Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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 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.
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…
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.…
"Something has to be done, but nothing too original, because hey, this is Hollywood." - Sid Hudgens
There's a likeable quality to L.A. Confidential, if not an immensely lovable one. It's an epic story with three fully-developed protagonists who are completely individual and unique, who weave in and out of each others' cases. It covers Homicide, Vice and Narcotics: the three healthy staples of the Noir genre. As a throwback to the olden days of mystery cinema, it succeeds, but brands itself with its own very modern brand of taste and grit.
Adapted from James Ellroy's novel (something that I've just begun to read), it's expansive, but not what you would call 'messy'. Juggling three distinct plotlines and weaving them…
The opening scenes of "L.A. Confidential" are devoted to establishing the three central characters, all cops. We may be excused for expecting that they will be antagonists; indeed, they think so themselves. But the film has other plans, and much of its fascination comes from the way it puts the three cops on the same side and never really declares anyone the antagonist until near the end. Potential villains are all over the screen, but they remain potential right up to the closing scenes. What the three cops are fighting, most of the time, is a pervasive corruption that saturates the worlds in which they move.
The movie also documents a specific time when the world of police work edged…
OK, admittedly the third act is starting to look a little goofy to me. At least, goofier than it did when this came out on VHS (!) and I watched it like three times in a week. Nevertheless I still think this is pitch-perfect in atmosphere and performances and probably is in some ways the last gasp of a genuine sense of old-world Hollywood sleaze. Of course, Hanson is too infatuated with said sleaze to make it really as lurid as it's likely supposed to be, but what a blast all the same. The degree to which the film seems conflicted between worship of its imagery and a just undercutting of glamorized crime is more interesting to me than the…
Features the style and trademarks of the noir genre, but with a script that avoids most of the pitfalls that plagued movies of that time (the Haynes code, convulted sub-plots) it also features great performances from the entire cast.
The first hour is very cool and thrilling. Then shit gets messy, stupid and absurd towards the end.
L.A. Confidential (1997) - 8,5
Thrilling, funny, intelligent, powerful and a feast to the eyes, I only have praise to shout about the movie's ability to entertain. Haven't seen such an accomplished cop thriller in a long time, I'd say that in "L.A. Confidential" the formula was polished to near perfection. Money, corruption, personal interests, crime, moral struggles, sex, media, public opinion and even Hollywood, many of the traditional ingredients of the genre are explored, albeit vulgarly, in a sapiently dense script. This movie overflows with contagious charm stemming from the mixture of typical Hollywood narrative profile, well acted characters, wonderful cinematography that flirts neo-noir visual, scenic style reminiscent of David O. Russel and Scorcese, soundtrack that couldn't possibly complement…
The film has great performances, smooth direction and a very riveting screenplay that has fresh dialogue, cool characters and a complex storyline.
Outstandingly plotted, labyrinthine noir mystery, filled with characters that feel like real people.
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - the straight-laced, the brutal, and the sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Quite simply, L.A. Confidential is one of the best films of the 90's. Rewatching it this time (and the first on Blu-Ray) I noticed just how much is packed into the 2 hours + run time yet nothing feels rushed. The film is centred mainly around 3 Policeman, new and idealistic up and comer Edmund Exley, Bud White who will break any rule to get his man and Jack Vincennes who uses the media to get his name in the paper with busts of celebrities.
While the film may not be that orginal with it's influences of Chinatown and Film Noir worn on it's sleeve, it's so tight and well made that everything just feels natural which is a compliment to just how good the storytelling is.
Everyone should watch this film.
A good movie. The time setting is great and a joy to watch both in the costumes as well as the sets and props. The three leads actually work well and tie-in nicely, they don't distract from each other. The poster is almost reverse order in size of each character's picture compared to each character's actual importance and amount of screen time. A good movie for anyone interested in the seedier side of Hollywood.
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