(For SI blog readers Shadowfax Arbit, Gandhiji and Mallukuttan)
Now that Jeff Bridges has won the Best actor Oscar, it’s time for a deko at some of his movies.
We’ve watched his Arlington Road back in the days when Blockbuster used to stock mostly video cassettes.
So when two three SI blog readers recently suggested The Big Lebowski, we thought why not since the movie is easily accessible on Netflix Instant Play.
Directed and written by the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan, The Big Lebowski debuted in 1998 to mostly favorable reviews.
Besides Jeff Bridges, the other members of the film’s cast include John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Peter Stormare, John Turturro, Jon Polito and Ben Gazzara.
OK, kids. We’ve watched 22 minutes of the film so far.
Yes, we’ve met The Dude.
The Chinaman has peed on his rug.
One of The Dude’s buddies has drawn a firearm at the bowling alley.
The Dude’s stolen a fancy rug from Mr.Lebowski’s place.
And The Dude is back at Mr.Lebowski’s place! Why? We have no clue yet.
You can be sure we’ll update this post after we finish the 117-minute movie.
Don’t you call him Lebowski! He’s the Dude.
Folks, dudes, Jeff Bridges should have received the Oscar 12 years back for his solid performance in The Big Lebowski.
A fine movie, folks. Mucho like.
Some of our readers whine (what else would these schmucks do) that we have an inherent bias against Indian movies and Indian film stars.
Ha ha ha.
Folks, you watch comedies like The Big Lebowski and actors like Jeff Bridges (The Dude) and John Goodman (who plays the Dude’s buddy and Vietnam War veteran) and then you see Ajith, Abhishek Bachchan and Jagapati Babu peeing all over themselves time and again.
Any surprise then that we are in a high dudgeon each time we exit a Bollywood or Kollywood film.
A fine comedy that has its roots in a case of mistaken identity, The Big Lebowski is one jolly roller coaster ride.
Kinda reminds you of former Mr.Madonna Guy Ritchie’s films. Only it’s not so frenetic, not so violent and features better acting.
When Bunny (Tara Reid) the trophy wife of a wheel-chair confined millionaire with the name of Lebowski fails to pay the money she owes to people, the goons come calling on our Lebowski, the dude.
As the unemployed, sloppily dressed, White Russian drinking, bowling loving, lazy bum, Jeff Bridges is a class act.
What’s not to like in the dude’s performance here.
As for the movie itself, the dialogs crackle, the drama never ceases and the dream music scenes sort of reminiscent of our Bollywood films.
The script by the Coen brothers is air-tight with not a moment of tedium, particularly after the kidnapping.
Man, these Coen dudes are not merely good directors but fine writers too. Kudos to the duo.
As our homage to The Big Lebowski, you can expect us to review the White Russian soon (right now, we’re sipping a Soytail of Skyy ‘blue bottle’ Vodka and Silk Chocolate Soymilk with some crisp La Choy Chow Mein noodles on the side. Not bad but we expect the White Russian will be better). 😉
Guys, you can’t go wrong with this delicious comedy.
If you live in the U.S., you can get The Big Lebowski DVD or view it on Instant Play, both via Netflix.
As for Indians elsewhere, we remember once watching a film called Chori Mera Kaam. 😉