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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
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11.21.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
George Clooney

Actors:
Sam Rockwell
Drew Barrymore
George Clooney

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Television made him famous, but Chuck Barris's biggest hits came off-screen. Despite his success as the creator of some of America's most popular game shows - including "The Dating Game" and "The Gong Show" - Barris finds himself drawn to the dark side, working for the CIA as a covert assassin. But before he even realizes what's happened, Barris's double life soon spirals out of control.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The very first thing that I’ll say about CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND is this: HOLY cameos, Batman! To be fair, a lot of the people that I’m lumping into the cameos category weren’t really cameo roles since they just had minor parts in this movie long before they actually became famous like Michael Cera (as young Chuck) and Rachelle Lefevre (who plays the grown-up version of Chuck’s childhood love). The actual cameos that I spotted were Alfred Molina, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. There were probably others that I didn’t catch, but whoa. Of course, these talented actors and actresses in addition to the actual cast, which is made up of Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney and Julia Roberts makes CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND a pretty star-studded affair.

The funny thing about Pitt and Damon’s cameos is that they were brought on to be in a clip for Barris’s show The Dating Game, in which a bachelorette picks out a guy to date from questions she asks three bachelors. Of course with them being two of the dreamiest men on the planet, it’s funny that the bachelor that she ends up choosing, is of course, neither of them.

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND is a really bizarre movie that’s based on an alleged true story. Parts of the story of Chuck Barris are most definitely true, like his television career, but as for the parts where he’s a CIA agent, well, that’s still debatable. Since the movie is based on Chuck Barris’ unofficial autobiography, it’s his word against the CIA, who are not likely to confirm or deny that Barris was a hit man for them. He was a man known for the outrageous and perhaps it’s all an elaborate way to entertain us with the written word.

Behind the scenes of the film are just as star-studded as the on-screen cast. Co-star of the movie (and general suave A-lister) George Clooney takes up the role of director for the film. While the screenplay, which is based on Chuck Barris’ book of the same name, was adapted by the genius responsible for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman. There’s really not much room for error with this film and it delivers on all fronts with brilliant performances by everyone involved and excellently executed in a twisted tale of truth and lies.
THE EXTRAS
As most DVDs and Blu-rays do, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MINDS’ bonuses includes an Audio commentary to play during the film.

Behind the Scenes: George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and other members of the cast discuss whether they believe Chuck Barris’ story to be true or not. No one seems to be too certain of the authenticity of the story, but no one really seems to care too much either, like Sam Rockwell says, “Either way, it’s a good story,” The script, the book and other behind-the-scenes-ey things are discussed and talked about elaborately and in an overall enjoyable bonus feature.

Deleted scenes: I find that bonus features are rarely complete without a reel of Deleted Scenes. I don’t know if they’re really called “reels” anymore, or if they were ever called that at all… I may be making things up. Anyways, this is a pretty swell set of features and for once, I watched them with the audio commentary turned on and heard George Clooney talk about the scenes that killed him to cut, including the opening scene, which initially starred Fred Savage. I actually found that almost all of the scenes actually added to the film as a whole and helped the story make more sense to me.

"The Real Chuck Barris" documentary: Chuck (the real one as implied in the title of the feature) discusses writing the book and subsequently the movie that came from the book. He discusses why he wrote the book, the state of mind he was in at the time and justifies the work he did in the television industry. Jaye P. Morgan, Gene-Gene, Dick Clark, Jim Lange and a few other people who worked with Chuck over the years provide additional character interviews.

Sam Rockwell's original screen test: This is exactly what it sounds like and is a feature consisting of Rockwell’s pre-filming screentests for CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. A neat feature if you’re into this sort of stuff.

And the last special feature included on the Blu-ray (excluding the Trailers special feature) is Gong Show Acts, which compiles all of the Gong Show clips that were made for the movie (Random though: the Hambone Man looks a whole lot like Zach Galifianakis).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wasn’t too sure what to expect before sitting down to watch CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND and I finished watching it and was pleasantly surprised. The Blu-ray transfer of the film is great and while the film was only released in 2002, it holds up really well and is well worth an upgrade to Blu-ray (if you already own it on DVD) or if you just want to pick it up to watch, re-watch or just to own.
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