CIA Fuckwits: Burn After Reading Review

September 18, 2009


Scenario: You’re a director. Your last film received a level of acclaim unprecedented in your career and won an upset Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. Question: What do you follow it up with? Answer: Well if you’re the Coen Brothers, you totally fuck with the expectations of your growing critical respectability by following No Country For Old Men with a burlesque, wanton, scatter shot of a movie like Burn After Reading. There was much rubbing of jaws and scratching of heads after this one. Even those critics who confessed to liking Burn After Reading, did so in a rather quizzical and wary fashion. Just what were those crazy Coen Brothers up to? Ingenuously pursuing their own idiosyncratic career trajectory, or deliberately messing with peoples’ heads? Not much point in asking them, they’d probably deny everything anyway. Maybe the critics just need to lighten up and stop fretting so damn much.  Burn After Reading is a deliciously acerbic dose of off the cuff comedy. Even accepting that it’s something of an impromptu, throwaway effort by their usual standards, there’s plenty here for the Coen Brothers aficionado to savour.

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The World’s Most Sinister Organisations

July 26, 2009


It’s a dangerous world out there. Everywhere across the globe, there are various organisations dedicated to pursuing all manner of sinister agendas. Agendas of political upheaval, religious fanaticism, disruption, terrorism, profit and self interest. Agendas that are pursued with a total disregard for the safety and well being of people like you and me – the little people. Read ahead at your caution: you’ll sleep easier in your bed if you’ve never heard anything about these guys. Ruthless people who will stop at nothing to achieve their mysterious purposes. By no means a definitive list of the organisations that go bump in the night, here is a synopsis of just 13 of the World’s Most Sinister Organisations:

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