Alright stop, take a read and see, that I am back with the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge. Yes, it’s true. After 10 and a half months I have decided to bring it back. Only this time, I managed to find all the films listed in all the “1001 film” books published. So with that in mind… Film 346 in the “1187 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1998’s “The Big Lebowski”. Written and directed by The Coen Brothers and loosely based on the work of Raymond Chandler, this crime comedy sees Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), an avid bowler and slacker, assaulted as a result of mistaken identity, after which The Dude learns that a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski was the intended victim. Out of all The Coen Brothers films I’ve seen, I think it’s safe to say this one had the most confusing of stories to follow. Especially in the middle. And all of that was over a case of mistaken identity? Well I’m buggered then being that there’s allegedly over 1000 people with the same name as me and I’ve met one of them! The film itself was fun to watch with quotable dialogue, humour and the random Flea cameo. Also, something that I’ve just noticed as I glanced at the DVD menu on the TV. The toe that’s missing is the little one while in the film, it’s the big toe. Other things I liked from this film was John Goodman (I like his stuff in general), the Kenny Loggins “Just Dropped In” song that they used and The Dude. Who doesn’t love The Dude? If you’re ever struggling for a Halloween costume this year, just go as Jeff Bridges in this film. A bath robe, shorts, a stained white shirt and sandals. As I mentioned the middle of the film really confused me. Why were we having random dream sequences? Did The Dude ever get his pissed stained rug back? Are all the Germans in this film have a chopping fetish? At one point, I compared this film to a mission in Grand Theft Auto V with Walter (John Goodman) as Trevor and The Dude as Michael. Overall, this film is fun to watch but just be prepared to be asking a few questions in the middle of the film like I did. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1998’s “The Big Lebowski”. It feels good to be back
Year – 1998
Director – The Coen Brothers
Starring – Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro
IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
My Rating – 8/10
Length – 112 mins (1h 52min)
Genre – Comedy, Crime
Welcome to Los Angeles
Cut to The Dude in the fridge aisle buying milk
Is he writing a check for 69 cents?
Don’t piss on the rug
Can one really be victorious sat on a toilet?
Nothing like some slow motion bowling to get us through the opening credits
Drinking game – Have a shot for every time the word “fuck” is said – You’d be dead on this one scene alone
So wait… The Dude wants to find the other Lebowski and make him pay for a new rug???
Oh… Hey Philip Seymour Hofmann – Still haven’t forgiven you for having a wank over the phone in “Happiness”
Wait… How many pissed on rugs has Mr Lebowski paid for?
So… The Dude just stole a rug?
This talk about blowing…. Is this all an innuendo?
“I’ll suck your cock for $1000” – I spoke too soon
Who brings a dog to a bowling alley?
One toe over the line is a disqualification
“Am I the only one who gives a shit about the rules?”
So… What is pacifism?
Is that milk, rum and vodka on ice?
“What makes a man?” – Isn’t it the power in this hands? His quest for glory?
Wait… Mr Lebowski is married to Bunny? Isn’t she half his age?
You know someone takes bowling seriously then they have matching coloured shoes, balls, socks and outfit
Is this a Latin cover of Hotel California?
Stop bullying Donny, Walter
Don’t you hate it when you get your Lennon/Lenin’s confused with one another?
“Nobody fucks with Jesus”
Cut the The Dude laying on a rug listening to music before getting knocked into a dream scene
So… This is The Coen Brothers’ original idea for Aladdin? Minus the bowling
Who’s idea was it to put a camera in a bowling ball? – I feel sick
Oh man… they stole the rug!
So… Walter wants to keep all the money and give the baddies his dirty undies?
What the hell is going on?
This feels like a GTA V mission gone wrong – Walter is Trevor and The Dude is Michael
Has I accidentally put “Dude, Where’s My Car?” on
Don’t you hate it when someone steals your Creedence Clearwater Revival tapes from your car?
Well then… That’s one way to paint
Wait… How does Maude know all of this information?
All The Dude cares about is his pissed scented rug
Wait… Bunny made a porno?
So… The Dude has never seen a porn in full – “Does he fix the TV cable?”
So….The money being used is taken from the Little Achievers funds???
So… Bunny kidnapped herself and is using her husband’s money to pay off her debts to pornographers??
Wait… The evil men chopped off her toe?
Cut to The Dude in the bath smoking a joint
Wait… Why does Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers have a German accent?
Also… Who threatens to cut a dick off?
Does Walter think everything is related to the war?
Wait… Where did the cowboy come from?
“I like your style, Dude” – So do I
All these mixed conversations do confuse me at times
Well… That scene annoyed me
So… How did you crash, sir? I dropped my cigarette on my johnson
What the hell is this?
Why does Walter want to interrogate a son of a writer of a TV show?
Who spends nearly $1,000,000 on a used Corvette?
Why do I feel like that’s not his car?
I knew it – But that dude owned it? Sure…
What the hell is this?
Why are a circle of men throwing a naked woman in the air? Why are we on a beach?
Oh… Hello Jackie Treehorn
Why are we introducing new characters with 30 minutes left?
Wait… He drew a man with a giant penis and wandered off for a few minutes?
TUNE!!!! – “Just Dropped In” by Kenny Loggins
Is this another dream sequence?
Why is The Dude dressed as a janitor?
Why is Maude dressed as a Roman with bowling ball boobs?
Why are men running with massive scissors? – That bad you know
Wait… How did The Dude end up running down a street being chased by police?
Jerk-Off – The ultimate 90’s insult
All this over a case of mistaken identity?
Cut to Bunny driving… WITH TWO BIG TOES????
Wait… How did Maude get in The Dude’s house?
This film just confirmed that Metallica are assholes
Wait… Those dream sequences were all acid trips?
“This is a very complicated case” – You can say that again
Wait… Maude wants a kid with The Dude?
That’s one way to make someone show up
So… This detective has been following The Dude… Just because?
So… The cut off toe is actually from one of the Germans?
Thanks Dude for explaining everything
Well… That escalated quickly
Meanwhile… At the bowling alley, Donny bowls down 9 pins
The Germans just burned The Dude’s car – Not cool
Who brings swords to a robbery?
Walter just bit a dude’s ear off!!
Wait… How did Donny get a heart attack? I can only guess from what he just saw
$180 for an urn?
When you can’t afford an urn you use the next best thing… A tin of coffee
The Dude and Walter scatter Donny’s ashes in the Pacific Sea… Or all over The Dude because of the wind
So that’s how they reset pins
So… Oat sodas is code for Budweisers?
Are you taking to the audience?
Wait… The Cowboy was the narrator all along?
And we had to end on someone getting a strike