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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies to Watch While Baked!

  • by Joseph DeStefano

Yoooo!  Here are the Freshly Baked Official Top 10 Sci-Movies to Watch While Baked!   Hit up that Tinder sweetie and dig into some weird bullshit that will surely ruin any chances at getting some of that sweet nookie, but at least you blowing Cookies and ain't coughin' like a rookie.


Flash Gordon - A cult-favorite that’s hard not to love, Flash Gordon is arguably the most ‘80s a movie can get without having been directed by the car from Knight Rider. Infused with a strong dose of intentional (we think?) camp and an epic soundtrack by Queen, Flash Gordon was truly an embodiment of its era.


Krull - Many people have picked up Krull just to see a (very) young Liam Neeson playing fantasy warrior, but there's a lot more going on besides that. Ingeniously inventive, Krull is a mixture of medieval Robin Hood-style fantasy and sci-fi elements all mixed into one. Though the final act is a little anti-climatic compared to the rest, the entire film is one inventive and entertaining romp that only the 1980s could possibly muster. It deserves more attention than it's been getting of late.


Flight of the Navigator - Similar to Explorers, 1986's Flight of the Navigator is another oft-forgotten sci-fi classic that puts a huge emphasis on how great it was to be a kid. The film centers around a young boy named David who disappears in 1978 after falling into a ravine, only to awaken in 1986. With no memory of his ordeal, David is taken to a NASA research facility where he learns that he can communicate telepathically with a mysterious alien spaceship held in their hangar. David eventually escapes the facility by commandeering the ship and teaming up with its onboard AI, dubbed "Max." The two flee pursuing NASA forces while learning about the reason behind David's disappearance. It's adventurous, fun and quite funny, thanks largely to Paul Reubens voicing the role of Max.


Short Circuit - In the 1980s, Johnny Five was a household name. This lovable robot started out as a high-grade military weapons project, but after being struck by lightning, he became self-aware and escaped his government enclosure to soak up everything the world had to offer. The original film is a hilarious and fun comedy adventure that still holds up today. It's a shame that audiences have largely forgotten about Johnny Five. Without him, other robot characters like Chappie, Wall-E, and Baymax might never have seen the light of day.


Logan's Run - One of the last pre-Star Wars science-fiction extravaganzas (based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson) takes the famed '60s maxim about not trusting anyone over thirty one step further. Set in the 23rd century, Logan's Run wakes place in a world of peace and immediate pleasure, where nobody grows old. After the age of 30, people go in for "renewal" -- meaning they are killed (although the government hides this from the population). But in this utopian paradise, some people still want to live past thirty. Known as "runners," these people are unhappy being "renew" and try to flee to a place called "Sanctuary." Secret police, called "sandmen," are employed to hunt down runners for renewal. One particular sandman, Logan Five (Michael York), is assigned to discover the truth behind Sanctuary. To do this, his life-clock is accelerated and he poses as a runner. When he suspects that renewal is more about death than life, he joins up with Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter), a member of the underground movement, and the two flee the city hoping to find Sanctuary.


2001 A Space Odyssey - Talk about scope. Stanley Kubrick's monolithic work of sci-fi might not have much in the way of a tangible linear plot, and yet it covers so much – the dawn of man, the space race, the arrival of artificial intelligence, greater space exploration, and a journey into the cosmic unknown. It's dizzying stuff, realized with technical bravado by Kubrick, open to endless interpretation and with just enough narrative to remain compulsively watchable. From its gigantic rotating sets, to its use of Strauss's The Blue Danube, to its extraordinary climactic light show, 2001 is an audio-visual marvel – while its explorations of human evolution and where it might go next have already proved prescient. An extraordinary piece of work, deeply influential on decades of cinema since, and one that entrusts the viewer to follow along on an instinctual, sensory level.


They Live - The decade was like Christmas for fans of John Carpenter’s unique, “don't-give-a-fuck” style of film making. Between 1982 and 1988, Carpenter delivered several of his best works — including this cult-favorite that subverts the alien invasion genre. They Live's sci-fi element gives cover for what Carpenter really wants to tell here: A story about gas lighting (more timely now than ever) and how the unsuspecting masses are one subliminal ad away from becoming sheep to our extra-terrestrial overlords hiding in plain sight. The late wrestler Roddy Piper makes for a capable (and unlikely) action hero in the mold of Carpenter’s everyday, beer-and-blue-jeans type that he pioneered in Big Trouble In Little China. We can’t think of a better person, along with rival-turned-friend Keith David, that we’d want to watch this type of subversive sci-fi with. This is our CEO Lorsh Zontek's favorite film as he learned a lot about advertising from the little alien butt-holes.


The Day the Earth Stood Still - Usually, an extraterrestrial visitor comes to Earth in the movies to blow things up. In Robert Wise's 1951 classic, Michael Rennie's Klaatu and his hulking robot companion Gort (that's Lock Martin in the metal suit) touch down on terra firma to tell humanity to wind its neck in. If we Earthlings don't change our destructive warlike ways, the intergalactic community will have no choice but to reduce us to atoms. With its cosmic message of peace and unity told in the aftermath of World War II and against the backdrop of atomic bombing, The Day The Earth Stood Still remains subversive, deeply influential in its imagery, and with a phrase that permeated into pop culture at large: "Klaatu barada nikto."


The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! -  Cult movies don’t get much more cult-y than this under-appreciated 1984 film starring Peter Weller and Jeff Goldblum. Weller plays the titular Buckaroo Banzai, who leads his ragtag band of heroes in a struggle to defeat (and we’re not making this up) an evil alien force known as the Red Lectroids from Planet 10. W.D. Richter directs with the proper amount of tongue-in-cheek the material deserves, delivering a movie that is both of its time and before it. The world building happening here is second to none. It also happens to feature a pre-The Big Easy Ellen Barkin and post-Footloose John Lithgow.


A Boy and His Dog -   Based on the novella by Harlan Ellison, A Boy and His Dog is set in a post-apocalyptic future where canned goods are used as currency and where entertainment often consists of old porn reels. Vic (Don Johnson) is a violent, illiterate scavenger, principally interested in getting laid. He communicates telepathically with his deceptively cute-looking dog Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire); Vic finds food for Blood, while Blood sniffs out girls for Vic. One of these girls is the sexy Quilla June (Susanne Benton), who, unbeknownst to Vic is a spy for an underground society, headed by a Mr. Craddock (Jason Robards Jr.). This subterranean civilization needs a human "sperm bank" to stay alive, and the oversexed Vic fills the bill. Produced by character actor Alvy Moore (Mr. Kimball of TV's Green Acres), A Boy and His Dog was written and directed by another veteran actor, L.Q. Jones. This was the must for all of the Fallout video games that have become such an integral part of the culture!


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