The Coen Brothers
First off, let me say that my opinions differ from "the norm" as much as anyone's I guess but I'd like to think I have good taste and that I'm a fair judge of character when it comes to movies. That said, we live in a day and age where many people love a film because it's cool to love that film or vice versa. I've never been nor will I ever be that guy who simply jumps on a band wagon for any flick. I've written some Unpopular Opinion columns and have no problem being in the minority, it happens, so as a result I'm sure there will be those who disagree with me here, but these are the issues I had with "The Dude" and his exploits. To begin with, who calls themselves "The Dude" anyway? If I ever met someone who introduced themselves by saying, "you can call me The Dude, Dudder or The Big D," I'd probably kick them in the face.
Jeff Bridges has never been one of my favourite actors to begin with, but this character is completely, fully and often annoyingly worthless. His whole persona is nerve-racking. His place was a hole, and to have an argument over a shitty rug with Steve Buscemi and John Goodman for what felt like an eternity because some guy pissed on it, was ludicrous. The rug in question (like most things in that dump) was probably only worth ten dollars, if that. Get over it numb nuts. Beyond this character, I actually liked John Goodman here, he was a riot, the one good thing this flick had going for it as far as I'm concerned. However, I still don't know how they were allowed to bowl after Goodman pulled a gun in the bowling alley, that felt like a bit of a stretch to me. And then there's Buscemi who's getting yelled at the entire film, which apparently doesn't bother him, only to have a heart attack and die because three fools dressed like they escaped a drag club start some trouble outside the bowling alley? That didn't make one bit of sense to me.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI is one big mess of a film. I have nothing against the idiocy often found in stoner flicks (I'm actually looking forward to A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS), but this was much more than that. This money plot goes around in circles all film ending with Bridges getting nothing. Most of the film's characters are throwaway oddities who never really go anywhere (Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, John Turturro). And I really didn't like how they made it seem like there was going to be a sick bowling competition between rival teams...which doesn't happen. And lastly we have Sam Elliott who other than bringing his cool voice and badass moustache to the table, doesn't serve much of a purpose either. It would take far worse than this to shake my faith in the Coens, but this was still pretty awful. What people actually see in this movie is a mystery to me.
An Exclusive Introduction: I'm not really sure what this is supposed to be, beyond some type of farce/mocumentary of sorts but it's not very funny. I'm so confused.
The Dude's Life: Jeff Bridges is told by a friend that The Dude is considered a Zen master in certain circles. I'm not so sure I believe it though.
The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: Here the cast and crew go on about the fans and lore that still make this film popular after all these years. At least this one seems to have gone better than that live presentation.
Making The Big Lebowski: The Coens give us the low down on the film and it's wacky characters having no idea they would attract such an offbeat cult following. I'm still amazed that there's a Lebowski Fest.
The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever's Story: This is a small exert from a documentary about a guy who meets up with some peeps heading for The Lebowski Fest over some drinks. I'm not so sure I want to know what goes on at this party.
Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: Here we try to make rhyme or reason of The Dude's ridiculous dreams. To be fair though, these are no worse than the dreams in Harold and Kumar, though I'm surprised he wasn't flying with a bag of weed too.
Interactive Map: Just like the name implies, we get a big interactive map with fourteen different places found in the film ready to be explored. Again, cool if you're into it.
Photo Gallery: Jeff Bridges shares a photo booklet with film themed pictures, which are also joined by a pile of individual movie stills and art from the movie.
Previews: There's a slew of trailers, some BD-Live content and the Blu-ray case also happens to be a twenty-three page hardcover picture book.