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Smoke Screen (Munchilicious Marijuana Movies)

posted by ebean

Okay boys and girls, grab some tasty crunchy snacks, refreshing drinks, and a comfy pillow as we unfold all films “purple-sticky-punge”.  The criteria?  Adventure, good times, chronic.  In other words, the film must involve a mission, marijuana, and a non-downer theme/happy ending.  Thus, the above clip from Bio Dome did not make the cut, but the films listed below did…

Cheech and Chong
Up in Smoke came first, but you don’t have to end the journey there, as they just keep on truckin’…

Pineapple Express

Friday
…and then the Friday After Next

Half Baked

Harold and Kumar
White Castle and Guantanamo are both hilarious.

Human Traffic


…got a fave that should be mentioned?

Oh, Baby!

And we all the thought the advent of the “staycation” would create more babies.  Guess all that DTC birth control marketing really does work…

“Stats Suggest Recession Prevented Over 70K Babies From Being Born”

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Watch: Home

documentary about our…home.

the usual.  we are all connected.  life is at once hideous and beautiful.  existence is a miracle so let’s take care of it.  etc.

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Wolverine vs. Watchmen: The Evolution of the Comic Book Movie

[posted by alcmaeonid]

What's he looking at?What’s he looking at?

Coming into this movie season, Watchmen seemed like the greatest movie ever, especially based on the trailer that was breathtaking.  Maybe it was the long wait, the R-rating, the unusual film making style, or the giant blue penis, but something about Watchmen prevented it from being the blockbuster hit it could have been.  I personally loved it.  I thought it was smart, complex, I greatly enjoyed the historical scenes, I loved the cinematography which resembled Sin City in looking like a page from a comic book, and I thought the story had a good resolution.  So why did Watchmen fail?

Because it is a great movie!

What I consider a great movie is one which leaves me thinking about it afterwards, possibly for days after.  And this movie had that, and it has great re-watch value because of the details that would probably be missed the first time around (did you know that Ozymandius is gay? There’s a file in his computer labeled “Little Boys”).

My criteria for a great movie seems normal, but I also consider a great movie one which breaks the mold and doesn’t adhere to the norms of Hollywood movies.  The blue penis alone made this movie original, and it is also an example of what turned it off to younger viewers and families.  This is key because young kids and teenagers usually flock to comic movies, but not Watchmen.

Not for kids

Not for kids

The modern comic film may look something like Watchmen, and as a film buff, I love the way comic book movies are made now.  Ever since Batman Begins they have become grittier and darker, and just better.  However, a parallel evolution has occurred.  Technology has become readily available and quite useful in film making, but it has dumbed down the films which utilize such technologies.  The perfect example is X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The first three movies were pretty good, but this new one is all action and makes no effort to have a thoughtful story.  X-Men the Last Stand had a pretty contrived plot, but at least there was some sense to the story.  This one progressed with as much sense as a Family Guy episode, and had about as many celebrity cameos.

Artists? at work? sort of

Artists? at work? sort of

Here you see Will I Am as one of the mutants, and another is Ryan Reynolds, who is the death knell of any movie with potential.  Liev Schreiber is a good actor, but as Sabertooth? But the casting wasn’t the biggest problem with the film.  No, that honor goes to that technology I mentioned before.  This movie seemed more concerned with flashy and confusing action scenes than with making a good film.

This scene was actually really cool

This scene was actually really cool

The opening 15 minutes was pretty good with the different wars and Sabertooth running everywhere like a cat mauling people.  That might have been the highlight of the whole film, which is disappointing.  Despite all its flaws, Wolverine made almost twice as much money in the US as Watchmen, which makes no sense to me.

Watchmen lineup

I guess I just consider a great movie one that is considered weird by most other people.  It might be asking too much for comic book movies to always deliver like Iron Man or Sin City, but I guess there are so many made these days that they can’t all be good.  It just astounds me how successful Wolverine is compared to Watchmen, but what do I know?

Legalize it — or not?

posted by ebeans

A recent post published at elephant journal on how to fix the economy got me thinking about the perils of legalization…weed and gay marriage that is.  And while I haven’t gotten to the marriage bit yet, I’ve done a little thinking about the weed and here is the thing:

Republican/conservative friends have argued that government control of anything from public transportation systems to health care lead to a decrease in the quality of that service.  So will it ever get legalized?  I think not.  As long as enough republicans are lighting up before going to golf courses, weed will stay where they think it belongs — private and high grade.

Elephant Journal: The Future of Yoga

posted by ebeans

Interview with Richard Freeman…

Richard Freeman: The Future of Yoga

by elephantjournal.com on Jun 3, 2008

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Preview: THE YOGA GURUS Trailer

Watch it: Mysore Style Painting

“When you concentrate, your eyes come in both at same places so that means he is concentrating on us…so he grants all of our wishes.”

Neela : Colors of Tradition : Director: SPARROW | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2006

Synopsis (from cultureunplugged.com): Neela Panch is a painter who paints in the traditional Mysore style of painting. She participated in the sixth visual history workshop of SPARROW which students and teachers and art enthusiasts attended. In the video notes made on this occasion, Neela Panch speaks about why she chose the traditional style of painting, how gods and goddesses and images from mythology form her subject, what challenges it holds for her and how much spiritual satisfaction it gives her. She also demonstrates the painting of a traditional image choosing a non-mythological image in traditional vibrant colors.

Polio: The Final Inch Documentary

“A documentary about the historic effort to eradicate polio from the planet.  Premiered on HBO April 1st, 2009.”

The Final Inch

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The Final Inch Website
Polio Eradication

Yoga: Is it exercise religion? (and what Kate had for breakfast)

A five-minute NPR interview with Kate Churchill and Nick Rosen of Enlighten Up.

From NPR:
Film Asks If Nirvana Through Yoga Is Possible

All Things Considered, April 4, 2009 · A new film, “Enlighten Up,” takes a look at whether yoga really is the spiritual experience it’s cracked up to be. Host Robert Smith talks to filmmaker Kate Churchill and subject Nick Rosen about the documentary.   listen here