A Few Words About A few words about...™ Burn after Reading -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Burn after Reading, a return by the Brothers Coen to their "idiot" genre, follows a bunch of likable loons around Washington DC and environs for 96 entertaining minutes.

    The folks in Burn after Reading are not people that one should consider inviting home for dinner, or marrying one's eldest daughter.

    Can following idiots around for 96 minutes be entertaining? If the guides are the Coens, yes.

    BaR is good escapist entertainment, brought to Blu-ray as a quality disc. Will this film be discussed in fifty years. Probably not. But for the moment, get it while it's hot on pretty Blu.

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  2. TonyD

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    Well I certainly respect your opinion Robert but this movie
    is a rental before a purchase especially a blind purchase.

    The Loons of this movie are hardly likable and there isn't much
    entertaining in this movie except for David Rasche and J.K. Simmons
    and their Government idiot characters.

    Even John Malkovich was barely tolerable as a, well whatever it was he was supposed to be.

    the whole movie seems to be nothing but a set-up for a
    bad punch line that is the very last scene of the move.

    the punch line was funny, the joke was poorly executed.

    I really enjoy about every single Joel and Ethan Coen film, this one just
    doesn't work for me.
     
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    I thought it was a decent enough film. Another bit of weirdness from the Coens. There were a couple of turns in the film that I found mildly surprising. Whether the characters were likable or not is debatable, but I will agree that they were loony.
     
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    RAH, this is the first time I have ever disagreed with your opinion
    of a film. This was pure torture to watch. Except for a single scene
    involving a chair, not one funny nor interesting moment was to be
    found. A total waste of two hours.
     
  5. Robert Crawford

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    I watched this film during its theatrical run and liked it a lot, typical Coen Brothers. I will buy the BRD when I can find it on sale.






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  6. Robert Harris

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    As I noted, IMHO this is not by any means a great film, but rather, an interesting moment in the occasionally odd Coen pantheon. Following the direction of a filmmaker's work can be extremely interesting as they hit different genres and styles through their careers. This is NOT Oh, Brother..., and may well be strictly for followers of the Coen's work.

    IMDB reports the budget at 37 million, and opening US weekend at 19.1, and a worldwide gross at 139. Someone is going to see it, possibly based upon cast.
     
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    This is what I've been saying to the renters who ask at my video store.

    Also many people say they're renting because it has a lot of good actors.
     
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    I enjoyed this movie. Yeah, it wasn't as good as other Coen films but it was still enjoyable. Brad Pitt was awesome in his role.

    It was better than the supposed "classic" Bonnie and Clyde...


    As for the disc, I thought the PQ was pretty good. I thought I saw a bit of EE but it may have just been in the source and an effect from the filming.
     
  9. Robert Crawford

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    The Coen Brothers films are not for everybody. Matter of fact, you will have diverse opinions among fans of the Coen films that might like No Country for Old Men, but don't care for Fargo as examples.
     
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    Give it a rest. Or at least go back to the Bonnie and Clyde thread and address the many responses to your initial critique.
     
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    I highly enjoyed this movie. The girlfriend...not so much. She didn't dislike it, it just didn't resonate with her. I can see how this film may polarize even die-hard Coen fans.
     
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    If you go into this movie expecting to respond to jokes and punchlines you are not going to get the comedy you expect. Everything that made me laugh in this film related to the character's attitudes, responses,reactions, obsessions and behaviors. My biggest kick was laughing several times and I didn't even know why, which almost never happens.
     
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    I thought this film was very funny at times, and am glad to have added the Blu-ray disc to my collection. Thanks for the review, Mr. Harris!

    - Steve
     
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    Honestly. It's tired and troll-worthy. It's one thing to take a stand and defend your position in the appropriate thread, it's another to just keep throwing one-note darts all over the forum for no apparent reason.
     
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    Carlo, have you considered getting a new girlfriend? [​IMG]
     
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    I rented this one on Blu, and the wife and I both enjoyed it. I tend to agree w/ RAH and others who enjoyed it. Certainly not a must-have in my collection, but I'd consider picking it up at some point if it hits the bargain bin or something. [​IMG]

    _Man_
     
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    Thanks Robert...I'm hoping to rent this on Blu-ray within the next week or so. Same with No Country...

    George
     
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    Well, the Blu-Ray looks nice and the movie clearly is not for everybody, but then which film is ?

    I am looking forward to watch it more than once as that is what made Intolerable Cruelty kind of grow on me, I have a doubt though that this will be the case with BAR.
     
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    I went in with no expectations and enjoyed this tremendously. For me it was a breath of fresh air compared to the by-the-numbers focus group driven crap that Hollywood usually churns out.

    I consider it one of the best films of 2008 (so far).
     
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    Wow, overall a lot of mixed reactions. Can't wait to see it personally. Having seen most of the Coen's (No Country For Old Men is also on my list) they've yet to disappoint me. Intolerable Cruelty weren't bad, but less good than the other films.
    Is it more in line of The Hudsucker Proxy? That one is also underrated, and I absolutely loved it.
     

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