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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002

3.4 out of 5 stars (30) IMDb 7.1/10

Barris moves to New York to find success in TV, and very soon he has his first hit game show. But then he's recruited by the CIA to become a hired killer, and is able to use his TV success as a front for his undercover job.

Starring:
Dick Clark, Sam Rockwell
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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By M. D. Hart VINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
George Clooney's directorial debut is not perfect....yet what he has given us is a structured, interesting tale about a game show host turned CIA operative. Starting very strangely with a dirty, naked man in his apartment, the movie progresses through a collection of espionage, murder, comedy and near-insanity that you just can't help but enjoy.
Sam Rockwell turns in a great performance as the would-be hitman, and is supported brilliantly by Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and good ol' George himself. To begin with, George's performance is a little sketchy, and it will take a while to get used to theat moustache, but he does eventually settle down and play a very cool role that is hard to characterise as 'friend or foe'.
Damage to the finesse of the movie is done by the limited camera techniques used for effect. Even though there are some very well storyboarded and executed scenes, due to the constant mood and pace of the movie, it is easy to notice when a scene runs dry. But, the movie picks itself up well and all the performances are consistent after the first 25mins.
I went to watch this at the cinema just due to the boredom of the day, but I was pleased to find a funny, witty, independent movie that will become an excellent DVD to own. Treat Yourself :)
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This film is perplexing in that it provides an excellent vehicle for Sam Rockwell's acting talent and as such gives you quite a cinematic ride, but the story itself is, in my view, vapid and a bit silly, and purely out of an entertainment factory without any sense of real life, and not enough charm to compensate. Of course it trades on this unreality in the sense that it is set in a totally media-oriented world, and Rockwell is superbly charismatic as the games show host. Some of the material on these shows is very funny. But the pitch of the film is not very likeable. I have to admit I am not a film noir fan and that villains - or ambiguous ones - hold very little appeal for me. I don't even get Orson Welles on the Ferris wheel, so I'm not likely to be taken with any other cinema creations of the same ilk. What I did enjoy was Rockwell in all his zany brilliance, and as always he shows us his rear end and even gets to put something up it - only for the purposes of smuggling, I hasten to add, but it was nonetheless a new cheeky high from an actor who has never been afraid to put himself on the line or use his sense of being completely and playfully at ease with his body - see Choke for proof of this - to add to the film. I'm still waiting to see the film that will really use his comic skill, daring, and heart to the best possible effect - as it is I already think he has been seriously overlooked, and the films aren't ever quite as good as he is.
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A striking debut behind the camera for George Clooney. A visionary approach and an original way to talk about a character stuck between the double face of entertaining industry and international politics, between spies and tv producers, between show business and Establishment business. A biography that looks like a giant metaphor of American dream and way-of.life, that becomes an american way-of-lie.
After all, there is no big distance between masses manipulation and political one.
They say Soderbergh helped him make the film and I think that the student surpassed the master.
Excellent blu ray both from visual and sound point of view.
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Format: Blu-ray
Some hated this - I thought it was brilliant in places. And a little akin to the spy world itself - it's absurd at times and often hard to believe that this kind of crap actually goes on.

Sam Rockwell is his usual brilliant manic persona (go to "Seven Psychopaths" after this) and the quality leading ladies Drew Barrymore and Maggie Gyllenhaal excel too.

If however you're going to buy on BLU RAY - stick with the UK variant because no matter how cheap the 'US' disc may appear - it's on Lionsgate and is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Use the following Amazon reference - B005GJTNFI - in the search bar above to get the right BLU RAY issue. It clocks in at about a fiver and is well worth the buy...
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Close on the heels of his ADAPTATION, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman scored again with CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, based on the (fictional?) autobiography of the same title by Chuck Barris. It's also George Clooney's initial outing as Director.
At the very beginning when the audience sees a bearded and naked Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) standing as if in a trance while a frumpy housekeeper vacuums around him, the viewer suspects that the film will be something special, outrageous, or both. This is the starting point for an extended flashback as Barris recalls his young adulthood, when it seemed everybody but him was having sex, to his successful career as a TV game show creator and low-brow polluter of the American airwaves ("The Dating Game", "The Newlywed Game", "The Gong Show"). Pretty standard stuff except that along the way Barris is seduced by a penchant for violence into a double life as a CIA contract killer, and the schizophrenia brought on by his double life almost proves his undoing.
Rockwell is superb in the leading role, as is Director Clooney, who plays his square-jawed, no-nonsense CIA recruiter and control, Jim Byrd. (Byrd to Barris: "Listen, you're thirty-two years old and you've achieved nothing. Jesus Christ was dead and alive again by thirty-three. Better get cracking.") Drew Barrymore does a swell job as Penny, the on-again, off-again love of Chuck's life, but she's deliciously upstaged by Julia Roberts in a new sort of character for her, that of the seductive and deadly femme fatale spy, Patricia. ("Prove how much you love me, baby. Kill for me. Then I'm all yours".) Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have hilarious two-second cameos on stools.
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