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Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide Paperback – October 1, 2010
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About the Author
Shirley Halperin, based in Los Angeles, has been a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, and an editor at Us Weekly.
Steve Bloom is a New York–based author who was formerly the editor of High Times. He also publishes the popular website celebstoner.com.
More About the Author
He's co-author of Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide (Abrams Image, 2010) and Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life (Abrams Image, 2008).
A former editor of High Times, he produced the Stony and Doobie awards shows, and the Hempilatiion benefit albums for NORML during his more than 15 years with the magazine.
He was the recipient of NORML's Media & Culture Award in 2004.
He has appeared as a moderator, panelist and speaker at many marijuana-reform events, including the NORML conference, the Drug Policy Alliance conference, the International Cannabis Business Conference, Seattle Hempfest, Boston Freedom Rally, and Cypress Hill's SmokeOut and Spring Gathering events.
He is also the author of Video Invaders (Arco, 1982) and Watch Out for the Little Guys (St. Martins Press, 1989).
He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Top Customer Reviews
All of this wouldn't effect the product's rating had the book's contents been compelling. The reason for putting films like "The Fellowship of the Ring" and other mainstream movies into the book weren't very convincing and the writers' treatment of drug/teen exploitation films is downright condescending. There doesn't seem to be much respect for the old B-movies here, and that's off-putting when you consider how those old films are still echoed in films today.
There are some good entries here and the cutesy icons for the ratings are mildly amusing, but I can't see many people picking up this book and learning much of anything new or enlightening.
The book is arranged maybe a little too orderly for the true stoner. It lists movies by categories such as Comedies, Dramas, Sci-Fi Fantasy & Horror, Action and Sports, Animated, Music, and Documentaries, and within the categories alphabetically. In each category you can find just about any movie made within the past 40 years, as it's the author's contention that in the last 40 years pot has come into the movies as a subject, reference, activity, or if it's just cool to watch while high. Some of the movies that caught my eye were "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Plan 9 From Outer Space," "THX-1138," "The Falcon and the Snowman," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Fame," "The Banger Sisters," "The Doors" (only a 3.5 marijuana leaf rating, and for some reason in the drama section and not music).
Each film has a smart and concise synopsis of each film and remarkably enough gives the reader a good sense of the movie. As I was reading the synopsis of the movies I was remembering each movie and favorite scenes mentioned in the synopsis. The guide offers ratings on the 5 marijuana leaf scale, icons to denote whether the movie in question has a pot reference, nudity, cocaine, alcohol, bongs and a couple of others. Next to each movie is a little quote of stoner interest from the movie.
Interspersed throughout the book is a lot of goodies for the readers, including movie picks of such luminaries as Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz, Margaret Cho, Wayne Coyne, Ray Manzarek, and Melissa Ethridge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent and detailed book covering the films, both good and bad, that you want to see in an altered state.Published 20 months ago by Basworks
This book is "The Ultimate" guide to movies for stoners. What a great reference and a fun and well thought out read. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Ethan F