• Hamushy

    ★★★★½ Watched by Hamushy 18 Nov, 2014

    A lively and grandiose throwback to the 50s era in the form of a highly character driven cop tale. The story follows three Los Angeles police officers and their captain. First, we have the clean cop who always goes by the book Ed Exley (Guy Pearce), the brutal, but highly effective Bud White (Russell Crowe), the sleazy and self-obsessed narcotics officer Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) and their veteran captain who is a pragmatic man named Dudley Smith (James Cromwell). This…

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  • Mr. DuLac

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Mr. DuLac 15 Nov, 2014 1

    Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
    -Sid Hudgens

    Man did I ever fall in love with this movie back in 1997 as it still stands as my favorite film of that year. Despite it being a celebration of a genre from 40-50 years earlier, it felt incredibly fresh and unique for the time and arguably still today. It's simply rare to have complex intelligent stories like this told with this kind of production value to back it…

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  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★★ Watched by Njabs Phungula 21 Nov, 2014

    Films I hope to see by the end of 2014

    "I'm talking about the gas chamber, and you haven't even asked me what this is about. You've got a big Guilty sign around your neck."

    Now, I've been waiting to see this for a very looong time, and after a few delays that time has come. Is this movie perfect? Yes. Well, as close to perfection as a film a can get. Every second of this movie is there for…

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  • Naughty

    ★★★★ Watched by Naughty 19 Nov, 2014 2

    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!…

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  • Max Falkner

    ★★★★ Added by Max Falkner

    Guy Pearce acting knocks a half a star of.

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  • Wilson

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Wilson 12 Nov, 2014 2

    ""Come to Los Angeles! The sun shines bright, the beaches are wide and inviting, and the orange groves stretch as far as the eye can see. There are jobs aplenty, and land is cheap. Every working man can have his own house, and inside every house, a happy, all-American family. You can have all this, and who knows... you could even be discovered, become a movie star... or at least see one. Life is good in Los Angeles... it's paradise…

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  • MiguelSolo

    ★★★★★ Watched by MiguelSolo 11 Nov, 2014

    Pero qué gozada de película. Qué gozada de ambientación, de música, de personajes, de trama, con sus giros, y sus constantes traiciones. El telón de fondo de las apariencias y las falsas condecoraciones, las palmaditas en la espalda y las sonrisas forzadas. Me enamoran absolutamente las historias así, y encima aquí cuento con un reparto estelar, con todos los arquetipos que amo de este género, con un guión condenadamente bueno y con un clímax apoteósico que pone el colofón a…

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  • Georgia Casreldine

    ★★★★ Added by Georgia Casreldine

    What I liked

    The grittiness of it- It's the sort of movie that embodies a watchable and not stylised yet dark and grim air to it. I adore the fact that they can still use colour and light effectively, and unlike some movies with dark themes, not be set entirely at nighttime.

    The actors- These guys do an incredible job carrying the complex plot. Extra congratulations to Danny DeVito, who is superb in his role.

    The writing- I've actually often…

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  • Lee Towler

    ★★★★ Watched by Lee Towler 08 Nov, 2014

    Seductive. That's the word that kept coming to mind through L.A. Confidential. Every single scene in this movie seduces you in to the carefully unravelling mystery. Whether it be the dislikable but sympathetic characters, meticulously paced thrills or even the timeless beauty of Veronica Lake look-alike prostitute Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger).

    I liked this movie before I'd even put the disc in my blu-ray player. A neo-noir detective story set in the 1950s, starring some of my favourite actors including…

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  • Julius

    ★★★★ Watched by Julius 08 Nov, 2014

    Big pulpy fun. Cleverly explores masculinity, but stays disappointingly shallow on the subject of female sexuality.

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  • Alec Price

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Alec Price 27 Oct, 2014

    The rare example of a perfect film, Curtis Hanson's elegant neo-noir is a brilliant work of adaptation, distilling James Ellroy's sprawling, nigh-impenetrable novel into a lean, mean journey into the dark heart of L.A. Every scene just sings - briskly paced and snappily performed, the brutish poetry of Ellroy is translated in exemplary fashion by a trifecta of actors perched at the time on the edge of stardom (Spacey, Crowe and Pearce are equally good in very different modes of…

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  • Baz The Film Guy

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Baz The Film Guy 05 Nov, 2014 1

    ***Watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    Director Curtis Hanson's feature based on James Elroy's novel is a pulpy concoction of corrupt cops and political commentary in 1950's Los Angeles. A star studded cast of James Cromwell, Guy Pierce and Kevin Spacey, create an impeccable crime drama full of sleaze, sex and violence with the nocturnal prowess that is the City of Angels as the backdrop. I've loved this film since the day I first saw it on VHS and have since owned it on DVD and now Blu-ray, where the film really shines in high definition.

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