Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
The Big Lebowski (1998)
I know what you’re thinking – how can you have NOT watched The Big Lebowski?
I have no idea.
This movie has been recommended to me on many, MANY occasions. It’s also a film which appears on numerous lists of cult movies, which means I really should have watched it by now.
But anyway, here we are – I’ve never seen The Big Lebowski.
I know that the movie is directed by the Coen Brothers; I’m aware that Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are in this film; I also believe the story has some connection to bowling…
…yeah beyond that I really don’t know anymore about the movie.
I’ve purposefully avoided reading up on this film because I’ve always intended to watch it. Today is finally that day!
This had best be good. I feel like it will be.
But will it be better than the greatest bowling film of them all – Kingpin (1996)?
*Clicks the play button*
2mins – Jeff Bridges is ‘The Dude’ – a man who goes to convenience stores in the dead of night, dressed in pyjamas. Yeah, I’m not sure going to the store in nightwear makes you a dude; it simply makes you a very lazy person.
5mins – Laziness aside, the opening five minutes of this movie, with two ‘heavies’ mistaking ‘The Dude’ for The Big Lebowski, are very, very funny.
12mins – So, there are two Lebowskis – Jeff Bridges and David Huddleston. One is ‘big’. One is not.
18mins – John Goodman is playing a slightly unhinged bowler. Is there any other kind? Oh come on – I like to bowl and when I bowl it gets intense!
18mins 30secs – John Goodman is great. 🙂
28mins – The more I watch this film, the more I want to go bowling.
36mins – I realise that big chunks of time are passing by and I’ve made very few comments. As with Fargo – the other Coen Brothers film I watched as part of 90 from the ’90s – I’m really enjoying this movie, so I have little to say.
36mins 30secs – To recap: The shitter the film, the more I will talk about it. I like this film, so the comments will be few and far between. Sorry.
40mins – For those who are reading this post, who have also never watched The Big Lebowski, Jeff Bridges has been roped into delivering a $1 million ransom… which he’s already messed up.
41mins – Everything else you need to know about this movie is as follows: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi are all EXCELLENT in this film.
45mins – The Coen Brothers are simple marvellous film makers.
46mins – Ha! Peter Stormare is playing a German porn star. I think.
54mins – John Goodman, in a restaurant, arguing about his rights. Hilarious.
56mins – I have never seen anyone drop a ferret into a bath before. I have now.
1hr 9mins – All I can say, once again, is how great John Goodman is.
1hr 11mins – “Is this your homework, Larry?” (and repeat)
1hr 27mins – I think I want a cardigan like Jeff Bridges has. It looks warm and comfy. Bet it smells a bit though.
1hr 30mins – Ha! Julianne Moore just tricked Jeff Bridges into helping her get pregnant – and he’s simply not bothered.
1hr 38mins 45secs – “This guy f***ing walks.”
1hr 42mins 45secs – Watching Jeff Bridges struggle to find money in his own wallet (“I’ve got four bucks, almost five”) is basically me at every checkout counter, EVER!
1hr 48mins – Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! The ‘ashes’ scene.
The next time someone asks me if I’ve watched The Big Lebowski, I can finally say, “YES!”.
An excellent cast, fantastic direction, loaded with sharp dialogue, The Big Lebowski is superb. It’s not a movie I’d watch over and over again, but as with Fargo, it’s a masterclass in film making.
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Free Willy (1993), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Air Bud (1997), Robin Hood(1991), Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Showgirls (1995), American History X (1998), North (1994), Jack Frost (1998), Psycho (1998), A League of Their Own (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).