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Heady Entertainment: No, You're Not Hallucinating — Will Smith Is a Big Blue Genie
There are a plethora of reasons to get high as fuck this Memorial Day Weekend, including Will Smith as a blue genie, fresh horror flicks, and new jams from FlyLo.
Published on May 24, 2019

Welcome back to Heady Entertainment, MERRY JANE's weekly guide to just-released movies, books, and music — all fresh, dank, and THC-friendly. In specific, we choose our picks based on how they can enhance your combined consumption of cannabis and entertainment.

Memorial Day means extra time to toke up and take in the sights, so don’t skimp on smoking pot this weekend— it’s your patriotic duty! 

At the movies, nothing looms more potentially tripped out than the sight of big, blue Will Smith as the Genie in  Aladdin. If that prospect proves more daunting than your mind can handle — and, really, there’s no shame in that — the wickedly witty Booksmart and the genre-mashing Brightburn offer alternate big screen kicks.

Netflix dominates streaming dopeness with The Perfection, a stylized thriller set in the realm of musical genius. There's also Rim of the World, a sci-fi romp that pits summer campers against space invaders. What/If is another new series that combines suspense with social commentary. And let us not forget about Slasher: Solstice, the third installment of the hair-raising horror anthology.

Our double dose of collectible cult flicks features the psychedelic camp classic Boom! (1968), with Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and an audio commentary track by “pope of trash” John Waters. Finally, there's the one-of-a-kind pro-wrestling splatter freak-out, The Masked Mutilator (2019). 

This weekend's music releases are lighting up brighter than anything else. The highly anticipated debut from hip-hop supergroup Beast Coast is coming out, while the enlightened sounds of Flying Lotus trickle into the soundwaves. And that's not all — the latest must-hear dispatch from YG is also available now, too.

So let’s get straight — but not “straight” — to this week’s fresh-rolled recommendations. 

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Mike McPadden is the author of "Heavy Metal Movies" and the upcoming "Last American Virgins." He writes about movies, music, and crime in Chicago. Twitter @mcbeardo
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