Brandt can’t watch, though, or he has to pay a hundred

In continuing the celebration of some of our favorite roles of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I was asked to repeat this: “Her life is in your hands.”

One of the best comedies in American cinema history, a film that once held the record for most uses of the fuck word, and a lesson in preferred nomenclature, The Big Lebowski would be much less a brilliant film without Mr. Lebowski’s personal assistant, Brandt.

Brandt and Lebowski

Brandt is a requisite straight man who is socially awkward, well dressed, and kisses his boss’s ass like a young Republican meeting George W. Bush at a GOP convention. Hoffman’s on screen pairings with Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” and his boss, played by David Huddleston, are perfect. And, while Hoffman is not on screen for a significant portion of the story, his scenes are not only necessary, but also add a nice balance to the film.

It’s true that Hoffman’s performance in Lebowski is not necessarily one of his top 5, or even 10, in terms of depth and screen time, but I’d be remiss if a recap of Hoffman’s performances and the great films he has been a part of did not include a film like this Coen Brothers’ classic.

“Well, dude, we just don’t know.”

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Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here, a bit less regularly at Cinapse, and on occasion at Cinepunx. He previously wrote for several other sites, but he forgets some of them and others no longer exist. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy. He also likes to ramble... on... and... on... and...
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