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*** Official BURN AFTER READING Discussion Thread


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   JonZ

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Posted September 06 2008 - 01:24 PM

James Bs favorable review....

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Andy Sheets

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Posted September 07 2008 - 01:20 AM

Maybe it was unintentional, but seeing James B. claim it's not as good as Intolerable Cruelty raises red flags. I want the movie to be good but the trailer doesn't do much for me.

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   JonZ

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Posted September 08 2008 - 12:48 AM

He really liked Intolerable Cruelty, which is the only Coen Bros movie I dont like.

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Posted September 10 2008 - 08:03 PM

But is it the same type of comedy like Raising Arizona, or Hudsucker Proxy (if you've seen them?) or a bit more serious?
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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   JonZ

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Posted September 11 2008 - 01:09 AM

"..including what I think is one of the funniest single shots in the history of motion pictures."

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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Bob_L

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Posted September 11 2008 - 06:06 AM

Like so many (most?) Coen Brothers films, it's a little hard to categorize this one. It's not the same kind of comedy as "Arizona" or "Hudsucker." Really, if you can imagine "Blood Simple" done as a black comedy, then I think you have "Burn After Reading."

PS -- Just watched the trailer. It makes the movie look a little more giddy/silly than it is. It's really a bit darker than it appears there.

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Posted September 11 2008 - 10:10 PM

This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Burn After Reading". Please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

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Posted September 13 2008 - 12:08 PM

This:

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Plus the top-heavy credits from the film ADVICE AND CONSENT

plus this:

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equals

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I don't mind the film hommage but ripping off Saul Bass' work for the film poster? Seems a bit much.

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Posted September 15 2008 - 11:06 AM

Has a Coen Brothers film ever been #1 at the box office before?
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Posted September 15 2008 - 11:40 PM

I thought the film was great. Absurdist, pointless, and brilliant.

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Posted September 16 2008 - 06:08 AM

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Posted September 16 2008 - 04:40 PM

Although I enjoyed the film, it's not going to be moving into my Coen Top 5 list.

A personal great moment for me came after the theater was empty, AKA, the closing credits.
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#13 of 18 OFFLINE   JonZ

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Posted September 17 2008 - 12:58 AM

The Coens are my favorite filmmakers.

It was enjoyable but also one of their most forgettable endevours.

Brad and George Clooney were both very funny. Clooney with those quirks.

But Id place this pretty low on their list of films.

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Posted September 19 2008 - 12:52 AM

PS -- Just watched the trailer. It makes the movie look a little more giddy/silly than it is. It's really a bit darker than it appears there.

I have to admit, that this was one of the worst trailers ever. It made it seems like the film was a laugh-a-minute type of movie when it was anything but. In reality, the first hour+ of the film was a dramatic set-up for the final 30 minutes of comic hilarity. There were definite comedic moments before that, but they were mixed in with high levels of drama and even moments of tragedy.

I was actually disappointed at about the one hour mark and was ready to put this near the bottom of my Coen film list, but the last 30 minutes really rescued the film for me...and I would not put it firmly in the middle of their filmography, well ahead of Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty (which wasn't that bad either).

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Posted September 21 2008 - 12:55 PM

Had a blast with this. Some in my audience thought it ended abruptly, but I thought it was a pretty good ending. Maybe the CIA-paid-for, enchanced Linda would have been a fun sight. JK Simmons has this kind of character down to perfection.

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Posted September 24 2008 - 04:01 PM

Other than JK Simmons's character, I didn't much care for the movie. The characters just acted way to out there.

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Posted September 29 2008 - 04:11 AM

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"..including what I think is one of the funniest single shots in the history of motion pictures."

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Who said that? I can't imagine what show that would be, though BAR certainly had some funny moments (poor Chad).
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Posted September 29 2008 - 06:28 PM

The film left me cold. I did not connect to any of the characters. It also felt to me like the characters were made to be odd just to be odd. I know that is somewhat expected in a Coen brothers film, but it didn't feel natural.