Positioned to be the movie of a generation and a zeitgeist blockbuster, proved too strange for most of the mass audience to take in on its initial release.
But it refused to go away quietly and today lives on, a big bar of eye candy that talks like an unhinged and overcaffeinated street preacher.
(1968) ### The first R-rated comic-book movie stars Jane Fonda as a planet-hopping secret agent who has trouble keeping her clothes on.
Together with Jack Nicholson, the stoner auteurs shook up the film industry with this lived-in portrayal of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, while inadvertently ruining “Born To Be Wild” for all future generations.
— (1977) ### Any number of David Lynch’s movies could be here, but his first feature remains a startling testament to the richness and variety of what one man can pull out of his own head, if he’s determined to work as long as he has to to get it out.
” —, and just about any science fiction, fantasy, or superhero movie these days might inspire those fans to dress up as their favorite characters and attend a convention.
But the cult of the Coen Brothers’ stoner detective bowling phantasmagoria is even more grassroots and bizarre, with the faithful not just mimicking characters from the film, but also props and appendages (like the rug that really ties the Dude’s room together and Bunny Lebowski’s severed toe).
Dante and Randall are the patron saints of wise-ass wage slaves everywhere, while Jay & Silent Bob (and their real-life counterparts, Jason Mewes and the film’s auteur, Kevin Smith) represent the freedom (and hazards) of life beyond timecard conformity.