100 movies of 2012

100 movies: The Big Lebowski

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

The Big Lebowski The Big Lebowski (18/03/12)

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

Dude. This was brilliant! Funny as hell. Ever so slightly out there. Expect nothing less from the Coen Brothers. Looking at some of the individual scenes from this film, you wouldn’t think they’re from the same feature. Yet they are. And they all work.

Jeff Bridges’ Dude is fantastic. He’s a bit of a stoner, yet by the end of the film he’s got it all figured out. As ludicrous as it all was. Guess it was all a series of unfortunate events. Or just events. Usually I don’t warm towards stoner dudes, but it’s hard not to love the Dude.

The great thing about this film is that it’s incredibly smart and clever. Hugely so. But … it’s a comedy. It’s a fun movie. Yet it goes a little deeper without making the audience film stupid. At all.

This film gave me more of a warm and fuzzy feeling by the end of it more than any of the recent romance or dramas I’ve seen. And for that, it should be commended. Loved it!
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

24 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
  24. The Big Lebowski 5/5 (18/03/12)
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  • Reply Pete March 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    My favourite of the Coens!

    • Reply Jaina March 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I think it might just be my favourite Coen. It was just such an insanely silly laugh!

  • Reply ruth March 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Y’know I saw this ages ago and can’t even remember much about it. I guess it escapes me why this movie’s so beloved.

    • Reply Fogs March 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

      You should check it out again then Ruth! Its awesome!

      In all honesty, I didnt latch on to it the first time I saw it either, but trust me its worth it…

      Jaina was this the first time you saw it? Kinda sounded like….

      • Reply Jaina March 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Yep first time! First time and just loved it.

    • Reply Jaina March 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      For the first half an hour I did think that. But I just got so wrapped up in the ridiculousness of it all.

  • Reply Morgan R. Lewis March 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Fun film, certainly takes a little mental adjustment since it’s so off-kilter. I know some people who don’t like it very well, but I thought it was pretty good.

    • Reply Jaina April 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Definitely very off kilter. It took me about half an hour to get into the rhythm of the film.

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