Up in Smoke

When you think of stoner comedies, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t exactly innovation in the world of motion pictures. But back in 1978, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke was the first of its kind. Not only was this the first time two stoner characters were the “heroes” of a feature film comedy, but two Mexican characters leading a movie was also pretty rare.

Taking a look back at the creation of the film, Academy Originals has debuted a short featurette interviewing Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong about his they got this outrageous dope-a-thon off the ground and didn’t really get paid to do it. Watch the video below! Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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