The Stoner’s Guide to Surviving @Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This weekend, Marvel released its most recent cinematic adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Racking in an estimated $145 million, domestically, it’s proving to be more successful than its predecessor. Regardless of its financial success and critical praise, there are a few things you need to know if you plan on smoking, before or during. FYI, I did my best to avoid any major reveals, so be forewarned as this may have some unintentional spoilers. Here we go…

So. Many. Characters.

Something Marvel’s become infamous for is shoving a lot of characters down ours throats at once. The original cinematic team was already pretty sizable. You had Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the sequel, we get our original crew back but now alongside Rondu, Mantis, and Nebula. BUT on top of that you have to expect your Stan Lee cameo, your Howard the Duck anecdotes and now Sylvester Stallone. I had heard he was going to make an appearance but he kind of came out of nowhere. Of course it was great to see him added into the MCU but the guy needs to enunciate. In a world packed with superheroes, gold people, aliens and monsters the last thing I needed was to try to decode whatever this guy was saying. Stallone, you speak English, so…speak English! In other words try to keep up. Guardians requires your complete attention. It’s not review session for your final but it’s up there.

The Music

As I write this article I’m listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. It’s truly something special. I’m a big believer that music can make or break a movie, so, to me, the Guardians movies have become the stuff of legends. An original soundtrack is always welcomed but Marvel has found something that really clicks with this franchise. Not only are people looking forward to seeing heroes like raccoons and trees, they’re also on the edge of their seats to see what classic songs were added to the series. I love the subreddit r/marvelstudios but in the recent weeks I had to stay away, not because I was afraid of spoilers about the story but because I didn’t want anyone to give away the soundtrack. If you’re anything like me and you grew up on the combo of weed and classic rock, this soundtrack is enough to throw you into a nostalgic trance. It’s not often we see action paired with music so powerful that the characters are singing along.

Sensory Overload 

Keeping in mind the characters and music, we also get special effects that I’m almost positive you’ve never seen before. In Ant-Man and Doctor Strange we were introduced to Marvel’s take on the microverse and multiverse, respectively. In order to get the right feel and visual, Marvel chose to implement what most would relate to being a very bad trip. I won’t get too into it, but at some point in the movie Rondu and Rocket take a trip together, like this isn’t just some normal space travel, like it gets weird. At one point, the following images may make more sense…

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Weird, I know. Just get ready for that.

These are just a few things to look out for while you watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Enjoy, toke up, grab some snacks and allow this movie to just happen. It’s not just another sequel; it’s stronger than that. But if you’re as loyal of a fan as me you’ll probably go to see anything with your favorite characters in it. Because of that studios will keep cranking out movies until every conceivable story has been told. I personally can’t wait for The Avengers movie where they’re all staying in a nursing home, facing their toughest enemy yet, dementia. I’m calling it now, at one point in the movie Bruce Banner will go full Hulk after burning the roof of his mouth with soup. I’d pay to see that.

Editor’s note: Other things to look forward to (or nah depending on what you’re into) include 5 bonus endings, a deeper look into Quill’s genealogy, and more romantic developments between Quill and Gamora.

2Pac’s Legacy Continues to Impact Lives in New Trailer for ‘All Eyez On Me’

The film releases on June 16th.

Stoner Movie Alert: “Baked in Brooklyn”

If you build a movie with Alexandra Daddario in it…they (adolescent males) will come. Baked in Brooklyn is a stoner comedy featuring Daddario’s twins entering an unlikely romance with the nerdy Josh Brener (Silicon Valley).

Brener’s character gets canned from his consulting job in NYC and quickly turns to selling weed on the hipster streets of Brooklyn. And as the story goes, when you start slanging piff, you can bag your 1/8s and then a girl like Alexandra Daddario.

The movie looks pretty funny (like a Kid Cannabis in New York) and also pretty real: who hasn’t tried selling weed after getting fired? Peep the trailer below:

You can rent the film on Amazon whenever. If you’re unfamiliar with Daddario, she rose to fame for giving Woody Harrelson wood True Romance Detective:

Yes please. She’s also a good actress and played The Rock’s daughter in San Andreas and is going to be in the upcoming Baywatch movie. While it may be hard to imagine her in relationship with this:

Speaking from experience: when you have the best weed in town, anything is attainable. Even one of the hottest rising stars in Hollywood.

I haven’t checked out the movie yet, but I will this weekend. While it’s certain to have some hipster clichés, the movie looks like it’s got a nice cast and a story that anyone who’s ever sold or bought weed should appreciate.

WATCH: DAY IN THE LIFE (FILM) BY PAYROLL GIOVANNI + JERRY PRODUCTION (@fenkellpayroll @jerryphd)

 

Payroll Giovanni has been one of The Smokers Club favorites as of late. After dropping his impressive mixtape with CardoGotWing “Big Bossin Vol 1” it seems like Pay is eager to continue steamrolling his own lane within the industry. Not only does his music have the streets and the internet buzzing but this short film also shows us that Payroll is much more than cornrows and rolex watches. Homie can write his ass off and tell a damn good story. I urge all of you to sit down, smoke a joint or 2, or 3 and watch this short film about regular life street situations that happen in the city of Detroit.

 

P.S. Please, please, please tell me that there’s going to be a part two to this.

 

WATCH: “LONG LIVE THE PIMP” DOCUMENTARY ON LIFE & LEGACY OF PIMP C (@ComplexMag @TheRealPimpC)

SMOKE SUMMIN BIIITTTCH!! Chad “Pimp C” Butler is hands down one of the most influential persons in Hip-Hop I’ve witnessed come onto the scene within my lifetime. I remember first finding out about UGK when I was young and asked myself “Why are they drinking that colorful stuff out of baby bottles? What is that in the baby bottles anyway?” I was in for a surprise once I actually found out a few years later. Pimp’s influence stretches far beyond the confines of Southern culture. While many people may hate to admit it, Uncle Chad (as I like to call him) is responsible for a lot of the slang we speak and (*cough cough* TRILL) different lines that were originally lyrics but are now words to live by. If you’re like me and a follower of Pimp’s fellowship then this documentary touched and inspired you. If you aren’t familiar with Pimp I advise you to literally “SMOKE SUMMIN” and soak up some game via this documentary that was put together by the good folks over at Mass Appeal and Complex Mag. While you’re at it, please check his posthumously released album “Long Live the Pimp” which came out late last year. RIP PIMP C.

Super Troopers 2 is Officially Happening–And You Can Join the Fun

Are you a rich individual getting married this summer but don’t have any friends (or cool ones) and thus in dire need of groomsmen to fire up the party? You may be unlikable, but since you’re rich and found someone willing to marry you, maybe you can afford to pay the Super Troopers $25,000 to be your groomsmen.

If the news hasn’t hit you yet, Super Troopers 2 is happening and it’s being self-funded by the Broken Lizard crew. This means that the Colgate University (#1) graduates will have control over the film and will be doing things like taking fans on in beer contests to raise money through an ingenious IndieGogo campaign.

And it’s clearly working: Super Troopers 2 has already raised nearly $700,000 of its desired $2,000,000 just in six hours–which means the movie becomes a certainty. Because the group has over a month to raise the remaining $130,000 and given there are easily another 13,000 fans with $10 to spare (for swag), that means Farva and the gang is meow back!

That means more powdered sugar, more mustache rides, more shenanigans, and more FARVA:

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And this clip confirms: Super Troopers 2 is going to be the best movie ever:

“I got a perk–guy gives a hundred bucks and I go to his house and fuck his wife. ZINGOOOO!”

This film can’t come soon enough. Since production will probably start this summer, envision a summer of 2016 release…but it’s happening. It’s finally happening.

Redman Says: How High Part 2 Will Definitely Happen

Half Baked 2. Zoolander 2Pineapple Express 2. Super Troopers 2. Grandpa’s Boy. The Big Lebowski sequel (that will never happen). And of course: How High 2. These are thee stoner-friendly sequels the world of weed anxiously awaits and needs. While both Zoolander 2 and Super Troopers 2 appear imminent, the rest appear to be pipe dreams.

Since it’s been almost 15 years since Red and Meth treated us to the stoner cult classic How High, fans had justly lost hope of a sequel ever happening. Fortunately, as Redman told a crowd at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas Saturday night, this pipe dream will turn to Caviar Gold.

Towards the end of his #SWSWtaekover set (and this is hazy), Redman paused the show to tell the crowd something like this:

“I’ve got some good news for y’all: How High Part 2 is going to happen!”

Redman aka Reggie Noble kept the details vague, but he sounded confident the movie will happen. In search of more info (like when) I ran into Red about 15 minutes later after he was done performing and stopped him for a quick chat that went like this:

Me: “Hey Red big fan. So How High 2. Really?”

Red (laughing): “Yeaaaaa.”

Me: “What’s the plot–are you getting your PHD in dabs?”

Red: (laughing some more) “We’ll see!”

Of course, unbeknownst to me at the time, Redman already wrote an initial script/storyboard for How High 2 a year ago. And he said this about the project:

“I wrote that shit on February 9, 2014, the storyboard, plot summary,” Redman says. “I can’t even show y’all that right now. Our ideas was the first How High, from movies that we liked and our ideas so come on, that shit is right here just to let y’all know I don’t play no games. The High How 2, hopefully we could do that under Universal, if not, we gonna do our own movie under our own shit and it will be heavily marijuana related.”

The film industry is wrought with politics, so while I have faith in Red’s words, the film might be a ways away. Universal owns the rights, and thus ultimately gets to green or red light any project–and this decision is typically based on whether or not a film can make Universal money.

Given How High‘s cult following, Redman’s announcement, and the growing acceptance of marijuana in the media, now would seem like the right time for Universal to capitalize on this sequel. And if not? Well, it sounds like Red and Meth are going to make it happen one way or another.

As for the film’s potential plot, the possibilities are endless. While I’d love to see Meth and Red migrate to dabs and learn some real science, odds are they’ll stick to the highjinks and keep it mainstream friendly (aka no torches!).

Since I’m not sure if either Silas or Jamal (their characters in the original) ever graduated freshman year let along college, perhaps they’ll be stuck in a senior year slump searching for jobs.

Or perhaps they’ll be the professors and they’ll be teaching a class on “How to Get High For a Living.” Because that’s what they do all day every day.

Or perhaps they’ll launch the clothing line BUFU while in school and turn into a worldwide force a la Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

 

John Belushi Honored With Rolling Stone Cover

John Belushi was and is the greatest comedic force ever. Belushi stopped giving a fuck before it was fashionable to stop giving a fuck and just did his thing. And he did his thing so damn well that it often hurt to watch him because we’d end up laughing so hard.

We’re not alone in saying that Belushi brought more laughter and joy into our lives than perhaps any other person in the history of entertainment. And in honor of SNL’s 40th Year Anniversary show, Rolling Stone correctly named Belushi the top SNL cast member of all time.

Yesterday, I came home to this new edition of Rolling Stone and was pleased to see that Belushi was the cover boy–so I got with the ghost of Belushi:

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While Belushi’s run with SNL predated most of our lives–1975-1979–those clips, along with his performances in Animal House and Blues Brother (to name a couple) continue to and always will live on.

And this cover wasn’t Belushi’s first. In fact, Rolling Stone honored him five other times prior to this SNL anniversary cover–because he was just that good.

Here are a bunch of those covers, which go to show just how influential and important a comedic character John Belushi was.

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Along with his sheer Average Joe Stoner likability, Belushi was a master of impersonations. His Joe Cocker impersonations still bring tears to my eye and any of his SNL clips that I’ve seen have always delivered.

But I didn’t grow up on Belushi in SNL and you probably didn’t either. I grew up on Bluto–the greatest movie character of all time. And no scene or film defined Belushi like his guitar smash as Bluto in Animal House.

It’s easy and true to say that “if John Belushi had stuck to weed, he may have lived to see today.” Like many of us lonely stoners, Belushi was, deep down, a troubled introvert who used substances to cope with his issues. Sadly, that ended his life.

But part of what makes Belushi so brilliant and has given him the ability to withstand time was and is his utter humanity. This joint, and most joints we burn at the club, go out to Belushi–the greatest laugh machine that ever was and ever will be.

High Five Spotlight: Weed Comedians

Here are 5 comedians who we feel have positively influenced weed culture and who we particularly appreciate at The Smokers Club.  This list is in random order and is not meant to be a top 5, but rather just a survey of the weed comedian landscape.  So let us know how we did and who would be on your list!

1.       Joe Rogen –JR

Rogan is witty, intelligent, and never afraid to call someone out (watch him SLAY Carlos Mencia),  and on top of being hilarious he is a huge weed advocate.

“Prison is for rapists, thieves, murderers…if you lock someone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy youre the fucking criminal”

2.       Chris tucker –

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It is a shame Chris Tucker’s career has fallen off since his Money Talks and Rush Hour days.  His iconic performance as the aptly named Smoky in the weed comedy “Friday”  helped earn him a spot on this list.  Unfortunately his later movies sound like a bargain bin at a blockbuster liquidation sale and if Rush Hour 2 and 3 weren’t enough for you IMDB has confirmed Rush Hour 4 is coming  .

“Weed is from the earth. God put this here for me and you. Take advantage man, take advantage.” -Smokey

3.       Cheech & Chong –

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How could any list about weed comedians be complete without a tip of the cap to the progenitors of the genre.  These two helped bring weed into the living room and created the stoner comedy genre with their first movie, the 1978 hit Up in Smoke. These Progenitors of the stoner comedy had outrageous gags in their movies, as seen in this now-corny trailer.

4.       Dave Chappelle – 

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The man who brought us Half Baked, the Chappelle Show and perhaps the best stoner flick ever made – Half Baked.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t watch Chappelle Show religiously during college, a show which pushed the boundaries of racial and socio-economic boundaries.  The 1998 hit Half-Baked  earned him the adoration of stoners across the world and firmly entrenched his spot on our list.

“Weed’s not as bad as everything else… ’cause weed is a background substance. You know what I mean, you can smoke some herb and still function. You ain’t crisp… but you’ll function.”

5.       Danny Mcbride –

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Kenny Powers himself , not to mention all the other great stoner flicks and comedies he has appeared in: This Is The End, Your Highness, Tropic Thunder, Foot Fist Way, & of course Pineapple Express.

If you haven’t seen any of the movies in this list you should watch them or look up some stand-up clips.  So spark something and get ready to crack up with these influential weed comedians.