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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.
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!)…
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…
What. What. What. What. What.
Sam Rockwell dancing though.
Sam Rockwell shines in George Clooney's directorial debut about the iconic television producer. Think Catch Me If You Can meets A Beautiful Mind.
"Aphorism 78.", Beyond Good and Evil
An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.
Sam Rockwell's charisma ensures this gets a pass.
I don't have anything to say about this. I watched it on a Mubi free trial though and I just realised what their business model is and it's terrifying. I'm going to be paying them for the rest of my life, just because 'oh my subscription's running out but there's still one film on there I want to see and it'll be expiring soon and it's so cheap' ad infinitum.
I remember watching this, or at least part of it, years ago when it first came out on DVD and not being too interested in it. While I definitely enjoyed it more this time around, it definitely lacked structure, particularly in the second half. I enjoyed and got more laughs from the first 45 mins-1 hour or so. It's a bit too long as well.
I loved the use of filters, particularly the blinding white interview segments. Rockwell is fantastic and even when the film meanders and loses focus, he's still great. Easily one of the sleaziest film characters ever. He reminded me a lot of Saul Goodman at times.
I didn't realise that this is essentially where Blind Date was taken from! Speaking of which, the cameos were great fun!
Sam Rockwell. Rocks. Have no idea if any it is true, but the screenplay is by Charlie Kaufmann (based on Chuck Barris’s “unauthorized autobiography” — nice, that) so it’s an entertaining romp nonetheless. I was glad that it reminded me just how much of an icon of the 1970s The Gong Show was: flashy, gaudy, tacky, all-out fun, and more of a mess as it went on.
Ok, from a technical standpoint it is hard to argue the fact that Clooney as a filmmaker has an eye for visuals, understands perfectly the mechanics of scene-building and knows how to get his actors to do what he wants; he is, after all, an actor, too. I also applaud him for being able to get so many high-profile performers to participate in this rather unconventional biopic that dabbles with concepts of deconstructing celebrity. What I cannot get past, however, is how poorly this film works as a whole, while separate scenes seem to do so well. And then I remind myself that "Confessions of a dangerous mind" is, after all, a debut and structural sloppiness comes with the territory.
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