I rented TBL about two years ago, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t “get” it. In the intervening years, I saw Barton Fink and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and after those masterpieces, I decided TBL was worth a second try. This time, I stuck with it until after the “ringer” sequence.
God damn, now I get it! I’m not supposed to get it! It’s an intricate Raymond Chandler mystery through and through, with all the requisite Raymond Chandler devices! I.e.: rich bastard, suspect kidnapping, eccentric bossy daughter of rich bastard, assorted goons, floozy disappearing wife that no one cares about, seedy underworld characters, all set in Los Angeles and Hollywood. There was even the requisite drugging sequence, but Philip Marlowe never had a porn film/bowling hallucination: “Jackie Treehorn presents”! The Dude is a hysterical Philip Marlowe substitute. I just loved it, and besides, I could even unravel the mystery, something I can’t always do with a Raymond Chandler mystery.
Moral: always stick with a Coen Brothers movie. You’ll always “get it”.
Any more leads on that Jesus Quintana sequel that was rumored earlier on this board?