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.
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…
"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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For all the talk of Gravity's back story, people seem to forget that this movie has not one but two lame, unnecessary back stories. In fact, I find Exley's entire character arc troubling, both in its tidy symmetry and its moral implications. Still a well made film, but the last 20 minutes are damaging. And I'm still baffled by all the awards Kim Basinger received -- she does little more than stand there and recite lines. How the hell is this more impressive than what Julianne Moore does in Boogie Nights?
Great double feature idea: this movie and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
I'm not sure what to say about this film. I think I'll start with the fact that I love noir, and being a huge fan of the video game L.A Noire (2011), I was very excited to eventually get my hands on this movie, yet it wasn't what I expected. And I mean this not only positively, but negatively.
First thing's first: I loved the performances in this film. For that, it deserves the highest amount of praise. The wonderful Kevin Spacey, the impulsive Russell Crowe, and the valiant Guy Pearce really outdid themselves here. They created believable characters within context, and produced something beautiful and unique. The settings were on-point, keeping the theme of the 1950s intact, as well…
I wish they still made movies like this. Just a L.A. police mystery with a sprawling unique set of characters and interesting plot-lines. I know nothing about Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice but I'm hoping PTA's film is somewhat like this (I'm not setting myself up for disappointment am i?)
It is superbly cast. It's amazing that Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe were essentially unknown around the time this movie came out. they make a great team and Kevin Spacey is perfect for the veteran officer because he was literally the veteran of those actors.
I really dislike Guy Pierce, though.
Always and everywhere since I saw him in a really weird time-travel movie.
One film I never tire of watching. This is one of my favorite films of all time.
It captures the atmosphere and tone of the old noir so perfectly. The cast is a who's who of acting talent and none of them disappoint.
This movie is as slick as a teflon cat...
Remains a really good, but not great crime thriller that happens to be set in noir LA. It's anchored by its core performers, and happens to be bolstered by a script that has a fun momentum, even if it gets needlessly complicated towards the end. Still, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey are all fantastic in early roles. If there's one thing I still don't understand, it's how Kim Basinger won and Oscar for this. I mean, she's ok at best.
Far too concerned with narrative incident to ever get to the dark center of Ellroy's Los Angeles.
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