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Sunday, September 14, 2008

"People say I'm the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two

I saw Burn After Reading tonight and loved the shit out of it. You know what I also loved? Just watching it without having to worry about reviewing it. It's such a treat for me anymore, and with a movie like this, what a blessing. I would hate to have been rooting around in my head organizing my thoughts while it was going on, because it certainly would have been a challenge to describe in length. It's like the Coens have remade The Good Shepherd as a comedy.

Of course, I loved my man George in the movie. His character has some great quirks to him, ones that come out right in the first scene he appears in. He's at a dinner party, and he's clumsy, overbearing, and barely lets anyone else speak. Watch him from when he first shows up to the point where Tilda Swinton takes him to the kitchen and he asks, "Am I being dominating?" Right then, I turned to Joëlle and said, "Shit, now I know what I'm like at parties."

I'm proud to say that the laugh I got out of her for that--it's funny because it's true!--was on par with the laughs the movie earned on its own. You're welcome, Joel and Ethan! I'm here to serve.

I want to see it again, just because I know like the best Coen movies, it's only going to get better with each viewing.

Oh, and on the way home, I saw a skunk! For reals!

Current Soundtrack: The Charlatans, You Cross My Path - Deluxe Edition

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odessasteps said...

You city folks are funny.

I generally see a bunch of deer at work every night, and often see foxes, possum, groundhogs and, yes, even skunks.

Saw Vicky Christina Barcelona yesterday. Definitely the best of the Woodman's recent batch of European movies. Thank goodness Scarlett was not the "woody character" this time.

Jamie S. Rich said...

I'm used to raccoons and possums around here, but skunks are a whole new thing. I had been at Joëlle's and there was this stink that kept wafting into the house. We couldn't figure out what it was, and then I spotted the little guy in the shadows when I was walking home.

MrColinP said...

I'm glad your "freebie movie" got to be a Coens. Picking apart their movies is like trying to navigate an Escher drawing. It may look complex, but you're really just supposed to enjoy it.

Santiago said...

I loved the movie, and I also agree that has that "will get even better with multiple views" quality to it.