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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.
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.…
We should all give a hear-hear, not a hush-hush, to writers Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson for this fantastic work.
Can I give this one more than 5 stars?
I would love to write a review for this movie but I think it's better to keep it off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush...
I understand that LA Confidential condenses a lot of story into two hours and some odd minutes, but that results in a lot of magically coincidental events that propel the story forward. Further, character motivations are similarly glossed over. I can see Crowe's attraction to Ms. Basinger (who wouldn't), but why she is interested in him? Not so much. Spacey has a moral epiphany that is set-up by one short scene of pensive looks. It's all very glossy... like a Hollywood picture.
The acting is pretty fantastic overall and even if I was often looking at the seams on this rewatch, I enjoyed myself.
Man, Kevin Spacey really likes being in pseudonym-as-plot-crux movies.
Curtis Hanson's best outing as a director succeeds due largely to the strong cast, clever script, and the kind of enjoyable dark-Los Angeles-underbelly story that Hollywood takes perverse glee in telling about itself.
This is definitely not a bad movie but I was not a big fan. The acting was very good and I enjoyed the portrayal of 1950s LA. I just found it a little bit too hard to follow so I missed the full experience. The film also lacked any sympathetic characters even though it tried really hard to make some. I'm sure I would enjoy this more if I saw it again but I don't know if I'm willing to spend another 2+ hours on it.
Complex and evolving narrative, at times has Coen brothers vibes from all the killing offs. K Space is top notch as per usual
Probably one of my favorite moder film-noir's. Everything is near perfect in this movie. The intricate story that had many layers. The all star great to perfect performing cast, the setting, the mood, the music. Just a movie that deserves all the credit it gets as it is really great.
L.A. Confidential did not appeal to me on a philosophical level, and it wasn't very entertaining until the end. Most of the film was boring. Also, I found it somewhat hard to follow. None of the characters are likeable. None of it makes any sense. Why the hell did I watch this damn movie!?
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!