Brick PosterFor Movie Monday, a “Neo Pseudo Noir” double feature pairing “The Big Lebowski” and “Brick.” Both bring unique, contemporary takes on the classic noir genre, whether it’s following “The Dude” through Los Angeles or untangling a high school conspiracy.

“The Big Lebowski” (1998), the work of Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore. A certified cult classic, it’s the inspiration behind the annual “Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Brick” (2005) was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Noah Fleiss, Lukas Haas, and Emilie de Ravin. It was championed by the guys at Filmspotting, one of our favorite podcasts and one of the inspirations for Popspotting.

Not bowled over by this double feature? Then suggest your own film pairing, or share some ideas for a theme!