Sunday, February 22, 2004

Review – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Perhaps the book was more entertaining. Or perhaps at least with the book it was harder to tell if game show creator and host Chuck Barris was really serious about being a contract killer for the CIA. In the movie the only challenge is trying to figure out if the guy’s an imaginative liar or a drug-addled nutjob. Honestly, when he says goodbye to “Lee” and “Jack” at the end of secret assassin school, well, it’s impossible to take it seriously after that (not that it was all that easy before). Overall the production comes across as the tale of a celebrity undone by his own mental illness, kind of like Auto Focus only Barris is still alive so the film-makers couldn’t be quite as unflinching with him as they were with Bob Crane. See if desperate

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Review – About Schmidt

Normally a sappy tale about a recently-retired insurance executive coming to grips with the aging process would lie squarely outside my viewing schedule. However, I’d heard good things about this movie, and eventually curiosity got the better of me. I just had to see for myself whether or not Jack Nicholson could pull off a role more than a little outside his usual type. But I was pleasantly surprised to watch everything come together. The plot bounces back and forth between clever and awkward, though even the awkward spots usually contribute nicely to character development. Mildly amusing