The winter season is upon us. With its long nights and chilly days, winter invites us to find comfort and entertainment indoors. For many, this time of year becomes the perfect backdrop for movies and relaxed evenings.
Plus, the experience of watching movies while high takes on a special charm, offering a way to unwind, engage with cinematic art on a different level, and perhaps even find deeper meaning in the stories unfolding on screen. That is why I have curated a list of six new films that stand out as exceptional choices for such occasions. From the visually stunning to the narratively captivating, each of these 6 movies offers something unique. So, without further ado, sit back, enjoy your cannabis, and let’s do this.
The Choice of Movies
The act of choosing a movie to watch while under the influence of cannabis is not just about picking any film. It’s about selecting one that resonates with your mood, enhances your sensory experience, and complements the introspective, often whimsical state that being high can induce. The right movie can transform a simple night into an adventure, a comedy into a fit of laughter, or a drama into a profound emotional journey. But lucky for you, I’ve done the hard work for you. All you have to do is sit back, light up your joint or eat your edible or or heat up your vape, relax and enjoy. It’s also important to note that this season of cinema has been a particularly impressive one. Some of the new films out, right now, are incredible. Whether it’s their artistic direction, compelling storytelling, or just their ability to connect with the audience on a different level, these films definitely promise to enhance your stoned movie-watching experience this winter. So, grab your favourite snacks, settle into your cosiest spot, and prepare to embark on a cinematic journey that is as varied as it is entertaining. Also: slight spoiler alert!
Top 6 New Movies
1 – Anatomy of a Fall
Release Date: 10th November
“Anatomy of a Fall,” directed by the French filmmaker Justine Triet, is a film that has not only captivated audiences but also stirred significant conversation and controversy. Winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this film has become a topic of national debate in France and has seen immense success at the box office. The film’s narrative centres around the tumultuous relationship between a woman and a man, both of whom are fiction writers. The drama unfolds in a courtroom setting, following the man’s death after falling from a window of their home. What makes the film particularly compelling for a stoned viewing is its intense focus on the domestic life of the couple, examined through the lens of the justice system. The courtroom drama dissects not just the incident but also delves into gender roles and the pressures of a creative life. The Guardian writes:
“As the film pursues its own forensic style of drama: we see the body itself examined, and the event itself bizarrely reconstructed by the defence… The film does not signpost the traditional twists and turns and dramatic reversals, but keeps a cool distance, letting us wonder if Sandra is guilty or not”
Its exploration of deep and often uncomfortable themes, its unique approach to storytelling, and its powerful performances make it an ideal film to watch stoned, offering a rich and thought-provoking cinematic journey. If you’re looking for a film to open up discussion and debate with your stoned friends, then this is the one to watch.
2 – Killers of the Flower Moon
Release Date: 20th October
“Killers of the Flower Moon,” directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, is a masterful adaptation of David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction book. This true crime saga set in the early 1920s in Osage County, Oklahoma, is a gripping account of a shocking episode in US history. The film revolves around the Osage Native Americans, who, due to geological fate, find themselves wealthy after the discovery of vast oil reserves on their reservation. This newfound wealth attracts attention, leading to a series of murders orchestrated by the machiavellian cattle rancher William Hale, played by a towering Robert De Niro. Leonardo Di Caprio stars as Ernest Burkhart, Hale’s dull-edged nephew, who becomes entangled in his uncle’s sinister plans. It’s great to see Di Caprio’s performance as Ernest, because it’s a departure from his usual roles, portraying a character who is both clueless and tragically manipulated. Scorsese’s direction ensures that the film is more than just a crime drama; it’s a commentary on cultural and historical exploitation. Many are saying that this is the well-known director back to his best. The Guardian, giving it 5 stars, describes it as:
“The richest, strongest movie he’s made in nearly 30 years.”
Its exploration of complex themes, combined with outstanding performances and Scorsese’s expert direction, makes it an ideal choice for a thought-provoking and deeply engaging movie experience during the winter months, especially when viewed under the influence of cannabis.
3 – Saltburn
Release Date: 17th November
“Saltburn,” directed by Emerald Fennell, is a film that has sparked significant debate and divided opinions among audiences and critics. In other words, if you’re planning on seeing this movie with a slightly old-fashioned family member, then maybe think again. This sweaty, surprising and vengeful sophomore feature, set in the 2000s, tells the tale of a working-class pretender making friends with a bunch of posh kids at Oxford University. The film has a star-studded cast, all of whom really pull out incredible performances. The list includes: Jacob Elordi, Barry Keoghan, Carey Mulligan, Richard E Grant and Rosamund Pike. The film’s visual vibes, absurd moments, and luxurious depictions of aristocratic wealth are central to its appeal. These elements, along with the bold telegraphing of desire, create an experience that is more about the sensory and emotional impact than the narrative coherence. This approach makes the movie particularly suitable for a high viewing experience, where the focus is on the abstract stuff, rather than the actual narrative. If you wanna have a bit of a mind-blowing weed moment, then watch it.
4 – Napoleon
Release Date: 22nd November
Next up, we have potentially the most epic film on this list. Ridley Scott’s historical stunner, “Napoleon”, has made a significant impact at the global box office. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as the infamous French ruler, the film debuted to a robust $78.8 million, including $46.3 million internationally. This impressive performance highlights the film’s global appeal. The movie presents a detailed and dramatic portrayal of one of history’s most iconic figures. Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Napoleon Bonaparte brings a complex and nuanced interpretation to the character, capturing the ambition, brilliance, and eventual downfall of the French leader. The film’s focus on Napoleon’s military campaigns, political manoeuvres, and personal life offers a comprehensive look at his impact on history. The Guardian, with another 5 stars, writes:
“Phoenix is the key to it all: a performance as robust as the glass of burgundy he knocks back: preening, brooding, seething and triumphing.”
For viewers watching while high, the movie offers a visually stunning and emotionally engaging experience. It humanises a time that, for many, is seen as an unrelatable period of history with weird guns and horses. In addition, the complexity of Napoleon’s character, combined with the film’s exploration of power, ambition, and legacy, offers the kind of thought-provoking experience that can be deeply enhanced by some delicious winter cannabis.
5 – How to Have Sex
Release Date: 3rd November
This is probably a lesser known movie, but it certainly deserves its place on the list the most. “How to Have Sex,” a debut feature from British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker, is a film that combines full-on energy, likeable performances, and a blend of humour and depth to discuss a topic that is definitely not looked at enough: consent. Set in the party town of Malia in Crete, the film follows three 16-year old teenage girls, Tara, Skye, and Em, as they embark on a holiday filled with the anticipation of adventure and the looming reality of exam results. The film’s central character, Tara (played incredibly by Mia McKenna-Bruce), is the shyest of the trio and her quest for her first sexual experience is a significant theme of the movie. However, in the end, Tara does not have the holiday she hoped for. The film explores the complexities of sexual experiences for young people. It particularly delves into the concept of consent, presenting it in a nuanced and thought-provoking manner. The Guardian writes:
“With banteringly concealed envy Skye asks Tara how it was: “Did he throw you around and that?” Did he? Does Tara want to remember it that way? Does she want to remember it at all? Consent is ambiguous. The film shows that the post-sex phase in Tara’s mind is perhaps composed of an inner negotiation: should she forget it and move on?”
People assume that stoned-minds can’t appreciate the more nuanced films, but I don’t believe that to be the case. In fact, some of my favourite and most memorable movies have been the ones I have watched high. That is why this important, lesser-known, indie film deserves to be on the list this winter.
6 – Wonka
Release Date: 8th December
I know it’s not out yet, but this film promises to be an incredible new rendition of the beloved Willy Wonka story by Roald Dahl. “Wonka,” directed by Paul King, known for his work on “Paddington,” is a prequel film that delves into the origin story of the famous chocolatier, Willy Wonka. The film, set for release on December 8th, has generated significant buzz and anticipation, with its opening weekend box office projections increasing to a promising $35-$40 million. Starring Timothée Chalamet in the titular role, “Wonka” features an ensemble cast including Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Grant, who intriguingly plays an Oompa-Loompa. For viewers watching while high, this one promises to be an enchanting journey and potentially a christmas classic.
A Winter of Cinematic Wonder
As the winter months roll in, bringing with them longer nights and colder days, one way to mask the inevitable seasonal depression is to sit in a warm room with a film. Well, fortunately for you, on this list is enough wonderful cinema to last you the season. As you curl up under a blanket this winter, let these six films transport you to magical, deep and questionable places. Whether you’re in the mood for a historical drama, a modern-day thriller, or an adventure, I’ve got you covered. So light up, settle in, and prepare for a season of cinematic wonder.
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