The Big Lebowski (Coen, Coen, 1998)

Hadn’t seen this since college, and as comedy’s go it has to be one of the finest in recent years, moving swiftly between madness, absurdity, irony, and hilarity. Preston Sturges eat your heart out. There’s brilliant use of music in The Big Lebowski, reminiscent of a calm resolution between The Dude’s counter-culture influence and Walter’s conservative ramblings, an aesthetic style for which the Coen’s don’t get nearly enough credit. Besides Michael Mann and Clint Eastwood, they are the most consistently excellent American filmmakers working today.

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