A week of pretty good movies. Iâ€™m going to make this as brief as possible because, wellâ€¦
I always try to make them as brief as possible, donâ€™t I? It almost never works out like that, though.
(Note: It didn’t work out like that.)
As always, I’ve included links to many of these films at Amazon in the write-ups, and though it’s difficult for me to imagine that any of you don’t have either a LoveFilm style thing going on, or your own copy of “Lebowski”, if you do fancy giving any of them a try, it’d help me out if you picked them up via the links. All of the films I’ve mentioned are unnervingly cheap – especially “Fargo”, which is pretty much my favourite film of all time.
And actually, there’s a question – how useful are links to cheap DVD versions of films to you lot? Are most of you strictly Blu-Ray by now? Please do enlighten me in the comments!
The Big Lebowski
I realised midway through watching â€œThe Big Lebowskiâ€ the other night, with three people who hadnâ€™t seen it before, that despite knowing it really well, I think Iâ€™ve only seen it the once.
Itâ€™s an odd film, Lebowski. Itâ€™s a very deliberate, tight farce, but with the illusion of shambling chaos. It rolls by with a fairly definitive plot, but it feels like youâ€™re watching an experiment in tone, a refining of the Coen brotherâ€™s peculiar approach to making you laugh and care without delivering jokes or sentiment.
And while I knew I enjoyed it, Iâ€™ve always been shocked by the pure adoration that the film has received from so many people that I know, above other Coen greats like â€œThe Hudsucker Proxyâ€ and my favourite, â€œFargoâ€.
But I have to admit, watching it through again, with certain touchstones already in place so that I wasnâ€™t coming to it oblivious, it is a truly great film.