Cult Weed Movies (feat. Jay Horton)
In the wake of 4/20, Chance and Noah try to fan away the smoke around the genre of stoner movies. They start with Half Baked (1998), which is to say, they start out frustrated.
Then, Chance’s city doesn’t need a special day to celebrate marijuana, but it has been 20 years since Portland produced the forgotten ‘90s slacker film Bongwater. Chance met up with writer Jay Horton to discuss his Willamette Week feature on the cult film that wasn’t (which stars Luke Wilson, Brittany Murphy, and Jack Black, among others). Around the 23-minute mark, hear Jay describe incinerating decrepit houses for movies and what the star-studded cast got up to while filming in Portland.
After a Noah theory on how the latest Taco Bell commercial connects to this genre’s gender politics, your hosts round things out with a review of How High (2001) at the 46-minute mark. Method Man and Redman burn more than a few down, and almost the Harvard campus too. How high indeed.
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Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, we select three movies based around a genre and call up guests ranging from submarine captains to Oscar winners. Then, we rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
Noah and Chance are old friends who mostly respect each other’s opinions. Even though Chance is a fool and a traitor. Find their show presented at ThePlaylist.Net and follow them on Twitter for the latest on Noah’s literary agenting and Chance’s work in the Portland arts scene.