The Trip

A classic Roger Corman film, written by a young Jack Nicolson and starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Bruce Dern. Set in Laurel Canyon in the '60s, Fonda playing a "Square" television commercial director trying LSD for the first time.

A kaleidoscope trip through LA. Corman used proto photographic and video effects to simulate the visual side of an acid trip. Apparently, Corman’s research for the film was to take a bunch of acid so he knew what he was talking about. It also has a cool soundtrack performed by The Electric Flag. Check out Flash, Bam, Pow and Peter's Trip.

The Beach Boys: An American Family

A made for TV film about the life of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys from teenage years up until the release of Pet Sounds. When I first started playing in My Sad Captains, we had a couple of hours to waste at an airport and I happened to have a copy on my laptop. At first, I think the rest of the band were apprehensive about watching it but 20 minutes in, everyone was glued to the screen.

For some reason I’m a bit obsessed with made for TV films about the Beach Boys and this one is definitely the best one, followed by Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys.

La Planète Sauvage

I first came across this film when the soundtrack was reissued sometime in the early 2000s. It's still one of my go-to albums, it’s also been sampled by Mad lib, Dj Shadow and J Dilla.

The movie is an avant-garde sci-fi animation made in 1973 directed by René Laloux but the real genius behind this project was illustrator Roland Topor who has worked with Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roman Polanski and Werner Herzog. La Planète Sauvage is one of the most innovative and psychedelic animated movies of its time.

Also if you have ever watched The Cell starring J.Lo there’s a scene where her character is relaxing with a joint whilst La Planète Sauvage plays in the background.

House (Hausu)

A totally bonkers/amazing Japanese experimental horror film made in the late '70s. Not much to say about it except track it down and watch it. You won’t regret it. Anyone who loves surreal, weird and sort of funny films will dig this film. Apparently, some of the script was inspired by the nightmare of the director's daughter.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

A cult Australian mystery film set in the outback. A group of schoolgirls and a teacher head out for a summer picnic at hanging rock on Valentine's Day only to all disappear and never be seen again. Beautiful cinematography and soundtrack. For years people thought it was based on a true story which caught the world's attention upon release.