Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Movies

Last week I had the pleasure of gathering with several friends and watching a good film. "The Big Lebowski" is funny and quirky. One recurring theme in TBL is that there are a group of German bad guys who happen to be nihilists. At one point, the German nihilists break into the apartment of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and threaten him with the most unpleasant bodily harm that a male could imagine. Later, the Dude explains to his friends in this scene:

Walter sadly shakes his head.
WALTER: F***ing Germans. Nothing changes. F***ing Nazis.
DONNY: They were Nazis, Dude?
WALTER: Come on, Donny, they were threatening castration!
DONNY: Uh-huh.
WALTER: Are you gonna split hairs?
WALTER: Am I wrong?
DONNY: Well--
DUDE: They're nihilists.
DUDE: They kept saying they believe in nothing.
WALTER: Nihilists! Jesus. - Walter looks haunted.
Say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's
an ethos.
DUDE: Yeah.

There you have it. Walter from the Big Lebowski think we're worse than Nazis.

Moving on to the bad: in honor of St. Patty's day, Hippster of Pieces of Flair reviews the Leprechaun film franchise, including "Leprechaun V: In the Hood" and "Leprechaun VI: Back 2 tha Hood". I always thought leprechauns were from Ireland, but according to these films they are straight outta Compton.

This leads me to my next film. I recently had the chance to read an old Entertainment Weekly magazine that detailed the most awful and offensive film ever, a 1972 effort titled "The Day the Clown Cried."

Jerry Lewis portraying a clown named Doork sounds like a recipe for disaster, but not the worst film ever. Did I mention it takes place at Auschwitz? Here's IMDB's description:

Plot Outline: Jerry Lewis plays a Nazi clown who leads children to the gas chamber in a concentration camp.

I've got to argue with Walter from "The Big Lebowski". Don't go bad-mouthing the nihilists anymore.


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