As you may have seen by now, I finished remembering the screenplay three days ago and the promised recap of all my mistakes did not come Friday as I planned. This part of the process is more difficult than I had intended.
For starters, I can’t find just a regular transcript online to compare mine to. All I see is some earlier version of the script where things are ever so slightly different and Uli’s name is “Dieter”.
I’m also trying to figure out the pacing of the recap. I’m sure no one wants to see three more months of me going page by page covering every “um” and “fuck” I missed I probably will do an official “Fuck” and “Man” count though). Hopefully, I can figure this all out and update again soon.
I apologize. I’m the worst.
Day 93. I broke my one page rule again. I couldn’t leave you waiting on less than half a page. We’ve finally reached the end.
A few people have proposed The Little Lebowski as a Big Lebowski sequel. As the foremost authority on fictional Lebowski sequels, I can tell you that I can’t go for that. No sir. That’s Son of Mask territory.
I wish I had more to say about this scene, but I think that about does it. Wraps her all up. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves.
As excited as I am to finally be able to watch the movie again, I think that might have to wait till Friday. I don’t know if I’ll have time tomorrow. Friday we’ll be able to see all the embarrassing mistakes I made.
(feels a little light)
Day 92. Walter and the Dude’s hug is fantastic. It’s the great emotional release where Donny’s death has forced Walter to basically admit that yes, he is an asshole and that that’s not really ever going to change. And then the Dude’s defeated, yet ultimately understanding acceptance of his friends ways. For better or worse, they’re both pretty much all they have left at the end of this adventure and the hug is a truly wonderful representation of that reality.
Day 91. I love Walter’s eulogy for a number of reasons. One is Walter’s apparent lack of knowledge about Donny. He has to fill time by talking about Vietnam, because all he knows about Donny is his full name and that he liked to bowl and surf. Which is, sadly, more than we knew. This is why I propose one last entry in the Lebowski Franchise!
Theodore Donald Kerabotsas was feeling really down in the dumps. His friends didn’t respect him, he was easily frightened, and no one ever wanted to hear what he had to say. Until one magic summer when he discovered the majesty of the Pacific Ocean and the tranquillity it could bring him.
Steve Buscemi stars in Pismo.
Tagline: Open the fuck up, Donny.
Day 90. I wonder if any Big Lebowski fans have requested that their ashes be scattered from a Folger’s can when they die. I bet there has been.
I wonder if those wishes were actually granted. I bet that number is smaller than the first.
Day 89. I had “Frances Donnely” written in my notes, but I’m pretty sure “Frances” is a woman’s name. There was a whole paragraph in The Stand about it. And both google and spell check tell me that “Donnelly” is the correct way to spell that name. I also wrote “Tevye” at the top of the page to remind me that Walter claims to be “Jewish as fucking Tevye” in that scene in the van. I wrote it at the top of the page instead of with the rest of my notes on that scene because I am a very foolish person.
I don’t know who to trust any more. Past me is an idiot.
Day 87. Son of a bitch, I forgot to set up the sword. I’m sorry. I’ve let you down. I’ve let myself down. And I’ve let the Big Lebowski down. The goddamn plane has hit the mountain.
I think I got the rest of this scene mostly right. I love the fight between the Dude and the Tall Nihilist.
Ready your tissues. Donny dies tomorrow (probably).
Day 86. Sometimes I wish Flea was just an actor. He’s in both of my all time favorite film franchises (Back to the Future and the Lebowski franchise), he’s great in both of them, and I absolutely can’t stand any of his music. If he just stuck to this and awesome Simpsons cameo, I’d be his biggest fan.
Day 85. Is “man in the black pajamas” a racist term? I always thought he was just referring to Death, but I was recently listening to a podcast where a comedian playing a character that was a racist referred to Asians as wearing black pajamas. Am I dumb for not knowing that was a thing? I guess I’ll never know.
Anyway, for people who think Walter’s last line here sounds familiar, but not from the movie, it’s because I couldn’t remember what he actually says, so I just went to John Milius’ imdb page and lifted something very Walter-like that he said in real life.