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“Burn After Reading” (2008) is a not-very-good espionage movie with George Clooney. It’s kinda stupid, actually. But it does have a lot of people I like in it (Brad Pitt, the dude from the movie about the guy who plays the drum, Frances what’s-her-face, John Malkovich), and there are some characters that made me laugh. It wasn’t like I thought two hours of my life had been stolen. But when it was over, I was like: “What was up with that?” Then I reminded myself it was a Coen brothers movie, which means that probably nothing was up with anything.

There’s a sexy/macho passing of the torch that takes place between Robert Redford and Brad Pitt during “Spy Game” (2001) and it’s not subtle. Redford’s last day as a CIA operative before retirement, Pitt goes rogue, yada, yada, yada. Usual spy stuff. The old master spy somehow gets the best of an entire agency full of spies (exemplified by lots of lame, stock bureaucrat types in dark suits). Still, not a bad flick. We do like our underdogs. Good tension. Tony Scott directs, and within this film, we catch a faint whiff of something. That something became “Man on Fire.”

Despite its cult popularity, it took more than a decade before I saw “Fight Club.” I somewhat enjoyed it, but the delay meant two things: I already knew the spoiler (Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are the same person with a split personality – sorry) and I had a decade’s worth of historical perspective. Thus, two other things are obvious: Osama Bin Laden borrowed his Sept. 11, 2001, plot from this 1999 movie’s climax (buildings housing worldwide financial information are blown up) and (in perhaps an even worse development for society) Tyler Durden is responsible for the mixed martial arts fad.