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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman...

Release Date:
January 24, 2003
113 min
George Clooney
Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Linda Tomassone, ...
Drama, Thriller, Comedy, ...
UK, USA, Canada,

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Solar rating: 8.5


Imdb rating: 7.1

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Loved Sam in "Choke" hope this is good too! :)
Sam Rockwell is amazing as always!
Such a cool, smooth movie. George Clooney's directorial debut, starring Sam Rockwell, is one very stylish tale. Based on the memoirs of Chuck Barris, creator of the Dating Game, the Gong Show, and other reality-based game shows, who claimed later in life that he was in fact a CIA operative, a murderer-for-hire who killed 33 people, unbeknownst to network execs, his co-workers, or his long-time liv-in girlfriend. Confessions of a lunatic, or is he telling the truth? Clooney directs this masterfully, and you can clearly see many themes played out here in his later film Good Night and Good Luck (a real cinematic gem as well). Produced by Steven Soderbergh and co-starring Clooney himself, as well as Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts, with cameos from a few other of Clooney's Ocean's 11 friends. 10/10
"I'm not killin' people, my future is in television."

So says Chuck Barris, or so he claims. The brilliance and beauty of this film is the way that it gets you to believe that maybe, just maybe, Barris did kill all of these people. Not to mention that it's a completely gorgeous film to look at. George Clooney, you damned talented bastard. You've directed quite an accomplished first film here, and it shows that you've got some genuine talent behind the camera. Plus, you finally figured out the right way to use Sam Rockwell. SO underutilized for such a long time, he's finally given the chance to excel in a starring role. It's obvious to everyone that watches this film that Chuck Barris is a fucking bastard. Obviously, but what you don't count on is him being made into a sympathetic individual, truly regretful for the terrible life that he has led. This, in essence, is a great and powerfully moving film.
Chicago is another success story in the revival of the musical.

The first half of The Hours is boring, but the score keeps me interested and eventually turns into a captivating story.

Adaptation is a funny and interesting way to see a film being written from scratch.

In Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Sam Rockwell brings welcome energy to the role of Chuck Barris in George Clooney's solid directoral debut.
So basically every day at work is worse than the last. Thats what its come to and a decision has to be made.....a very difficult one. But more on that some other time.

Let me just say that Mean Girls is one of the wittiest movies of recent years. While it does not have that deeply penetrating emotional power of Saved! it still is a very good movie. Lindsay Lohan did not impress me as much with her comedic skills as she did in Freaky Friday. But she has turned into quite the hottie. She is surrounded by a very attractive cast and a brilliant screenplay by Tina Fey. Tim Meadows was a riot as a subdued principal who has to go all Morgan-Freeman-in-Lean-on-Me at one point with hilarious results. The humor is very intelligent and I am surprised and (dare I say) shocked that this movie did so well. It gives me hope for the moviegoing populace.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind continues the mini-trend of biopics of almost famous people and focusing on their sexual exploits. After Greg Kinnear brought life to Bob Crane of Hogans Heroes in the dismal 2002 film Auto Focus, this is slightly better thanks to the visual style of director George Clooney. Seriously, with the exception of Batman and Robin this guy can do no wrong. The screenplay is by the semi-brilliant Charlie Kaufman yet the thing still doesnt quite float. Every now and then I got interested but then it lost me. There was just too much story. It ended up glossing over stuff and racing along without really letting us get involved in the story. A failure, but an interesting enough failure to warrant a 5.

The big story is my purchase of the Superman collection on DVD. All 4 Christopher Reeve movies. I have not been the hugest fan of Superman. I found it boring as a child but was blown away by Superman II. Better action, more interesting. Those who are saying Spider-Man 2 (a verry similar movie) is better than Superman II are way off base. Terrence Stamp as a Kryptonian villain named Zod? Clark Kent losing a bar fight? Lois Lane going over Niagara Falls?? Jack O'Halloran before he was immortalized as Emil Muzz???

What could be better than all that?

I dont know, maybe I'll tell you next time.
Rating Updated 2/3/06

The best performances I've seen from all involved, excluding Clooney because I've seen many more powerful roles from him. Excellent combination of solarization with traditional color. The composition rivals that of The Matrix movies and is more provocative. Amazing lighting and camera operation, and superb set design. Only two rushed moments of production were aparent in my viewing. Extremely evocative score. This is one of the best films I've ever seen. Fun cameos from Brad Pitt and Matt Daemon as well.
This film is certainly full of surprises. George Clooney is thought to be more of a good actor rather than a director. Here, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind shows Mr. Clooney certainly can direct a film rather well. With a screenplay that was adapted by Charlie Kaufmann and a star studded cast, the film is in good hands and is a dark humor film flowing with a few good laughs and a catchy premise. The film did terribly at the box office with the low budget despite having a lot of big names and even some tongue-in-cheek type cameos. Its sad a film like this did not receive more attention. Though, the film lacks the kind of exuberance I expected.

What I was most surprised is just how silly the movie is, but serious in the events it reflects. The movie centers around television legend Chuck Harris, coming to fame for making such television shows at The Dating Game and The Chong Show. However, the twist is Chuck Harris to this day claims he was a CIA agent and killed about 33 people in the name of the government. Lying, psychotic, or honest, that is up for you to decide. I find it a bit brave regardless of the answer, Chuck has stuck to this story.

George Clooney seems to have a few tricks up his sleeves. He is a good director considering his work in Ocean's 11 and he brings the type of style the film needed here. The sets and costume design all perfectly reflect the generation of the the 1960s and beyond. People have clothing, hair styles, and demeanors of the generation perfectly. The film certainly has a dark humor tone to it. Sometimes audio of previous events will cary over into a new situation, the camera will split two views and slowly begin to make them one set, and some of the music selections. I certainly love the quiet dark house scene involving tea that uses the piece "Moonlight Sonata" I believe, at the precise moment. The film is the kind of funny crime movies remind of others in the same category such as Ocean's 11, Match Stick Men and Catch Me If You Can.

Kaufmann lends his writting talents here and it serves characters like Chuck, Jim, and Patricia well, and Chuck's girlfriend Penny is a charm. Jim and Patricia are both calm, cool, skilled, and mysterious agents who Chuck finds himself working with. They seem to like Chuck because he is the type of guy with a lot of energy and creativity, something not seen in their field everyday of course. Though, they do get to work with a television producer. But the notice, he does seem to enjoy both of his jobs despite not needing the money. This is another movie I am glad to hear people speak as though it was a form of art from time to time. Not all movies are fit for people speaking with elaborate metaphors and lines that grab your attention, but here the movie has the oppurtunity and it takes it.

The cast is incredible for such a low budget film, and I reasses how surprised I am so few people saw this with the number of talents here. Julia Roberts with a sensual type of presence for Patricia, Clooney bringing a finesse to Jim, and Drew Barrymore playing the sweet open-minded girlfriend of Chuck. Of course the best performance is Sam Rockwell who has majority of the screentime. Rockwell plays the very strange role of Chuck with a sense of admiration for him. There are frequent nude scenes of him from the back and he certainly has nice glutes. Perhaps a frontal one would have been braver in such a film that is so blunt. Sam Rockwell will be a big star very soon I am betting.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a strange film that should amuse many. With a blunt attitude, a slick style, and a solid cast the film is certainly a good one. It perhaps fails to reach greatness because some of the other characters felt like they needed more time and their own world. Past their importance to Chuck Harris, I did not know the others well. Despite this, the movie is certainly a interesting one.
Two movies, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Kids, show characters whose lives are driven by the need to get laid. My roommate rented Kids, then randomly picked Confessions from my collection to watch afterwards. I knew both had a fair amount of sex in the story, but I did not realize how similar they were. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is what happens if the characters in Kids go unchecked, and become semi-responsible.
Kids was completely different from my experiences growing up. So I cannot even determine how much of an exageration this is on the lives of Urban teens. This could be nail-on-the-head acurate, but I wouldn't know. Overall I liked the two seperate storylines. One was carefree and relaxed and the other was disturbed and stressed. Throughout the whole movie I couldn't help but think how the movie would be reshot today. How certain camera angles and scenes, specifically the Club Scene with Jennie, could be enhanced to bring out more of the colors and show more of the loneliness Clhoe Sevigny's character feels.
I just flat out enjoyed Confessions of a Dangerous Mind from the beginning. The angles and colors used to capture the action was inspired. Again, like in Kids, I have no clue how much of this movie is true. Only Chuck knows. The flatness of George Clooney's acting helps bing calm to the movie when it could get caught up in Sam Rockwell's antics.
So two unsuspecting movie watched coincidentaly on the same night back-to-back, share so many similarities it could be one long movie. I recommend both of these movies.:up:
its one hell of a boredom
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