Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Dude Abides



I don't know how many of you have seen the movie The Big Lebowski. It's one of those offbeat movies that you will either love or can't be bothered with. I saw it during the last year of my time in the US as a college student. I have seen it many times since then but the first time was memorable because the theater I saw it at in Buffalo, New York was near empty and I watched it alone because most of my buddies were more into the conventional fare.

The movie was a flop when it was first released 16 years ago but has since become a cult classic. I am glad my taste in pop culture and music is different from most people. In most cases, what I like has a delayed effect on everyone else. People usually come around eventually if something is good. I can name a dozen movies I loved that were flops but turned out to be cult classics later on.

People who love The Big Lebowski usually even quote the dialogue among themselves these days. There is even an annual Lebowski Fest in the US that fans go to like a pilgrimage. To some Jeff Bridges will always be viewed as "The Dude", despite being an Oscar winner and a brilliant character actor with dozens of brilliant portrayals to his name.

There is also silliness in the form of Dudeism, an online religion devoted to spreading the philosophy and lifestyle of the movie's main character, The Dude. It's aptly named The Church of the Latter-Day Dude. The quotes from the movie can fill up a whole motivational book, albeit a counterculture one. "The Dude Abides", although he does put his foot down when he has to.