I recently saw the Coen brothers' new comedy, Burn After Reading
. I believe it's releasing this weekend, so technically I guess I can't say too much. But let's just say that it is my kind of movie - a little dark, a little weird, and very funny. They somehow managed to make both George Clooney and Brad Pitt deeply unattractive (not a small feat, my friends), and Brad Pitt in particular is kind of astounding as a bouncy, vaguely juvenile personal trainer who shares a penchant for adventure with Frances McDormand. Also notable is the appearance of Richard Jenkins, who I am happy to see popping up all over the big screen lately.
I finally watched The Band's Visit
the other night, which is now available on DVD. It's a sweet, funny comedy about an Egyptian classical folk band that gets accidentally stranded in the wrong Israeli town en route to a cultural exchange. Instead of the ethnic tension I was expecting, the film is mainly about people learning from each other and bettering one another's lives, all in the space of an evening. This is very likely going to be one of my top ten films of the year, and it's well worth seeing. (Incidentally, it's also good for people who are just getting into subtitled films; about half of it is in English, since that's the language held in common between the two groups.)