XV - The Slackers Take Over

As we near the end of the millenium, a new influence takes hold of noir - Sundance-era American indies. Comedy, absurdism and heightened worlds begin to intersect with tales of crime and desperation. Our two films tonight both came out in 1998, and both show that influence. Zero Effect updates Sherlock with a post-Tarantino vibe, while The Big Lebowski sees the Coens set their own inimitable, endlessly quotable course.

That rug really tied the room together.