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Being Michael Madsen (2010)

Michael Madsen , Daryl Hannah , Michael Mongillo  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, David Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Directors: Michael Mongillo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Midnight Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OX1AL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Being Michael Madsen" on IMDb

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Michael Madsen stars as Michael Madsen, a famous movie star buckling under the pressures of tabloid rumors ranging from a gay romance to the murder of a young actress. Driven to the end of his rope, Michael Madsen decides it is time to turn the tables on the media and hires a team of documentarians to torment the man behind the rumors, Billy Dant (Jason Alan Smith). The film crew catalogues Dant s life with the same paparazzi flair that has been tormenting Madsen. Included interviews in this mockumentary by David Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton, Daryl Hanna and Virginia Madsen.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot to like here July 20, 2010
Being Michael Madsen is a fun mockumentary and satirical commentary on media message distortion and tabloids.

Madsen (along with the others) leads the film in a mock interview detailing the events that led him to hiring his own team of filmmakers to catalog a paparazzi's life in the same way his life has been cataloged and intruded upon. The message here is that you can make anyone into the character you want them to be in the mass media and the general public will eat it up. As Madsen states in the film "If you read something enough times, you start to believe it's real."

What I find most humorous about it all is the way Madsen exploits this flaw in mass media while also doing the same with "Being Michael Madsen". The film is an exposition of tabloid distortion while it is really no different in-of-itself. We get to see the tables turned on the man spreading rumors about Madsen in what is presented as setting the record straight; really, it is only rewriting it. This is the beauty of the film in my opinion.

The documentary filmmakers in the story represent various aspects on film-making responsibility. In the film, they all become kind of accidental celebrities and tabloid subject matter. However, all 3 of them are left with different feelings about it. They started out as friends that basically took the job because it was a guaranteed gig. They wouldn't have to scrape and scramble so hard as 100% do-it-yourself filmmakers. The rift between them comes when they capture some shocking video that raises questions about their integrity. To me, this is the heart of the films message and the central question: Who does responsibility in media lie with? Is it up to filmmakers, is it up to the viewer or does it even matter?

There is a lot to like here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Before Being Michael Madsen was making rounds in the festival circuit, two young gals came into the store where I work asking for ANY DVD that starred Madsen. "He's just the coolest, hottest guy ever!" they gushed. I informed them that I knew of a film called Being Michael Madsen that would be released some day, and their eyes just lit up, making sure they wrote that title down. I still smile when I think of that, now having seen the film when it was screened at the Dances With Films festival in June of 2009 in Los Angeles. I can now say I agree with those gals, and while this film seems to be about Michael it's obvious everyone else is getting their share of the fun. He has some good competition with his sister Virginia here as well. Michael is so cool you want him to be your pal, though you might get the feeling he still could punch you. But you'd appreciate that he did.

Director/writer Michael Mongillo has done something I've always wished would happen: turn the tables on the paparazzi and/or tabloid reporters and have THEIR lives invaded and exposed, showing the skeletons in their closets. And while Being Michael Madsen turns out to be a mockumentary, there are still times when you forget about the faux part of it since actual facts about Madsen's life are intermixed with fiction. Whether or not you feel that completely works, there's no doubt you'll be hooked and go along with the ride. The full audience at the screening seemed to be willing and had a lot of fun. It's very apparent that when you have people putting together a film and enjoying doing that instead of it being just a "process" for them, something good will result.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh until you're on the floor funny June 4, 2010
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Michael Mongillo broke the mold making this film. It is one of the few laugh-out-loud films that had me trying to catch my breath by the end. I was lucky enough to see a screening in Denver a few years ago, and I continue to talk about this film. It is an amazing take on celebrity life and some of the best material comes from Madsen's own friends & family. I've ordered my copy early & can't wait to see the film again. It is amazing!!
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This is made not to be taken too seriously, and I didn't. The filmmaking is some-
what Michael Moore meets Roger Corman! Madsen, Hannah, Carradine have
done a bunch of other type work since finishing the second of the overrated
Kill Bill schlock films. Kill Bill (*.5 stars), Kill Bill II (** stars) are a waste of cellu-
loid, as Leonard Maltin would say.

This "Mockumentary' about tough guy Madsen is done with straight faces and
many get to show up in this celebrity roast, which moves at a fast pace. Watch
it when you can have time to ccarefully digest it. You'll be glad you did. And for-
get about Kill Bill and Kill Bill II. If you need to see a violent Martial Arts film, watch
Carradine and Hannah in Kung Fu Killer (***) instead. Rich Salzer, Reviewer, Va.,
Beach, Virginia. Pick Up On This!
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4.0 out of 5 stars lisa July 8, 2013
By Lisa
being Michael Madsen was funny that all really happy to him wow !!!!! If I was Michael I would of beat that guy ass . Am only saying cuae am big fan of he' s
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