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42 Best Movies for Wake, Isolate and Bake

The Bad News first, the world has gone to ish and no one truthfully knows when social distancing/isolation/quarantine/lockdown is going to end.   

The Good News: To become a literal life-saver, all YOU have to do is stay at home. That’s it. Just stay at home for a couple of weeks, practice your rolling,  and veg the eff out!

With that, watch these movies and maximize this forced staycation. 

Comedies

  • Young Frankenstein (1974): An absolute classic that had a big influence on all sorts of pop culture like Aerosmith’s Walk this Way

  • Blues Brothers (1980): John Belushi, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles in the same movie…’nuff said 
  • Dazed and Confused (1993): A cult favorite amongst tokers, D&C is filled with awesome music, a chilled-out vibe, and Matthew McConaughey.

  • Friday (1995): In the New new world order, everyday is Friday.
  • Empire Records (1995): Another film with a cult following, ER is one of those movies the critics don’t like but audiences do.   
  • Four Rooms (1995): A weird, little Quentin Tarantino flick with Madonna in it that is loosely based on the writings of Roald Dahl. Get ready to trip out!
  • Trainspotting (1996): That bathroom tho…

  • Swingers (1996): Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau make a dynamic duo that’s so money they don’t even know it.
  • Gridlock’d (1997): 2pac and Tim Roth play a couple of smack heads determined to quit the habit and live clean. Police and the hospitals seem hellbent on making sure that doesn’t happen. An underrated tale. 
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998): A fun, fun movie that brings together multiple capers and characters including some dudes running a mini grow-op (badly) in the heart of London.   
  • Half Baked (1998): An insta-classic, every toker must watch this movie!
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998): “An American psychedelic satirical black comedy road film”, Wikipedia
  • Office Space (1999): If there’s one thing you do while working at home, make sure it’s watching OS on company time. 

  • Almost Famous (2000): Another movie with awesome music and a chilled-out vibe.
  • Super Troopers (2001): Shenanigans!!!

  • Old School (2003): A bunch of grown-men acting like frat boys...what could go wrong?!
  • Intermission (2003): A low-key Irish flick featuring the nation’s finest before they went Hollywood. The first scene alone will have you in stitches.

  • Idiocracy (2006): What started out as a comedy is slowly turning into a documentary. Ask yourself, are we really that far from a Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho presidency. 
  • Pineapple Express (2008): Another toker’s classic. If you haven’t burned to this movie yet - stop reading and start rolling and enjoying.   
  • Tropic Thunder (2008): One of the most quotable movies ever, TT is peak Robert Downey Jr/Ben Stiller/Jack Black, and Tom Cruise!
  • Next Day Air (2009): Not as popular as some of the other movies, NDA is Friday meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.   
  • Fantastic Mr.Fox (2009): A heist movie cleverly disguised as stop Motion animation. Foxy and his gang are charismatic and neurotic, much like the movie’s beloved director Wes Anderson.

  • What we do in the Shadows (2014): The movie hilariously follows the hijinks of vampire roommates “living” in Auckland, New Zealand. They have now made an equally funny TV show based which you should also check out!     
  • Knives Out (2019): Daniel Craig with a southern drawl may not sound like a particularly steamy cup o’ tea. But it works, it really really works.

Serious

  • The Great Escape (1963): Directed by a Canadian who was clearly ahead of his time, TGE has all the elements to a classic WWII story: a dashing lead, a motley crue, an epic theme, and an impossible plan.
  • Rosemary’s baby (1968): A truly menacing psychological horror, RB has been called the most cursed hit movie ever made.
  • Papillon (1973): Equal parts depressing, slow, and inspirational, this may be the perfect mood movie for a world ravaged by COVID-19.
  •  Dead Presidents (1995): Heat for the hood.

  • The Game (1997): Bonus Points to anyone who can guess the ending without knowing anything about it.
  • Blade (1998): Wesley Snipes cuts down vampires with nothing but a katana and a killer soundtrack.
  • Fallen (1998): An underseen, should-be cult favorite that has Denzel catching murderers and demons.

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999): Jude Law excels while Matt Damon is genuinely creepy.
  • The Sixth Sense (1999): Not necessarily everyone’s go-to movie during isolation, just the ones who want to spend the time alone with an accelerated heart rate.
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000): A must-see just for Dafoe’s performance as he gets lost as the legendary cinematic icon Nosferatu.

  • Frailty (2001): Another McConaughey entry, this one is a little more serious but just as satisfying.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (2002): A concise, simplified version of Dumas’s Classic, Jim Caviezel is excellent as the bereaved, wronged Edmond Dantes.
  • Lord of War (2005): Nic Cage plays an arms dealer with aplomb and finesse. He’s aided by excellent cinematography and a fast-paced, crisply-written script.

  • Eastern Promises (2007): Directed by Canadian David Cronenberg, EP, like its lead Viggo Mortensen, is gritty, raw, and rugged. 
  • Gangs of Wasseypur (2012): Shot in one go and divided up into 2 parts in editing, GoW tells the story of one crime family against another in rural India.  

Musical Documentary

  • The Last Waltz (1978): The Band, Scorsese, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, do you really need more convincing?

  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002): It’s truly amazing to think how one backing band can influence music this much and still remain relatively anonymous.
  • Searching for Sugar man (2012): The true, unlikely, and inspirational story of South Africa’s Elvis. It will keep the dreamer in you alive.