Confessions of a Superhero
(R, 1:33:09, Released 2007)
|Genres:||Documentary, Special Interest|
|Release Date:||Nov 2, 2007|
|DVD Release Date:||Jan 22, 2008|
|Starring:||Christopher Lloyd Dennis, Joe McQueen, Jennifer Gehrt, Maximus "Batman" Allen, Leron Gubler, Johnny Grant, Stan Lee, Margot Kidder|
|Directed by:||Matthew Ogens|
|Synopsis:||Four mere mortals adapt the personas of their favorite superhero characters, and filmmaker Matt Ogens chronicles the lives and ambitions of this curious quartet in a documentary that explores the allure of fame on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. Being a superhero isn't as easy as it appears in the flickering light of a darkened theater, but sometimes on the Walk of Fame it feels that anything is possible. Joe McQueen's journey began when he sold his Super Nintendo for a bus ticket to Hollywood and assumed the identity of The Incredible Hulk. Meanwhile, much like the character of Bruce Wayne, Maxwell Allen struggles with anger issues while assuming the guise of Gotham crime-fighter Batman. Now far from her former days as a Midwest beauty queen, Jennifer Gehrt walks the city streets dressed as whip-wielding do-gooder Wonder Woman. Some days, it seems that Christopher Dennis' every thought is consumed by how the character of Superman, whose cape he dons on a daily basis, would react to the chaos of Tinseltown. From mere fascination to all-consuming obsession, each one of these everyday superheroes are forced balance their own identities with the personas of the characters they portray as they struggle to achieve fame in a town where heroes are cheap, and stars come priced at a dime a dozen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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fb733768972July 1, 2014
The message of this film is to never give up on your dreams (in the long run), but "Confessions of a Superhero" is a much deeper documentary than that, showing the ins and outs of the acting business and how well-off street performers actually may be. Some may appear to homeless, but if they are passionate enough about what they do, they will go to great lengths to make something of themselves. This film does a great job exploring all of these aspects and I highly enjoyed watching it. It definitely feels refreshing seeing what the lives of these people is truly like, after seeing them for so long on the street and making my own assumptions. Very well-edited and capturing the right amount of footage, there is hardly anything to complain about with this documentary. Definitely recommended!
April 10, 2013
Confessions of a Superhero is a unique and witty documentary that follows the paths of four Superhero lookalikes. Matthew Ogens quite cleverly shows the similarities that each person has to the Superhero they imitate, the obsessions and the pitfalls. Never are the people mocked though which I think would be a little too easy but does seem to happen quite often in these types of documentary. Christopher Lloyd Dennis doesn't just look and act like Superman, he lives his life like Superman and is an interesting case study as is his opposite, Maximus "Batman" Allen. Both are different in their approach, both are friends and both are like the real Batman and Superman. You couldn't make it up, I'd like a photo with these guys and I'd tip well.
July 26, 2011
"We do work for tips"
I really didn't expect to like Confessions of a Superhero but the question of why anyone would want to dress up like a superhero and walk around a street really sucked me in. The film looks at four specific people. The characters they portray are Superman, Batman, The Hulk and Wonderwoman. All of them came to LA in order to try to be successful actors. None of them have quite made it, so they continue to walk the Boulevard, taking pictures with tourist for little to no money.
The film is interesting, sad and funny. Each person has their own unique backstory which really make for an interesting documentary. The most interesting backstory is that of Superman. He claims to be the son of Sandy Dennis; a famous actress who won an Oscar for her supporting role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." The controversy is that Sandy never told her family she had a son and the Dennis family claims he's not Sandy's son. Batman also has a unique story that is hard to believe, but hey you never know. He claims to be somewhat of a "gangster." Sort of in the area of The Godfather. The Hulks and Wonderwoman's backstories aren't quite as interesting, but they are the likable ones. Superman and Batman just came off as complete freaks. The Hulks story is pretty sad and Wonderwoman's story is pretty generic; young girl wants to be actress, so she moves to LA.
When the movie is funny, it's also a little sad too. Most of the time it's funny when Superman is onscreen. This guy is completely immersed in Superman and it's a little sickening. Overall it's a very entertaining documentary. The hour and a half flew by and I was actually surprised when the credits started to roll. It felt like I just started watching.
August 10, 2010
It's just astounding. I really have no more to say. I live for documentaries that select intriguing people in situations so absurd that they could only be real. This is one such film.
May 13, 2009
A really good look into the lives of the people just trying to make it in the movie business from the lower levels.
The film is really well made and the colors are great. I like the differences of the people they focus on. I was a little suprised that I found myself liking Wonder Woman and the Hulk more than Superman and Batman.
There were a couple of parts for Superman and Batman that I thought were a little awkward and embarrassing to watch. I think both of them have a few issues that need to be worked out.
I'll point out this flick the next time my wife says I have a Superman collecting problem.
November 23, 2008
This documentary shows what you would expect the life of these people to be. While its semi interesting I wish they went more in depth with the individual people.
April 1, 2008
this is an exceptional documentary. its astounding that one film can hit on so many themes so well without feeling confused or incoherent. the film details super hero fandom, the grind of the film industry, human pain and suffering, anger, dillusion, the nature of publicity, short sighted fame, and the search for the american dream. i was sad when the film ended because i realized that the people chronicled were searching for something that they believed would fill a hole in their hearts, and it seems they were looking in the wrong places. really a wonderful film.
March 18, 2008
A beautifully made, well-executed, occasionally heart-wrenching, oftentimes awkward story about a group of people you'd never give a second notice.
Well, they definitely deserve that second notice, and this documentary manages to coax out of an amazingly difficult and odd subject a thoroughly captivating and honest story.
May 18, 2011
An in-depth look into the psychosis of four individuals that have chosen to be superhero attractions on Hollywood Boulevard. There is an emotional quality, character study to this film that is unmatched by any documentary before it.
January 10, 2009
The documentary Confessions of a Superhero is a mediocre film at best, and at times it often feels forced and fake. But it was entertaining nonetheless, and I was particularly intrigued with Wonder Woman's story.
April 14, 2009
It's about a bunch of people that monologue about their lives trying to earn money walking up and down a street dressed as comic heroes. You see their lives and their drama and I guess it's suppose to get you emotionally invested but honestly I can't see anyone really needing to see this movie. Listening to people complain about their lives is what friends and family are for.
September 22, 2008
Worth a watch. Wonder-Woman is beautiful.
April 21, 2008
Not what I was expecting at all. A very tragic and depressing documentary, but entertaining all around
fb35906603July 2, 2013
Wow, I was introduced to ppl like this for the first time when I went to LA a couple years ago. I had no idea u had to tip them and didn't have cash on me. Needless to say they weren't happy and it left a big imprint on how I look at LA now, as to before. It made me realize that LA has a lot of homeless and lost ppl, not so glamorous. It was intriguing to learn more about this ppl who like to the average tourist like me kind of was scared/pitied them, but was entertained nonetheless by them. I realized these ppl have some serious issues-honestly they are a step up from panhandlers but with pizazz. They are Hollywood's version of the homeless. I appreciate that some of them really like to do this and take their "job" serious. Most of them seemed to have grandeur of being something more important than what they are (duh who else would want to dress up like superheros unless they have a big ego). Idk so much to say about each one of them. Superman was in love with himself and his gf was in love with his hero like image-she was obsessed with him like a god or something. It was cool that he knew so much about Superman but jesus it was ridiculous and he seemed to be a compulsive liar. The girl from Tennessee was an attention whore saw that divorce coming after marrying within 2 weeks, Batman was also a liar and walked into a psych office in his suit omg lmao, poor Hulk seemed to have no self-esteem I felt so bad for him, well and for all of them. Good ppl just a bit eccentric. One thing I learned from this movie is to tip these ppl next time. Most of them are aspiring actors like so many young hopeful good looking ppl in LA looking to be famous and instead get lost somewhere along the journey.
November 22, 2011
I'm of the belief that there should be a documentary about (almost) everything. This particular one tells the story of a few mortals that dress up like superheroes daily on Hollywood Boulevard and work on tips. Some are fanatics, some are aspiring actors, and some just fell into the role. It's real life stories about hardships and following your dreams - where ever that path leads. I found it quirky and just interesting enough.
June 21, 2011
This is a very sad and cute, and candid movie, a documentary of the lives of four people scrounging a living as mock superheroes in Hollywood while puruing dreams of becoming actors and "making it big". Superman is the kindhearted, upstanding, generous man that Clark Kent would have been proud of who lives out an obsession, Batman is the angry man with a checkered past who looks like George Clooney, the Hulk is a young black kid whow has had a rough life and has lived on the streets but seems to be starting to make it as a small-time actor, and Wonder Woman is the beautiful but confused girl who is kind but seems to harbor a deep-seated need for attention and affection.
September 4, 2009
A rather boring documentary about people who panhandle by dressing up as different superheroes. The guy who dresses as Superman is their de facto leader, and may be the craziest of the bunch. It follows these people in their daily routines, their interactions with the tourists in Hollywood as well as the police that have to run them off from time to time. This documentary didn't make me care about these people one bit; maybe it wasn't a bad documentary but the subjects were that annoying.
May 18, 2009
Superman has rooms of Superman memorabilia, Batman used to be a hit man (or so he says), the Hulk was homeless, and Wonder Woman got married in Vegas after knowing to guy two weeks.
April 25, 2009
If you've ever been to LA in front of Mann's Chinese theater and the surrounding area you've probably run into these people. They dress up as famous comic/film characters and pose for pictures with tourists. They work for 'tips'.
If you're at all curious about what it takes to do this for a living, then this is the feature for you. Unfortunately the majority of the focused upon characters fall into the 'moved to Hollywood to be an actor and wound up doing this' type story. We've seen plenty of these. These stories are cliche for a reason: They happen every day in Hollywood.
The exceptions are the guys doing Batman and Superman. The guy doing Batman has anger issues. (Would almost count as method acting if I thought this guy really did any research on the character.) He may or may not have been some kind of mob enforcer. He also has a slight resemblance to George Clooney. He could be a bit dangerous out on the streets.
The second guy does Superman and he's been on the scene for a while. He's got a big geek thing for the Man of Steel, but it serves him as a moral compass. He might be a bit delusional as well.
The film stays objective so you're not sure what to come away with on these characters. That's what documentaries are supposed to do. So you run the gamut of emotions. In the end you may feel that it's a bit tragic to see people persue their dreams, only to see them smashed against the rocks. Entertainment films have conditioned us to root for underdogs. We don't know how to deal with real people who don't have a script writer giving them a convenient loophole to achieve their passion.
On the other hand, I came away with admiration of the human spirit as each of these people has found a way to somewhat vent their muse. They've found a niche to belong to filmed entertainment whether it wants them to or not.
April 24, 2009
This was a very interesting film about some very interesting people. It's not really about superheros it's about people who dress up like them so it's really about people. It did make me a little more afraid of Batman though.
March 27, 2009
A fascinating documentary about the costumers on in front of the Chinese theatre in Hollywood. Definitely worth a watch!
February 25, 2009
Really great documentary. At first it's just about some loosers who dress up as superheros to get noticed in Hollywood which is the last thing that's going to work but as they delve deeper into the people (behind the cape) you really start to connect with them and hope that they will make it and realize that they are a symbol of hope and broken dreams. Great cinematorgraphy and soundtrack as well. I really got to careing aobut these people and by the end it wasn't so funny. Worth watching.
February 19, 2009
It?s me, the documentary whore. Maybe not by volume, or else that may be documentary slut, but I watch just about any documentary that seems interesting. This was one. Of course, we?ve all come across the Hollywood superheroes, and this film was a novel concept. And while I think they picked a good sample of people to profile, they probably could have pieced together a more engaging story of what brings them their and what keeps them there. Plus, it would have been nice to hear more of what people on the street thought, but I guess it is ?confessions?, so that?s where it stays. Interesting enough, but nothing special.
January 13, 2009
Gives a melancholy outlook for the multitudes of actors struggling in LA. Was entertaining at some points, but somehow it was just so-so.
December 11, 2008
If you've ever wondered what makes people dress up like superheros and stand out on Hollywood Blvd taking pictures with tourist for tips as a career, it's because they're nut jobs. Most of them are actually sweet people, except for Batman. Don't turn your back on that lunatic.