The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008 | 15 Jan 2009 // 3:00 PM
Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.
Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008 | 13 Jan 2009 // 3:00 PM
Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.
Burn After Reading | 11 Sep 2008 // 11:09 PM
Ozzie (John Malkovich) embodies the problem of the CIA, of the "intelligence community," which is that it reacts to data, then fashions a story about it to comport with the reaction.
Revisiting the Coens' 'Burn After Reading' | 29 Jun 2010 // 9:31 PM
The Coens' A Serious Man is a more successful attempt at putting across some of the same ideas that Burn After Reading gestures toward -- exploring whether stories have inherent meanings, or whether these are imposed institutionally or individually after the fact -- and is much funnier too.
Burn After Reading (2008) | 21 Dec 2008 // 1:30 PM
The Coen Brothers remains the most predicable unpredictable artists in Hollywood. You can be guaranteed that the minute you think you have them pegged -