10 Cloverfield Lane / Do-Si-Dos

Like him, or hate him; J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Production Company have cemented themselves in film history as a force of nature. From J.J.'s writer and creator credits on hit shows like LOST and Fringe, to his production and directorial work on Super 8 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, chances are you've enjoyed something he's had his hands in creating.



For me, one movie in particular that shattered what a "monster movie" could be was Cloverfield. It was a unique take that capitalized on the popular "found footage" style but added top-quality Hollywood special effects. The merging of these two worlds delivered something I hadn't experienced before. It felt real.

Little did I know that I'd have to wait eight years for another Cloverfield flick. So when the 10 Cloverfield Lane teaser unexpectedly dropped I was beyond amped. The biggest shocker of the 30-second spot (aside from the title reveal at the end) was the release date only two months away. Think about that for a second. Usually a teaser drops 12, sometimes 18, months before a film's release. Then the marketing hype-machine goes into action - talk show interviews, social media blitz, radio spots, television ads, convention circuit, print ads, press junkets, editorial previews, etc... But Bad Robot had a different strategy. Launch a teaser trailer then release the movie into theaters 2 months later.

Needless to say, my ass was in a theater seat on opening night. So in the spirit of full disclosure, this recent "high" viewing was the second time I watched 10 Cloverfield Lane. Obviously this means I already knew the story and all of its twists going in. But as you'll find out later, that was probably a good thing.



I fiddled through my stash and decided to pair the movie with some Do-Si-Dos. I hadn't sampled this strain before but am a pretty big fan of Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) of which this is a hybrid of in combination with Face Off OG. I've heard good things about the couch-lock effects of this strain and that's exactly what I was looking for. I was coming off a 10-day tolerance break and it was a Friday night so I didn't have to worry about waking up early for work. I packed my bowl and it was off to the races. I took a massive rip, pulled it deep into my lungs and then proceeded to uncontrollably cough every last bit out. I composed myself and finished the bowl. By the time I put the bong down I was already pretty high. I'm sure my tolerance break factored into the potency, but my God if Do-Si-Dos don't hit fast and hit strong.

As I walked upstairs to start getting ready for the movie I could feel pressure building behind my eyes. My eyeballs felt like they were growing in their sockets making it difficult for me to blink my eyelids around their newly inflated size. I began brushing my teeth and it felt like I was removed from my body. I had no sense of feeling - total numbness. Only muscle memory kept the brush moving across my teeth. Somehow I finished, rinsed my mouth then floated (not walked) over to my bed. Holy crap, I was baked! I touched my chest and my arms and it felt like I was burning up, yet I was completely comfortable. I wasn't sweating at all. I just felt at peace like I was wrapped in a warm, heavy, blanket.

I found myself floating in space looking into a window far in the distance at people trapped in a bunker.

The movie begins with Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) seen escaping her life to assumedly begin a new. During her drive out of town she gets in a severe car accident only to regain consciousness chained in a cellar. Her savior enters the room and introduces himself as Howard (John Goodman, Argo, Roseanne). Howard explains that he witnessed the car accident and rescued her just in time before a catastrophic event happened leaving the air outside toxic and unbreathable.

Soon after, we're introduced to Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.). Emmett is a pivotal character in the story because unlike Michelle, he's Howard's neighbor and has known him for a while. Emmett is able to calm Michelle's worries and verify that Howard is who he says he is - just a guy who's built a doomsday bunker for an occasion such as this. Once Michelle convinces Howard that she's not a flight risk he releases her from the handcuffs.

At this point the Do-Si-Dos kick into high gear. I was no longer on my bed. Instead I found myself floating in space looking into a window far in the distance at people trapped in a bunker. My vision was enhanced and I was able to focus on every single detail on the screen all at once. A feeling of profound clarity washed over me as I found my mind freely drifting around the cosmos. I was on a mind trip like no other and damn all that attempted to distract me, including this movie.

And then, I was asleep.



I don't remember falling asleep, but I don't think I even made it into the second act before succumbing to the knock-out effect of Do-Si-Dos. As I said at the top, it's a good thing I watched this movie before!

Needless to say, falling asleep midway isn't a knock against the movie at all. This is a great flick that will keep you guessing throughout its 100 minute runtime. Just when you think you have Goodman's character figured out, he does something that causes pause. His brilliant performance is only matched by Winstead's. Every step of the way your eyes will be glued to the screen (unless you pass out from being too stoned) waiting for the next challenge Michelle is faced with up until, and not excluding, the final sequence.

So would I recommend watching 10 Cloverfield Lane high. Absolutely! Granted, I didn't get through the entire movie, but I sure as hell enjoyed the time I was awake. I was totally immersed to the point I felt like I was watching these events unfold in real time like a voyeur. My recommendation: Select a less sleep-inducing strain. Then again, maybe it was the t-break. Who knows. What I do know is that I'll be picking up another 8th next time I hit up the dispo.

But enough about me, how about you? Have you watched 10 Cloverfield Lane or tried Do-Si-Dos? What are your thoughts? Did you have a similar experience? Please leave a comment and let me know. And of course, don't forget to follow Bloody High on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.



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