Clooney succeeds in directorial debut

Without Chuck Barris there would be no Jerry Springer.

Your opinion on that may affect your sympathy for the protagonist of this movie, but it shouldn’t effect your enjoyment in watching this quirky heart-felt film.

The movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind George Clooney’s first attempt behind the camera and is taken from Chuck Barris’ “unauthorized autobiography” of the same name.

By most people’s accounts Chuck Barris would be considered a success. The writer of a hit song, “Palisades Park”, and creator and producer of three major television shows, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show, he would seem to have the world in the palm of his hand.

But all is not as it seems in Mr. Barris’ world.

We first see Chuck at the low point of his life standing naked, filthy and alone and staring at a television screen in a seedy New York hotel.

Two of his “children” The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game have been cancelled and he is reeling from the intense criticism he is taking about The Gong Show.

Dating and Newlywed had pushed the boundaries of good taste with the guests often risqu