Why We Watch: The Big Lebowski
Everything we need to know about bowler Jesus Quintana’s (John Turturro) opinion of himself is communicated here in roughly 90 seconds. Even after so many years, there is still no director doing this kind of presentation better than the Coens, except perhaps Wes Anderson. Superbly choreographed and edited camera angles, pitch-perfect soundtrack choice, and colors from another world tell a miniature story, assisting an actor with little screen time in owning much of this picture. The cherry on top of this visual sundae: Bridges, Buscemi, and Goodman respectively conveying despair, bafflement, and utter disdain that they are losing to this guy.