’s episode of The Days of our Black Dog Lives, Darren says, “Although there isn’t much in the line for new things coming out of Hollywood for the next few months, he and RJ have been scouring the world looking for smaller, more interesting films to fill up the New Release shelves! And we’ve uncovered some gems!” And he repeats himself by saying, “Black Dog now offers our great deals – 3 new ones for the price of 2 and 5 catalogue films for $15 – everyday!”
Josie chimes in with, “Come in and take a chance on something different or delve into our rich selection of older films! We’ll need your help weathering the next few months in this rocky boat we call the SS Plague!”
RJ is also quite excited, and maybe a little stressed, with the impending takeover of the Cambie shop. Come in and give him, and the rest of us, some love!
Alex breaks a chair.

Tune in next week for another exciting episode of The Days of our Black Dog Lives!

New Releases!


Blood Quantum – Fun looking zombie dealie where only First Nations folks are immune to the zombie plague! From the guy who brought you Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Really looking forward to this one!


The Chambermaid – Highly touted drama that follows a chambermaid who works at one of Mexico City’s luxurious hotels.


A Hidden Life – New film by the (now) prolific Terrence Malick is the true story of a guy who refuses to fight for the Nazis back in the day. Something tells me it doesn’t end well for him. Blu Ray coming soon!


Inheritance – A woman inherits (see title) a vast fortune but it with comes a scary secret! Aliens? Druids? Freemasons? Trump Supporter? You decide!


Leto – Cool-looking, well-reviewed Russian film about a love triangle involving a rock musican (trouble) his protégé and his wife! Ruh-Roh!


Queen of the Desert – Herzog film starring Nicole Kidman as Gertrude Bell, traveler, writer, archeologist, explorer, vampire. (not too sure about the vampire part). Blu Ray coming soon.


Trolls World Tour – I don’t know what this is.


Woman Who Loves Giraffes – Lovely doc about Anne Dagg who, well, loves giraffes!

Coming Soon!

Atlanta Season 2
Better Things Season 3
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10
Enter the Fat Dragon
Peanut Butter Solution
Sorry We Missed You
What You Gonna Do When the World is on Fire?

If you need some recommendations for things to check out, look no further than here!

And we also have our swell new shirts in stock to make you look fabulous this summer!


Peace out. Stay Safe. Keep it real.

We are on…


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The Black Dog Video Newsletter! “Huge Canada Day News Edition!”


The time was fall of 2019, Lizzo topped the charts and stole our hearts, fuzzy sandals were all the rage and The Joker made us laugh at ourselves. It was also the time when I informed the employees at the Cambie Black Dog shop that we would be closing in the spring of 2020. March 5th was to be our last day of operations. I picked that date because it was March 5, 1996 when I first opened up for business. Seems like a life-time ago. I would have loved to make it 25 years but, alas, forces were conspiring against us. The combination of dwindling sales, lease expiring later in 2020 coupled with and an increase in rent all led to this very difficult decision. The stress and anxiety of trying to keep a failing business operational had become too much for me. I was going to announce our closure to the world on January 2nd, 2020.

But then like an angel riding a unicorn across a field of rainbows, I had an offer to purchase my much-loved 24 year-old baby. After some friendly negotiations I reached a deal with the much-loved RJ! That’s right, RJ will be taking over the reigns by the end of July. It was to have taken place in March but then the plague hit and put everything on hold. RJ is in the process of securing a few pieces of the financing puzzle and is terribly excited to see his dream come to life. We wish him all the best in this tough industry but if anyone can pull it off, he can. And I’m very happy to see that our collection remains together as to offer you the best selection of movies in the land! Streaming services ain’t got nothin’ on us!

The Commercial shop will remain open under the Black Dog umbrella.

New Releases!


Beecham House – TV series about some British folks living and loving and laughing and lounging in a mansion near Delhi at the turn of the 19th Century.


Buffaloed – Comedy/drama about a debt-collector who will do what it takes for her to get out of Buffalo, NY. Can’t blame ya, sister.


Complicity – Chinese fella moves to Japan where he buys a false identity and ends up working at a noodle shop.


Corpus Christi – Oscar nominated Polish film about a criminal punk who wants to become a priest. Insert joke here.


Deerskin – Quentin Dupieux (Rubber) returns to the weird and wonderful with this tale of a supernatural jacket! Fun, strange times!


Force of Nature – Mad Mel slinks back onto the screen in this tale of a hurricane heist.


Last Moment of Clarity – Fella witnesses his fiancé being murdered only to see her in a Paris movie house later on! What’s even happening here?!


Promise at Dawn – French Bio-pic about a guy doing things in WWII.


Spielberg – Documentary about an up and coming filmmaker. You may have heard of him.


Tomboy – Earlier effort from the writer/director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire about a young girl who presents as a boy.


Wildlife – Good-looking cast in this good-looking drama about a family dealing with the dad leaving home for a dangerous job.

Coming Soon!

A Hidden Life
Woman Who Loves Giraffes
The Chambermaid
Blood Quantum
Trolls World Tour
Atlanta Season 2

That’s it for this week, folks! Sorry about the length but there is just so much to tell you! Remember the new hours at Cambie Mon-Thurs 2-8pm. Friday-Sunday 12-8. Commercial is 12-8 everyday. See you all soon!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Ensconcing Your Lovely Flesh Edition!


A fresh new desirable line of T-Shirts just washed up on the shores of your favourite video shop (Black Dog Video)! Only $19.99 and you could be the envy of all your friends and enemies. We’ve also just received another batch of the amazing “Dogtropolis” shirts designed by the lovely and talented Vanessa! Get ‘em before you can’t!


New Releases!


Abe – Nice little comedy/drama about a 12-year old dude named Abe, who loves cooking so much he whips up a big dinner for his half Israeli and half Palestinian family. What could possibly go wrong?


Arkansas – Crime drama about crime going wrong for characters named Frog, Bright, Swin and Kyle. Pretty good cast.


The Etruscan Smile – Sweet film with an unwieldy title finds the always great Brian Cox as a gruff old Scotsman who reluctantly travels to San Fran to get medical treatment. There he ends up staying at his estranged son’s place. Life lessons, I presume, ensue.


Extra Ordinary – An Irish driving-instructor with supernatural abilities is asked to help prevent a washed-up rock star from signing a pact with the devil for a return to fame. Not a documentary but a funny comedy ghost horror comedy.


One Cut of the Dead – Awesome Japanese comedy horror zombie comedy horror movie about some kids making a low-budget zombie movie when an actual zombie outbreak breaks out. Yes please!


When Lambs Become Lions – Intense, excellent documentary that looks at the Kenyan ivory trade from both the poacher’s and the ranger’s perspectives.


Young Ahmed – New film from the always amazing Dardenne brothers (The Son, The Child, Two Days, One Night) finds a Belgian teenager hatching a plot to murder his teacher after he embraces an extreme interpretation of the Quaran. Ruh-Roh!

Coming Soon!

The Banishment
Beecham House
Corpus Christi
Force of Nature
Last Moment of Clarity
Promise at Dawn
Turin Horse
Wicked Wicked
Winter Hunt

That’s it for this week, folks. If you need some recommendations on what to check out, check out our various recommendations pages (goes well with our 5 catalogue titles for $15 deal or 3 New Releases for the price of 2!). All kinds of nice things can be found there!

Make sure that you tune into next week’s episode of the newsletter as we will have a major announcement to announce! Till then, take care and be safe!

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