FC Podcast Episode 2: The Big Lebowski
The new Furious Cinema Podcast is a show hosted by Pete and Seb. Join us for discussions on our favorite movies as well as other topics of interest.
Our second episode is about a movie that means a lot to both of us, and to a lot of movie lovers in general. The Coen Brothers’ mind-blowing cult movie The Big Lebowski is not just one in a row of excellent films by the siblings, or a quirky noir stoner comedy, but it is so much more. In this episode we speak a bit about what makes it special in our eyes and why we like it. We do take some detours as well….
The following show notes cover some aspects we talk about:
- We of course reviews of The Big Lebowski we like you to read, one by Pete and one by Nut.
- Seb read this spot-on quote: The Dude, having had his precious rug peed on by thugs who mistook him for a different, wealthy—i.e., “big”—Lebowski (David Huddleston), decides to visit the latter for compensation, and soon finds himself in the midst of a convoluted kidnapping plot that may or may not be genuine. Indeed, by the end of the film, it’s revealed that almost nothing that’s taken place has been genuine: The kidnapping was phony, the ransom bag that the Dude and Walter dropped was phony, and even the real ransom bag that they’d planned (but failed) to keep was phony. (which is from this article)
- Seb also recommends a book exceprt from “The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together!” (read it here)
- The book, pictured below: Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.ca / Amazon.de / Amazon.com.au
- Early Coen movies: we talked about our love of Barton Fink and Blood Simple, as well as Fargo and Raising Arizona.
- Late Coen movies: we talked about No Country for Old Men, Hail Caesar, Burn After Reading and A Simple Man. We mentioned True Grit, for which we have a comparison review of both the Coen as well as the John Wayne versions.
- Pre-Lebowski Jeff Bridges: The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Bad Company.
- Newer ones: We touched on Hell or High Water (click here for Simon’s longer review) which co-stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine & Ben Foster.
- Film Noir: We recommend you check out the names Dashiel Hammett, Philip Marlowe or Raymond Chandler
- Larry Cohen: BRANDED (TV series), Q: The Winged Serpent, Black Caesar
- The Lebowski Fest
- Other podcasts shout-out: The Spaghetti Western Podcast (Saturdays noon PST);