Welcome back to Heady Entertainment, MERRY JANE’s weekly guide to just-released films, books, and music — all fresh, dank, and THC-friendly. In particular, we pick out our picks primarily based on how they can improve your combined consumption of cannabis and entertainment.
Multiplexes are ablaze with Us, Jordan Peele’s hair-raising stick to-up to his righteous horror landmark Get Out. Netflix raises all manner of hair-metal hell with the Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt, and busts guts by busting out Amy Schumer’s stellar new stand-up hour, Developing. The skull-slamming crime flick Dragged Across Concrete debuts on Amazon and iTunes, as well.
Vintage cult faves arrive in the kind of the psycho giallo horror Strip Nude for Your Killer and the slasher parody Wacko. Electrifying eclecticism dominates new music by way of fresh drops from Lil West, Tamaryn, and Ibibo Sound Machine.
So let’s get straight — but not “straight” — to this week’s fresh-rolled suggestions.
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Anna Diop
As a single half of comedy duo Essential and Peele, Jordan Peele was currently a hemp-friendly hero when he actually shocked humanity in 2017 by writing and directing the immediate horror classic, Get Out.
Following taking residence a Finest Original Screenplay Academy Award for that game-changer, Peele apparently decided he wasn’t completed terrifying tokers (along with everyone else) and now he’s back with an additional fright fest — Us.
Lupita Nyong’o stars as Adelaide Wilson, a loving wife and mother who brings her loved ones to check out the beachfront residence exactly where she grew up. What ought to be an idyllic trip turns into a heart-stopping thoughts fuck when sinister neighbors eliminate their masks and take on the look of the Wilsons themselves.
So pack a pipe with the most paranoia-igniting strain you have got, fire it up, and let Us push you to the point of horror at its most higher.
“Amy Schumer: Growing” (2019)
Watch It: Netflix
In the new stand-up specific, Amy Schumer: Developing, the outspoken funnywoman is hugely pregnant and hilariously not content that she hasn’t been in a position to get higher for the previous handful of months as a outcome. In addition to the anticipated onslaught of killer wisecracks and pummeling punchlines, Amy also gets emotional speaking about impending motherhood and how her husband, chef Chris Fischer, is on the autism spectrum. Light up and draw deep for Amy considering that she has to wait till that infant is born!
“The Act”: Season 1
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb
Watch It: Hulu
The 2017 HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest brought to light the bizarre, actually sickening case of a mom with Munchausen syndrome by proxy who poisoned and injured her healthier daughter for decades for focus — till the daughter homicidally struck back. If you didn’t watch it even though higher, you surely necessary to get higher afterward.
Now the similar story gets a new remedy, and delivers a new possibility to encounter it even though inebriated, by way of The Act, Hulu’s new dramatic anthology series primarily based on accurate crime instances. Patricia Arquette stars as psycho mom Dee Dee Blanchard Joey King plays the victim-turned-victimizer Gypsy Rose Blanchard, and the supporting cast consists of Chloe Sevigny, AnnaSophia Robb, and Calum Worthy.
“The Dirt” (2019)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Cast: Machine Gun Kelly, Douglas Booth, Daniel Webber
Watch It: Netflix
Overlook any earlier ideas you ever had concerning the extremes of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll.” The Dirt, Netflix’s hugely anticipated (in every single sense) adaptation of the legendary 2001 memoir about superhumanly decadent ’80s hair metal superstars Mötley Crüe, blasts apart even the most outrageous expectations and delivers a get-wasted superior-time film for the ages.
Completely cast, in particular with rapper Machine Gun Kelly as Crüe mastermind Nikki Sixx, and dynamically directed by Jackass helmer Jeff Tremaine, The Dirt is pure blazing entertainment that goes to eleven — and then just keeps on going!
“Dragged Across Concrete” (2019)
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Cast: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson
Watch It: Amazon, iTunes, On Demand
Writer-director S. Craig Zahler has established himself as modern cult cinema’s most brutal purveyor of two-fisted entertainment, creating a deep, bloody effect with the Kurt Russell horror-western Bone Tomahawk (2015) and the Vince Vaughn prison epic Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017).
With Dragged Across Concrete, Zahler sets out to splatter the limits of the buddy cop formula, casting Vaughn and Mel Gibson as sturdy arm detectives who get booted from the force and have to obtain other signifies to make a living — even though maximizing their street smarts and savage techniques.
Let loose in the criminal underworld, the two anti-heroes go berserk, and Dragged Across Concrete explodes into a gory, outrageous physical exercise in more than-the-leading outlaw insanity. It only tends to make sense, then, to watch it even though ingesting substances that, in some backward locations, nevertheless stay illegal.
“The OA”: Season two
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Paz Vega, Riz Ahmed
Watch It: Netflix
Following ending its initial run all the way back in 2013, the sci-fi/mystery series The OA has continued to intrigue viewers and stir debate to the point that Netflix has shocked lots of by abruptly revealing an whole new season — and endless new possible concerns to ponder more than even though puffing away to the action.
Brit Marling stars as Prairie, an otherworldly-seeming lady who created it via a close to death encounter (NDE) that may possibly have tipped her off to the secrets of the universe. Following becoming teamed with other NDE survivors, Prairie made use of powers she didn’t know she had to boost humanity—and then she may possibly have transported to an additional planet, ascended to a greater plane of reality, or collapsed into total madness.
Season two of The OA reveals the truth straightaway (or does it?) and then continues to spin a saga of thoughts-melting intricacy that goes properly with marijuana accompaniment.
“Strip Nude for Your Killer” (1975)
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi
Get It: MVD
The Italian horror genre recognized as giallo generally follows masked killers as they gorily slaughter victims with higher style, even though committed sleuths, amateur or otherwise, set to catch them — also with higher style.
Giallo films launched psychedelic fright maestros on the order of Dario Argento (Suspiria), Lucio Fulci (Zombie), and Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground), the final of whom bolted for the genre’s screaming peak of perversion with Strip Nude for Your Killer — a shocker whose entertaining excesses are as subtle as its title.
European glamour model Edwige Fenech stars as a photographer operating for a Milanese style property when a murderer in a motorcycle helmet requires to massacring the industry’s leading talent. An explosion of sleaze ensues, with Edwige pursuing the assailant amidst a whirlwind of kink, corruption, blow-up sex dolls, and entirely more than-the-leading on-camera carnage. Be certain to have a lot of smokable green on hand as you watch the screen repeatedly go red.
Director: Greydon Clark
Cast: Joe Don Baker, Stella Stevens, Andrew Dice Clay
Get It: Vinegar Syndrome
As early-1980s slasher horror peaked in the initial wake of the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises, a quantity of significant-screen parodies arrived to send up the genre. Wacko was usually a single of the funniest examples and now, thanks to the preservationists at Vinegar Syndrome, you can attempt not to cough out your bong hit due to laughter in the miracle of higher-definition Blu-ray.
As the extremely definition of a comedy that is so stupid it is dope, Wacko boasts a pumpkin-headed killer whose weapon of option is a lawnmower, ’70s film hard guy Joe Don Baker starring as a mess of a detective you have to hope is stoned, and the on-screen debut of Andrew Dice Clay’s “Diceman” persona, who right here is named “Tony Schlongini.” In all, Wacko is utterly worthy of your finest wacky tobacco.
By Ibibo Sound Machine
Get It: Merge Records
The glorious sonic experiences unleashed by modern electronic afro-funk overlords Ibibo Sound Machine each propel and guide the listener via joy and mourning, bliss and panic, life and what lies beyond. To deem it a trip is to possibly downplay the journey, but the invocation of all factors psychedelic is eminently suitable.
On Doko Mien, Sound Machine vocalist Eno Williams emotes randomly in English and the Nigerian language Ibibo, even though the instrumentalists similarly combine concepts and influences from all more than the globe. The sound is each elemental and technological — a excellent jumping off point for your brain to open wide for suitable hallucinogenic enhancement.
“Dreaming the Dark”
Get It: Bandcamp
Tamaryn’s new album — which MERRY JANE discussed with the artist in an interview earlier this week — may possibly be titled Dreaming the Dark, but the swirling, ethereal, transcendent notions and feelings conjured by this inherently mystical singer-songwriter really dream in every single colour, shade, and tone that is ever been imagined… And a lot more than a handful of that leap to life for the very first time appropriate right here. Soaring vocals, left-field percussion, profound grooves, and inner-space exploration all make Dreaming in the Dark a journey of infinitely weed-worthy wonders.
“Vex Component 1”
By Lil West
Get It: iTunes
With Vex Component 1, Lil West fires on all cylinders, blasting out a seven-track EP that jumps genres, mixes inventive beats with deft melodies, and shoots for the heart with truthful, open lyrics even though never ever skimping on impressive rhyme schemes. The single, “No L’s,” featuring Yung Bans, is as dope a spot as any to light up and begin listening — and it is all hella dope.
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