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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!
The year it came out, it was nominated for best picture with As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, and Titanic. All of those were good movies and still recalled fondly today. This movie seems almost forgotten despite a fun and intriguing plot and stellar performances. It is worth checking out.
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
I watched this not long ago, but had the chance to see it on the big screen so there was no way I was going to pass on it. I love this film, everything is top notch, the script is spot on and the performances from the ensemble are pitched at the right level. The arc of Guy Pearce is great as the idealist Cop who in the end has to get his hands dirty to does what has to be done. Spacey in general has a great screen presence but in…
This isn't a review for L.A. Confidential, but rather, a review for House of Cards Season 3. This just seemed like the most appropriate film of Spacey's to put it under. I was completely blown away by the third season of House of Cards. The whole series has a very cinematic feel to it, and this season is especially great. If you haven't seen the series, you probably shouldn't read this review.
For those who have seen the series, everyone can agree that the third season is vastly different from seasons 1 and 2. In prior seasons, Frank Underwood has been portrayed as a ruthless, tyrannous, invincible individual who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Everything from…
Curtis Hanson is a fantastic director. I wish that he would make more films because he clearly has an eye for making great films and choosing great actors for the roles. Who would have thought all of these fantastic actors now unknown then would have made this film be so great. The big stars were Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Danny Devito, and James Cromwell. This film got a bunch of Oscar nominations and should have one best picture for 97 rather than Titanic. Kim deserved her Oscar for sure. Russell Crowe was scary good in this film and may have done better roles since then but this role defined him in my eyes as a chameleon. Guy Pearce showed what…
Great thriller about crooked cops in LA.
I love Kevin Spacey.
A superb movie full of atmosphere.
Great acting from the entire cast. Especially Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce
On the surface, "LA Confidential" may seem like your typical cop film, but it's the fascinating setting, and layered characters that makes it so much above most other films in the same genre. Along with impeccable performances from the entire cast (how did Crowe and Pearce at least not get a nod?), a great soundtrack, an intruging mystery, assured direction, and Hanson and Helgeland's pitch perfect screenplay, this is a really compelling look into the world of corruption, scandal, politics and prostitution of the 50s era. I really felt like I was in the 50s and the world around it.
Que filme. Que atuações. Parem de fazer filmes de super heróis e façam mais filmes de investigação.
They don't make 'em like this anymore kiddo.
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