Fargo won them a couple of Oscars, and No Country for Old Men is getting the raves, but the Coen brothers The Big Lebowski is the cult favorite among their films, spurring its fans (self-dubbed Achievers) to organize Lebowski Fests across the country. The loosest of plots (told in the most quotable of scripts) is launched as Jeff Bridges, in
bathrobe and jellies as the now-and-forever patron saint of slackers (a character inspired by former SIFF organizer and Seattle Seven member Jeff Dowd), tries to find out who stole his rug and why. John Goodman, as a militant Nam vet/aggressively observant Jew, goes along for the ride, not to mention Julianne Moore (in a dream sequence as a bowling Valkyrie) and the rest of an indie dream cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Sam Elliott. Midnight tonight and Sat., Dec. 1.