Thursday, September 30, 2004

Lebowski and C3PO

It looks like the Best of the Web column at OpinionJournal has taken to film interpretation, with some very funny (and textually supported) riffs recently on The Big Lebowski and Star Wars as applied to the U.S. presidential candidates. They opened with “Let the Wookiee Win,” a reading of Star Wars that identifies the neurotic droid with the Democrat and the inarticulate droid with the Republican. Still more amusing was the Tuesday column. James Taranto, the editor, has had a running joke on Kerry’s Vietnam focus, which he taps in his Lebowski comparison: “Lady, I got buddies who died face down in the muck so that you and I could enjoy this family restaurant!Wednesday’s column includes a response from the real-life Dude who inspired The Big Lebowski—apparently he’s a promoter for the upcoming Kerry biopic (on his service in Vietnam, surprisingly enough), in theaters tomorrow. Sometimes you can’t make this stuff up. Welcome to the film interpretation business, Mr. Taranto. Fun, isn’t it?

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