Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Big Lebowski (1998)

"That rug really tied the room together." And so begins the saga of "The Dude" Lebowski, who happens to share a name with a millionaire who has run afoul of some nihilists. And you know, the plot doesn't matter. It's all about Jeff Bridges, in a role he probably should have won his first Oscar for, bowling, driving around, and having the occasional acid flashback. The eminently quotable Coen Brothers film features a surreal dream-sequence, genius supporting performances by Coen Bros. regulars John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro and one nice marmot. Though sort of a slow burn critically, this film has spawned an annual conference and a resurgence in the popularity of White Russians. Nobody fucks with the Jesus!

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