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O Bother

What’s next when you’ve climbed the highest mountain? Do you just humor the tiny hills and local territories to keep up the hobby? When you’ve swum the English Channel do you float in community pools and splash water at the children playing sharks and minnows just to keep your feet wet? And, when you’ve made a wonderful movie multiple times over do you phone something in just to see who picks up the line?

I went to see Burn After Reading and these are the questions that come to mind. Save for Clooney’s devastating good looks and a fantastic conversation between Malkovich and Pitt (the car scene from the trailer), the movie falls short of the bar they’ve raised so high. The plot is simple enough, deception and extra-marital affairs mix with government information to form a complicated comedy of who’s that, and where’s he and what’s this? Anyway, it’s better than The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty, but it’s not great – unfortunately.

I really needed this. I needed to see a great movie this week.

So, today I sat down on the couch and put on O Brother, Where Art Thou?

That helped a little.


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