Sunday, November 02, 2008


burn after reading

i finally got hold of the coen brothers' latest movie 'Burn After Reading' last week. i was hanging around nana area , one of the the hell holes and cesspits of bangkok watching ugly white men having fun with ugly and sorry looking prostitutes and on a whim stopped at one sukhumvit roadside pirate DVD stall and pleasantly surprised to see that the movie was available. I've been searching for this movie for ages here but none seems to even know about it. not even my regular pirate. and so i was naturally very excited and went straight back to my hotel room at emporium suite on sukhumvit rd and played it straight away on the video player. in case you have not stayed at this hotel but willing to part with around rm500-600 per night let me tell you that it is a great place to stay as it has a really huge room and a living room with complete audio video system with flat screen tv and video player and hi fi. and it comes with a kitchenette too . very convenient for a family. a much better hotel than much more expansive hotels around.

like most much anticipated things in life that you have waited for so long to come your way, the first time i watched this movie, i was mildly dissapointed. what was all that about i thought to myself. is that all? and the rather poor quality of the dvd did not help. but as with ALL coen brothers' movies i have no problem with repeat viewing. and on second viewing i liked it much better. it was hilarious. the dialogues is classic coens. and as i said before watching coen brothers movies is the closest to reading literary fiction in film form. it is pointless for me to say anything about this movie as everything has been said already. critics have written all sorts of things and compared it to different coens' movies but for me, this film resembles their great and first film blood simple most, not so much in the story line but the tone and feeling. anyway, if you're such an ignoramus, i guess this wiki article is as good as any for a start. and the excerpt below basically described the film.

The Coen brothers said idiocy was a major central theme of Burn After Reading; Joel Coen said he and his brother have "a long history of writing parts for idiotic characters" and described Clooney and Pitt's characters as "dueling idiots." Burn After Reading is the third Coen brothers film for Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty), who acknowledged that he usually plays a fool in their movies: "I've done three films with them and they call it my trilogy of idiots." Joel said after the last scene was shot, "George said: 'OK, I've played my last idiot!' So I guess he won't be working with us again." Pitt, who plays a particularly unintelligent character in Burn After Reading, said of his role, "After reading the part, which they said was hand-written for myself, I was not sure if I should be flattered or insulted." Pitt also said when he was shown the script, he told the Coens he did not know how to play the part because the character was such an idiot: "There was a pause and then Joel goes...'You'll be fine.'"...

and by sheer good luck i managed to get another pirated copy with perfect quality from a saigon mall on dong khoi st yesterday and for only half the price of that from nana . and i've now watched the movie again (with high quality picture) for the third time and i still don't get tired of it...the movie grows on you with repeat viewing.
go watch it...and if you don't like it , i can safely say that your brain waves don't quite synchronised with mine...which may or may not mean anything really.

pan tat;

thanks for this link.
in fact i'm watching bela tarr's satantango this week. first disc through, two to go!
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