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Confidence (2003)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director James Foley Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on March 25th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Foley provides a fairly informative commentary, even though he teeters on the edge of falling into straight plot narration much of the time. He talks about the low budget Los Angeles shoot, on this film that was originally scripted for New York. They aimed to capture unique aspects of downtown LA not often depicted. Due to the low budget, they resorted to stealing shots, filming across the street. As for the cast, they got along very well, which to the chagrin of Foley became detrimental when shooting an arduous big table scene, and too much laughing meant extra cuts. Dustin Hoffman joined the cast very late, and they used rehearsals to shape his character. Foley aimed to have an underlying melancholy in the film, and in a film about criminals, he strove for huggability of the characters, that they would be likeable. For lighting, the intent was combining ambient and natural light with production light to create distinct contrasts between scenes and fashion a hyper-real reality. When filming at the Ontario Airport in Orange County, they used some props remaining from a Spielberg film. Ironically, Foley does not talk about the sound, but mentions that the then unknown Coldplay song exploded before they released the film - who knew?
Commentary 2: Screenwriter Doug Jung Rating:6.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Commentary 3: Actors Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, and Andy Garcia Rating:6.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 3rd, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Burns and Weisz were recorded together, but the others separately, except that, at the end, Burns and Garcia are recorded together. There are some gaps of silence throughout but none are terribly glaring.

Burns and Weisz talk about what brought them to the role, and highlight certain scenes, not necessarily overlapping with the Foley commentary, but corroborating what the director said on the other track. Weisz tells a story (poorly, at her own admission) about how she met Hoffman for the first time. As a filmmaker himself, Burns understands the process but he and Weisz do not go in depth, mainly speak about the motivations for the characters and how they enjoyed the experience.

Hoffman dissects his scenes as though he is in the Actors Studio, noting how he used Foley as a model for his interpretation of the character, the glasses, the gum chewing. He talks about some excised material that he found amusing.

Garcia describes how he enlisted the wardrobe supervisor and channelled his Tampa relatives to carve out the look of his character. He also offered some input into the backstory that was incorporated into the script, adding another layer to the film.