3.4- after taking many weeks off of film, with a few exceptions, this was a fun cheesecake to come home to. I had not seen it (how? unclear), and pretty much despise all of the actors... but it's still great fun. The acting IS terrible, but it's certainly an edible treat when you're in that mood for delicious neoneo-Americana-noir... Hey, it's cinema.
Rewatched and re-loved. "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."
Great fun! A good movie thats very entertaining with some tremendous acting, especially from the 3 leads. Spacey is so much fun to watch. Highly recommended for a purely entertaining, fun neo noir. 4/5
If Chinatown got its hands on some brass knuckles and had some aggression issues, L.A. Confidential is what you'd end up with. Its lost a little bit here and there since I first saw it but the chemistry of the actors/characters and the grand scale of the story more than make up for it. I'd say its almost as good as the book, but they're two different and very worthwhile animals.
Writing, direction, performances, music, cinematography...this film is superb in every area. Crowe, Spacey, Pearce and DeVito are all at the top of their game. And Curtis Hanson's directions is sublime. This is not just one of the best films of the 90's but among the greatest pieces of cinema I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. I can't say enough good things about this film. It really is a masterwork.
Among the most bizarrely overrated films of the last twenty years. Perfectly good movie in pretty much every way, but easily forgettable. The same director's WONDER BOYS is far superior from start to finish.