Welcome again to Heady Leisure, MERRY JANE’s weekly information to just-released motion pictures, books, and music — all contemporary, dank, and THC-friendly. In particular, we select our picks primarily based on how they’ll improve your mixed consumption of hashish and leisure.
By way of new big-screen film releases, it’s all seeds and stems proper now because the studios get able to roll out that primo blockbuster kush going into the vacation season over the subsequent few weeks. No worries, although. With the temperatures dropping, that’s all of the extra cause to remain in, gentle the perfect sort of fires, and luxuriate in new streaming, music, and cult basic treats at dwelling.
Lit laughs dominate premieres this week within the type of Astronomy Membership on Netflix, Toast of London on IFC, and Work in Progress on Showtime. Even Fox is getting in on edgy humor with the premiere of its indignant vacation sitcom, The Moodys.
Our classic cult flick picks are a riot of mad, hyper-’80s greatness simply made to be loved whereas passing a bong: the John Carpenter-Kurt Russell masterpiece Massive Bother in Little China; the deliciously sleazy Angel movie collection; the horror satire The Stuff; and even the legendary schlock-in-the-sewer shocker CHUD.
And new music aimed toward your weed-elevated ears arrives this week from Blueface, Burial, Max B, and Q Cash. So let’s get straight — however not “straight” — to this week’s suggestions.
Astronomy Membership: Season One
Solid: Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova
Watch It: Netflix
As the primary all-black Upright Residents Brigade troupe, The Astronomy Membership has already made historical past. Now the group’s new self-titled Netflix sketch comedy proves that additionally they routinely create hilarity with their sensible and absurd model of humor. “Magical Negro Rehab” is already a basic gut-buster. Pack a pipe, lean again, and take a look at what different crack-ups the Astronomy Membership has in retailer.
The L Phrase: Era Q: Season One
Solid: Arienne Mandi, Rosanny Zayas, Jennifer Beals
Watch It: Showtime
The Showtime collection The L Phrase broke main floor again in 2004 just by specializing in a bunch of lesbian girls. Loads’s modified because the present ended a decade in the past, from the mass emergence of queer identification and tradition to, in fact, the crumbling of hashish prohibition. OG L Phrase solid members Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey return, with new stars Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, and Rosanny Zayas representing Era Q.
The Moodys: Season One
Solid: Jay Baruchel, Francois Arnaud, Dennis Leary
Watch It: Fox
Anyone who’s gotten stoned to Dennis Leary within the pitch-black cult Christmas comedy The Ref (1994) is aware of that he spikes the vacation spirit with spit and spite like no one else. The Moodys, a six-episode sitcom miniseries, completely casts Leary because the patriarch of the title household as they howlingly battle by way of the supposed season of excellent cheer. Rounding out the ferocious humorous of us on-screen are Elizabeth Perkins, Jay Baruchel, Francoi Arnaud, and Chelsea Frei.
Toast of London: Season One
Solid: Matt Berry, Doon Mackichan, Shazad Latif
Watch It: IFC
Matt Berry, a stoner comedy icon for What We Do within the Shadows alone, has been slaying UK audiences with Toast of London for 3 seasons. IFC is importing the collection, through which Berry stars as Steven Toast, a bombastically clueless stage actor with a hilariously excessive opinion of himself. Get excessive, and also you’ll have a excessive opinion of his hilariousness, too.
Work in Progress: Season One
Solid: Abby McEnany, Karin Anglin, Julia Sweeney
Watch It: Showtime
Chicago comic Abby McEnany performs a Chicago resident named Abby McEnany in Work in Progress, an eight-episode sitcom about love, intercourse, gender, and potential suicide. McEnany co-created the present together with her improv companion Tim Mason, and it’s each humorous and shifting — and much more so while you add marijuana.
The Angel Assortment:
Angel (1984), Avenging Angel (1985), Angel III: The Last Chapter (1989)
Administrators: Robert Vincent O’Neil (Angel and Avenging Angel), Tom DeSimone (Angel III)
Solid: Donna Wilkes, Dick Shawn, Susan Tyrell, Besty Russell, Rory Calhoun
Get It: Vinegar Syndrome
In 1984, the down, soiled, nice, and dirty exploitation flick Angel packed theaters and have become a cult favourite on dwelling video by spelling out the film’s precise contents in its tagline: “Honor scholar by day… Hollywood hooker by evening!”
Angel instructed a story of teenage tawdriness amid the scummy again alleys of Tinseltown with loopy, low-budget verve that stored joint-passing audiences cheering the hard-hustling heroine and begging for extra. That want got here true the next 12 months with the equally outrageous sequel, Avenging Angel, the place our streetwalking warrior cleaned up the gutters as solely she might. Angel III: The Last Chapter leapt forth 4 years later to ensure the tough commerce stayed out of fee.
Vinegar Syndrome’s new field set, The Angel Assortment, showcases this torrid trilogy in gorgeously remastered variations on discs that abound with interviews, documentaries, trailers, and different must-see supplies.
Massive Bother in Little China (1986)
Director: John Carpenter
Solid: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, James Hong
Get It: Shout Manufacturing facility
Massive Bother in Little China is one among cinema’s all-time most astonishing epic adventures, combining wild humor, Japanese magic, hilariously hambone Hollywood heroics, and explosive power in an ideal union of star Kurt Russell and writer-director John Carpenter.
Russell stars as Jack Burton, a two-fisted trucker who hunts for his kidnapped fiancée in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the place he runs afoul of two,000-year-old sorcerer Lo Pan (James Hong). Mega-impact motion, mind-melting sorcery, and eye-bombing visible results erupt from there.
Watching Massive Bother in Little China straight will make you are feeling such as you’re stoned. However don’t do this (please!). Decide up Shout Manufacturing facility’s overwhelmingly extras-loaded collector’s version package deal, blaze up a mystic hearth of marijuana, and prepare for a thunderous, skull-spinning thrill experience that conjures magic like no different film.
Director: Douglas Cheek
Solid: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry
Get It: MVD
“Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers!” That’s what CHUD stands for. Strive actually pondering that idea with a lungful of smoke, and check out to not cough it out, laughing. Then take one other hit, and suppose more durable about it. What if the sewers of New York Metropolis actually have been crawling with CHUD creatures who emerge solely to feed on distracted passersby? Relying on the pressure in your mind at that second, instantly this goofy film is horrifying!
CHUD has been a popular culture punchline, notably amongst stoners, since its 1984 grindhouse debut, even warranting mentions and a fast subterranean cameo on The Simpsons. Arrow Video’s new collector’s version CHUD package deal now presents the precise film in lovely high-definition and it’s as filled with nice additional options because the underground pipes on display screen are with green-skinned, bug-eyed flesh eaters.
The Stuff (1985)
Director: Larry Cohen
Solid: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris
Get It: MVD
“Are you consuming it… or is it consuming you?” That’s the query posed on the poster of The Stuff, B-movie maven Larry Cohen’s incendiary horror satire assured to make you giggle, scream, and perhaps even eat after which puke up a scrumptious, yogurt-like substance that turns shoppers into zombies and devours all the pieces in its path like an irresistibly tempting Blob (okay, that solely occurs within the film). The Stuff is riot which will perpetually after flip you paranoid about what you choose when seized by the munchies — and, when watching and smoking alongside to Arrow Video’s smashing new Blu-ray model, you’ll love genuinely love this Stuff!
Zapped by the God of Absurdity: The Better of Paul Krassner, Vol. 1
By Paul Krassner
Get It: Fantagraphics
As one of many authentic yippies, early editor of Excessive Instances, and writer of the uproariously rabble-rousing underground screed-sheet The Realist, Paul Krassner pioneered radical thought by the use of anarchic laughter and better residing by way of — sure — getting excessive (additionally take a look at Krassner’s different books particularly on weed and psychedelics).
Zapped by the God of Absurdity collects Krassner’s most wickedly witty and intoxicatingly insightful satirical writing and frontline-of-weirdness journalism. It consists of his outrageous takedown of the Kennedy fable that made headlines within the late ‘60s, his reporting from the trials of radical heiress Patty Hearst and “Twinkie Killer” Dan White, and tales of his excessive hang-outs together with his fellow cultural outlaws on the order of Charles Manson, Lenny Bruce, Johnnie Cochran, Ram Dass, Larry Flynt, and Robin Williams.
Discover the Beat
Get It: Apple Music
One of the vital anticipated debut albums of 2019 is coming in proper on the buzzer and, oh sure, Discover the Beat by Blueface most positively scores. From its cowl artwork that conjures a hip-hop Wizard of Ouncestrip to it’s A-plus manufacturing, and, in fact, Blueface’s wild rhymes, Discover the Beat is a sonic sensation made to your smoking pleasure. Now contemplate the visitor checklist — DaBaby, Gunna, Jeremih, Lil Child, Ambjaay, NLE Choppa, YBN Nahmir, and Stunna four Vegas — then press play and begin puffing.
By Max B
Get It: Apple Music
Since 2009, New York rap big Max B has been serving a 75-year sentence, however there’s no locking up his expertise, power, and nonetheless vastly looming presence over hip-hop. Solid in level: Max B’s new EP Home Cash, which is seven blazing tracks loaded with visitor stars, together with French Montana, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, Dave East, and A$AP Ferg. Torch one as much as the inventive liberation underneath any circumstances.
How You Gon Hate
By Q Cash
Get It: Q Cash Official
Q Cash could also be dealing with some real-world issues in the meanwhile, however the capability to drop a dope new disc doesn’t rank among the many Cleveland rapper’s dilemmas. That includes drop-ins from 24 Heavy and YFN Lucci, How You Gon Hate is very pleasant — emphasis on the phrase “extremely.”
Tunes: 2011 to 2019
Get It: Bandcamp
After a dozen years since his final long-player, mysterious UK digital wizard William Emmanuel Bevan — higher often known as Burial — has personally chosen and sequenced 17 killer singles for his new comp, Tunes: 2011 to 2019. For followers, that is the one-stop Burial floor we’ve been ready to smoke to. For newcomers, Tunes is an ideal introduction to this distinctive artist — and an ideal complement to essentially the most top-shelf reserves in your stash.
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