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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Some things are better left top secret.
Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.
"I came up with a new game-show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator."
George Clooney's directorial debut starring the awesome Sam Rockwell tells the story of Chuck Barris who claims that he was recruited as a CIA hitman. It's apparent that Clooney have been taking down notes on the set of Ocean's Eleven because the film feels so much like Soderbergh's work. Jump cuts, smooth glides and quick pans in conversations are all among…
I was expecting to love this, considering all the remarkable talent involved and the type of bizarre little story being told. I still thought it was pretty damn good, and once again I have watched a film with Sam Rockwell that makes me wonder how he's not in more stuff. I feel like everything he's in is better due to his presence. I'd definitely give George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind another watch in the future, hopefully I'll enjoy it a bit more then.
Sam Rockwell stars as Chuck Barris, an ambitious young man focused on a successful career who realizes he's being followed by a strange character, who quickly seduces him to enter the dangerous and secretive world of CIA. While gaining fame as a producer and presenter of popular TV shows, he regularly executes assassinations at the behest of the United States government. Completely involved in the glamor of his two worlds (entertainment and espionage) his life quickly becomes an uncontrollable spiral. Criticized because of the poor quality of his shows, torn between the girl who loves him and the mysterious woman who dominates him and knowing that he's marked for death, he must regain control over both his lives.
George Clooney's directorial debut is pretty good. You can actually see the little knacks he picks up from the other directors he's worked with, like the Coen Brothers and Steven Soderbergh. But when I was watching the movie, I was never thinking: "This was directed by George Clooney." It was more like: "This was written by Charlie Kaufman." Kaufman has never made a bad movie. His stories are always different, or unusual, or bizarre (in a good way). This movie is different because it introduces the idea that someone so popular can be capable of doing something so unlike themselves. It's like saying that Conan O'Brien is a Navy Seal on his off time. It's ridiculous. But it make for an interesting story, and it actually reminds me a lot of The Aviator.
I recommend it, especially if you have a dangerous mind.
A coming out party in more ways than one, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind above all proved that Sam Rockwell could anchor whole films. A scene-stealer (or entire-film thief) in Galaxy Quest and Mamet's underrated Heist, Rockwell had already been around for a decade and accumulating a promising resume. He finally had the opportunity to star and he's more than convincing as the enigmatic Chuck Barris. There is never a direct line of thought into Barris' motivations. He is more a prisoner of his own delusions and this adds a level of mystery that in return attracts the need for rewatches. Rockwell is great.
Debut direction by George Clooney is also a welcome surprise. There is an undercurrent of satire…
The problem I had with Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind was not the problem I was anticipating.
I've had problems with Sam Rockwell in the past and I came into this one thinking that if he got on my tits in this one like he has pretty much every other time I've seen him in anything that I would have to eliminate all his films from my watchlist. To my great surprise, I did not find him at all insufferable and I actually thought his performance here was outstanding and perfect for his character.
The character was the problem though. As well as he plays it, Chuck Barris is not nearly as interesting a person as George Clooney (and Barris!)…
I liked this movie. Sam Rockwell is always good and I didn't know George Clooney could direct.
Confesso que o filme não me fisgou, mesmo tendo boas atuações e muitas outras qualidades a seu favor. E como não é o primeiro filme dirigido ou produzido pelo George Clooney que me dá um certo sono, fico na dúvida se meu problema não é a forma como o Clooney conduz seus filmes. Mas também pode não ter nada haver...
If i had a hammer..!
George Clooney is a great director, and this film proved it.
There's some good stuff in there, but it's wildly uneven, much like the movie's subject matter.
I liked this a lot.
if i had a hammer
What I Learned:
Jay Leno is probably a contract killer
pretty good but i'd rather spend the same amount of time watching 37 videos on youtube of sam rockwell dancing
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