Archive for October 24th, 2009

big lebowski 2

(USA 1998 117m) DVD1/2

The Dude abides

p  Ethan Coen  d  Joel Coen  w  Ethan Coen, Joel Coen  ph  Roger Deakins  ed  Roderick Jaynes, Tricia Cooke  m  Carter Burwell  art  Rick Heinrichs

Jeff Bridges (Jeff Lebowski – The Dude), John Goodman (Walter Sobchak), Julianne Moore (Maude Lebowski), Steve Buscemi (Donny), Peter Stormare (Uli the nihilist), David Huddleston (The Big Lebowski), John Turturro (Jesus Quintana), Sam Elliott (The Stranger), David Thewlis (Knox Harrington), Ben Gazzara (Jackie Treehorn), Tara Reid (Bunny Lebowski), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Brandt), Flea, Aimee Mann,

The very term cult has been so overused there have been times when one wishes the word would be eradicated from the language.  One can think of numerous cult films not included in this list – Withnail & I, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, etc – but The Big Lebowski is one of the few exceptions to the rule.  It totally split critics ten years ago on release, some finding it a shambling mess, others adoring its quirks and rambling narrative.  One can only assume the former didn’t get the joke, for though it may not be the Coens’ best film – see Fargo or No Country for Old Men for that – it’s their most enjoyable, their most beloved.  (more…)

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