High times on 4/20: Our eight Night Flight Plus movie recommendations for this weekend!

By on April 19, 2019

We’ve reached another 4/20 on the calendar, and we’re already celebrating here at Night Flight HQ and it’s in that spirit that we’re offering up a special weekend-long discounted annual membership to our Night Flight Plus streaming channel for just $29.99!

That’s right, this weekend you can sign up to save $10 on Night Flight Plus!! Go HERE and USE PROMO CODE: NF420. It’s case-sensitive, and it’s only good until 4/22 at 12AM (EST) so don’t delay!

We’ve got a Frequently Asked Questions page for you to check out should you have any queries you need answered, and do feel free to contact us here if you have any problems/issues.

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In the past, we’ve told you about the history of “4:20″ (or 4/20), with our previously-published post “High Times in San Rafael: The true story of ‘4:20,’ the Waldos and the Bebes” and in this post, the narrator tells us that April 20th is “an internationally recognized holiday as well as a daily excuse for stoners, potheads and even the recreational marijuana user to light up, toke up and blaze a blunt on their way to the euphoric high-way of mental freedom.”

We can’t think of a better way to express your personal “euphoric high-way of mental freedom” than to check out these eight titles we’re featuring Night Flight Plus!

They’re always available on our streaming channel, but we thought you might like to check ‘em out this weekend, whether you imbibe, inhale or whatever:

Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold is a golden-hued, soft-focused nostalgic trip down memory lane, and exactly the kind of documentary you might have seen excerpted on “Night Flight” back in the ’80s. In 1973, first-time filmmaker Bob Grosvenor’s film showed a lot of Americans doing illegal stuff here in the U.S. (in Kentucky and Missouri) and down in Mexico too, including harvesting and smuggling pot. Be sure you’re not too stoned when the film detours into a weird little Robert Crumb-esque animated cartoon which cooks along to the 1967 minor hit “That Acapulco Gold” by Rainy Daze. (We’ll be telling you more about this film in our 4/20 post tomorrow!)

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Assassin of Youth

A stone cult classic from our friends at Something Weird, Assassin Of Youth, the third major marijuana film of the 1930s, borrowed its title from an article written by Harry Anslinger, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who succeeded in criminalizing the drug in 1937. “Assassin of Youth” helped convince the public that dope turned kids into sex crazed murderers. And with the evidence so compellingly presented here, who could doubt it?

J-Men Forever

The Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor & Peter Bergman wrote and star in the “rock’n roll’em high comedy” and mock-dubbed cult Night Flight favorite J-Men Forever, which tells the tale of a Secret World War in which the Lightning Bug (he’s the villain) uses rock ‘n’ roll music — not to mention lots of marijuana smoke — in order to devastate the peace-loving populace, corrupting wholesome middle-class America while brainwashing the planet’s citizenry into becoming his slaves. (Read more here).

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Marijuana

Marijuana (1968) features a glassy-eyed and possibly stoned Sonny Bono (he wasn’t, he was just tired) giving us answers to the questions we may have had about marijuana in order for us to determine whether or not pot is the right drug for us. Or not. One of our favorite things about this is that Bono seems to be wearing a pair of orange silk pajamas, and we also liked the fact that Gene Clark of the Byrds contributed a song to the soundtrack (he was out of the Byrds at that point, however). (Read more here).

Musical Mutiny

After releasing the exploitation, sexploitation, and even kiddie films of one-man film-industry Barry Mahon, Something Weird has finally found one of his two “lost” rock movies, Musical Mutiny, starring Iron Butterfly, a wacky little hippie fantasy which hasn’t been seen since its theatrical release way back in 1970. And, of course, with Mr. Mahon at the helm, it’s also the most minimalist rock movie ever made complete with a plot of such staggering simplicity that it’s almost complex. (Read more here).

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Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness — the grandaddy of all drug-scare films — was screened under several different titles before it ended up with the permanent grindhouse-friendly title Reefer Madness in 1947. This black & white cult classic tells us what happens when three high-schoolers succumb to peer pressure and smoke pot. Their downfall leads to them committing crimes they wouldn’t have otherwise committed had they not puffed on strange wacky tobaccy-loaded jazz cigarettes. (Read more here).

The Wild Scene

Hippies! Incest! High-School Hookers! Drug parties! lesbians! Free-love! Suicide! And. .. well, psychiatry. Put it all together – with an especially heavy hand – and you’ve got The Wild Scene, a cinematic stew of sex and sociology that gleefully exploits the most overused phrase of the late-sixties,” the generation gap” (“It’s more than a gap, it’s a void”) with a variety of lurid case studies ….another Something Weird cult classic!

Tunnel Vision

This sometimes crude, highly satirical low-budget NSFW parody was “the funniest film of 1985″ when it came out in 1976. The filmmakers to not only lampoon lame network TV programming or what they think might be coming in the not-too-far-off future — set ten years in the future, TunnelVision’s successful programming has essentially killed off the other three big networks…hey, just like Netflix! — but also meant they could do or say whatever they wanted, which ultimately earned the film an R-rating for gratuitous nudity, depictions of drug use (yay!) and profane language. (Read more here)

However you choose to spend your 4/20 weekend, we hope it’s a pleasant experience and you don’t get hassled by anyone and end up having, as Sonny Bono might say if he were still around tonight, “an unpredictable and unpleasant bummer.”

And, be sure to take advantage of us while we’re stoned this weekend and grab that discounted annual membership to Night Flight Plus for just $29.99!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.