21 Films to watch when Stoned
Picture this.... you've just rolled a big spliff, a few friends are on their way round with some snacks and you're in charge of picking the evening's entertainment. Weed & Films go together like Macaroni & Cheese so we've done the hard work for you and picked a selection of our favourite movies to watch when we're high.
Whether it's an outlandish comedy you want, mind melding sci-fi or post apocalyptic anime, or some real gritty crime action, this list has it all. So sit back, fire up that big spliff and let's get stuck in.
In no particular order....
Method Man & Redman team up for this classic stoner comedy, full of proper laugh out loud moments & a wicked soundtrack to boot. The film focuses on the lives of Jamal (Redman) & Silas (Method Man) and their exploits which lead them to getting into Harvard University after smoking some extra high grade courtesy of their mate Ivory.
Half Baked was Dave Chappelle's first major lead role and as anyone who has watched Chappelle show will know just how hilarious he can be. He also wrote the film with his writing partner for Chappelle Show, Neil Brennan! Cameos include Willie Nelson & Snoop Dogg (is there a stoner film they aren't in?) and the story follows four friends and their escapades when one of them gets arrested and they have to raise the bail money to save him. Hilarity ensues.
More buddy film action here as Ice Cube teams up with Chris Rock to bring you a story about one day in the South Central, Los Angeles. Written by Ice Cube & DJ Pooh as a backlash against the negative portrayal of the 'Hood', they wanted to show the positive aspects and drew heavily on their own experiences. With more quotables than you can shake a stick at, this is a essential film to smoke to.
This one is jokes from start to finish, and as the title suggests there is lots of ganja smoking and weed based humour. Buddies Seth Rogen & James Franco become unlikely friends after a series of unfortunate events take place centering around their favorite strain, Pineapple Express! Written by Rogen himself and released in 2008, Pineapple Express has gained a real following and it also features actor Danny McBride in one of his breakout roles.
Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is based on the book by Gonzo Journalist & expert Drug taker, Hunter S. Thompson. Directed by the inimitable Terry Gilliam with Johnny Depp taking up the lead role as Raoul Duke & Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo, the film can easily claim the title Cult Classic.
First up in our Sci-Fi segment is the all time cinematic tour de force, The Matrix. Released back in 1999 the film was groundbreaking on many levels, especially the special effects, most notably the 'bullet time' effect. The story follows the path of Neo and his 're-awakening' in a post apocalyptic world where machines are controlling the human race and features some truly draw dropping action scenes.
Christopher Nolan's mind bending science fiction action thriller is a real piece of cinema history. Innovative special effects and a concept that kept the audience guessing made Inception a true classic for the modern day. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who is able to infiltrate people's dreams and the plot follows Leo through his trickiest heist to date, leaving you questioning reality.
Another Christopher Nolan masterpiece here, a film that bends space and time to great effect. Similar to our previous choice, Inception, Interstellar messes with your mind and boasts some fantastic visuals and sound design. Turn the lights off and prepare to be amazed.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Here we are, the grand daddy of the Sci-Fi genre, 2001; A Space Odyssey. A film from famed director Stanley Kubrick which looks at deep subject matter such as existentialism, artificial intelligence, human evolution and technology. This standout film was very much ahead of its time and is still revered to this day as one of the best films of all time.
Ghost In The Shell
Our first trip to Japan & also the first Anime to make the list, Ghost In The Shell is an essential piece of Cinema. Based on the Manga of the same name, G.I.T.S is set in a dystopian future with stunning cyberpunk visuals plus a fantastic script & plot make this a crucial film to add to your list. Make sure you prepare some Couch Lock Chronic and enjoy the ride.
Akira is from the same studio as Ghost In The Shell and follows a similarly brilliant visual style. Originally released in 1988 its was the most expensive Anime of its time and it set in the futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. An intense journey from start to finish and an equally trippy soundtrack have made this a a must watch movie for stoners for generations.
Staying in Japan, next up we have the amazing 'Spirited Away. People have dismissed this as a kids film however I assure it is anything but. Although this is the only film from Studio Ghibli to make the list I implore you to check out their whole catalogue as, simply put, they all have stunning visuals & deal with real existential topics. Not only is there a lot of deep meaning here, there is also plenty of laugh out loud moments and situational comedy, all illustrated in that classic Studio Ghibli style.
Got to have at least one Ridley Scott film on the list! Based on the admired Philip K. Dick novel 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?' Blade Runner is the archetypal dystopian future movie. With thematic complexity and visuals plus a futuristic soundtrack and sound design Blade Runner is perfect for a late night smoke.
Another Terry Gilliam film here, 12 Monkeys is a proper mind-fuck! Borrowing heavily from the the short film La Jetée (1962), 12 Monkeys features an all star cast of Bruce Willis & Brad Pitt set against a world where the population has been decimated by a deadly virus (fancy that!!) and are forced to live underground. Mental Hospitals, Time Travel, an Epidemic make this film a trip to say the least.
Staying on that psychological thriller vibe, next up we have cult classic Donnie Darko. One of the best independent films of all time, DD was initially released with little or no commercial success. Only after word of mouth spread, amongst stoners and late night film enthusiasts, did it achieve the status it holds today. Paranoid, Troubling, Dark and sometimes outright trippy!
The first Quentin Tarantino film to make the cut is True Romance, a gritty romantic crime film which is directed by Tony Scott so you know there going to be plenty of action. Another all star cast here too, Christian Slater, Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt & Christopher Walken to name just a few plus our favourite composer Hans Zimmer is on hand too to provide a brilliant score. Fast paced action at it's best.
Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2
Definitely up there as one of the best Tarantino films, Kill Bill is a cinematic triumph. It of course includes many examples of Tarantino's love of cinema, references to his previous films and films he has been influenced by plus a soundtrack based entirely out of previously released music. Grindhouse cinema, martial arts, blaxploitation and spaghetti westerns all blended together to make one of Tarantino's biggest productions to date. The original film was around the four hour run-time so was indeed split in two for release so make sure to watch Part 2 as part of your movie marathon.
From laugh out loud dialogue to gory murders in the same breath, Chopper is not for the faint hearted. Based on the books of Australian career Criminal Mark 'Chopper' Reid, the film stars Eric Bana in one of his breakout roles. Both charming and deeply disturbing, Chopper will have you on the edge of your seat and you'll be quoting lines to your friends from the film before you know it.
We started with some stoner buddy comedy so let's finish up with a couple. Ted, written by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, features Marc Wahlberg who's best friend is, well, his childhood Teddy bear. If that wasn't strange enough, Ted is a wee smoking, outspoken, trash-talking womaniser. Fans of Family Guy will instantly recognise the hallmarks of Seth Macfarlane's comedy and for those of you who haven't seen it will be rolling on the floor laughing. Try some of this to help the laughs along a bit....
Harold & Kumar Go To Whitecastle
More Stoner Buddy action here because why not?!? When you're smoking have you ever just really craved some proper munch? Well these guys did and the journey to find that perfect burger led them to getting into all kinds of hijinks. Essential viewing for your smoking session with your mates for sure.
"My house has many leather bound books..."
Finishing off our list is Anchorman. We couldn't leave out one of our favourite actors, Will Ferrell who stars as off-beat, eccentric News Anchor Ron Burgundy. This is still a buddy comedy, however instead of having two protagonists there are four, the Channel 4 News team made up of Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner. Tongue in cheek humour and off the wall scenarios from the outset!