Sunday, March 21, 2010

What is it About The Dude?

The Big Lebowski (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
In the wake of Jeff Bridges' Best Actor Oscar win, I decided to watch The Big Lebowski for the first time ever.  For those of you who may not have caught on yet, "let me break it down so it may forever be broke" (Theodore Witcher, Love Jones, 1997)-- I am an African-American woman.  When The Big Lebowski came out in 1998, I wasn't interested.  It didn't really seem like a movie that would speak to me, so I never saw it until just a week ago.  This doesn't mean that I don't enjoy the Coen Brothers.  I loved Raising Arizona and Fargo.  So when I heard all the chatter about the possibility of Bridges winning an Oscar this year and how much people loved him in The Big Lebowski, so much so that a cult following for the film has developed over the past decade where people meet and bowl and drink White Russians (Lebowski Fest), I figured I should go ahead and watch it.  So I did, and while enjoyable--I especially enjoyed John Goodman's performance--I was right, it just wasn't for me.  But I guess The Dude represents the basic pleasantries in life--being able to live without hassles such as working,being called by your chosen moniker, going a day without someone pissing on your rug, having your drink of choice just right, bowling a good game, and having friends who go to expense, within reason, to spread your ashes.  So, long live The Dude.

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