All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #42
It takes a great writer, director and cast to elevate pulp to this caliber of class! The film is dripping with style but in no way shape or form does it sacrifice substance in favor of style! It's an extraordinary film that lets you have your cake and eat it too!
An all star cast that gave equally brilliant performances thus making it next to impossible to single out any specific actor for an exceptional performance! They ALL made a significant contribution to the films success!
Let me introduce you to this wonderful cast:
The plot has more twists than a pretzel! And it's just as tasty!
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?
Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.
The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.
I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.
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.
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…
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!
Filled with intriguing characters, investigative twists, and spurts of action, LA Confidential brings crime to life among the backdrop of Los Angeles.
Sometimes the line between clean and corrupt, good and evil, hero and villain, isn't as clear as technicolor.
I haven't seen this film for over a decade, hell, probably since release. And man, I regret not revisiting this one earlier. It is very very good. The whole story is very involving, and the cast is just top notch. I rank this film up there with the likes of Michael Mann's Heat for excellence in the crime/drama/thriller category.
Russell Crowe is good at acting.
[originally written on my blog]
Bizarrely Panglossian ending still kinda kills it, alas—Bud and Lynn driving off to Bisbee, AZ to become Decent Folks was what made me cringe hardest in '97, but now I'm equally disappointed by Ed's audience-friendly line "They're using me, so for a little while I'm using them," which serves mostly to undermine the pragmatic careerism that motivates him as much as do his precious ideals. That aside, though, it's hard to think of many better adaptations; Hanson and Helgeland not only pare the novel way down without sacrificing much complexity or (denouement notwithstanding) betraying its essence, they also introduce fantastic new material that's entirely worthy of their source. I bet Ellroy wishes he'd thought of Rollo Tomasi.
I forgot how enjoyable this movie was. Probably my favourite Russell Crowe role.
As with noirs or neo-noirs, there are hefty themes of corruption and moral decay woven throughout. But first and foremost, the film is just so immensely fun to watch. The dense plot is deftly teased out in just the right amount; the actors propel it along with compelling performances and interactions (Crowe is especially magnetic and intense); and the direction is vibrant throughout. In fact, the only misstep might be the very upbeat ending; after spending an entire film traversing in grey area, characters suddenly come to a bright, white ending that rings slightly false somehow. But with a film this fun, I am not objected to having many future rewatches to see if I might change my mind.
Overstuffed and convoluted. Just the way I like my noir.