All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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!
It's been about 4 or 5 years since I last watched this, and I that period, I've seen and read up on a lot more Noir. LA Confidential no longer stands out for me.
When I first saw this film, I loved it because it felt so unique and refreshing, and I suppose it was for the time it came out, but watching it now so far removed and with a lot more knowledge of the films that inspired it, there's nothing here that really elevates it from the rest of the genre.
I will also say that I did not like any of the main characters. I appreciate that part of Noir is flawed characters, but Bud White and…
Would recommend if you are into mystery/noir genre. Solid performances from the lead such as Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger.
Pleasant revisit – much better than I remembered. Missed the beginning and kept thinking throughout that Kim Basinger looked nothing like Rita Hayworth - realizing later she was supposed to be like Veronica Lake.
This time around I think I finally put this thing together. It's about the grey area in life, how nothing is just black or white, plain good or evil. How there are always layers to everything.
An absolute stormer from start to finish, this film is like watching 14 episodes of Columbo at the same time and it still makes sense. You are never quite sure who is the main character, or if there even is one, but one thing I know for sure is that I would love to have gone full blown Nelson Muntz on Guy Pearce's character Exley, like I'm talking underwear over the head and head in the toilet sort of job here. Even at the end when he comes good I still hate the smug little rat.
I actually thought I'd seen this years ago but it was that other Ellroy one, The Black Dahlia which was no where near as good.
Nunca imaginei que o mesmo diretor de "8 Mile" e "Em seu Lugar" (filmes posteriores) pudesse ter realizado um filme tão envolvente e muito bem estruturado como esse. Filme criminal com ótimo roteiro e um elenco formidável. Kevin Spacey no modo cínico sempre bom de ver. Russel Crowe muito bem inserido no papel do policial durão (e bem nas cenas mais dramáticas). Guy Pearce (que sempre confundo com o Val Kilmer) com seu estilo de filha da puta (achei o melhor personagem do filme). Enfim, é um filme muito bem construído no seu miolo principal. Além da trilha, som, edição, figurino e direção de arte.
I missed this one for a long time. Filed under "I Saw That One, Didn't I?" But after only one viewing, I realized that this is not a movie anyone forgets.
A 101 class in noir: highly stylized setting, "movie star" performances, tough men and breathy women. It's not so much that the plot twists, but that it turns so often, the viewer cant quite get a handle on the beats or the character's motives. But that type of transgression is the hallmark of noir, right?
It does for noir what UNFORGIVEN does for Westerns, though less came of this late-nineties re-birth than with the aforementioned genre. Alas, Kim Basinger doesn't act much better than she did in COOL WORLD, but Russell Crowe shows signs of the Oscar-caliber performances to come.
LA Confidential captures the beauty and feeling of what makes a noir. The acting from everyone is great and the writing is especially good. You're never quite sure where the movie is leading you but woth some obvious forshadowing it's hard to think ahead to what may happen. The characters all live by their own moral code and the movie plays out and we side with one only to side with the other later on. It is very black and white for the characters but very grey for the viewer. However watching this for the first time in 2015 makes me feel thay this isn't as special as the 8.2 rating on IMDB. This is a good film and we need more noir in our 21st century lives.
Pretty much a near perfect noir thriller. Hard boiled detectives, sleazy journalists, the femme fatal and LA style all portrayed in a multi-layered story of corruption. Superb
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!