Get local news delivered straight to your phone

17

WEDNESDAY

Support City Paper!

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

“Curve the language,” instructed Danny Simon (Neil’s older brother) to the students in his comedy-writing courses. I can’t swear that the Coen brothers attended these master classes, but their movies have some of the curviest language in modern cinema. Certainly, theirs are among the most scrupulously written of films: The care and crafting of each comma is obvious on the screen, often to stifling effect. Still, in an era in which the sum total of dialogue in most movies boils down to a single page of “Woah!,” “Look out!,” “Nooooo!,” and “I’ll be back,” it’s exhilarating to hear characters speak as idiosyncratically as the Dude, Walter, and Donny do in 1998’s The Big Lebowski. Appropriately, the film has inspired an annual Lebowski Fest, which arrives in Vegas this February. Can’t make that? Then abide with the Dude when the film screens at 7:30 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the University of Maryland’s Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union, Campus Drive, College Park. $5.50. (301) 314-8499. (Dave Nuttycombe)