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neal2zod
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I was struggling to come up with a more discreet title, but eventually gave up - we're all adults here and some of us may live in states where weed is legal. I eventually think it'll be legal everywhere at some point in our lifetimes, so might as well get the ball rolling now. (Please don't judge me too hard - I pretty much only get high to watch movies at home and never, ever drive stoned- the only crime being committed here is against my waistline since I tend to eat the entire house during the course of a movie)

Now I heard (and kind of agree) that EVERY movie is better high but I don't 100% agree - I definitely can't recall details or keep up with the plot of some movies as well while high, and alot of films have suffered from that. I also think alot of "trippy" movies (Cloud Atlas, Detention, The Cell, Donnie Darko) work perfectly fine while sober, and alot of non-trippy movies (family dramas and comedies) work even better - there's just something about being in that state that a) lets me watch a movie with a non-judgmental, almost child-like wonder, like being a kid and watching Star Wars for the first time (I guess because your mind is so easily blown when you're a kid and when you're stoned?) and b) still lets me appreciate the cinematography/music/shot composition in ways that I normally don't notice. It really is like having the best of both worlds.

Anyways, here's a list of films that are absolutely perfect to watch under the influence:

- Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi - Easily #1 not just because I don't think I'd be able to sit through these sober (I'd probably want to just hit fast forward the whole time) - but also because these films are an incredible EXPERIENCE. If you don't know what these films are, they're basically just long, long montages set to an incredible Philip Glass score. It's vaguely travelogue-esque, but there's no dialogue, no subtitles, no narration - just incredible images varying from beautiful mountain vistas to portraits of everyday people. The framing/cinematography is positively jaw-dropping and you'll be wondering how with all the new technology we have, nobody can re-create how eye-popping these images are. Watching it high you really feel like you're walking through a museum and spending about 10 seconds on each picture, except the pictures are alive and moving. Everyone should watch these films at least once. (Oh and Powaqqatsi is a CANNON movie, believe it or not - when I saw the Golan/Globus credit at the beginning I nearly shat my pants)

- Anything Terrence Malick. The New World and Tree of Life in particular are absolutely perfect to watch in this state. Not just to appreciate the beauty but also because you feel really emotionally involved in the stories. I was totally excited to watch To The Wonder in that state as well but even though I liked it, I felt it kinda dragged and I might have even nodded off.

- The Three Stooges movie - it's an incredible watch - the funny parts are REALLY REALLY funny, and the dramatic parts work better than most tearjerkers of late. And plus the episodic format means you don't have to pay that much attention. It's an unexpected rollercoaster ride of emotions.

I'll obviously think of more movies to add to this list but if you have any more suggestions please let me know (if you don't feel comfortable posting, just uhhh..let me know what your "friend" thinks is a good movie)

(Oh and the obvious choice SHOULD be 2001, but I've tried several times and can't even make it past the opening scene without losing interest. One of these days I'll hopefully see what the fuss is about)

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Watched DUNE few nights ago for the first time in ages.And  I was mostly sober (had some red wine thats all), but the films eclectic mix of arthouse and schlock is indeed trippy. On the other hand I was mesmerized by its imagery on the other I laughed a lot at the silly shit,(the alien with an asshole for a mouth or the ridiculous internal monologues) so it felt like a trippy ride without getting high.

I´ve never watched films  whenever I was high. I usually put on some of the more trippy Beatles albums (Sgt Pepper or Magical Mystery Tour) or the Bladerunner OST, sink into my couch and close my eyes. That´s what I like to do. 

But man, watching DUNE high would be interesting.

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The absolute best movie to watch while high, in my opinion, is Robert Altman's unappreciated masterpiece Brewster McCloud.  It's the sort of film just packed with minor details and references that tickle your brain, and these details all form into semi coherent subplots of their own.  For example Bud Cort looks like Where's Waldo and you can pick out all these references therein that add up to some shit.  The lady who played the wicked witch of the west is in it, and as you're contemplating that, some young girl who looks exactly like Dorothy shows up, basket and all.  There's all this racial tension throughout and minor characters who are minorities have their own complete stories going on in the literal background of various shots.  

But that's just the tip of the iceberg.  It's all about birds, and this kid's desire to fly, and it's narrated by some professor who we actually see talking to the camera and lecturing us with various bird facts.  And he fucking literally turns into a bird throughout the film.  And you catch a glimpse of the woman raising Brewster naked, and she has these scars on her back that indicate that she used to have wings?? And she bathes in fountains as if they're bird baths?? And this is all woven together with a serial killer mystery, the victims of which all have bird shit on their corpse?  And this all neglects to mention a vast host of characters, including a screamingly hot Shelley Duvall in her debut role.

SEE THIS FILM.

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Also, if you are high, it is a great time to discover Bollywood.  Start with Asoka.  

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Thanks for the tips, guys. I think Dune's been sitting on my DVR for over a year and I've been waiting for the perfect time to watch it - might as well do it soon.

Also, Brewster McCloud sounds incredible but also something that will probably be unwatchable without the aid of drugs. Either way, I'll have to check it out. Your description of it really does tap into why wacky movies are so much fun to watch high - you notice things that might be nothing and you might be overthinking it, but everything still makes sense and you wonder "am i the only one noticing this?", like the filmmakers are putting in all these easter eggs especially for you.

Speaking of which, I finally saw "Stoker" and it immediately leaps near the top of the list of "best movies to watch high". It's jaw-droppingly inventive, full of shots and edits and transitions that will have you constantly saying "why hasn't anyone done that before?" (It really reminded me of discovering Sam Raimi or the Coen brothers as a kid). It also works as a legitimately good movie, since it has a pretty clever script and good (yet ridiculously hammy performances). It's almost miraculous that these well-known actors trusted this madman of a director to make a movie this over the top and crazy and still have the end product turn out as good as it is.

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Hard to pinpoint one particular movie since I was high for most of the ones I saw between the ages of 17 to 20 - my Blackout Period. I remember discovering Scorsese around this time. TAXI DRIVER had me utterly mesmerized over several stoned viewings. I'd never been so absorbed visually and aurally. My dna is still soaked in that beautiful Bernard Hermann score. Thank you, ganja.

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you should watch Robert Altman's unappreciated masterpiece Brewster McCloud for my openion

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Entertaining the reasoning of the author, but in many ways this is true  It is better to see once than to hear for 100 times, for example to watch online in the Internet there is a great website http://putlockers.video/ - but together, to read books for example and be online is also not prohibited)))

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neal2zod said
I was struggling to come up with a more discreet title, but eventually gave up - we're all adults here and some of us may live in states where weed is legal. I eventually think it'll be legal everywhere at some point in our lifetimes, so might as well get the ball rolling now. (Please don't judge me too hard - I pretty much only get high to watch movies at home and never, ever drive stoned- the only crime being committed here is against my waistline since I tend to eat the entire house during the course of a movie)

Now I heard (and kind of agree) that EVERY movie is better high but I don't 100% agree - I definitely can't recall details or keep up with the plot of some movies as well while high, and alot of films have suffered from that. I also think alot of "trippy" movies (Cloud Atlas, Detention, The Cell, Donnie Darko) work perfectly fine while sober, and alot of non-trippy movies (family dramas and comedies) work even better - there's just something about being in that state that a) lets me watch a movie with a non-judgmental, almost child-like wonder, like being a kid and watching Star Wars for the first time (I guess because your mind is so easily blown when you're a kid and when you're stoned?) and b) still lets me appreciate the cinematography/music/shot composition in ways that I normally don't notice. It really is like having the best of both worlds.

Anyways, here's a list of films that are absolutely perfect to watch under the influence:

- Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi - Easily #1 not just because I don't think I'd be able to sit through these sober (I'd probably want to just hit fast forward the whole time) - but also because these films are an incredible EXPERIENCE. If you don't know what these films are, they're basically just long, long montages set to an incredible Philip Glass score. It's vaguely travelogue-esque, but there's no dialogue, no subtitles, no narration - just incredible images varying from beautiful mountain vistas to portraits of everyday people. The framing/cinematography is positively jaw-dropping and you'll be wondering how with all the new technology we have, nobody can re-create how eye-popping these images are. Watching it high you really feel like you're walking through a museum and spending about 10 seconds on each picture, except the pictures are alive and moving. Everyone should watch these films at least once. (Oh and Powaqqatsi is a CANNON movie, believe it or not - when I saw the Golan/Globus credit at the beginning I nearly shat my pants)

- Anything Terrence Malick. The New World and Tree of Life in particular are absolutely perfect to watch in this state. Not just to appreciate the beauty but also because you feel really emotionally involved in the stories. I was totally excited to watch To The Wonder in that state as well but even though I liked it, I felt it kinda dragged and I might have even nodded off.

- The Three Stooges movie - it's an incredible watch - the funny parts are REALLY REALLY funny, and the dramatic parts work better than most tearjerkers of late. And plus the episodic format means you don't have to pay that much attention. It's an unexpected rollercoaster ride of emotions.

I'll obviously think of more movies to add to this list but if you have any more suggestions please let me know (if you don't feel comfortable posting, just uhhh..let me know what your "friend" thinks is a good movie)

(Oh and the obvious choice SHOULD be 2001, but I've tried several times and can't even make it past the opening scene without losing interest. One of these days I'll hopefully see what the fuss is about)  

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