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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.…
(screened via DVD)
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I love LA set films or movies about show business and I especially love crime films with plenty of murders. Luckily this has quite a bit of both.
-The set was wonderful. The street and restaurant scenes really provoked that glamourous 1940s (1950s, I guess) Hollywood feeling.
-Having it during Christmas time was a nice touch, cause Christmas lights
-The costumes were the tops, that black cape was GOD.
-Kevin Spacey didn't deserve top billing, but theres nothing the late 90s liked more than Kevin Spacey, so I'll give them a pass
-Kim Basinger was 44 in this?!?!
-I spent the entirety of this film trying to decide how hot Guy Pearce is and my rating kept going up…
"Some men get the world. Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona."
Extreme brilliant fun with tons of great actors doing great performances. Intoxicating.
Had to keep rewinding bit by bit because I'm apparently too stupid to keep up with what was going on, but I still enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Really enjoying what I'm seeing of the "noir" genre.
This is the best neo noir film ever! It has an awesome cast, and they were all on top of their game. What really stands out to me about this film was how gritty and powerful Russell Crowe came across in his performance! This was made back when he was still trying to prove himself.
Convertido en un clásico. Tres policías, tres grandes interpretaciones. Una historia de cine negro y mujer fatale.
Solo queda disfrutar del cine del bueno
Una elegante muestra más o menos moderna de cine noir. Una serie de actuaciones bastante buenas. Ha sido gratificante ver a actores como Simon Baker o Kevin Spacey tan jóvenes otra vez.
Great ensemble cast, well-paced with great action!
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