7/28/14: The Big Lebowski


[The Dude] “Let me explain something to you, man, while I sip this Caucasian. Um, today, I am not Paulie. And I’m sure as Hell not Mr. Marino. Today, I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, El Dude-Marino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. Back in Waterbury, there was this friend of mine… a fella I wanna tell ya about, man. Fella by the name of Dave Biello, man. Now this story I’m about to unfold took place back in 1983 when I was first got married & we lived in the 2nd floor apartment of a Victorian. Dave was a huge Deadhead, a good man. He was one of us. Even if he drank too much. He was a lot of fun, man, until the end of the night when he was drunk & belligerent. Most of the time he was a pacifist. But not at the end of the night, man. That’s when we all used to call him The Monster. If he fell asleep, ‘Don’t wake up the monster, man!’. One night after a party in our apartment, The Monster fell asleep on the sofa. I woke up around 3:00 a.m. to some rumbling in the living room, ya know, man? Dave had his weiner out, a window to the porch open, and he was babbling about the toilet. Well to Hell with that, man! I woke The Monster; and stopped him from peeing out onto the porch. Instead, he peed on my rug! The Monster peed on The Dude’s rug. On 11/3/07, Dave died of a heart attack & 3 days later we committed his final mortal remains to the earth which he loved so well.” You know, man, I was watching Beauty & the Beast the other day & thinkin’: We were kinda afraid The Monster back then, but what really sucks is “no one pees on El Dude-Marino’s rug anymore! [Normal voice] Good night, Little Prince.

Jeff Bridges, the voice of The Aviator in Mark Osborne’s 2015 animated feature, The Little Prince, stars as The Dude, in The Coen Brothers The Big Lebowski. The Dude, a slacker who loves to party & go bowling, has disavowed his given name, Jeffrey Lebowski. One day, he’s mistaken for the rich paraplegic, Jeffrey ‘The Big’ Lebowski (David Huddleston) who owes someone a lot of money. The Dude is roughed up to expedite the payment & one of the Thugs, the Chinaman Woo (Philip Moon), pees on his rug. The Dude’s best friends are his bowling teammates, very bi-polar & hilarious Walter (John Goodman) and dim-witted Donny (Steve Buschemi). The story is told by The Stranger (Sam Elliott). Julianne Moore & Philip Seymour Hoffman are fantastic as The Big Lebowski’s daughter, Maude, an artist who paints in the nude, and Brandt, his sycophantic assistant.

The Big Lebowski received no Oscar nominations. The Coens have many & 4 wins; plus 2 nominations as Roderick Jaynes, their Film Editor pseudonym. Other siblings in the movie industry who’ve worked together on films include: The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges & his brother Beau (The Fabulous Baker Boys); Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez (Young Guns and Men at Work); Casey & Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone and Good Will Hunting); Walt & Roy O. Disney worked on 6 films together including Steamboat Willie; Jake Gyllenhaal was Donnie Darko and Maggie played his sister; Francis Ford Coppola’s sister is Talia Shire (Connie in the Godfather trilogy); The Marxes were Brothers. The Coens are the best director brothers, but Andy & Larry Wachowski (The Matrix) are the most interesting. In 2008, Larry became Lana. Oh, and the Kaufman twins, Charlie & Donald, nominated for their Screenplay Adaptation for Adaptation. in 2003 at the 75th Oscars. But Donald doesn’t exist. Charlie wrote him. That’s the Academy’s tale of mistaken identity; and at the end of this Blog, you’ll find the trailer for The Coen Brothers’ tale of mistaken identity, The Big Lebowski. 4 Stars!



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