Friday, September 12, 2014

Mock Squid Soup - Burn After Reading


In the movie Burn After Reading, two gym employees (Pitt, McDormand) find a disc with the memoirs of a CIA agent and see potential for personal profit.

I love Mock Squid Soup, but I find myself nursing a headache and leaning towards brevity. My apologies!

Many fine bloggers will give excellent reviews of this quirky flick by the Coen Brothers, and so I will put a little twist on my very small contribution and talk about my favorite actor in the movie.

So many of my favorites to pick from - Clooney! Pitt! McDormand! Malkovich!  Skipping Tilda Swinton on purpose... Hey, there's J.K. Simmons ("The Russians?")!

Who to pick? It's hard to avert my eyes from Clooney...

"Appearances...can be deceptive..."



Brad Pitt, you rascal. On the occasion of your nuptials to AJ last week, I wanted you to break into a mini victory dance like Chad Feldheimer. Ooo, I wanted it so!

Pitt's character, Chad, genius of the gym - the most entertaining part of Burn After Reading for me. And that's saying a lot. His bubble headed awkwardness reared its head in every situation;  the crazy facial expressions and body language made this "mere good Samaritan" steal each scene.

If this was method acting, he would have had to find a way to lose IQ points;  it was worth it.

Unfortunately, all good things must end.



24 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    I love the Coens and the black comedy genre. Fargo the movie and Fargo the miniseries are among my all time favorite works and Frances McDormand and John Malkovich two of my favorite actors. I'm surprised I never heard of this movie before now. Based on your review and the clips provided I know I would enjoy Burn After Reading. However, I will need to watch it alone because, some some unknown reason, Mrs. Shady flatly refuses to watch anything with George Clooney.

    Thanks for calling attention to a movie that belongs near the top of my must see list, Cherdo. I wish you a safe and happy weekend, dear friend!

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    1. Good morning, my-brother-from-another-mother! You mentioned Fargo - Hubzam and I love that movie so much, it's criminal. I've never gotten into the mini-series...after I turned off cable, and the DVR left with it, I realized I didn't really know when any television show was actually on - I relied on DVR to catch them. Or maybe I'm just to flaky to commit to a TV Guide. It's possible.

      Mrs.Shady refuses to watch Clooney? What does her psychiatrist say about that? There has to be a deeply disturbing reason. I need more info.

      For some reason, our overcast skies and cooler temps brought me a nasty sinus headache, too.

      Hug Mrs. Shady, do something fun, and have a relaxing, safe weekend.

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    2. I'm sorry you're ill today, dear friend. I hope you bounce back over the weekend.

      Mrs. Shady is a huge fan of ER but she didn't like the character Clooney played on the show and her dislike of him as an actor stuck with her over the years. In fact she has a long list of male hunks that she refuses to watch. In most cases it's because their political views are the polar opposite of hers. She does, however, love Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp.

      I highly recommend the Fargo mini series. If you loved the movie you will love the mini series. It's on FX cable channel but if you no longer have cable it is being released on DVD next month. A second season of the series is also coming next year.

      Cherdo, I was going to email you but I decided to man up and publicly apologize for stepping out of bounds in recent comments. Sometimes I'm having so much fun kidding around with you and Janie that I forget your blog is not strictly an "adult swim" and that children might be reading what I write. I apologize for my off color remarks and will not let it happen again. I feel badly about it because I don't want to put you on the spot with your own children or the ones you home school and their parents. Forgive me.

      Once again I hope you soon feel better. Thank you for your ongoing friendship, dear Cherdo.

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    3. You and I are fine, dear Shady. You're sweet to apologize, but I know that it was innocent and I am more careful than most. I love the short people.

      And I'm not doing to do anything to jeopardize the banter, I hope you received it as a gentle, friendly reminder. It's like our parents used to say to each other, "...little eyes and ears..." There may never be any, but I act like they're underfoot, to play it safe.

      But hey, I did do the Poo-Doh post, ha ha. And if they don't understand snark...well, I can't help them with that one. It's the clay...

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    4. Don't take Shady too seriously when he says that if you like the movie Fargo that you will love the mini-series. I love the movie, but Willy Dunne Wooters and I couldn't get through even one episode of the mini-series because we thought it was so bad. If it shows up on Netflix Streaming, I'll consider giving it another try because Sir Shady is so enthusiastic about it.

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  2. Thanks for your post. I, too, liked Pitt's character, which of course turned me completely off when he encountered Clooney....
    This movie was a miss for me. But, that's okay. I'm a bit Pollyanna in my tastes.
    Veronica

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    1. Veronica, I'm hit or miss with a lot of dark comedy - I totally understand (especially when they kill off the fun guy...I would be okay with them offing Malkovich, ha ha). Can't wait to see what the Squid comes up with next, though. Have a good weekend!

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  3. Call me crazy, but I have determined that life is too short to waste it by seeing another Coen brothers movie. I feel the same way about Adam Sandler's movies!!

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    1. Definitely an acquired taste - there's no middle ground.

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  4. I vaguely remember this movie. I don't know why it isn't jumping around in my brain, shouting, YOU'VE SEEN ME! YOU LOVED ME! I love Coen brothers movies. I do remember Brad Pitt in this movie. He's hilarious. Every time Brad Pitt is funny in a movie, it takes me by surprise for some reason. Maybe it's because he's so very, very good looking. He's excellent at playing wild and crazy characters. This movie is one I need to see again to refresh my memory.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I think this one went under the radar. Maybe the release time? Who knows. Wait a minute...I know who knows - the ARMCHAIR SQUID. He is the detail man on movies and extremely insightful.

      Brad Pitt is underrated. There are so many movies of his that I love.

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    2. I agree that he's underrated. I'm pleased that he won an Academy Award for producing 12 Years A Slave. He's not just a pretty face, nor is his wife.

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  5. I think Brad Pitt might be the most under-appreciated actor out there. He's really much better in off-beat supporting roles than he is in the lead. 12 Monkeys and Snatch both come to mind.

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    1. His character in 12 Monkeys was one of my favorites.

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    2. If you haven't seen Snatch, it's a lot of fun - much higher quality than this and Pitt still steals the show, despite the fact you can't understand a word he says.

      In regards to your discussion with Janie, I do feel this movie lacks the one memorable scene to which you can normally attach an association - Steve Buscemi in the wood chipper, for instance. I think the writing and acting are both high quality but I was surprised by how many details I'd forgotten. The clip you included was one of them.

      And you're right about release time, too. Fall is not exactly high season for movie goers.

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    3. I think I've seen Snatch. I know I saw Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and loved it. I think that's a Guy Ritchie (sp?) movie, as in Madonna's second ex-husband. Brad Pitt has a wildly hilarious part in one of those movies. Pardon me. I need to visit IMDb.

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    4. Okay, it's Snatch that has Brad Pitt as a crazy Irishman. He's so funny. Benicio del Toro is in it, too. Brad Pitt isn't in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, but I love it.

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    5. I told you that Squid would have the down low on why it wasn't more popular.

      Janie is my new fact checker for movies, too. Remember, I'm getting old...I need all the help I can get.

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    6. Just visit IMDb. They have all the facts you can need or want.

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  6. I couldn't remember if I'd seen this one until I read your review. Now I remember watching the movie with my husband a while back. I think I liked it. What sucks about getting older is you've seen so many movies and read so many books, you start to forget some after a while!

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    1. Hi Cherdo,

      Thanks for the trailer and you are right Brad Pitt definitely does the body language well, although I must admit I am a bit of a John Malkovich fan :) - thanks for sharing your movies and I look forward to other posts. Keep safe - xx Allie-Millie xx

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    2. Stephanie, you're preaching to the choir, girl. I have those moments where I am juggling so many scenes in my brain and I have no idea what goes where.

      Allie-Millie: Thanks for the visit from down under! It's hard to argue with Malkovich; he's great.

      Cherdo

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  7. I love the fact the Pitt played that part so well. Sometimes actors fail to rise to a challenge, but playing a supportive role, and one not overly masculine, really worked for him here.

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  8. When Brad Pitt gets quirky, he's at his best. Thanks, Toinette!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo