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’ll improve your mixed consumption of cannabis and leisure.

Film screens explode this week as dope visuals overwhelm within the type of the X-Males epic Darkish Phoenix and the frantic antics of the animated animals in The Secret Lifetime of Pets 2.

Smoke-worthy streaming choices veer from the music biz documentary The Black Godfather to the heaviness of The Handmaid’s Story to the fright present freak-outs of Nos4A2.

Our deluxe editions of classic stoner cinema favorites this go-round embrace the all-time camp basic Can’t Cease the Music with the Village Folks and the wildly unhinged, blood-blasted giallo thriller, The New York Ripper.

Music will get all types of mind-bending this week with reefer-ready releases from Plaid; multifaceted funnyman Tim Heidecker; and Boots Electrical, the glam persona of Eagles of Dying Steel singer Jess Hughes.

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

X-Males: Darkish Phoenix (2019)
Director: Simon Kinberg
Solid: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender

X-Males: Darkish Phoenix is the twelfth installment within the X movie franchise and, as such, the final entry earlier than what’s stated to be a serious Marvel Cinematic Universe reboot. It’s additionally a trustworthy adaptation of the beloved 1980 “Darkish Phoenix Saga” comedian e book sequence that was first tried, to obvious fan frustration, in 2006 with X-Males: The Final Stand.

13 years of brain-blasting developments in CGI results later, Darkish Phoenix arrives now with Sophie Turner — the once-and-forever Sansa Stark of Recreation of Thrones — starring within the twin position of Dr. Jean Gray and the outer-space-spawned title character who thrives on photo voltaic flares and shoots hearth out of her face. Rattling.  

Jennifer Lawrence returns right here as blue-skinned shape-shifter Mystique, accompanied James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender respectively portraying basic X-Males adversaries Professor X and Magneto. The upper you get, the mightier all of it turns into.

The Secret Lifetime of Pets 2 (2019)
Director: Brian Lynch
Voice Solid: Patton Oswalt, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart

Patton Oswalt steps up because the voice of Jack Russell terrier Max in The Secret Lifetime of Pets 2, taking on the position created by Louis CK within the authentic. (Louis was, um, indisposed for this go-round). As soon as once more, Secret Life provides an eye-popping, gut-busting take a look at what all our canines, cats, fish, birds, and different animal buddies rise up to as soon as we depart them alone — and with one another.

This time, the journey focuses on Kevin Hart as Snowball, a rabbit with a superhero advanced who rouses Max and the opposite critters into serving to him free a tiger from a circus. Loopy colours, madcap slapstick, and all method of gags simply begging to be loved with marijuana ensue from there.

Streaming

The Black Godfather: The Clarence Avant Story (2019)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Watch It:
Netflix

The identify Clarence Avant might not be broadly identified among the many public, however behind closed doorways within the upper-most echelons of culture-making dynamism, he dominated so brilliantly and with such one-of-a-kind energy that the one attainable title for a film about his life can be The Black Godfather.

Netflix’s new documentary explores Clarence Avant as an excellent, unrestrained leisure mega-force who not solely redefined music manufacturing throughout the ’80s and ’90s by the use of mentoring platinum-selling abilities, he additionally recommended luminaries on the godlike order of Muhammad Ali and President Barack Obama.

Roll a fatty, press play, and correctly honor The Black Godfather by watching in weed-struck surprise.

The Handmaid’s Story: Season 3
Solid: Elizabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes
Watch It:
Hulu

The prospect of pairing season three of Hulu’s acclaimed dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Story with a very paranoia-inducing pressure of pot appears harmful — however truly simply harmful sufficient to really do it, really feel the dread, after which assume onerous about how the woman-oppressing fascism on show within the sequence appears to be creeping into each day headlines out right here in the true world.

As Offred and Aunt Lydia, respectively, Elizabeth Moss and Add Dowd lead the returning forged, they usually’re joined now by Bradley Whitford, Christopher Meloni, and Elizabeth Reaser.

I Am Mom (2019)
Director: Michael Lloyd Inexperienced
Solid: Hilary Swank, Clara Ruugaard, Rose Byrne
Watch It:
Netflix

In between melting your thoughts with episodes of The Handmaid’s Story (and marijuana, after all), try I Am Mom, an creative sci-fi thriller with a equally feminist bent.

After the apocalypse, a robotic calling itself Mom (voiced by Rose Byrne) faucets right into a provide of human embryos to repopulate the planet, which she then raises as her personal “kids.” She proves particularly keen on a young person who’s merely known as Daughter (Clara Rugaard).

Rigidity, hassle, and a few terrifying plot twists come up upon the arrival of Hilary Swank as Girl, a wounded veteran of no matter’s occurring outdoors Mom’s bunker and whose account or actuality hardly matches up with what the youngsters have been taught to imagine — form of like the primary time pot actually labored for you.

Nos4A2: Season One
Solid: Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Jakhara J. Smith
Watch It:
AMC

The title of Nos4A2 is pronounced “Nosferatu,” as within the identify of cinema’s first basic Dracula knock-off. It’s additionally based mostly on a 2013 horror novel by Joe Hill, who simply so occurs to have blood-curdling brilliance operating by means of his veins, as he’s the son of scare-master supreme Stephen King. Get able to get wasted and get worn out with concern.

Zachary Quinto stars as Charlie Manx, an undead bloodsucker who devours souls and forces the quite a few children he kidnaps to endure for eternity within the sarcastically named Christmasland. Solely Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), a younger artist with supernatural talents she’s simply starting to grasp, appears to have the ability to outwit madman Manx. You received’t have the ability to give up smoking and watching.

Cult Basic Collector’s Editions

Can’t Cease the Music (1980)
Director: Nancy Walker
Solid: The Village Folks, Valery Perrine, Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
Get It:
Shout Manufacturing unit

Can’t Cease the Music is the fantastically fictionalized origin story of homosexual disco icons the Village Folks, and, as camp classics go, it’s utter outrageousness and over-the-top abandon fairly merely certain out past any human compression that’s attainable with out the copious support of cannabis. So you understand how to arrange for it.

Along with the colorfully costumed Village Folks performing head-exploding extravaganzas set to each their smash hits (“Y.M.C.A.”) and their should-have-been hits (“Milkshake”), Can’t Cease the Music is a nonstop wonderland of macho males, insanely lavish manufacturing numbers, and a forged that would solely exist within the cocaine-crazed early ’80s that features Valerie Perrine bouncing topless among the many bubbles in an in any other case all-naked-male bathhouse, Steve Guttenberg roller-skating round Manhattan in short-shorts, and the long run Caitlyn Jenner as, imagine it or not, an uptight sq..

Can’t Cease the Music pairs completely with weed, hash, ecstasy, acid, mushrooms and/or another inebriants you may load inside your cranium — and you continue to received’t imagine what you’re seeing, listening to, and loving!

The New York Ripper: 3-Disc Collector’s Version (1982)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Solid: Jack Hedley, Zora Kerova, Howard Ross
Get It:
MVD

Italian splatter-horror maestro Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The Past) is at his bloodiest and most berserk in The New York Ripper, a gritty, gut-churning giallo basic shot in a severely rotten Massive Apple on the daybreak of the 1980s.

A masked maniac stalks Manhattan and Brooklyn, the place he viciously butchers random victims with operatic gusto and gallons of gore. The plot could appear easy, however the film’s delights come within the demented particulars.

On high of the sick slaughter scenes, the astounding location footage of filth-era Instances Sq. at peak sleeze, and Fulci’s signature suspense-building bravado, The New York Ripper additionally bestows its titular killer with a clerk that appears to be designed simply to crack up stoners: he talks in a quacking “Donald Duck” voice.

Music

Eagles of Dying Steel Presents Boots Electrical Performing The Greatest Songs We By no means Wrote
By Boots Electrical
Get It:
Tough Commerce Information

Eagles of Dying Steel frontman Jesse Hughes dons his Boots Electrical persona to unleash a covers assortment of classics on The Greatest Songs We By no means Wrote

Among the many honorees are David Bowie (“Moonage Daydream”), Mary J. Blige (“Household Affair”), the Ramones (“Beat on the Brat”), KISS (“God of Thunder”), Wham (“Careless Whisper”), Love & Rockets (“So Alive”), and Kenny Rogers and the First Version (“Simply Dropped In to See What Situation My Situation Is In”).

Hughes has lengthy reigned rambunctiously as one in every of stoner rock’s most intoxicating vocal overlords, and, whereas there’s no dearth of heavy-doom strokes on-hand right here, a significant component of what makes this album enjoyable — and a should for people who smoke — is the adventurous instructions he takes off with what are in any other case acquainted tunes right here.

Polymer
By Plaid
Get It:
Apple Music

For his or her 10th long-player, Polymer, Ed Handley and Andy Turner — the digital music wizards referred to as Plaid — declare they’re exploring the fabric of the title, particularly in regard to “the pure versus the artificial, silk and silicone, and the numerous impact they’ve on our lives.”

Okay. Whereas that description sounds more likely to be weed-related, if you take heed to the document itself, it makes excellent sense — notably should you’re imbibing weed on the time, after all. Easy grooves, bombastic beats, and sonic slides out and in of hypnotic magnificence are what Polymer proves to be all about. 

What the Damaged-Hearted Do
By Tim Heidecker
Get It:
Bandcamp

All people is aware of Tim Heidecker as one half of stoner comedy gods Tim & Eric. And the fortunate amongst us additionally revere him, with joints in-hand and headphones cranked all the best way up, as a wild card musician.

What the Damaged Hearted Do is Heidecker’s 11-track follow-up to 2016’s In Glendale, produced by ongoing collaborator and Foxygen mastermind Jonathan Rado. As you’d anticipate, it’s marijuana-heightened musical gold — particularly when Heidecker, as he so typically does, leaps off in instructions nobody can ever anticipate.

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