Commando (1985) The connoisseur's choice of utterly brainless retro explode-a-thon. Arnie is retired US Army colonel John Matrix (JOHN MATRIX) whose daughter is kidnapped by generically evil South American revolutionaries who try to blackmail him into carrying out a hit on the US-backed president of the country they've just failed to overthrow. He sorts things out the old-fashioned way: with small arms, machine guns, heavy artillery, brute force and post-murder quips so badly constructed and delivered they almost become Dadaist non-sequiturs.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) It's good to have a purely aesthetically pleasing film at hand which doesn't involve lasers and references to Donkey Kong , and for that you'll struggle to beat the pinks, purples, mauves and burgundies of Wes Anderson's screwball opus. Ralph Fiennes is Gustave, a concierge at the shabbily grand Grand Budapest Hotel who's accused of murder and ropes in young colleague Zero to clear his name as well as stealing an extremely valuable painting. It's very funny, very arch, and very, very gorgeous to look at. The Big Lebowski (1998) Perhaps the best stoner film ever made about an actual stoner, The Big Lebowski is mistaken identity caper that sees the Coen Brothers do their best work and Jeff Bridges do his as 'The Dude', a laid-back bowling bro who ends up embroiled in a kidnapping and extortion plot. Steve Buscemi and John Goodman make up the excellent supporting cast in a film that is ideal for a weed-watch as it gives the impression of pottering along at its own pace and minding its own business with a little philosophising on the side, but actually has the taut intrigue of a Raymond Chandler adaptation. Interstellar (2014) Some people swear by watching 2001: A Space Odyssey while in an altered state. Interstellar 's a much easier way to turn the room onto a bit of light cosmology chat. Matthew McConnaughey throws himself into a wormhole to find another habitable planet when Earth starts going a bit Planet of the Apes. There's black holes, time dilation, multiple dimensions and tesseracts all over the gaff, but none of the overwhelming sense that life is meaningless that you get with 2001 . (1975) As a big evening in wears on, the idea of shouting a film's punchlines about a second and a half before they actually arrive suddenly stops being irritating and becomes The Funniest And Most Good Thing Ever.
For that, there's no film better to shout along with than Airplane! You've already thought of about seven or eight gags you want to blurt out right now since starting this paragraph. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue! (1965) From the freewheeling plot which follows the lads' attempts to get a cursed ring off Ringo's finger and save him from being ritually sacrificed while haring around the Bahamas, the Beatles' innocent and giggly second film is completely enveloped in weed smoke. "If you look at pictures of us you can see a lot of red-eyed shots; they were red from the dope we were smoking," Ringo recalled later. It's a lot baggier than A Hard Day's Night , but its grinning, anarchic feel and easygoing charm make it ideal for enjoying with a sly late afternoon joint. All Aboard: The Canal Trip (2015) Nature docs can become utterly riveting, but being ambushed by the sight of a baby polecat being torn limb from limb by a red kite can also really kill a mood. That's where slow TV documentaries - feature-length docs shot in real time - come in. This one's shot from a single camera on the front of a barge navigating the Kennet and Avon Canal from Top Lock in Bath to the Dundas Aqueduct in real time over the course of two hours. Sometimes the camera pans to the left slightly; sometimes it pans to the right. Occasionally there's a fact about the early days of mechanised weaving. Despite the fact that nothing else happens, it's weirdly gripping. Sign up to our newsletter to get more delivered straight to your inbox. With most of the country under stay-at-home orders due to Covid-19, there is no better time than the present to grab your favorite strain, kick back in front of a great movie and forget the world for a while. While there are lots of movies out there that feature weed and iconic stoner characters, like 1993's Dazed and Confused , other movies to watch while high might not feature weed at all, but present compelling plots or visual storytelling that can be enjoyed on a distinctly separate level. To learn more about what makes for the best movies to watch high, Weedmaps spoke with Steve Bloom, writer, editor and pot culture aficionado. Among Bloom's many credits, he is the founder and publisher of CelebStoner, former co-editor at High Times , current editor-in-chief at Centennial Media ( Marijuana Goes Mainstream ), and co-author of the books, PotCulture : The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life and Reefer Movie Madness ; The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide . “What makes a stoner movie, first and foremost, is pot. Bongs, joints, lots of smoke, gags and jokes,” said Bloom. “A stoner movie is a comedy generally speaking, and the theme revolves around whatever characters — usually a couple of guys — and their marijuana use.” For Bloom, the granddaddy of all stoner movies is 1969's Easy Rider , starring Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper. But long before Easy Rider , there was the original Reefer Madness , the 1936 prohibition tale that focused on, from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), “a trio of drug dealers that lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to 'reefer' cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.” And according to Bloom, Cheech and Chong defined the comedic stoner movies as we know them with the 1978 film Up in Smoke , followed by Nice Dreams, Still Smoking, Things are Tough All Over and Roasted. These movies not only provided the much-copied formula for stoner comedy, but laid the groundwork for actor/producers like Seth Rogen, whose credits are dominated by stoner films, and writer/actor/director/producer Kevin Smith, whose stony film Clerks put him (Silent Bob) and Jason Mewes (Jay) on the Hollywood map. You can check out all of Bloom's top picks for The Top 25 Stoner Movies of All Time on the website CelebStoner, but here are some of his favorites: The Big Lebowski (1998): “The Dude is one of the great stoner characters. Jeff Bridges has had a career sort of defined by Jeff Lebowski.
The guy just wants to smoke a joint and a bowl.” 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): “This is a great example of a stoner movie with no drugs in it. [It's> considered to be one of the great stoner movies of all time because of the visuals.” Dazed and Confused (1993): ”There are so many great actors that came out of that movie. Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Parker Posey. It is really one of the true top 10 stoner movies.” Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008): “These are absolutely stoner movies. [Harold and Kumar are] Cheech and Chong-like in terms of culty weed roles with Asian stoners, they're kind of reminiscent of the Cheech and Chong formula.” Barbarella (1968): Bloom features this flick in the sci-fi section of his book. Starring a young and nubile Jane Fonda as space adventurer Barbarella, according to IMDB, she is assigned by the President of Earth to retrieve Dr. Half Baked (1998): Dave Chapelle does double duty in this film about three stoners who try to raise bail for their friend by selling stolen pot. Pineapple Express (2008): Seth Rogen and James Franco's mid-2000s stoner classic made the stoner flick mainstream and a legitimate movie genre. Seth Rogen has been a weed icon ever since and the Pineapple Express strain has become one of the most popular strains in weed culture. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019): According to Bloom, this reboot directed by Kevin Smith is the best stoner movie of 2019.
Featuring a reunited Jay and Silent Bob, the pair goes to Hollywood to stop 'Bluntman and Chronic' from being remade. If watching movies featuring stoner high jinks isn't necessarily your thing, Bloom suggests checking out movies that feature captivating visuals. He suggests movies in the realm of science fiction or animation that are visually exciting. “It's a fun experience to watch a movie that's taking you places visually,” said Bloom. “It could be a Star Wars movie, anything that's turning you on in terms of the visuals.