I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
When you are a traveler, you often hear of trips. His trip. Her trip. This trip. That trip. THAT trip. Eurotrip. Roundtrip. Roadtrip. So I thought, which of these tripped out people have actually had the best trip. Here’s my definitve list.
10. Ice Age
The original road trip. Coasting along tracks which most of us can only imagine traversing. Especially because the ice age is long over and the next one will not come any soon, thanks to global warming. So we quietly follow in the footsteps of the gentle mammoth
, the wily lion, the sweet kid and the very lovable, eyes-popping-out-of-my-head sloth as they cross glaciers and continental plates, battle extinct creatures and save the human kid from pack of carnivores. If that ain’t trippy enough, I don’t know what is.
9. Wild Hogs
The essence of almost all pure road trip movies – Seize the moment before it is too late.
Four middle aged men facing a mid-life crisis in their lives undertake the journey of their lives – ocean to ocean ride on their super sweet Harleys. They find youth, energy, danger, courage and love on the way apart from a crazed bunch of outlaw bikers hell bent on killing them. How computer geek wins over diner girl and how sewage cleaner black guy and awkward dentist wins the respect of their family is the rest of the story. Worth a watch definitely.
8. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
The title says it all. Imagine two fat, moustached, middle aged men – naked – running around in the elevator of Holiday Inn in the US. Or one tall moustached middle aged man bringing a bikini wearing fat whor
e to a ‘mannered’ lunch with a respectable family. Made as a documentary (at least that’s what the protagonists thought it was), it is one laugh riot which makes your stomach ache with laughter. Never released in the theatres in India (just a 2 year late home video release), the movie is one of the all time best mockeries of anything – US culture this time.
Dumped by your girlfriend? Know a German hottie? Fancy becoming Pope? When all
these conditions became right for the director of this one, the cast and crew took off to Europe. They are happy and sad and scared and high and so on at various points of time in their journey. They get fake highs on fake hash brownies. One of them accidentally gets anointed as the Pope. Too much brain rush happening, Eurotrip is the way to go.
6. Dumb and Dumber
What can one say about Dumb & Dumber. Jim Carrey at his best playing dumb (or was
it dumber?) trying to return a lost suitcase to its beautiful owner in Colorado. Full of slapstick and great comic timing, the movie is a super hit in my books. Consider some of the dialogs (courtesy: IMDB
Lloyd: Why you going to the airport, flying somewhere?
Mary: How’d you guess? Lloyd: I saw your luggage, then when I noticed the airline ticket I put 2 and 2 together.
Mary: So you’ll pick me up tonight at seven forty-five?
Harry: Well I got a few things to take care of. So how about we make it quarter to eight?
Mary: [laughs] Stop it
Harry: Okay. Seven forty-five
5. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
They went back to get what was theirs. And they came back with much more. And they got high – seriously high – on the way. Jay and Silent Bob is the story of, well, Jay and Silent Bob. Jay cusses and abuses when he opens his mouth and Silent Bob, well, remains silent. Troubles brews for some people when they realize that someone in Hollywood is making a movie with comic characters based on them – Bluntman and Chronic. Way too much cursing and obscene language so be careful if you get offended.
4. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Legend found a new name w
hen journalist Johnny Depp and his Samoan lawyer Benicio Del Toro decide to go to Vegas to cover a race. Acid, LSD, coke and a whole lot of weed later, they just rip around town and their hotel with their trips taking their own trip. Brakes are released and
the throttle pressed at full for the entire movie. Awesome performance by both the guys with Peter Parker of Spiderman fame making a cameo. Nothing better for trippers.
3. Easy Rider
Once in a while something comes along that defines a generation. I think Easy Rider does that for the generation of ’69. Bred on flowers and weed, rock music and Simon & Garfunkel, they were the ones in search of the peace within. They were the ones in search of America. Easy Rider is poignant and shows a face of American society that is rarely shown – a face that is afraid of change. Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda write and direct and star in one of the most timeless movies.
2. The Motorcycle Diaries
If there is one book that really speaks what motorcycle and riding are all about, it is this. Memoirs of the legendary Che Guevara written much before he took over the God-like image of the revolutionary like no other, this book contains inspiration for anyone who cares to read it. For a change, the film doesn’t screw it up. As the young doctors, Ernesto and Alberto, travel across South America, they see the suffering and the pain. They also see the salvation. They see the way out. This was the trip that made Che Guevara out of Doctor Ernesto ‘Fuser’ Guevara. Absolute must watch.
1. The Harold and Kumar saga
If you haven’t seen Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, stop reading and go watch it. One of the funnies stories of stoners I have seen in recent times. Their quest of eating White Castle burgers after getting high
and seeing the burgers’ ad on TV leads them through some of the most innovative obstacles and experiences. Who would have thought that in an area largely dominated by blacks, an Indian and a Chinese guy will end up doing a successful stoner movie. The second installment – Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay – is a letdown compared to the first one but is still quite laughable. Consider the high point of the movie, this poem.
I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three
A three is all that’s good and right
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath a vicious square root sign
I wish instead I were a nine
For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic
I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality
When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three
Has quietly come waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer
We break free from our mortal bonds
And with a wave of magic wands
Our square root signs become unglued
And love for me has been renewed.