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Coen Brothers

   
 

Through a lens, darkly!

   

 

  

 

Joel and Ethan Coen's current offering, the black comedy Burn After Reading, proves that the emotion known as schadenfreude is alive and well in the movie business.  It's not that the Coen brothers are misanthropes but rather that they see the humor in misfortune and know how to exploit it for cinematic success.

The plot of their new film revolves around fired CIA analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) who decides to write a memoir about his life at the agency.  Cox's wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) steals the computer disk that contains his memoir and all hell breaks loose.  There are affairs, break-ins, and shootouts along the way in this unrelenting satire of the spy movie genre. Frances McDormand, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt round out the impeccable roster. 

We like Burn After Reading for its visual style and its technical prowess--hallmarks of the Coen brothers.  Their use of low angles, traveling cameras, and constant action make for a cinematic roller coaster ride.  It's marvelously entertaining and relentlessly funny and the perfect weekend movie. 

If Burn After Reading appeals to your comedic instincts then we suggest renting Raising Arizona, a cult classic about theft, love, and child abduction and perhaps their finest film. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
 

See: Burn After Reading, at your local cinema

Rent: Raising Arizona

 

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