Some sports easily jump onto the big screen. Movies about basketball, baseball and football translate very nicely into the formulaic plots that Hollywood so adores.
Other sports, the sports we tend to prefer here in The Lounge, aren’t quite so easy to turn into movies. We like to think that is because they are more complex and cerebral than the overly easy life solutions that movie makers are looking for.
That’s what we like to tell ourselves.
Even so, a movie does occasionally surface featuring one of our beloved pastimes. And, even rarer, really great movies about something like bowling come along. The last time that happened in recent memory was in 1998 when The Great Lebowski was released.
So the movie flopped at the box office. But it has been steadily gaining a devoted following since and, with a currently touring celebration called the Lebowski Fest, has officially passed into cult movie status.
Much like the screening of other cult classics like Rocky Horror Picture Show, attendees show up dressed as their favorite characters. The festival is being held at a bowling alleys and theaters across the nation and, where possible, gallons of White Russians are served.
Sounds like a pretty good time. But I’m generally frightened of costumed people so I probably won’t be attending.