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CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND
2002, Park Circus/Miramax, 115 min, USA, Dir: George Clooney

At the height of his career as a television game show producer, Chuck Barris (a revelatory Sam Rockwell) finds himself being followed by a suspicious character who recruits him for secretive and dangerous service as a CIA operative. As he basks in the glamour of his two worlds, Barris’ double life soon begins to spiral out of control. Adapted by Charlie Kaufman from the real Chuck Barris’ “unauthorized autobiography,” this bizarre tale gets a unique visual treatment from production designer James Bissell, who employs what might be called a “neo-hallucinogenic” color palette as well as a number of mind-bending pre-CG cinematic techniques.


TRUST ME
2013, Starz Digital Media, 90 min, USA, Dir: Clark Gregg

THE AVENGERS’ Clark Gregg directs and stars as former child actor Howard Holloway, who now represents young performers - at least the ones not stolen away by rival agent Aldo Shocklee (Sam Rockwell). Holloway thinks he’s hit the jackpot when an unsigned teen actress (Saxon Sharbino, in a breakout performance) about to land a major role enlists his services … but things aren’t always what they seem in Hollywood. This dark comedy boasts an outstanding ensemble cast, including Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet and Molly Shannon.


THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
2007, Warner Bros., 160 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Dominik

This poetic portrait of hero worship gone bad has attracted a cult following for good reason – it’s one of the best Westerns of the last 30 years. Young Robert Ford (Oscar nominee Casey Affleck) is thrilled when he finally gets to ride with legendary outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt). But this new member of James’ gang soon is disillusioned by the difference between the man and the myth. Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins, music by Nick Cave and strong supporting performances by Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner and Sam Shepard.


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