There is a lot to puff to this extended weekend, like a smoking hot new LP from Lana Del Rey and Liam Hemsworth breaking terrible in “Killerman.”
Welcome back to Heady Entertainment, MERRY JANE’s weekly guide to just-released motion pictures, books, and music — all fresh, dank, and THC-friendly. In certain, we decide on our picks primarily based on how they can improve your combined consumption of cannabis and entertainment.
As summer time winds down, film theaters can ultimately roll out lit flicks beyond all these mega-franchise blockbusters. Decrease essential, in this case, unquestionably translates to enjoyable stuff to see although higher. Do not Let Go is a time-trip fright fest The Fanatic casts John Travolta as a homicidally freaked-out film fan and the ace thriller Killerman stars Liam Helmsworth as a memory-wiped crook on the run from dirty cops.
Streaming choices start out with Dave Chappelle in a new standup specific, Sticks and Stones then veer into thoughts-blowing, bong-passing visual fantasy by way of Carnival Row on Amazon Prime and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix.
The weekend’s vintage cult curiosities are a wild pair: the actually spaced-out sex comedy Flesh Gordon and the hilariously ultra-low-cost cowboy-vampire non-epic, Billy the Kid vs. Dracula.
New music gives an ear-opening, brain-bending array of smoke-inviting sonic possibilities with new releases from Lana Del Ray, Tool, and Pharmakon.
So let’s get straight — but not “straight” — to this week’s fresh-rolled suggestions.
Director: Malik Bader
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero
Erupting up seemingly from nowhere, Killerman explodes on screen as the surprise action-mystery ass-kicker of the year. Liam Hemsworth stars as a Moe Diamond, a New York City revenue launderer who wakes up with millions of dollars in money and drugs, an army of violently crooked cops out to off him, and totally no concept how any of this occurred. Smoke tough, ease back, and let Killerman run wild all more than you this weekend. In spite of the amnesia narrative, this one particular will be tough to overlook!
Do not Let Go (2019)
Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Cast: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson
Do not Let Go plays out like two separate, hyper-intense thrillers linked by a cosmic shift in time and space. Just after detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) gets a telephone get in touch with from his not too long ago murdered niece, Ashley (Storm Reid), he functions with her across distinct planes of reality to each resolve and, he hopes, protect against the crime.
Watched without the need of getting stoned, Do not Let Go is a riveting nail-biter. Of course, we propose watching it stoned, even though, and munching on snacks additional scrumptious than nails as your consciousness keeps up with the action.
The Fanatic (2019)
Director: Fred Durst
Cast: John Travolta, Ana Golja, Devon Sawa
For the previous handful of years, John Travolta’s been starring in a lot of, let’s say, sub-Hollywood motion pictures you have possibly smoked to immediately after hitting the Red Box for a rental or clicking play someplace on-line.
These flicks have their charms, but The Fanatic brings Travolta back to the major-screen and reinvents him as a terrifying, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing stalker out to make a permanent effect on his favored action star (played by Devon Sawa). Honor the man’s comeback, and this hair-raising film, by toking up effectively prior to catching The Fanatic in a right film theater (edibles sprinkled on your popcorn will function, also).
Dave Chapelle: Sticks and Stones (2019)
Each new Dave Chappelle specific is a stoner comedy milestone. His most recent Netflix hour, Sticks and Stones, is specifically additional. At this point, the comic clearly does not give a fuck what people today assume. To wit, the new material contains why he does not think Michael Jackson’s accusers, a defense of Louis CK, and a basic rebuttal of all “cancel culture.”
Carnival Row: Season One particular
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevigne, Tamzin Merchant
Watch: Amazon Prime
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in Carnival Row, an eight-episode fantasy series that packs weed-fueled meals for believed by reimagining America’s present immigration crisis back in 19th-century Victorian England.
As an alternative coming from other nations, even though, the refugees in Carnival Row are fairies, fauns, and other mythical creatures.
Beyond the intriguing storyline, the show’s optical effects are 1st-price, and it is a kick to be higher when beings with wings and horns start out possessing a lot of sex on-camera.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Season One particular
Voice Cast: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel
The 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal is an all-time stoner cinema thoughts-blower that combines pot-friendly medieval creatures and acid-splashed psychedelic adventure with an all-puppet cast.
The new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance requires spot in the exact same universe as the film and — how dope is this? — the show stays accurate to only applying puppets alternatively of copping out and going the CGI route.
Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel lead an all-star voice cast that also contains Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Simon Pegg, Keegan-Michael Crucial, Helena Bonham Carter, Caitriona Balfe, Eddie Izzard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Alicia Vikander.
Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)
Director: William Beaudine
Cast: John Carradine, Chuck Courtney, Melinda Casey
Get It: Kino Lorber
In the annals of hilariously haphazard, so-terrible-it is-worth-ten-bongloads cinema, director William “One Shot” Beaudine may well in fact rank under the notorious Ed Wood on the talent scale.
That indicates, of course, that Beaudine’s bargain basement horror-western Billy the Kid vs. Dracula is a need to-see for marijuana-enflamed B-film fans — and right here it is now by means of the miracle of Blu-ray.
Hollywood legend John Carradine stars as The Count, veteran stuntman Chuck Courtney plays the outlaw, and Melinda Casey, as the damsel in bloodsucking dristress, screams at a ton of rubber bats bouncing on visible strings.
Flesh Gordon (1974)
Director: Howard Ziehm
Cast: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Candy Samples
Get It: Amazon
Sending up campy Hollywood space operas of the ‘30s by way of ‘70s drive-in sex-flick madness, Flesh Gordon has extended reigned as a midnight film favored. It continues to astound 1st-time viewers with gloriously terrible puns, relentlessly clear attempts to get its stars naked on-camera, and a complete lot of in fact fairly cool specific effects.
Just after a Sex Ray from an additional globe enslaves Earth, it is up to musclebound hero Flesh Gordon (Jason Williams) to launch his dong-shaped spaceship toward the planet Porno so he can battle Emperor Wang (Lance Larsen).
Audiences have been inhaling an complete cosmos-worth of cannabis to Flesh Gordon due to the fact its debut. Now, here’s your likelihood to do the exact same with a new Blu-ray. Just watch out for the Penisaurus!
Get It: Bandcamp
As Pharmakon, New York noise guru Margaret Chardiet shatters the possibilities of music and launches every piece in a million distinct directions, with every one particular landing square in the most psychedelic pits of the listener’s brain. Devour is but an additional sumptuous ear-feast of frantic racket-creating shot by means of with druggy peaks and deep-dive valleys.
Get It: Tool Official
By combining classic stoner metal heaviness with hallucinogenic prog-rock and filtering it by means of virtuoso musicianship led by visionary frontman Maynard James Keening, Tool carved out a one of a kind icon status in the annals of music for marijuana lovers.
Worry Inoculum is Tool’s 1st album in 13 years (a suitably witchy quantity). It consists of seven epic explorations that harken back to the group’s art-freak roots although blasting off to extremes that only veteran psychonauts of this caliber could come across — then requires us all along with them.
Norman Fucking Rockwell
By Lana Del Ray
Get It: Apple Music
One particular of the most anticipated music releases of the year also turns out, unexpectedly, to be the most potent to pair with pot. As a globally obsessed-more than singer-songwriter, Lana Del Ray confounded the expectations of even her deepest devotees earlier this year by issuing “Venice Bitch” as the 1st single from her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell.
Although “Venice Bitch” begins out as normally beautiful Lana lament, it at some point veers into an pretty much ten-minute soundscape of electronic experimentation, poetic chunks of random lyrics, and, in all, a ideal introduction to Lana Del Ray’s most adventurous work to date.
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