A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.
Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. Based on the multi-layered James Ellroy novel.
I discovered Alice hadn't seen this, and considering mystery-thriller is her favorite genre combination, watching it was basically a foregone conclusion. I didn't take notes, so there won't be any in-depth analysis today; suffice it to say that this is one of my all-time favorite movies because of (1) its great characters played by great actors, (2) its portrayal of the violent underside of the law, and (3) its illustration of the name of the father. I do apologize, but there was really no way to take notes since Alice's dad had too much apple juice and kept interrupting with such truly insightful questions as:
1. Is that Russell Crowe?
2. Who's that?
3. What's happening?
I don't often feel inclined to compare films I'm watching to others, but while watching L.A. Confidential it was nearly impossible not to compare it to the recently watched Gangster Squad. Seeing them shortly after each other made Gangster Squad's weaknesses and this film's strengths all the more apparent. L.A. Confidential understands the difference between style and class, the difference between merely showing a story and telling a story and the fact that if you have a great cast, you have to give it great material and that pulp does not equal poor quality.
Based on James Ellroy's novel, it is clear from the start that we will be dealing with a plot…
Always heard great things about this one and now I finally confirmed it myself. L.A. Confidential is excellent! An absolutely terrific thriller!
Great direction, great dialogues, great and very intriguing story with very good twists and turns.
The performances are outstanding by all of the amazing cast but I have to do a special mention to Kevin Spacey, he is such a good actor! I love to see him perform. He is so powerful, he doesn't even need to speak to spread his charm! I wish we could see him in more films nowadays.
If this film is not perfect I am sure that is very close to that.
L.A. Confidential is one of the best movies of the 90s and probably the best neo-noir ever. The story is excellent, full of twists and turns. The characters are great and the acting is brilliant. Kim Basinger, Russel Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce show what Oscar-worthy acting is. The supporting cast is great too. The script is awesome, filled with rich dialogue. Such a brilliant film!
L.A. Confidential is one of those films I've always heard was good. Back in 1997 I think I felt it would't be my cup of tea so I passed it over. In the years since I've always meant to watch it, but it just never happened for one reason or another.
Last night I finally put my foot down, and said to myself you're watching L.A. Confidential tonight you've put it off long enough. As you might expect I'm glad I did. It's very well made and the cast oh the cast. Everyone is cast beautifully here. The performances are excellent and work well as a whole. It's one of those films that definitely deserves ensemble cast nominations and awards.…
Crime Drama 1950's Period Film
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn
I love it when I find a movie that for the life of me can't figure out how I missed it. L.A. Confidential is a great film full of outstanding performances, I especially liked Guy Pearce, probably because I knew I was going to get a heavy screen presence with Crowe and Spacey. I'm not a huge fan of Guy Pearce, not that I dislike him at all he's just not someone I get excited about when he has an upcoming movie.
L.A. Confidential with out giving anything away is about cops doing crooked things for justices and cops doing crooked…
I never really got into this movie. Even though all of the things that make a great film (cast, story, costumes, music, set design, editing, etc.) were present I just never really connected with the story.
Years ago I played an XBOX game called "L.A. Noire" which has to be based off of this movie. Although the story was different the tone of the game and L.A. Confidential was very similar.
I can see why L.A. Confidential has gotten such critical praise and was nominated for best picture but it just wasn't for me.
A twisted crime film made in the 90s, but has the noir of the 40s. It was perfectly casted and very well-written. Be prepared for gunshots and violence.
L.A. Confidential is a tightly constructed mystery that expertly navigates its noir twists and turns, but its debt to films before it is immense. Though it's damn good entertainment, Hanson's film sets limits for itself and is forced to function within those confines. Perhaps it's because I'm coming hot off a viewing of O.J.: Made in America, but I was disappointed in Confidential's approach to racial politics within the LAPD, especially considering the film released only two years after Simpson's trial. It starts with a brutal staging of the Bloody Christmas beatings, but that unsparing vision of discrimination within law enforcement is slowly dropped as the film goes on. In this way, Confidential approaches the power of neo-noir, almost appropriating…
"He" - me at kevin spacey in this
Tri moderna i disfunkcionalna mušketira. Jedina zamjerka je očiti negativac.
I saw this when it first came out and I enjoyed it, but, despite all its strengths and all the praise it received, I had doubts. Seeing it again I still have my doubts - and they’ve grown. But let’s start with the good things. What impresses me the most are the two central characters: the context is modern mainstream Hollywood where moral ambiguity is frowned upon, where clear heroes and villains dominate. L.A. Confidential calls on us to have very mixed responses to the central characters: responses that are full of uncertainties and ambiguities...and there is a certain openness in the way we are allowed to respond: we can like or dislike the characters, but the film still works,…
Top notch. All of the important characters feel fleshed out, with understandable goals, and with meaningful — albeit not always good — motivations. Selfishness, betrayal, sacrifice, greed, and a willingness to discard everything that they hold sacred in search of the truth. It only gets better the more you watch it. On my third or fourth watch, I’m finally able to pick up the extreme subtlety with which the conclusion is set up by an important character, who in a critical situation unexpectedly displays his incredible dexterity with words. Blink, or cough, and you’ll miss it. Moreover, L.A. Confidential, much like Chinatown, respects you. It has the balls to let you make the connections on your own, instead of spelling them out to you.
"Forget it, Jake. It's actually all of Los Angeles." A spiritual sequel to CHINATOWN that somehow ends on an even grimmer note. But this is also a $30+ mil film starring relatively unknown actors, made with the utmost craft, that ended up bringing in over $125 mil in box office. The top-notch filmmaking from beginning to end adds another dismal layer to the ending, because they certainly don't make 'em like this anymore.
One of the best movies of the 90's, L.A. Confidential is a delightful experience for everyone looking for a complex and intriguing story. At the beggining of the 50's, three detectives use different methods to solve a brutal case and improve their careers. Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe are Ed Exley, Jack Vincennes and Bud White, respectively. Directed by Curtis Hanson.
If I created a list with the best movies of the last 30 years, I am sure that I would put L.A. Confidential somewhere. This classic is a tribute, an appetizer for anyone that wants to explore the best suspense films of the last decades. Here, there are no saints or devils, just cops, a sensacionalist media…
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…