In this episode, Zach learns what it means to tie a room together, the significance of a good White Russian, and the need for cult films, as he watches The Big Lebowski.

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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3 Comments

  1. April 21, 2014 at 10:59 am — Reply

    Two scenes from this movie stick out in my mind, and really illustrate the kind of movie this is, and the type of person the Dude is to me.

    First, is the scene in Jackie Treehorn’s estate when he leaves for a moment and the Dude goes up and does the sketchpad trick, only to find it’s just a filthy drawing. It shows that the Dude, despite his bumbling nature and lack of experience, is nevertheless going at this with all his energy. He really wants to solve this case and get his rug back. It is also the scene for me that really nails the spoofing of the detective genre. Awesome curveball.

    Second, is the seemingly throwaway scene with the landlord who tells the Dude his rent is late. You think at first it’s just to show that he’s a deadbeat who can’t pay his rent. The Dude promises to go see his dance routine in a manner that would seem like he is just humouring or brushing off his landlord. But sure enough, there he is later in the movie, watching the interpretive dance. It’s some amazing insight into the character that flows perfectly from a seemingly throwaway moment.

    I love this movie. I could keep going, but I would be out of my element.

  2. April 22, 2014 at 2:07 am — Reply

    Also, regarding your question about what to do after the list is exhausted… It might be interesting to subject Zach to some of these “so bad it’s good” movies. He could use what he’s learned watching amazing movies to dissect what went wrong and offer critique.

    Matthew could finally get everyone to watch Surf Nazis Must Die!

    • April 22, 2014 at 10:15 am — Reply

      Sadly, I’m afraid my input for ‘ZoF’ is somewhat limited, so probably no ‘SNMD’.

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