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10 trippy movies for stoners

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In celebration of the growing legality of marijuana use in the United States and its unofficial holiday of 4/20, most people churning out these lovely little lists across the interwebs would likely give you a list of stoner comedies, with your usual Cheech & Chong, Harold & Kumar or Seth Rogen selections. However, in the interest of the mind-expanding powers of brain chemistry alteration, how about we cobble together ten films that would be really cool to watch while baked – ones that may not have anything to do with actual weed enthusiasts. With that in mind, here are ten very trippy movies for stoners of all kinds. Okay, most kinds. I’m leaving Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” off the list because any self-respecting stoner already knows that one. You may ask how much a recreational drug user could really respect themselves, but then again, maybe you should keep your moral judgments to yourself, huh? You stole fizzy lifting drinks! Good day, sir!

Wait… what was I doing? Oh, yeah. Freaky movies!


1. “MirrorMask” (2005)

The old threat from kids to their parents was that if they were too strict, they would run away and join the circus. This Dave McKean film from a Neil Gaiman screenplay, however, shows us a girl who runs away from the circus into an even stranger fantasy world, brought forth by guilt over her mother’s suffering. The Jim Henson Company is at work here, crafting something in the spirit of “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth,” but something altogether new – and truly strange.


2. “The City of Lost Children” (1995)

If Jean-Pierre Jeunet is involved, you know you are going to get a stylistically-charged film, as you will have seen by now with “Delicatessen” and “Amelie,” and if you haven’t, you should have. This 1995 film he directed with Marc Caro focuses on a mad scientist named Krank whose cult kidnaps children in order to steal their dreams, and stars Ron Perlman as a carnival strongman and sailor who is trying to save his brother alongside a young orphan named Miette. Dominique Pinion playing six identical clones is a real treat, but the haunting imagery of this beautifully brilliant piece of work doesn’t even require altering the brain chemistry to love.


3. “Brazil” (1985)

You cannot make a list such as this without including the work of the amazing visual artist Terry Gilliam. One is tempted to drop in the fever dream that is “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” but we’re staying away from completely obvious choices here. “Brazil” stars Jonathan Pryce as Sam Lowry, a low-rung grunt in a dystopian, Orwellian society dreaming of being a hero to a damsel in distress. When he actually meets the dream woman in his reality as a result of a bureaucratic snafu about a suspected terrorist (Robert De Niro) that resulted in the death of her husband, he starts upon a wild, dangerous journey deep into his own mind. Watch this and yours will be well and truly blown, man.


4. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

While “A Clockwork Orange” might also be a good choice from Stanley Kubrick, the old ultraviolence can harsh one’s mellow. But his epic masterpiece spanning the Dawn of Man to Beyond the Infinite has long periods of dialogue-free introspection about the mysteries of the universe, the threat of artificial intelligence and the history of our species. This is the mind-expanding thinkpiece that makes the perfect stimulation for the chilled-out, introspective weed experience.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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