Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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.
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…
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.
Easily Charlie Kaufman's least creative out of his batch of movies, but regardless, it's still a very interesting and entertaining script. But even though I was impressed with the story and script, Clooney doesn't do too good of a job handling the substance of the film. As a visual director, he works out fantastically, but handling a story, he presents an interesting story rather uninterestingly. The pacing was dreadful and there were a few scenes that weren't interesting at all, even though they had the potential to be with the writing. Sam Rockwell is a knockout, per usual. He's great the whole way through, but his acting truly shined in the marvelous final act of the movie.
Fun premise based on the insane memoirs of a genuine character with a terrific central performance from Sam Rockwell. However, in some places it lays things on a bit thick and by the end it's a bit of a jumbled mess. Still enjoyable stuff, though, a biopic with a difference.
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A great dumb movie. Thanks to fine actors, Charlie Kaufman, and a surprisingly good directing job by George Clooney. It does not have as much depth as Kaufman's other films, but hey it is about the Gong Show guy. Fun for weirdos like me who enjoy things like the Newlywed game, and the Gong show.
Charlie Kaufman tem-nos habituado a argumentos algo inusitados, logo já não nos surpreende o teor deste filme, sabendo que o escritor terá contribuído para o argumento baseado no livro de Chuck Barris. No entanto, torna-se especialmente difícil aceitar esta história, deixando-nos sempre à espera de uma reviravolta que demonstre que os factos aqui retidos serão pura imaginação.
Well, I'll never look at The Dating Game the same way that's for sure.
I feel sorry for Charlie Kaufman who has said that the film is nothing like the one he intended and it's easy to see too. This was all too Clooneyfied. Sam Rockwell is just too amazing though.
A bizarre, hilarious, and, later on, powerfully dramatic film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is absolutely one of the most original movies I've seen in quite some time.
It's a hard movie to review as there's a huge tonal shift about 3/4 of the way through the movie. As such, some may find that they like one part but not the other or that they like both. While it is jarring, I definitely found it refreshing. For me, this shift worked better than the one in Boogie Nights, but that's fairly subjective.
However, the acting is phenomenal from everyone. It helps that the cast is comprised of some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood.
Though some of the aesthetic choices didn't really stick for me, overall, it's a well-shot film with a distinct style.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a fascinating and bizarre film. I give it a 4/5
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the true (????) story of Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), a television producer in the 1970s best known for "The Gong Show" and "The Dating Game," who, according to himself and the film, was recruited by the CIA as an assassin and hired to kill numerous people around the world during his time as a television host and producer.
"Confessions" is a bizarre film, but wonderfully so. By far the most surprising thing about the movie is George Clooney's direction--I, like most people, think of Clooney mainly as an actor, but in his directorial debut he has a remarkably deft and assured touch, crafting a film with a lot of personal flair and idiosyncrasies. It's…
The kind of movie you enjoy until you suddenly realize you're not enjoying it. Sam Rockwell is *suprise!* spectacular but it's just unwieldy as hell. Looks like it was shot by about 87 different cinematographers and George Clooney's sensibilities are a horrendous fit for Kaufman's writing. It's entertaining enough but Chuck Barris feels a little like a stand-in for Kaufman: a creative force whose ideas are being suppressed by the suits. Still undeniably fascinating to see a guy so heavily involved in a movie that makes him looks like a gigantic piece of shit.
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