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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.
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!
When I first saw this film as a teen, I was put off because it seemed too complex and dark. Now it seems like a technicolor theme park vision of James Elroy's sprawling, corrupt LA - complete with chills, thrills, romance and bromance.
'I admire you as a policeman - particularly your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job.'
L.A. Confidential will always suffer from the justified but unflattering comparisons with Chinatown. Both are fine examples of the neo-noir genre, with twisting plots, cruel characters and a bleak outlook, but Polanski's film is the moodier, darker and more savage film. L.A Confidential is, however, a fine film, centred on a trio of actors whose performances here are among the best of their respective careers. L.A. Confidential doesn't just rely on its murky plot and atmosphere for its power - it's characters are varied and deep, and its cast accomplished and on top form.
Guy Pearce's Ed Exley is a character…
On the surface this movie has all I could want: double-crossing cops, femme fatales, old school Hollywood, corruption and fame, not mention a plenty complicated plot with characters to match. Something about watching this just felt a bit off to me, though. Watching violence is hard, especially one-on-one violence. Russell Crowe's character to me was especially difficult to watch for his unhinged violence, and I suppose that adds something to his character, but I didn't care for it.
Watched this movie on a plane. Definitely above plane-movie quality. 👌
+++ Bonus points for Danny Devito
a photography lesson with a well produced, high casted, (kind of) noir movie in colors.
Think of this as Noir 3D, with that extra dimension coming by way of fully developed characters. No flat characters here. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe & Guy Pearce play Los Angeles police officers, none of whom are likeable at the beginning of the picture, but all of whom you care about by the end. These three are surrounded by a large and excellent cast including Kim Basinger who won the academy award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role. This film was nominated for nine academy awards but won only two, the other being Best Writing (adapted screenplay.) The emphasis on well developed characters in no way suggests that story takes a back seat. It is dense, and requires you pay…
Classic néo-noir with solid acting from Crowe, Spacey, and Basinger -- plus a fantastic ending. However, it waits too long for the plot to take hold of the viewer and doesn't add much of anything new.
before channing tatum became the blocky talentless bland emotionless meathead action blob of hollywood, there was russell crowe
Gritty,stylish,with a screenplay that ties up at the end like Chinatown. A brilliant modern-day film noir. Also love Donte Spinotti's gorgeous cinematography and Jerry Goldsmith's epic score. A gem from 1997!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!