Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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?
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…
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.
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!
One of the best crime/mistery movie of the '90s. Great performances and exciting script.
With enough crackling dialogue to help audiences through the convoluted script, and star turns by Crowe, Pearce, Spacey and Cromwell, LA Confidential is a prime neo-noir crime classic.
L.A. Confidential es drama, crimen y misterio de la vieja escuela excelentemente empacados en una de las mejores tramas existentes en el cine. Tiene grandes personajes con sus grandes actuaciones correspondientes. Buenos diálogos, buenos giros, y técnicamente de primera calidad. No es para amarla, pero se puede ver que la ejecución de todo fue casi magistral y eso se admira sin pensarlo dos veces.
LA Confidential feels like two different films from two different eras, competing with one another for our attention. On the one hand, you have a smart and stylish film noir that is deep in both technical achievement and a smart script. On the other you have a modern day crime thriller with strong psychological and emotional connections to the characters on screen.
Surprisingly enough, this dichotomy never overwhelms itself, creating one of the most rewarding cinematic experiences of the 1990s. LA Confidential is a sprawling and winding epic of a film set in the early 1950s of Los Angeles. Almost everything about this film works to such a high degree, it's no surprise that director Curtis Hanson has never come…
So much attention is paid to the studio-driven achievements of Hollywood's golden age and the artistic ingenuity and daring of the 1970's that people seem to forget how great a decade the 90's were for American filmmaking. With the rise of Sundance and the independent scene, the stability of the home-movie market allowing for greater studio risk-taking (at least as compared to the decade before), and the coming-of-age of digital technology, it was the perfect time for telling old stories in new ways.
L.A. Confidential is a prime example. An ostensibly old movie, both in period and plot, it nonetheless represented contemporary techniques in storytelling and movie-making, with multiple perspective characters, a slick production style, and a modern predilection for…
While a noir isn't hard to do, making a retro one on such a grand scale is almost guaranteed to be disappointing. This one deserves all of the hype for not failing. The acting, direction, and score are on point and it chugs along at a steady pace that nearly justifies its over two hour run time. Like most crowd pleasers it gets wrapped up too tightly by the end, but the gift is nice enough that you're still glad to have received it despite the minor damage.
Wish it possessed a little more of the epic scope and brutality of the novel but I suppose it's not really fair to judge it on those terms. Really well-cast though
I probably had too high expectations.
Additional 1/2 just because of Kevin Spacey.
An excellent ensemble cast leads a thoroughly well-crafted and utterly enjoyable genre exercise.
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