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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