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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?
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.…
Crime Drama 1950's Period Film
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn
I love it when I find a movie that for the life of me can't figure out how I missed it. L.A. Confidential is a great film full of outstanding performances, I especially liked Guy Pearce, probably because I knew I was going to get a heavy screen presence with Crowe and Spacey. I'm not a huge fan of Guy Pearce, not that I dislike him at all he's just not someone I get excited about when he has an upcoming movie.
L.A. Confidential with out giving anything away is about cops doing crooked things for justices and cops doing crooked…
This things great why didn't i\I know about this? It fucks up two beats at the end that hurt its noir cred, but until then its' amazing.
This, not Titanic, should have won Best Picture. An incredible film.
Has three great lead characters when most films struggle for one. The plot makes total sense, but even if it didn't, the film would still work because of those roles.
I think this movie was based on a video game.
Also, it's fairly obvious this movie was set before Miranda rights were a thing.
Where most classic noir feels precisely engineered - dialogue is well oiled, unnatural but fun, set design and lighting are surreal but beautiful - L.A. Confidential feels wonderfully organic. It drops you right into the heart of a living, breathing world. And while aesthetically its cinematography never matches the genre it imitates, the film is so wonderfully immersive and organic that you can't help but be sorry when the credits start to roll. It seldom feels like it has direction yet balances an intricately constructed plot. I could have sat through five more hours and still been disappointed that my time with the film was up.
I never thought I'd find a similarity between L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and ZOOTOPIA, especially something so cynical: both movies end up normalizing police brutality as a (supposedly) legitimate means of combating internal corruption. That's an icky ethical argument to push anytime, but even more so given past couple of years. On top of that, White and Exley compromise their personal ethics (women-beating and unnecessary violence) with little to no retribution. Sure, it's a cynical film, but that's still a dark place to end on given the narrative's previous thematic explorations. Disappointing ending aside, all of the performances are stellar and the script never fails to entertain, even if the dialogue rings a little goofy at times. Kim Basinger's character deserved more to do than just be lurid and ordered around.
I understand they're actually kind of the good guys, but Guy Pearce is a dweeb and Russel Crowe is a jerk.
What I'm saying is, Heroin is bad.
La Confidental is simply one of the most excellent, thrilling and shocking
Films I have ever seen, just watch it ASAP. Full review on Instagram
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