Here's why critics got The Big Lebowski so wrong

If some eager, film-loving acquaintance giddily sought to show you The Big Lebowski, and you glazed over afterwards, confused as to why everyone told you it’s “the funniest movie ever made,” you’re not alone. Critics, primed for more of Joel and Ethan Coen’s vision after the success of 1996's Fargo, more or less…

Unified theory of Coen brothers movies says they're all really about one thing

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of The Big Lebowski, the folks at ScreenCrush decided to take a look back at all the films in the Coen brothers’ oeuvre and find the ways in which they’re connected. Rather than focusing on literal shared universe connections like Tarantino’s Red Apple Cigarettes, this video is…

Steve Buscemi told Trump to “Shut the fuck up, Donny” at the Women’s March

Given the massive number of people who walked in the Women’s March yesterday, showing solidarity for women’s rights and opposition to the actions and attitudes of President Donald Trump, it’s not surprising that some of those folks were famous. But while we’re all in favor of Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, and…

CineFix’s “Top 10 Funniest Movie Moments” is something new you can argue about

With all of that tedious voting stuff wrapped up, we all need a new thing to argue about. Thankfully, the internet will always provide that, and CineFix’s list of the “Top 10 Funniest Movie Moments” should help all of us scratch that particular itch today. We’re not saying any of the picks are especially incorrect,…

Seth Meyers pairs the presidential election with the perfect Big Lebowski quote

When Ted Cruz gave up his bid for the White House, he took all his clumsy Simpsons jokes with him. But the 2016 presidential race isn’t exactly bereft of pop culture references in his wake—it still has a walking, talking (much to everyone’s dismay) nod to reality TV in GOP nominee Donald Trump, who’s still reeling (or…

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The Coen brothers sure do use green a whole heckuva lot, don’tcha know

In his 1998 book The Big Lebowski: The Making Of A Coen Brothers Film, William Preston Robertson identified a few important motifs in the films of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, including “howling fat men,” “blustery titans,” “peculiar haircuts,” and “lost hats.” But there may be at least one major theme Robertson…

Meet the shaggy, shambolic Jeff Dowd, who inspired The Big Lebowski

Though Joel and Ethan Coen jokingly claimed their 1996 film Fargo was based on a true story (it wasn’t), it was actually the brothers’ farcical follow-up, 1998’s The Big Lebowski, that drew heavily on real people and events. Lebowski superfans, or “Achievers” in the parlance of our times, are likely aware of the…