“But what I really wanna do is direct,” goes the cliché, and yet the skepticism that tends to greet a marquee actor trying their hand at directing isn’t altogether fair—after all, the first marquee director, D.W. Griffith, started out as an actor, and the legacy of actor/directors (from Chaplin to Eastwood to Allen to Affleck) is a daunting one.
Pot-smoking and pop-culture consumption go hand in hand: do the former, and you run the risk of only wanting to partake in the latter. So it makes some sense that pop culture has taken ample advantage of pot. At its funniest, it’s given us the stoner comedy of Richard Linklater, the Coen Brothers, Amy Heckerling, and Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. At its trippiest and most philosophical, it yielded some of the greatest art of (and set in) the ’60s and ’70s, from The Beatles to Dylan, Fear and Loathing to Inherent Vice. Then there are the more lively party-stoner creations, represented here by hip-hop touchstones The Chronic, Missy Elliott, and The Beastie Boys. Farther afield, we get the inadvertent stoner favorite, a diverse subset that ranges widely, from Adventure Time to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Each of these categories is well represented in Flavorwire’s Stoner Canon, which we’re proud to present in celebration of …Read More
This week, the Criterion Collection releases Watership Down, Martin Rosen’s 1978 adaptation of Richard Adams’ novel. It’s one of the few animated films in the collection to date, but don’t go gathering up the kids, movie nerds — from the moment little Fiver gets his apocalyptic vision, wherein “The field… the field… it’s covered with blood!,” it’s very clear that this is one cartoon that’s not for the kiddies. But it’s also a terrific movie, reminding us that too often, the seemingly malleable form of the animated feature film is consigned to family entertainment and left there. Here are a few notable …Read More
The “general population” can be a baffling bunch. Sometimes, no matter how much you try to conform to and to understand the greater organism that is our world, it sends baffling messages your way, and you find yourself perpetually and irrevocably alienated. For example, Buzzfeed recently asked Pandora to supply them with their top-ten thumbs-upped songs of all (Pandora’s) time. The results were staggeringly off-putting, and may lead you to wonder, while walking down the street, buying a salad — whatever it is you “people” do in public — who among the sea of anonymous assholes is contributing their virtual thumbs to what seems to be becoming a problem of global proportions. Indeed, we’re seeing a relentless waste of thumbs. For Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is the number one thumbs-upped song, and it’s closely followed by Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” and The Fray’s “How to Save a Life.”