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Smoke, Flicks, and Chill: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Whether you're stoned or not, these movies will make you feel like you are.

by Kristian Astre

by Kristian Astre

Although many can agree that one of the best things about smoking is the way the experience brings our attention into what’s happening right now, there are still times when we can't help but look a little bit into the future for answers to questions that the present cannot currently justify. It is what makes us human. These movies explore the possibilities of existence through looking at what can happen when the past, present, and future have no limits.

Tron: Legacy (2010)

For fans of the original TRON, this remake is just as exciting, if not more, thanks to the high-end special effects and amazing graphics. This story follows one man’s hair-raising journey to find his beloved lost father who has been trapped living within the infinite confines of a computerized world for about two decades. The reunion sparks hope for both of their futures and changes the course of their family history forever.

Project Almanac (2015)

What if you could go back and change the past to make a better future? After a series of interesting events helps one teenager discover his father's time traveling machine, he and his friends use the device for fun,  lighthearted things like winning the lottery and making sports bets. But things get more serious when they realize that their actions have drastic and significant effect on what is happening in the present. Similar to films like The Butterfly Effect, this movie explores the concept of cause and effect and how some things are better left how they are.

Uncanny (2015)

This fascinating film actually tells two stories at once despite fooling the viewer into thinking that they are only watching one narrative. When a reporter thinks that she is coming to see the latest and most advanced science in artificial intelligence technology, she discovers that it is not so easy to tell what really makes us human after all—especially when she began to develop romantic feelings.

Advantageous (2015)

Settle in for a methodical, evenly paced film with this movie that explores life, death, youth, aging, worth and purpose through the story of a woman who must make a difficult decision in order to save the future of her career in an industry that values appearance over substance. Although this movie isn't as exciting, in the classical sense, as a sci-fi film it still captures some of the same emotions by exploring what it means to be a human in a future we don't know yet.

The One I Love (2014)

Things get really interesting for a couple that’s looking to find some relief from the banality of their relationship and the struggles of remaining happy with the state of their marriage when make a choice that might help stop them from getting divorced. What they thought was going to be a bonding trip to a beautiful place ends up getting much more complicated once another couple gets involved to test the limits of reality and what it means to really know your partner.


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Kristian Astre

Kristian Astre is a California native with an infinite appetite for art and music. She fuels her creativity and curiosity with tea, naps and meditation.



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