Celebstoner’s Top Stoner Movies of 2015

   

As you recover from your various holiday celebrations with family and friends, maybe you want to unwind with a new movie that appeals to the cannabis community. Maybe you’ve already seen the new Star Wars (I loved it by the way, very much in line with the feel and story of the originals, before we ever had the unfortunate knowledge of Jar Jar Binks) and like me, just can’t find the time right now to make it to the theatre to see Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight; then Celebstoner, has you covered.

Celebstoner’s Steve Bloom has covered all things cannabis culture better and longer than just about anybody, so I always look forward to his year-end lists. And I’m really looking forward to his celebrity on-stage interview of Tommy Chong at the upcoming ICBC.  I only managed to watch the #1 and #5 movies on his list this year:

1. American Ultra

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart teamed up again (they were previously in Adventureland) for this action-comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). Eisenberg’s Mike works at a convenience store, but little does he know that he’s been programmed by the CIA to be a killer. When the CIA decides to put him out of commission, Mike’s special powers (aided by plenty of marijuana inhalation) work to his advantage. Stewart’s terrific as his loyal stoner girlfriend. Watch the trailer here.

American Ultra

 

5. Trainwreck

After several years on Comedy Central, Amy Schumer made a bold leap to the big screen in Judd Apatow’s romantic comedy. Playing herself, Schumer is single and not looking to commit until she meets sports doc Aaron (former SNL star Bill Hader). The traditional roles reverse – Amy likes to smoke pot and Aaron doesn’t. She sneaks a toke here and there and, in the film’s climactic scene, is chided by Aaron after taking a one-hit break. Their romance isn’t very compelling, but Schumer is in her movie debut.

Personally, I loved both of these movies. I found American Ultra to be a very fun movie experience with enough action, grittiness and unexpectedness to keep me very entertained. If you like movies like Pineapple Express or even the Kingsman, I think you’ll enjoy American Ultra. Trainwreck was hilarious and had me literally crying at one point from laughing so hard. My one personal quibble with the movie is below, since it is a bit of a spoiler. I definitely want to check out #2, Sicario, that he compares to the Traffic, and I’ve heard good things about. Be sure to check out Bloom’s entire list, and here’s to an even better 2016 politically, culturally and artistically for the cannabis community.

 

SPOILER ALERT!  Personally,wasn’t sold on the notion that  the Trainwreck protagonist played by Amy Schumer would give up both alcohol and cannabis completely cold turkey. This just felt a bit forced, especially knowing Schumer’s real-life lifestyle. The movie takes inspiration from Schumer’s experiences and it would have been more realistic, in my opinion, if she had made a decision to choose moderation. I understand that some people can make this type of decision, and don’t criticize anyone who feels that this is the best decision for them, but it just didn’t quite feel right in this movie to me. But it is a small quibble and I recommend the movie.  

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.