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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.…
It can always get worse but it does not get better than this! The modern "Chinatown" is crime-noir at its peak! Ellroy done right!
Purchase History: 1997 from the very first group of VHS tapes I ever got from Columbia House.
L.A. Confidential has been sitting in my VHS collection for the longest time, just collecting dust. I had forgotten about it. But for some reason I was compelled to see it because it was one of the few VHS tapes I had never seen. Also, I have a goal to watch movies from the IMDb Top 250. So I was killing two birds with one stone. The movie stars with Guy Pearce as Ed Exley, a cop who witnesses a beating between a few officers and some Mexican citizens one night. He decides to reveal what he knows about that…
One of the most well-crafted detective crime stories of the modern era. It's intricately woven and unravels slowly as our flawed heroes wade carefully into the dark and corrupt mire of the L.A. underworld.
It's a perfect construct of lust of power versus will of righteousness.
Some of the best acting that you will see out of Crowe, Pearce, Spacey and Cromwell. Basinger is deliciously tempting and even DeVito plays his part with spectacular smarmy-ness.
Hansen's best film (in my opinion) which was up against "Titanic" in the Oscars that year. Ellroy's words are electric (script by Hedgeland and Hanson as well). Plus Goldsmith's score underlies a perfect tone for this seedy L.A. crime story.
Seminal viewing for anyone who is a fan of the genre.
One of the best noir films around.
This should have won best picture in 1998.
Been on the watchlist for a long time. Great movie!
Every single time I watch a movie with guy pearce in it I remember how much I love L.A. Confidential
A great fun neo-noir. Lots of hard-boiled law men, a young Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, and Kim Bassinger as the femme fatale. Sharp suits too!
It's slightly too long, but that seems to be very common for the noir genre, and I suppose that's like saying "this summer holiday was slightly too long". I enjoyed every moment.
Perhaps I'd criticise the ending a little but it's awkward to do so without spoiling the plot. Let's just say I can imagine a more satisfying ending, and that's not true of my favourites of this genre.
I heartily recommend this one.
What a better film to watch for my birthday.
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Rarely have I seen a modern movie depicting so well a period.
Rarely have I followed a story that much to avoid missing the smallest detail.
Rarely have I experienced a movie that I would love to live in.
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