‘The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans’ explores the Dude phenomenon

Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers 1998 cult film "The Big Lebowski" Photo by Merrick Morton/Gramercy Pictures

Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers 1998 cult film "The Big Lebowski" Photo by Merrick Morton/Gramercy Pictures

This entry is for fans of the Dude and the Coen Brothers. 

Take a look at this article in today’s The Los Angeles Times “The Achievers”. It’s about a documentary about the cult status of a film that was a box office failure.

The first time I saw this film about nihilism with a sound track of bad language I was not well impressed. The second time I saw it, in view of  editing essays for a film festival, I laughed until I cried. Deeply satirical. But you have to be in the zone, or a zone, to appreciate it. Just thinking about the ending especially, makes me laugh.

These geniuses (Coen Brothers) asked themselves what would happen if someone peed on the rug of a loser – who was happy being a loser? It all starts from there.

The Dude: That rug really tied the room together.

Someone ought to take an MRI of their brains to see what genius actually looks like.

The film is a satire of so many things Americana, but as Bell says, it is never mean spirited.

Here’s an essay that Nathaniel Bell wrote about “The Big Lebowski” for the City of Angels Film Festival in 2005: The Big Lebowski

Praying for KAYLA! So you think you can dance… Fox, Wednesday’s

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Evan Kasprzak (L) and Kayla Radomski (R) perform a Viennese Waltz choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Wednesday, July 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Evan Kasprzak (L) and Kayla Radomski (R) perform a Viennese Waltz choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Wednesday, July 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX

A couple of Sundays ago some of the sisters took the Universal Studio tour. Afterwards they stopped for supper at the Hard Rock Cafe on City Walk. Sr. Frances recognized Carolyn, Kayla Radomski’s grandma who was there with her husband and, of course, Kayla and some friends.

They got to chatting and the nuns promised prayers for Kayla.

Yesterday, Sr. Frances received an email from Carolyn, again asking for prayers. So, we invite your prayers that Kayla will advance (she is our favorite)!

Dear Sisters,

This is Kayla Radomski’s Grandma…You know the girl who is on the program SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. I just wanted to THANK YOU and ALL OF THE SISTERS for watching, voting and praying for Kayla.

She made it through last week, I am sure with all of your help.

We all were so pleased that you all took the time to talk to us.  Kayla thought it was wonderful.

Now we are asking if you and all the Sister’s will all vote for the whole two hours tomorrow after the show.  We know that is a lot to ask of all of you, but it is so important this week to keep her on the show.  Everyone was shocked that she was in the bottom two last week.   Please, whatever all of you can do for her, we would all appreciate it..(Dave and I, Kayla’s mom, Renee’, her Uncle David ). 

Please watch, vote and especially pray very hard for her to make it through Thursday night. Then there will only be one more week left.  There will be four remaining kids.  Two guys and Two girls.

They will only choose ONE person out of the final FOUR.  So please, if I could be so bold as to ask all of you to PRAY very hard for her.  Also vote, vote, vote.

Please remember, VOTING IS FREE from home phones and/or cell phones..does not matter who the provider is..it is all FREE for the whole two hours.

 Thank for taking the time and letting us know that you are all watching, voting and praying for Kayla.  This is so very heartwarming for all of us to know that you all care about her.

 (If you can squeeze in a little prayer for all of us  we would appreciate that.)     

 Thank you so very much again,

 HUGE HUGS TO ALL OF YOU.

 Carolyn

Media Literacy Certificate Class at Sony Studios

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Students from Chicago, Philadelphia, Delaware, Singapore, Dallas, Rome, Orange County enjoyed the 2 1/2 walking tour of Sony Studios right down the street from the PCMS.

It was an excellent, intense, and full week. But I think I can say that a good time was had by all…. and we all learned so much. Blessings to all those who made this week possible for us!

Media Literacy Certificate Course continues

 

Nick Pernisco, Santa Monica College, teaches about blogging and podcasting

Nick Pernisco, Santa Monica College, teaches about blogging and podcasting

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Media literacy course participants hang on to Nick’s every word!!

United Breaks Guitars or How to find justice through non-violence and art

This YouTube video is the hottest since Susan Boyle. I used it in my media literacy education class to show how people can achieve justice through non-violence and art.

Dave Carroll, whose guitar United broke, made this statement after United Air Lines reached out to him to rectify the situation (after 2 days and over 150,000 hits on YouTube, now over 3 million in about 3 weeks).

Finding life lessons in Harry Potter

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Finding lessons for life in Harry Potter books by Deborah Netburn LATimes July 24, 2009

“The Hurt Locker” finds new champion

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Although they did not mention me as one of The Hurt Locker’s first champions, here is an entry from Patrick Goldstein’s blog at the Los Angeles Times The Hurt Locker’s new champion.

 

War is a drug.