Oh society. Social norms. Being engulfed in the capitalistic mindset, plugging away for 8 hours a day, stuck in the rat race attempting to keep up with what’s deemed ‘successful’, and doing so uninterrupted, with no single change –
it can all get a little…too much, to say the least.
That’s why we need to escape. Sometimes hanging out with friends helps. Other times it’s taking part in one of the many different consumption methods of cannabis. And still, at other moments it’s watching movies.
But what if you put all three together?
Yes, that’s right – friends + movies + cannabis.
So, if you find yourself along this path and/or if you’re just craving to break free from traditional thinking, here’s part 2 of our list of stoner movies (part 1 is here) that can help. Starting from number 6.
Looking to hurl out into the solar system in a hypnotic trip? With Contact you can. The opening scene allows you to hover over Earth, as you listen to a cacophony of radio signals that humanity has sent into the corners of space.
Based on the best-selling novel by Astronomer Carl Sagan, this stoner movie follows scientist Ellie Arroway, played by Jodi Foster, who has dedicated her life to making first contact with an extraterrestrial advance race.
And when she finally does, the message relayed is not what you think.
With discussions of science, religion, and of the proof of a God, you’ll find yourself thinking about life beyond our planet, and wonder what’ll happen if we ever find it.
Earth is careening toward extinction. Step into the story of an ex-pilot leading a NASA expedition near the rings of Saturn to locate a new home for humanity. This movie will propel you into deep-thought, but also provoke fits of the giggles, as space-cowboy Mathew McConaughey channels Han Solo, and explores space alongside Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine.
As time goes on, you’ll find yourself drooling over the profoundness of the universe and wondering whether McConaughey is really alive and sending messages through time.
4. Time Lapse
Imagine having a camera that takes polaroid pictures 24 hours into the future allowing you to peek into the events of the next day. #mindblown
How would a 24-hour peek into the future change things for you?
When Finn (Matt O’Leary) together with his girlfriend Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and friend Jasper (George Finn) investigate the apartment of a dead scientist, they make the discovery and try to cash in. But greed brings on danger as disturbing photos appear, and paradoxes start to occur.
For one, the info sent back in time on the time-defying polaroid doesn’t seem to have a clear point of origin. When was it taken?
Take Finn looking at a future photo of himself in the future with his completed paintings for example. It’s difficult to know whether the inspiration to create the painting originally arose from Finn, or from the photo. Now that’s a good stoner movie.
Against the backdrop of a dystopian South Africa, a cop-robot gains sentience and begins to learn and develop from humans, thanks to an engineer named Deon (Dev Patel).
How might the creation of sentient cop-robot change the world, especially if it fell into the wrong hands? That’s the focus of sci-fi romp Chappie, starring Hugh Jackman and Die Antwood’s rap duo Yolandi Visser and Watkin Tudor Jones, who play Mad Max-style gangsters.
You’ll get swept up in deep thought as Chappie, the big-hearted robot, leads a revolution against the oppressive law enforcement while grappling with his new-found emotions.
2. In Time
You are part of a poverty-stricken class, and, as a collective, you stop aging at 25 years old. But, like everyone else in this class, you’re given one more year to live. In this world, time is a currency like the US dollar, where if you run out, you die. Since time is a currency, the rich can live forever, while you and your family and friends must negotiate and cut corners to live immortally.
Strange idea, isn’t it?
Justin Timberlake stars as Will Salas, a man who finds himself on the run. He kidnaps a time tycoon’s daughter (Amanda Seyfried) and begins redistributing precious time to the needy.
This stoner movie hits you with questions about overpopulation, and the disparity between the rich and the poor. You’ll imagine a world in which murder might not seem so far fetched when you can steal time to keep yourself alive.
1. Waking Life
If you’re a real stoner, this movie is probably the greatest of them all – it’s like a cartoon poem. You’ll go on a journey through a lucid dream with a man called Wiley Wiggens who shuffles through the city of Austin,Texas. He, and a cast of characters, ask questions about the universe, existence, purpose and meaning. Some of it’s profound, some is utter nonsense.
Characters are talking about talking, about thinking, and about surplus consciousness, and the movie summarises, in other words, that we have more going on in our heads than we’ll ever be able to make sense of.
By the end, you’ll be ready to sleep so you can continue your lucid exploration.
That’s it! Hope you enjoyed our list of 12 stoner movies that are likely to help you think outside conventional boundaries. Here’s part 1 of our list in case you missed it.
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