What I'm Watching

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Valkyrie

This is the least sucky thing I've ever seen with Tom Cruise in it. Seriously though, I was pleasantly surprised that he didn't ruin the movie for me - somehow I expected the crazy to just ooze out of his pores, but he was really good.

The whole movie was good, in fact. I love Tom Wilkinson, who is also present, along with Bill Nighy, and Kenneth Brannagh is also in it briefly. The only downside is it's a suspense movie where you already know the ending. That always kind of sucks.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Burn After Reading

Loved, loved, loved it. Seriously. One of the best movies I've seen all year. Brad Pitt and George Clooney both play really out there characters and do it with spot on accuracy. And, the rest of the cast is stellar too - John Malkovich as an ex-spook who intones "What the Fuck" in a Rambo-like fashion throughout most of the movie, Frances McDormand as a trainer desperate to reinvent herself through plastic surgery, and perhaps most sympathetic (to me anyway) Richard Jenkins as McDormand's secretly-in-love-with-her supervisor who ends up making a very poor choice in service to that love.

Not as funny as Big Liebowski, but definitely near the top of my list of Coen brothers faves.

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