It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(This is a rough response on first watch. I'm going to watch this several thousand more times.)
A film about how the internet, the literal internet and the thought technology of the internet, has liquefied the gap between reality and context. Or maybe, because I spend too much time on the internet, it's a movie about what David Fincher thinks about how you think, by applying the thought technology of the internet to the actual internet, the internet has liquefied…
Burn After Reading, along with Miller's Crossing and A Serious Man, is one of the Coen Brothers' best films. What all three share is proportioning the Coen's signature mix of deadpan acidity, fussy nostalgia and conservative nihilism exactly correctly before pissing this mix up an entirely fitting wall.
Every second of Burn After Reading is skewering some aspect of either the CIA or its fictional portrayals. This is an institution primarily known for using occasional wacky-races-esque plots of espionage and…