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.
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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?
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.
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.
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!
This is by no means a bad movie. It has an engaging, complicated plot that is beautifully handled, and for that alone it deserves kudos. It helps that it's also suffused with smart social critique.
That said, I was a little disappointed overall. There were just certain character things that didn't sit right with me. For example, I got the sense that there's supposed to be this tension between Exley's sense of justice and his political instincts and I just didn't buy it. He has this moment where he's like "time to go into action 4real this time" because he's lost sight of his roots--but all we've seen up to that point is him maintaining both position and integrity.
I didn't get in to this movie as much as I'd hoped.
It's a glorious period piece, and I'm even more excited to read the book than I already was.
Amazing detective film.
Everything is really great in L.A. Confidential. It's just not the movie I would love!
"Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush."
Hanson's 'L.A. Confidential', based on the James Ellroy novel of the same name, is in my opinion one of the greatest films of the nineties and one of the finest crime films of all time. It is equal parts pulpy and classy in it's depiction of 1950's L.A. and it's police force, looking deeply into police corruption and racism and the more glamorous side that crime presents in show business and journalism. Ultimately though, 'L.A. Confidential' works because of it's finely plotted story and it's three central performances by Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce and Kevin Spacey.
What makes the three characters so compelling is the stark contrasts and at times striking…
A cop thriller given by three very different cops, who all manage to be likable anyway.
A beautiful fantasy of corruption. Impeccable costumes and design - as Thom Andersen notes in LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, layers of previous decades are visible throughout. On this viewing, Bud White emerged as both the real heart of the story and a representation of what Hanson accomplishes: for all of its twists and turns, the film is at its best when its "upstanding" citizens and officers become ravaged by their emotions.
You can't make a better mystery than a mystery set in Los Angeles. You also can't make a better Los Angeles mystery than L.A. Confidential.
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