You can tell a lot about someone by their movie collection. Last week on #CouchLock The Stevil Dead (Steve Stebbing) gave us an in depth look into his twisted mind with his top five stoner flix. This week it’s my turn to give you five of my favorites which might say something about me.
This Mel Brooks 1987 comedy was a Star Wars parody that still holds up today, okay maybe after a few hits of some fine shatter.
George Lucas actually read the script, approved of the film and even helped Mel Brooks out with the special effects. Rick Moranis was fantastic as Dark Helmet and Bill Pullman was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the hero Lone Starr.
I enjoyed the film when I was kid, cannabis free, but when I grew older it became a late night, home from the bar, stoner classic.
#4 Office Space
I’m always amazed how this little film has etched itself into our culture. It’s so fun to break into your best Bill Lumberg and go on about TPS reports and “If you could go ahead and come in on Saturday, that’s be greeeaat…mmmkay?”
Directed by Mike Judge, this cult comedy strikes all the right notes in people’s desire to get out of their little cubicle and just do whatever they want and live life to the fullest. It’s essentially a big middle finger towards corporate America.
Why has no one made a “jump to conclusions” mat?
#3 The Matrix
Remember the first time you saw this 1998 science fiction classic?
I remember some buddies dragging me to a movie theatre having no clue what this film was about. All I knew is that it starred Keanu Reeves who, at the time, wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire with his movie roles.
Fortunately, the The Matrix was not another Johnny Mnemonic but, instead, a carefully crafted film about humans being slaves to machines.
The Wachowskis created a sci-fi masterpiece and revolutionized action scenes that many tried to duplicate. We won’t talk about the sequels, but I did enjoy The Animatrix.
#2 Ghost in the Shell
Clearly I have a cyberpunk fetish. Everyone remembers their first. Well, 1995’s Ghost in the Shell was the very first film I smoked cannabis to. I laughed, I cried, I passed out.
I’ve watched it many times since and it has become one of many anime films that I still enjoy to this day after a few puffs.
This science fiction anime film is based on the manga series of the same name.
Director Mamoru Oshii and the Production I.G. team created a visual masterpiece and it’s regarded by many as the greatest film ever made in the genre. At the time, the movie was state-of-the-art in combining tradition cel and CGI animation.
The original is definitely worth watching but there is 2008 version called Ghost in the Shell 2.0 where the animation has been updated for the times. I prefer the older version.
#1 The Big Lebowski
Steve never included this classic on his list, which is blasphemy.
How this is not on anyone’s top five is beyond me, but, I guess, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.
Considered by many (…er, me) to be Jeff Bridges’ greatest and most iconic performance. In fact, they celebrate the Dude every year at Lebowski Fest, White Russians included.
You add a fantastic cast with the likes of John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and Philip Seymour Hoffman to name a few, and this 1998 Coen Brothers classic will really tie the room together.
This is easily my favourite stoner flick of all time.
There were so many more I could have added to this list — why did we only do a top 5?
Anyway, by the time you are reading this, I probably have already changed my mind.
Now you got a little taste of what Steve and I are all about. You can watch and listen to us review all the new film releases on Flix Anonymous here on Cannabis in Canada every Friday. We also include some stoner flix recommendations.
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