Happy 4/20 (and Happy Taurus Season) to all those who celebrate. We certainly do. Since asking a NYC dealer how his business has been impacted from COVID-19, to surveying various New Yorkers on marijuana legalization years before Cuomo made our dreams a reality, we now present a stoned watchlist for your viewing pleasure. Below, we asked the Interview editors to give their top picks for the best TV and movies to watch this 4/20. Cue “Because I Got High” by Afroman.
MEL OTTENBERG, CREATIVE DIRECTORThe evil glamour of Hellraiser 2 is best experienced while really stoned. It’s a great, but also really terrible movie. I highly recommend it.———
SARAH NECHAMKIN, DIGITAL EDITORThe Legend of the Stardust Brothers. It’s a Japanese satirical disco musical comedy from 1985—the stuff of camp dreams. Thank me later.———
JULIANA UKIOMOGBE, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
You have to go with something fun and light. Some of my favorites: Friday, Superbad, and An Extremely Goofy Movie. For a more cerebral experience, I recommend Solange‘s film When I Get Home, which is now streaming on Criterion Collection. I, too, saw things I imagined.
ALEXA LANZA, MARKET DIRECTORThe Sentinel. Troubled NY model, great outfits, Jeff Goldblum as a fashion photographer, and the gate to hell in Brooklyn Heights. Freaky! Best enjoyed with Pure Beauty Babies!———
BEN BARNA, EXECUTIVE EDITORI no longer partake, so instead, I’ll tell you which movie not to watch while high: Requiem for a Dream. When it came out back in 2000, I made the mistake of taking edibles before watching it in theaters, and to this day it remains the most visceral experience I’ve had in a theater, and not in a good way.———
JACK VHAY, DESIGNERI’ve never been stoned before, so I’m really the least qualified person to be answering this question. That being said, I’m going to answer it anyway. I can imagine a movie like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey would be a good one, if only for the stargate sequence. Or is the vibe to go bleak German expressionist cinema, like Metropolis? Is it bad to watch heavy stuff when you’re stoned? Idk. Final answer: Bratz: Rock Angelz from 2005.———
ERNESTO MACIAS, EDITORIAL ASSISTANTI have a wild rotation. Sometimes I dive into Sex and The City—watching this movie stoned is pure camp. It’s sort of becoming a Sunday ritual for me to get high and fantasize about NYC, sex, and men with my girl Carrie and her toxic behavior. Another favorite of mine is Party Monster. The movie itself feels like an acid trip, from the murder plot to the fabulous fashion, and specifically Macaulay Culkin’s performance as Michael Alig. When you add pot to the formula, the film is truly a joyride. Last but not least, I’ve got to mention my one and only: Shrek. The movie is just so layered—a masterpiece. Ladies and gentlemen: “Mary Jane Holland!”