A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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?
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.…
Great film. How good was Kevin Spacey's filmography in the 90's? This, Se7en, American Beauty, Usual Suspects, Glengarry Glen Ross. That guy was on a role. Now he's playing in movies where he's turned into a cat.
Certainly a fine entry into the neo-noir and LA noir subgenres, L.A. Confidential twists and turns its way to a rather strangely happy conclusion after a couple of hours of darkness. The meat here is the characters, which, while they are noir stereotypes (the straight-edge cop, the rebel cop, the crooked lieutenant, the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold, etc) they are believable and entertaining ones. The plot is very classic noir with a shadowy conspiracy, but the movie is much more willing to confront issues of race than a movie made in the prime noir era would have been.
One of the best neo-noir/mystery films I've seen in awhile
Thanks to the banker at UNT for recommending this film. Probably enjoy it more on a rewatch.
Stylish, smart, and oh-so-smooth. Great pacing which builds to a great climax. Spacey, Crowe, and Pearce play their parts to perfection. The film is able to do what great detectives do all the time: Take a jumbled mess of names and events and expose the web of intrigue.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Just read the novel and decided to give the movie a rewatch.
Things I Like Better About The Movie:
-Ed Exley: Book Exley is a pretty horrible person--he kills three unarmed men because his girlfriend calls him a wimp--but Movie Exley gives you someone to root for. Additionally, having him re-investigate the Nite Owl murders on his own instead of being forced to by the Justice Department is more dynamic.
-The Central Mystery: The novel has two (2!) serial killer subplots that the movie wisely drops. Putting Stensland at the Nite Owl was a smart way to streamline the story and connect the Bloody Christmas opening to the rest of the film.
-The Resolution: Exley killing Dudley and using it…
In L.A., a city of glamour, everyone chases the dream of fame, fortune, girls, and cocaine. Even the cops.
Spacey and Devito conspire to frame up-and-coming actors to create proto-reality TV for the town tabloids. Russell Crowe tracks down a network of prostitutes that are being surgically altered to look like movie stars. And Guy Pearce seeks fame in the headlines as the one incorruptible hero cop in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, others seek the power and adrenaline that comes with the gangster lifestyle. They're not aspiring to be James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart, they're aspiring to being played by Cagney or Bogart in the movies about their lives. James Cromwell takes over the police department and makes it his own…
Tenho um fraco por histórias de detetive, ou seja, impossível não ser bem generosa com Los Angeles Cidade Proibida. A despeito disso, realmente acredito que este seja um grande filme do gênero, não traz nenhuma inovação, porém trabalha muito bem os elementos clássicos que caracterizam o gênero: a problematização da moral e da ética, a Femme Fatale, e aquela atmosfera de desesperança ambientada numa cidade condenada ao inferno.
El cine negro resurgió de sus cenizas gracias a esta espléndida adaptación de la novela de James Ellroy; todo un homenaje al género y a sus liturgias. Los actores –esplendorosa Kim Basinger- sacan petróleo de sus perfectamente definidos personajes. Russell Crowe enfiló el camino al estrellato gracias a este título.
Llega un momento en que el desarrollo de la trama se convierte en un arcano. En ese momento, la película aprovecha para hacer un resumen que pone en la mejor disposición para afrontar los últimos minutos.
Súmese a todo lo anterior una producción lujosísima.
Una gran película.
Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…