Burn After Reading ★★★★

The Coens continue their trend of following up their highly acclaimed oscar films with seemingly trivial throwaways (FARGO was followed by THE BIG LEBOWSKI, this follows their NO COUNTRY FOR OLD ME) but I think this will have nearly as healthy a life on video as LEBOWSKI. I love the way Carter Burwell's score leads the film along a serious spy-movie tome to continuously lead to a big comic payoff (the best probably being the device Clooney is building in the basement, which is played with the utmost seriousness before its revelation). The Coens' negative view of human beings is held over from their previous film but here is comes with a satire of self-absorption that the Coens slam against Washington D.C. with glee.