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Well, "The Big Lebowski" is another picture that nobody can believe I'd never seen before, but I hadn't (this, and "This Is Spinal Tap" were the two I'd really been wanting to watch for a long, long time). I was really getting into this film - a great comedy to be sure - when the terrorist attacks hit Nice, and pretty much ruined it for me. Still, that doesn't lessen the movie - Jeff Bridges is brilliant, and so is just about everybody else. I don't think I've ever seen a Coen Brothers film that I don't like - they are geniuses in the mold of Matt Groening. I'm not up for a big, long write-up, but I'd love to discuss the movie with anyone who wants to. This Nice attack has pretty much wiped out any comedic effects the film had on me tonight; tomorrow I'll be better - I'm not going to let those assholes compromise anything about my life.
Despite "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" getting many bad reviews, I liked it as a child, and I like it as an adult. If nothing else, it is good entertainment (and if you want to term it "escapism," that's okay too). I think many critics, e.g. Roger Ebert, were wrong to pan this film. This film was Sam Elliott's first role in California as anything more than an extra - he had previously acted in New York, but this was his first foray into television or film. Elliott has now had a 36-year-long career - he was only 25 when this film came out, and I didn't recognize him. I didn't like "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" (sung by B.J. Thomas) in 1969, and I don't like it in 2015. I don't think it had anything to do with the movie, and it annoyed me endlessly that it rose to #1 on the American Top 40. The entire bicycle scene was stupid, and should not have been in the movie, which did not need any comic relief. The chemistry between Newman and Redford (in this early version of a reverse "chick flick") was fantastic. This was one of only two movies they starred in together, the other being "The Sting." I remember reading the Mad Magazine satire entitled "Botch Casually and the Somedunce Kid."