Thursday, August 15, 2013

#tbt Confessions of a Dangerous Mind review

Some people have hobbies like collecting stamps or writing stories. Chuck Barris' hobby is being a professional assassin. Hey, whatever floats your boat, right?
George Clooney is an award winning actor who has also directed a few movies. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is his directorial debut, as they say. And I have to say it is pretty damn fantastic for his first film in the director's chair. Although he certainly gets help from the cast and screenwriter. The movie is about Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) and his life as TV icon and how he moonlighted as a CIA assassin while hosting The Dating Game. Whether the story is true or not, it sure is entertaining. Clooney has an extremely enjoyable directing style here. The film sometimes feels like a living comic book, which definitely fits the movie's silly and violent vibe. Mr. Clooney also does some really interesting things with the camera. He strays away from digital trickery and relies on timing and his own expertise. It's no wonder George Clooney is making such great movies like The Ides of March after this. Like I said before, Clooney had help from the script. Charlie Kaufman is one of my favorite screenwriters. He's written some of my favorite movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Absolutely fantastic!) and Being John Malkovich (Weirdly fantastic!). Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is another great for Kaufman to add to his list. Sure, it's adapted from Barris' "memoir", but Kaufman adds his own signature mark to this already good movie. My honest opinion is that Sam Rockwell is one of the better actors of our day and highly underrated. He was Oscar worthy in the amazing sci-fi flick Moon, and was hilarious in Seven Psychopaths and The Way,Way Back. Rockwell can make even a mediocre movie good, although he usually stars in good movies. He is perfect for the character of Chuck Barris. All of his wit and charm really make the character pop off the screen. Yet, he portrays his depression and flaws just as well. George Clooney himself also gives a decent performance as Barris' CIA boss. Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts are good too as the love interests. There is also some cameos from Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Barris himself! Although silly at times, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is an entertaining and enjoyable directorial debut from George Clooney. With a great performance by Rockwell and a terrific adapted script by Charlie Kaufman. I'd certainly recommend it! Happy Viewing! You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at!
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