Happy New Year E-mail
Written by Chalupa   
Monday, 05 January 2009 12:06

Happy New Year to all of you.  We hoped you were able to party hard and make it home safely.  I don't know about you guys, but I hate going back to work after a break.  I always feel severely under-motivated and I'm just not into it.  The sad part is a couple hours later when I feel like I never left.  Such is life I guess.

I've been kinda behind on the daily links.  It's sometimes hard to find something new or cool everyday and then sometimes I go for a week or two forgetting to post what I've found.  So here's a few to get you going...

Empire Magazine named The Dude as the 7th greatest movie character of all time.  I'm sure some of you will argue that he should be #1.  I don't know if I necessarily agree with that or not, but I was reading someone's thoughts on Best Actor Oscar winners this morning.  They were saying a Best Actor/Actress is one who disappears into their role.  They do such a good job at it that you can't really imagine anyone else playing the character.  That's something I'd have to say about Bridges playing The Dude.  In fact, I see other films he's acted in and I can't help but see the "dudeisms."
http://www.empireonline.com/100-greatest-movie-characters/default.asp?c=7

Speaking of Jeff Bridges, I know there are some Iron Man fans out there.  Here's a cool tidbit about a guy whose photo was used as a background in the film.  I've never been much of a picture taker, but I can image the awesomeness of having one of your photos used in a major motion picture - especially one that was in the top 10 grossing films of the year.  So keep on snapping those pictures and posting them to Flickr or whathaveyou.  You never know who might notice them.
http://www.filmgecko.com/how-one-guys-flickr-photo-ended-up-in-iron-man/

Here's a blog post linking to some Lebowski fan art.  I'm constantly impressed with what people come up with.  I'm not much of an artist myself so I've always appreciated what other people create.  It's interesting to see the out of ordinary things that are created.  One thing I really appreciated about the film Supersize Me was all the counter-culture McDonalds art.  There's actually a documentary about that artist out there, but I'm having trouble remembering it at the moment.  Anyways, I think it'd be really cool to see a last supper painting/drawing with Lebowski characters.
http://homiebear.blogspot.com/2008/12/fanart-friday-big-lebowski-couple-of.html

I'm pretty sure we've mentioned this before, but the film Cutter's Way is strikingly Lebowski-themed.  It stars Jeff Bridges who is a bit of a deadbeat, he has a buddy who just got back from Vietnam, there's a car bashing scene, etc, etc.  Jebidiah Ayers has some good notes about some of the similarities between the two films.  It's interesting that this isn't something the Coens have talked about before.  Many films are like this though.  Even if a film isn't re-made/copied, they usually borrow bits and pieces from other examples of pop culture. 
http://spaceythompson.blogspot.com/2008/12/lebowski-bone.html

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