You probably don’t remember George Clooney’s directorial debut, “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind” because it wasn’t in theaters long. “Miramax decided to put it out on December 31, 2002, the worst possible time to put out a movie. It bombed,” Kurt Loder says in this video, which is part of Vanity Fair’s digital series, “The Snob’s Dictionary.”
In the video, Loder, a journalist and former MTV host, talks about why the film is an overlooked classic, which he considers to be “the greatest movie ever made.” The movie features Sam Rockwell in a riveting performance as Chuck Barris, the game show host who insisted that he was also a CIA hit man. Loder says that “Sam Rockwell captures the cheesy vitality of Chuck Barris” and even goes on to suggest that “the camera angles in ‘Confessions of A Dangerous Mind’ are as inventive as ‘The Third Man.'”
“Confessions of A Dangerous Mind” also has some impressive credits, aside from Clooney (who also acts). Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay to the film, which also features Drew Barrymore, Michael Cera, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Were you one of the few people who has actually seen the film? Do you agree with his reassessment? Watch the video below: