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8281 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 27 Jul 2007 at 1:48 AM (9 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2007-07-27 01:56:08 AM  
Farkatke Zen?
 
2007-07-27 02:09:59 AM  
I love that movie. I think the whole dream sequence with the valkries & the bowling alley was my favorite part.
 
2007-07-27 02:19:44 AM  
Quintana was the best character by far.

Quintana: You ready to be farked, man? I see you rolled your way into the semis. Dios mio, man. Liam and me, we're gonna fark you up.
The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
Quintana: Let me tell you something, pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shiat with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the farking trigger 'til it goes "click."
The Dude: Jesus.
Quintana: You said it, man. Nobody farks with the Jesus.
Walter Sobchak: Eight-year-olds, Dude.
 
2007-07-27 02:30:40 AM  
I see the Dude as more of a Zhuangzian Sage than a Zen master.
 
2007-07-27 03:04:40 AM  
I'll just post this Big Lebowski quote generator, instead of trying to decide on what quote to post.

/pops
 
2007-07-27 03:17:37 AM  
Funniest.Movie.Ever.
 
2007-07-27 05:16:03 AM  
Oh, yeah - let's deify an alcoholic, drug-abusing deadbeat who wears the same clothes for days on end and conceives a child out-of-wedlock.

/100% trolling
 
2007-07-27 07:38:29 AM  
I so wanted to go to Lebowskifest last weekend. Maybe next year....
 
2007-07-27 07:40:45 AM  
I'm glad that The Big Lebowski is starting to be taken a bit more seriously, but it isn't Zen, it's political satire. If you consider The Dude as a symbol of the sixties, you can see how the movie is about how America is still so hung up on the sixties counterculture that it cannot progress forward as a nation.

Notice how everybody in the movie either wants something from The Dude or craves his approval. Meanwhile, he just repeats things he hears from other sources when placed in a positions where he must respond with wisdom. "This aggression will not stand, man." He even has a poster of Nixon on the wall of his home. But everyone laps it up, thinking he's this progressive, think-outside-the-box kind of guy.

There are characters who don't want something from him. Let's take a look at them. Knox Harrington ("The Video Artist") is the stagnation of the art world. The Sheriff of Malibu has a "peaceful little beach community" that we know to be full of the uber-wealthy like Jackie Treehorn. He wants to preserve the exploiters at all costs. Jesus Quintana is a pederast who just wants to win at a meaningless game that is irrelevant outside of a certain stratum of working-class society.

On another level, The Dude represents the left-wing, Walter is the right-wing, and Donny is the middle ground of American discourse that has been ignored and shouted down by the right and patronized by the left at least since the 1980s.

/that's all I got
//did not wake and bake
 
2007-07-27 08:03:12 AM  
www.ane-clan.co.uk
 
2007-07-27 08:51:36 AM  
magical_mystery_meat: I'm glad that The Big Lebowski is starting to be taken a bit more seriously, but it isn't Zen, it's political satire. If you consider The Dude as a symbol of the sixties, you can see how the movie is about how America is still so hung up on the sixties counterculture that it cannot progress forward as a nation.

Notice how everybody in the movie either wants something from The Dude or craves his approval. Meanwhile, he just repeats things he hears from other sources when placed in a positions where he must respond with wisdom. "This aggression will not stand, man." He even has a poster of Nixon on the wall of his home. But everyone laps it up, thinking he's this progressive, think-outside-the-box kind of guy.

There are characters who don't want something from him. Let's take a look at them. Knox Harrington ("The Video Artist") is the stagnation of the art world. The Sheriff of Malibu has a "peaceful little beach community" that we know to be full of the uber-wealthy like Jackie Treehorn. He wants to preserve the exploiters at all costs. Jesus Quintana is a pederast who just wants to win at a meaningless game that is irrelevant outside of a certain stratum of working-class society.

On another level, The Dude represents the left-wing, Walter is the right-wing, and Donny is the middle ground of American discourse that has been ignored and shouted down by the right and patronized by the left at least since the 1980s.

/that's all I got
//did not wake and bake


What the fark does this have to do with Vietnam?
 
2007-07-27 09:00:29 AM  
Here's the Lebowski Script (new window)

/for those of you who can't watch video at work.
 
2007-07-27 09:02:10 AM  
The thing I enjoy the most is the dialoge. I've never seen a movie that felt more like a documentary where the people being filmed argue and bicker like an old married couple. Walter and the Dude's constant bickering is so real and so well structured that you get sucked in.

The Dude: "It's like what Lenin said... you look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh..."

Donny: "I am the walrus."

The Dude: "You know what I'm trying to say..."

Walter Sobchak: "That farking biatch..."

Donny: "I am the walrus."

Walter Sobchak: "Shut the fark up, Donny! V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!"
 
2007-07-27 09:06:53 AM  
What I always loved about this movie is the contrast in the characters...minor stuff happens, and Walter goes crazy, Major stuff happens and the Dude just sails through...and Donnie is Donnie ;)

FTA:

I don't think the word Zen was ever mentioned, or Buddhism, or Judaism, for that matter.

Well, Walter doesn't roll on Shabbas... :D
 
2007-07-27 09:27:31 AM  
They damn well KNOW I'm Shomar Shabbas!

www.80stees.com

www.bigstupidgrin.com

Take 'er easy Dude

infinitecoolness.com
 
2007-07-27 09:39:01 AM  
To say that Bridges is playing a role would be a stretch. The way people who grew up in the film industry could live and embrace the laid-back, endless summer California lifestyle during the last days of Hollywood's golden era and its actors is unknown today.
Once captured on film, in whatever fresh story format, it's no surprise there is an audience for it.
 
2007-07-27 09:42:25 AM  
All I know is that rug really tied the room together, did it not?
 
2007-07-27 09:49:45 AM  
i65.photobucket.com
 
2007-07-27 09:57:24 AM  
Quintana...that creep can roll, man.
 
2007-07-27 10:00:10 AM  
Don't be fatuous, Jeffrey.
 
2007-07-27 10:42:15 AM  
Coitus?
 
2007-07-27 10:47:59 AM  
White Russians!
 
2007-07-27 10:56:26 AM  
magical_mystery_meat

Well that's like your opinion, man.
 
2007-07-27 11:00:21 AM  
Onkel Buck: White Russians!

I hate to say it, but I never had a White Russian before seeing that movie. Now they're my favorite drink.

What can I say...my liver is easily swayed ;)
 
2007-07-27 11:23:24 AM  
The Supreme Court has ROUNDLY rejected prior restraint!!
 
2007-07-27 11:24:37 AM  
thugbot.net

First of all, Dude, you don't have an ex, secondly, it's a farking show dog with farking papers. You can't board it. It gets upset, its hair falls out.
 
2007-07-27 11:27:22 AM  
thugbot.net

Walter: That's f*ckin' combat. The man in the black pyjamas, Dude. Worthy farkin' adversary.
Donny: Who's in pyjamas, Walter?
Walter: Shut the f*ck up, Donny. Not a bunch of fig-eaters with towels on their heads tryin' to find reverse on a Soviet tank.
 
2007-07-27 11:30:07 AM  
Mr. Lebowski, this is Fred Dynarski with the Southern Cal Bowling League. I just got a, an informal report, uh, that a uh, a member of your team, uh, Walter Sobchak, drew a loaded weapon during league play--
 
2007-07-27 11:34:12 AM  
The ringer cannot look empty.
 
2007-07-27 11:34:16 AM  
Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax-- YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I LIVE IN THE PAST!
 
2007-07-27 11:42:46 AM  
The phone's ringing dude.
 
2007-07-27 11:46:13 AM  
You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me. I'll get you a toe by this afternoon--with nail polish.
 
2007-07-27 11:46:16 AM  
What's a pederast, Walter?

/great movie/
 
2007-07-27 11:52:45 AM  
robsul82: Funniest.Movie.Ever.

This...

well, maybe tied with Fear and Loathing...
 
2007-07-27 12:00:39 PM  
Team Coors Light: robsul82: Funniest.Movie.Ever.

This...

well, maybe tied with Fear and Loathing...


I'd like to buy you a Coors Light.

/I agree
//I'm going to go watch Fear and Loathing again tonight
 
2007-07-27 12:15:09 PM  
Nihilists? Jesus. Say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.
 
2007-07-27 12:18:31 PM  
Brandt can't watch though. Or he has to pay a hundred.
 
2007-07-27 12:28:14 PM  
thugbot.net

YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS?! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU fark A STRANGER IN THE A$$! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS!
 
2007-07-27 12:32:17 PM  
Darkness warshed over the Dude--darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom.
 
2007-07-27 12:36:41 PM  
She's not my special lady, she's my farking lady friend. I'm just helping her conceive, man!
 
2007-07-27 12:39:15 PM  
acefox1: YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS?! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU fark A STRANGER IN THE A$$ find a stranger in the alps! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS!


/FTFTV
//Yipee-Ki-yay, Mother-Daughter!
 
2007-07-27 01:31:02 PM  
Nobody farks with the Jesus.
 
2007-07-27 01:47:34 PM  
shift_DAWG: Oh, yeah - let's deify an alcoholic, drug-abusing deadbeat who wears the same clothes for days on end and conceives a child out-of-wedlock.

The bums lost. The bums will always lose.
 
2007-07-27 02:15:24 PM  
a1.vox.com

www.miserablelie.com

Amen brutha... nobody farks with The Jesus! Especially no melon-farmer!
 
2007-07-27 02:32:50 PM  
Obviously you are not a golfer.
 
2007-07-27 02:43:33 PM  
AFarkingTempest: Nihilists? Jesus. Say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

That was the moment that I knew I was watching the best movie I will ever see.
 
2007-07-27 03:07:16 PM  
In the parlance of our times, this is the best movie ever made.


My handle should be a clue that I'm a big fan.
 
2007-07-27 05:15:44 PM  
mooseyfate: acefox1: YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS?! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU fark A STRANGER IN THE A$$ find a stranger in the alps! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS!


/FTFTV
//Yipee-Ki-yay, Mother-Daughter!


Get outta my peaceful cab!

//something about scrambled eggs?
 
2007-07-27 05:31:03 PM  
Careful, man; there's a beverage here.
 
2007-07-27 05:43:55 PM  
Obviously you're not a golfer

In que son and lon dock and hill 364
 
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