Magazine October 20, 2008, Issue

Burn before Watching

Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading (2008) (via IMDB)

If you’re the sort of filmgoer who thinks of the Coen brothers as American cinema’s most nihilistic, misanthropic double threat, tittering behind their movie camera at the duncery and pointlessness of human affairs, you’ll find vindication aplenty in Burn after Reading, the sibling act’s 13th film and easily one of their most unpleasant. As for those of us who prefer to think of the Coens as misunderstood humanists whose taste for the absurd and the grotesque obscures their underlying moralism — well, there’s nothing to be done after a film like this except slink off to our dens and slip

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