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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?
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!
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.…
It hits you like a shot through the chest. Again and again. I still love it.
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This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Another film that has gotten better after multiple viewings and convinced me that it is a true classic. And yet I see it as something out of time, not strictly a pastiche of the noir films or Old Hollywood period, and not necessarily an example that I would argue has inspired subsequent films in story structure or in style. What I like best is actually how it plays with style, turning into a momentary horror film when Russell Crowe is crawling under the house and finds the corpse, or how it cranks everything up to 11, Russell Crowe breaking chairs and dangling people out of windows, as it approaches the big final shootout, another element that you certainly never found in Ur-Noir and wouldn't find in something like Nightcrawler in a million years.
"Why did you become a cop?"
"... I don't remember."
A vivid and sprawling Los Angeles crime tale, about integrity, justice, celebrity, and ambition.
The story is excellently crafted, and well layered. It's rife with allusions to hard boiled detective stories, pulp novels, and classic film noir. Nothing is exactly groundbreaking about any of it, but what's great about it is how well all of the pieces fit together. It's a labyrinthine and twisting tale. While it presents all of the clues solve the mysteries, it also aims to lead you astray and distract your attention, in order to catch you off guard with a sudden revelation or a sinister twist. Avid veterans of these kinds of detective stories will…
I watched this after I saw Gladiator because I enjoyed Russell Crowe so much, I wanted to find other things he was in. I ended up loving this movie more than Gladiator! Russell is as good as I wanted him to be, and the scene where he interrupts Guy Pearce's interrogation might be the best piece of acting he's ever done. Speaking of Guy Pearce, this movie introduced me to him, and it has been a wonderful relationship ever since. The acting is phenomenal. The story is satisfyingly complex, and the gunfight at the end is surprisingly effective for an "Oscar nominee". My 2nd favorite film of all time.
Voluptuosamente cativante. Você quer heróis imaculados e vilões corruptos? Curtis Hanson te oferece tudo isso com muita sofisticação e glamour hollywoodiano.
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I really like the setting for this. They did a good job of making this feel like the period it is set in.
James Cromwell's Irish accent. Oof.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!