L.A. Confidential (1997)
"Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush... "A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways.
Everything in this film is fantastic.
L.A. Confidential is, without a doubt, the best film of the 1990s, and
possibly one of the best films ever made.
As with any great film, it all starts with the writing. The story is
riveting, the dialogue is smart and quite funny, and the characters are
written in three dimensions.
The acting is phenomenal. Perhaps a bigger tragedy than L.A.
loss to Titanic in the Best Picture race is that none of the three lead
actors even garnered nominations. Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kevin
Spacey are absolutely phenomenal; it is their characters that drive this
fascinating story about police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. We get to
know these people, to understand who they are and why they do what they do,
and to root for them to overcome their imperfections.
The directing is fantastic. Curtis Hanson doesn't shove anything in the
audience's face; instead, he allows the audience to discover the film's
nuances on their own. (That makes this an excellent film for repeat
viewings, you truly catch something new every time). 1950s Los Angeles is
reproduced beautifully. The editing is quick and seamless, the music is
perfect for the film (Hanson should teach other directors how to do a
montage effectively), and the cinematography is great.
I can't find a negative thing to say about this film. It's truly a