HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
Ibiza Undead
Wings of Eagles, The
Beats
Body Parts
Shock of the Future, The
Friday
High Life
High Noon
Comes a Horseman
Scandal in Paris, A
Greta
Fight, The
Pink Jungle, The
Skiptrace
Double Date
Mind of Mr. Soames, The
Long Shot
Sherlock Holmes
Amazing Grace
Monitors, The
Memory: The Origins of Alien
Mesa of Lost Women
Banana Splits Movie, The
In Fabric
Sisters Brothers, The
Aniara
Flamingo Kid, The
Queen, The
Avengers: Endgame
Vanishing Act
Critters Attack!
Prison on Fire
Dragged Across Concrete
Do the Right Thing
Hellboy
Pond Life
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The
Third Wife, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
Robot Rocked: The Avengers Cybernauts Trilogy on Blu-ray
Hammer's Bloodthirsty Bad Girls 1970: Lust for a Vampire and Countess Dracula
Hammer to Fall: Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-ray
Home of the Grave: The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum on Blu-ray
Wondrous Women: Supergirl vs Captain Marvel
   
 
  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind That’s Showbiz!Buy this film here.
Year: 2002
Director: George Clooney
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jerry Weintraub
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: There's surely no one better to adapt the memoirs of trash-TV pioneer Chuck Barris than Charlie Kaufman, whose scripts for Being John Malkovich and Adaptation proved assured meshings of fact and fiction. Barris is the man who created ratings smashes The Dating Game and the no-talent contest The Gong Show during the 70s; less well known are Barris’s claims that for several years he also moonlighted as a CIA hitman, and committed some 33 murders while working for them. Did he? Who knows? But Kaufman ensures that it makes for a more interesting film than a straight stick-to-the-facts biography might.

Making his directing debut is George Clooney, who stamps his intent in inventive style, using black and white and washed-out colours as often as traditional film stock, merging scenes into one and rarely keeping his camera still. It does get a little much at times, but one has to admire Clooney’s determination to make something out-of-the ordinary. You can definitely see the influence of some of the directors Clooney has worked with in the past, in particular Steven Soderberg (who executively produces), David O. Russell and the Coen brothers.

Clooney also pops up in a supporting role as Barris’s shady CIA contact, and there are amusing appearances from Julia Roberts as a fellow spook with whom Barris has an affair, and Rutger Hauer’s veteran assassin. But it’s Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore who anchor the film, playing Barris and his long-suffering girlfriend Penny. Barrymore is her usual sweet-natured self, but the contradiction between the no-ties relationship she advocates and the fidelity she really craves from Chuck is convincingly done.

As Barris, Sam Rockwell performs a superb job of mimicking the flippant, nervous energy of this working class Jew made good, a highly literate man torn between craving popular success and awareness that this success has been achieved through mind-numbing trash. His slow descent into a semi-crazed state – driven by the belief that there is a CIA mole out to kill him – is both alarming and hilarious.

Unfortunately, during this last quarter the film becomes a little unstuck. Clooney has maintained such a jokey tone until this point – even the cold-blooded murders of predominantly-communist US ‘enemies’ are played for laughs – that when Barris’s ‘other’ job starts catching up on him, it’s a little hard to feel too much sympathy, no matter how hard Rockwell tries. More successful is the breakdown of his and Penny’s relationship, although this too is resolved a bit neatly.

But it’s generally a lot of fun, and a good counterpoint to Auto Focus, Paul Schrader’s similarly themed but a considerably darker study of sex-addicted Hogan Heroes star Bob Crane. And watch out for a hilarious split-second cameo from Clooney and Roberts’ Ocean’s Eleven co-stars Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
Reviewer: Daniel Auty

 

This review has been viewed 8431 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

George Clooney  (1961 - )

One of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Clooney became a household name with the TV hospital drama ER before going on to star in films like Three Kings, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven and Gravity. Set up production company Section Eight Ltd with Steven Soderbergh, and made a successful directorial debut with the skewed Chuck Barris biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Clooney's second film at the helm was 2005's acclaimed drama Good Night, and Good Luck which he followed with sporting drama Leathernecks, political drama The Ides of March and wartime caper The Monuments Men.

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
  Derrick Smith
   

 

Last Updated: