Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…
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.
March 24, 1945 - September 20, 2016
20 years ago Curtis Hanson stuck to his guns when big studios refused to back his film and kept wanting him to cut one (or even two) of the main characters so they could cast a "big star". It was the 90s and Hanson wanted to make a classic Noir film complete with a complex plot that would have made Philip Marlowe proud... Hollywood must have thought he was nuts.
40 years after the genre was all but dead, Hanson made one of the greatest of it's ilk. Bud White, Ed Exley and Jack Vincennes have become Noir icons. Earlier review can be read here.
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.…
A really solid neo-noir that feels oppressively 90s, but not in a bad way. For better or for worse, it's really devoted to the story it's telling. The white male dominance of the film is really overpowering and definitely detracted from the film a bit. There was this promise of Academy Award Winner Kim Basinger, yet she was given next to nothing to do.
Nonetheless, it's a fun and well-constructed noir for those that enjoy the genre.
There's a rule in our house when it's your birthday, you get to watch one of your favourite films without anyone complaining or sighing that we've seen it countless times. It tends to be Donnie Darko, or if it's very late in the evening an old Western, but L.A. Confidential is a movie nobody has ever whined about watching more than once.
It was in the early hours of the 21st of September when the news came through that Hollywood director Curtis Hanson had passed away of natural causes in Los Angeles. It was almost 5am in the morning and Spacey, Crowe, and Pearce were in the middle of reminding me how Titanic fucked them over for almost every Academy…
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
With the passing of Curtis Hanson this seemed the perfect rewatch to remember the man. Yeah, 8 Mile is pretty good and Wonder Boys is an underappreciated gem but L.A. Confidential is clearly Hanson's masterpiece. Just thinking about how well this film holds together is something of a marvel. This is a noir-inspired film with a highly complex mystery at the center of it, but unlike something like The Big Sleep, this actually does make sense. By the time all the pieces are laid out at the end it's revealed that all the seemingly episodic digressions were actually part of a cohesive whole. It's miraculous that Hanson and Brian Helgeland's screenplay manages to weave the many elements so seamlessly while…
When a film opens with a Danny DeVito monologue, you know you're in for a great ride.
LA Confidential features a complex plot populated by snappy quips and allusions to classic noire. It's constantly moving forward and supplies thrills at every turn. The writing, directing, visuals, and acting that both channel the hardened caricatures of noir films while also adding a modern flair to it.
I decided to (finally) watch his one to pay tribute to the recent passing of its director, Curtis Hanson. R.I.P.
Ich habe das Gefühl, mit L.A. Confidential ist eine Filmgattung (beinahe) gestorben: die knackigen, dennoch nicht bescheidenen, spannend und klug aufgebauten und stilvoll inszenierten, herausfordernden Thriller, die sich um einen Kriminalfall drehen und doch viel mehr sind. Spannend ist ja vor allem, wie dieser im Endeffekt zwar ausladende, aber doch übersichtliche Fall aufgespannt wird an drei Männern, die beinahe karikaturhaft gegensätzlich sind, aber schließlich aus eigener Motivation heraus das Richtige tun wollen. Die Momente, in denen sie endlich zueinanderfinden, gehören zu den befriedigendsten der Filmgeschichte. Ein paar Dinge sind ein wenig zu perfekt gestrickt und so mancher Satz klang auf dem Papier sicher weniger gestelzt und/oder überflüssig ("Here comes the snitch."), aber das verdeutlicht nur ein verdientes Selbstbewusstsein eines makellos geschliffenen Films, der sich bestimmt schon bei seiner Veröffentlichung wie ein Klassiker anfühlte. Die Rollen werden perfekt gefüllt und niemand lässt so gruselig überzeugend das Leben aus der Mimik weichen wie Kevin Spacey.
It's a well-made film. Solid noir story. Just have some problems w/ the way women and PoC are treated in this film. I understand that it's set in 1950s Los Angeles, but since the film was made almost 50 years after the setting, I feel like it would have made sense for the film to at least comment on the bigotry and sexism that took place. The characters don't even have to outright do it, just something I think was a missed opportunity. Other than that a great neo-noir crime film.
R.I.P. Curtis Hanson.
An extremely entertaining mystery which had me thrilled and intrigued until the very end.
90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.