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Hit the Clouds with Pop Smoke and “Birds of Prey”

Welcome again to Heady Leisure, MERRY JANE’s weekly information to just-released motion pictures, books, and music — all recent, dank, and THC-friendly. In particular, we select our picks based mostly on how they will improve your mixed consumption of hashish and leisure.

On the motion pictures, Margot Robbie majorly blazes as DCU anti-hero Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, whereas Elijah Wooden torches the idea of household values within the twisted father-and-son horror pic, Come to Daddy.

Dope streaming choices span a number of genres this week. McMillions is a jaw-dropping documentary a couple of long-con heist of the McDonald’s Monopoly Recreation; the headtrip flick Horse Woman stars Allison Brie as a down-home lady whose sanity seems to be going up in smoke; Locke and Key adapts a graphic novel favourite into the following scintillating supernatural sequence; and Mythic Quest: Raven’s Blanket is a complete toker’s triumph co-created by and starring It’s At all times Sunny’s Rob McElhenny as a videogame designer.

This week’s cult movie collectibles embrace Lucio Fulci’s splatter masterwork The Home by the Cemetery; the high-’80s ski farce Sizzling Canine: The Film; the fantastically self-explanatory Zombie Island Bloodbath; and the 1966 camp traditional The Oscar, full with a brand new audio commentary by Patton Oswalt.

Music-wise, we spark up new releases from Purchasing, Boldy James and The Alchemist, and the incandescently headline-grabbing Pop Smoke.

So let’s get straight — however not “straight” — to this week’s fresh-rolled suggestions.

Films

Birds of Prey (2020)
Director: Cathy Yan
Solid: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor

Marot Robbie returns from Suicide Squad (2016) as Harley Quinn, a psycho clown whose violently anarchic antics put her on deadly par along with her ex-boyfriend, The Joker. Birds pits Harley towards Black Masks (Ewan McGregor), a super-villain so excessive that, to take him out, our anti-heroine groups up with do-gooders Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and even Gotham Metropolis police vet Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez)

Whereas final 12 months’s Joker was a downer of narcotic-spirited nihilism, Birds of Prey arrives as a colourful carnival of carnage run riot with deliciously trippy candy-flip insanity.

Come to Daddy (2020)
Director: Ant Timpson
Solid: Elijah Wooden, Ona Grauer, Stephen McHattie

After producing the deliriously deranged stoner-horror favorites Deathgasm (2015) and The Greasy Strangler (201), New Zealand movie maven Ant Timpson hops into the director’s chair for Come to Daddy, his largest, darkest, and most marijuana-inviting howl fest so far.

Elijah Wooden stars as Norval Greenwood, a hipster baby-man who reunites along with his long-estranged father in a cabin on the Oregon coast. Their personalities conflict — to say the least — and the result’s an excellent opera of sick jokes, gross-outs, and hair-raising scares. Come to daddy, for positive… however don’t come with out getting loads blitzed first.

Streaming

Horse Woman (2020)
Director: Jeff Baena
Solid: Alison Brie, Debby Ryan, Molly Shannon
Watch It: Netflix

Alison Brie (GLOW, Group) each co-wrote and stars within the new Netflix mind-melter Horse Woman as Sarah, a craft-loving equine fanatic whose hallucinatory desires appear to start out dripping over into her acutely aware life — or do they? As with the very best psychological thrill-ride motion pictures, Horse Women retains us wigged out, on edge, and guessing. Watch it with a hybrid that delivers each a spacey excessive and enjoyably potent paranoia.

Locke and Key: Season One
Solid: Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones
Watch It: Netflix

Locke and Key is an epic adaptation of a beloved graphic novel sequence by author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez that calls to thoughts quite a few different Netflix sequence — particularly Stranger Issues and The Haunting of Hill Home — in the very best, most weed-worthy sense. Darby Stanchfield stars as Nina Locke, a widowed mother of three, who strikes her brood into the Key Home, a stately new residence that simply occurs to be oozing supernatural weirdness.

McMillions (2020)
Watch It: HBO

The HBO documentary sequence McMillions recounts a narrative too insane to not be true: For greater than a decade, an ex-lawman reportedly masterminded a rip-off that rigged McDonald’s standard Monopoly contest all through the ’90s and stole $24 million — and that’s , not double cheeseburgers! HBO scores yet one more gasp-between-tokes true-crime triumph. 

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Blanket: Season One
Solid: Rob McElhenney, Danny Pudi, F. Murray Abraham
Watch It: Apple+

Co-created by It’s At all times Sunny in Philadelphia heroes Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, the brand new Apple+ comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Blanket injects that masterwork’s magnificently nasty hilarity within the ripe-to-be-ripped-on world of online game professionals. McElhenney stars as Ian Grimm, developer of the world’s largest multiplayer recreation. As anyone who’s ever choked on bong smoke laughing at Rob as Mac on It’s At all times Sunny can guess, he’s an uproariously unhealthy boss. It’s the right set-up for an instantaneous traditional pot-com.

Cult-Basic Collectibles

Sizzling Canine: The Film (1984)
Director: Peter Markle
Solid: Patrick Houser, Shannon Tweed David Naughton
Get It: Synapse Movies

The zaniest, most zonked-out party-hearty ski comedy ever made, Sizzling Canine: The Film combines awe-inspiring winter sports activities footage with hyper-’80s raunch-farce abandon — that’s two stoner-flick genres that smoke nice collectively!

Harkin Banks performs a rookie downhill racer who falls in with a gonzo crew of slope-stormers to tackle the evil Austrian ski group in a winner-take-all “Chinese language Downhill” competitors. David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) steals the present as a snow-cruising wildman, whereas Shannon Tweed goes from Playboy Playmate of the Yr to righteous goddess of the swinging ski lodge.

Severin Movies’ new deluxe Sizzling Canine Blu-ray options never-before-seen motion in an prolonged producer’s lower, a 50-minute documentary on the making of this mountainously enjoyable traditional, and liner notes by Teen Film Hell creator (and “Heady Leisure” columnist) Mike McPadden.

Home by the Cemetery (1981)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Solid: Catronio Macoll, Paolo Malco, Ania Peroni
Get It: MVD

One of the crucial bloodily berserk gore-storms from Italian splatter meister Lucio Fulci, Home by the Cemetery chronicles the unlucky actual property choice made by a New York Metropolis household after they relocate to a spacious New England residence previously occupied by a mad scientist named Dr. Freudstein — who might not have totally vacated the premises (non-spoiler alert: The physician and his monstrous creations are nonetheless down within the basement, able to wreak horrific havoc).

Diabolically dreamlike, sensationally nonsensical, and tailored to be watched with bongs blazing, Home by the Cemetery is out now in a luscious three-disc particular version from Blue Underground.

The Oscar (1966)
Director: Russell Rouse
Solid: Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Tony Bennett
Get It: Kino Lorber

The Oscar is a protracted out-of-print, off-the-rails camp traditional championed by the likes of John Waters and Patton Oswalt as a uniquely insane cinematic expertise. Actually, Patton even gives audio commentary on Kino Lorber’s gorgeously restored new Blu-ray of this uproarious “exposé” of Tinseltown run amuck that can make the right pipe-passing pre-game viewing earlier than this week’s Academy Awards telecast.

Stephen Boyd rips up the display as Frankie Fane, an egomaniacal film star who can and can destroy anybody who’d dare stand between him and a Finest Actor trophy on Hollywood’s largest night time. The supporting solid contains Swedish mannequin Elke Sommer, clean crooner Tony Bennett, roughneck he-man Ernest Borgnine, and, in an inexplicably critical function, Borscht Belt mirth-maker Milton Berle.

Zombie Island Bloodbath (1983)
Director: John N. Carter
Solid: David Broadnax, Rita Jenrette, Tom Cantrell
Get It:
Vinegar Syndrome

Hoping to money in on the 2 ruling grindhouse genres of its day — slasher flicks and tropical undead flesh-feast horrors — Zombie Island Bloodbath successfully combines these formulation right into a memorably reefer-ready celebration video.

After a bunch of American vacationers will get lured to a Caribbean paradise, their journey turns to pure hell as some psycho in a voodoo masks takes to gorily choosing them off, one after the other. The thriller builds, heads roll, guts spill, and Rita Jenrette — the real-life spouse of a US congressman concerned in a high-profile scandal — turns into the last decade’s impossible scream queen.

Vinegar Syndrome’s Zombie Island Bloodbath Blu-ray presents the movie in a extra pristine kind than has ever been potential earlier than. The bonus options rule, too.

All or Nothing
By Purchasing
Get It: Bandcamp

All or Nothing, the newest from UK post-punk skull-jammers Purchasing, juices the group’s signature dissonant grooves with punches of pure pop for pot-smoking peeps. The file’s Nick Sylvester-produced radiance conjures rave vitality whereas nonetheless delivering darkwave dopeness between the shiniest of beats.

Meet the Woo V2
By Pop Smoke
Get It: Apple Music

Brooklyn MC Pop Smoke might have generated non-musical headlines of late (however, hey, at the very least the allegations concerned a Rolls Royce), however the actual event to cease the presses — and roll the blunts — is the arrival of Meet the Woo V2. It’s a follow-up, after all, to Smoke’s 2019 burner Meet the Woo, delivering extra dynamic raps and thunderous manufacturing throughout seven scorching tracks. Drop-ins embrace Lil Yachty, Quavo, Calboy, and Lil Tjay. 

The Value of Tea in China
By Boldy James and The Alchemist
Get It: Apple Music

Blazing onward and upward from final 12 months’s scorching Boldface EP, Detroit rapper Boldy James and monster mega-producer The Alchemist group once more for The Value of Tea in China. Dispensing a dozen smoking wallops and that includes company Benny the Butcher, Proof, and Vince Staples, Value is a useful snapshot of two main gamers at their peak 2020 recreation.

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