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 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…
What a cool as fuck film. Suave and interesting with great characters and fantastic performances from all. The intertwining of the three leads narratives is brilliant and the mystery surrounding so many characters never feels suffocated. Is intertwining even a word? The Lana Turner bit is genius. I wish I could have appreciated that whilst watching rather than through googling.
I think Patrick Bateman would approve of this.
I hesitate to even call this a neo-noir. This is just a proper noir film that happened to be made in 1997. There is less of an awareness of the genre than it is just made from the same template.
The 90s was so great for ensemble casts.
One of the most overlooked films of the 1990s, and one of my favorites. The popularity of "Titanic" in '97-'98 overshadowed this brilliant crime drama that succeeds as a noir, a character study, an action film, and a period piece.
Director Curtis Hanson creates a universe of corrupt cops, mobsters, and hedonists. And everyone is putting on a performance: nothing is what it appears. The exploration of reality vs facade permeates the entire film: regular girls are giving plastic surgery to look like famous movie stars; real movie stars are given phony backstories to either protect or ruin them; the sheen of Hollywood is exposed, and the seedy underbelly is laid bare.
The entire film is set in a lived-in…
Overall a solid movie. Plenty of twists and crooked dealings to keep it interesting. Plenty of known good actors which normally means a movie will tank, does not do so here.
A good neo-noir, but half the time Ed White (Russell Crowe) was in a scene, he was beating people up, and that got old after a while.
Good:Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe , and Guy Pearce were all excellent, rest of the cast were good too. Nice dialogue. Intriguing story. Love Danny Devito's narrations in the few scenes they were featured. Nice twists.
Bad: It felt a little rushed towards the second half of the film but not a big detractor.
Overall: Another movie I wish I saw earlier. I love when neo-noir films get it right (take note Gangster Squad!). I might view this film again because it does have a lot going on with the plot that I probably missed (and usually do with these types of films)
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