confessions of a dangerous mind

Saw Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the George Clooney-directed Chuck Barris biopic.

This film should be a star-making turn for Sam Rockwell, who is superb as Barris. I’m too young to remember most of his shows, although I’ve certainly seen repeats of old Gong Show and The Newlywed Show episodes here and there. Drew Barrymore is very good also, as Penny, his long-time lover and wife, in a subdued, grounding role. George Clooney and Julia Roberts show up as his spy contacts, and there are a few cameos by other celebs too (the notable being Brad Pitt & Matt Damon as The Dating Game contestants).

There’s definitely something of Steve Soderburgh here, who I believe is the producer, in the slow, almost melodic pacing of the film, and the stylized cinematography, that creates a lovely, ethereal look to everything (also a smart choice were the ultra-washed-out interview segments with real people who worked for and with the real Chuck Barris), but George Clooney brings his own laid-back-cool to the director’s chair. The film’s pacing really seemed to match his coolest characters (think E.R.,Out of Sight & Ocean’s Eleven). It felt much like I was watching him tell a story. Which is good, in that it really worked, but perhaps bad, if you think that a director should be invisible (of course, all my favourite directors are people who you can watch a 10-minute segment of any film and identify it as theirs, so I guess I like it when their personality shines through).

What was really well done about this film is that there was no condescension towards Barris. Whether or not it was real was left up to the viewer to decide (although the echoes of A Beautiful Mind made me think of schizophrenia), rather than out-and-out stating that yes, indeed, he was a secret agent or no, he was just loopy.

so go see it!

14 Replies to “confessions of a dangerous mind”

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  5. ok, clearly i’ve never posted a comment on the internet before,…it sounds like i’m schizophrenic. ha ha ha (embarrassed laugh)

  6. ok, clearly i’ve never posted a comment on the internet before,…it sounds like i’m schizophrenic. ha ha ha (embarrassed laugh)

  7. I have just watched the movie and I am sorta disturbed by it. I have worked for a while with people who have schizophrenia and after watching the movie for 5 min as Chuck Baris was portrayed with a beard naked, i was able to tell he had schizophrenia. the part that gets me is this man is seriously ill, he had command delusions to kill people. He confessed to killing 32or 33 people. This makes me sick. Instead of making a movie about a man that may or may not have been in the CIA, this man should be in a mental institution because he might have actually killed some of the people. Of course, Julia Roberts and George Clooney were not real that was all part of a delusion but he might have killed people and I think he actually did. This movie reminded me A Beautiful Mind. I also had a client that felt the Russian Communists were after her. THis is a fixed delusion that many schizophrenic clients have and also many have that they are God or Jesus. It boggles my mind that this could be a movie and I really hated it because my clients fixed delusions are not tru and to make a movie about his delusions are outrageous. Of course he was not in the CIA….not because he would not have been able to kill but knowing about schizophrenia and just how George Clooney showed up everywhere like in a Beautiful Mind. Chuck Baris should be put in a mental asylum if he really killed 33 people. This should not be glorified. He is free, how do we know if he is still killing people. Command delusions are the worst delusions to have which are commands by someone else telling u to do something real bad like killing someone or killing yourself etc. I just had to write about this to get this out of my system and just real pissed to see a movie like this come out, and to see all famous actors and actresses in it. I am sure many people watched this movie without really understanding it but since I know clearly about schizophrenia it is pure obvious. it seems like he had more than schizophrenia with the highs and lows like that is attributed to a lot of sexual promiscity. He probably has schizoaffective disorder which is both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder combined. bipolar disorder is combined depression lows and the highs.

  8. I have just watched the movie and I am sorta disturbed by it. I have worked for a while with people who have schizophrenia and after watching the movie for 5 min as Chuck Baris was portrayed with a beard naked, i was able to tell he had schizophrenia. the part that gets me is this man is seriously ill, he had command delusions to kill people. He confessed to killing 32or 33 people. This makes me sick. Instead of making a movie about a man that may or may not have been in the CIA, this man should be in a mental institution because he might have actually killed some of the people. Of course, Julia Roberts and George Clooney were not real that was all part of a delusion but he might have killed people and I think he actually did. This movie reminded me A Beautiful Mind. I also had a client that felt the Russian Communists were after her. THis is a fixed delusion that many schizophrenic clients have and also many have that they are God or Jesus. It boggles my mind that this could be a movie and I really hated it because my clients fixed delusions are not tru and to make a movie about his delusions are outrageous. Of course he was not in the CIA….not because he would not have been able to kill but knowing about schizophrenia and just how George Clooney showed up everywhere like in a Beautiful Mind. Chuck Baris should be put in a mental asylum if he really killed 33 people. This should not be glorified. He is free, how do we know if he is still killing people. Command delusions are the worst delusions to have which are commands by someone else telling u to do something real bad like killing someone or killing yourself etc. I just had to write about this to get this out of my system and just real pissed to see a movie like this come out, and to see all famous actors and actresses in it. I am sure many people watched this movie without really understanding it but since I know clearly about schizophrenia it is pure obvious. it seems like he had more than schizophrenia with the highs and lows like that is attributed to a lot of sexual promiscity. He probably has schizoaffective disorder which is both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder combined. bipolar disorder is combined depression lows and the highs.

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