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NEW Baker/guifoyle/spacey - L.a. Confidential (Blu-ray)
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This movie is often described as a "film noir," and that kept me from seeing the movie for a long time. But I do like the movie a lot; the actors are all wonderful and there are several twists to the story. It is an ensemble piece; the four stars give exciting, yet understated performances, and James Cromwell, as the police captain, and Danny De Vito, as the tabloid writer, are also outstanding. This is a trip back to days of "Dragnet," with interesting characters, some violence, and lots of suspense. Heartily recommended.
The genius of the film is the three inter-related stories (hookers cut to resemble movie stars, missing heroin and a murder investigation) in LA of the early 1950's. Cops, prostitution, corrupt politicians and gangsters all touch each others lives and in the tabloid press in surprising ways.
The acting is terrific with James Cromwell, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pierce and Danny DeVito all selling their souls for ambition - and the price to be paid; deserved or not. The costumes and set design are first rate. If you like film noir, or just love well-crafted movies you'll have to look hard to find a better film.
Its superbly shot, snappily edited and the production design is utter perfection (did they use a time machine and film it in the 50s?).
Bets of all though, are the performances - Spacey, De Vito and Cromwell are great, as you would expect, basinger is surprisingly good too, but Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are quite awesomely good - revelations in fact. Most critics seem to rate Crowe as the star, but I edge towards Pearce - Ed Exley is a complex character - a man using his own integrity as a deliberate tool to get ahead in life, and for and Australian Soap star to pull off that performance is a joyful surprise.
The last words of Hollywood Jack Vincemmes rate as (possibly) my favorite moment in the movies (up there with'No-one's perfect' from Some like it Hot, and 'Dick - You're fired!' from Robocop)
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I could not believe that they gave Titanic the Best Picture over this movie, the academy must have had a case of temporary dementia. I have no words for how bad that movie was in comparison. This movie was a masterpiece. Some people might have had problems with the violence. Guy Pierce was fantastic in the way he changes from the budding junior cop to the ambitious detective. This was Russell Crowe's ideal role, the part where he and Pierce go and challenge the DA is hilarious. Kevin Spacey is his usual witty self - his badge of honor role is outstanding. This had excellent screenplay - I was disappointed that it did not get enough oscars.
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great cast, great story and great acting. Best good cop-bad cop movie ever made. they don't make them like this too often.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Odd to say but this film is a classic neo film noir. The script is edgy; the acting is great and at times brilliant. The casting choices show keen insight. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Mossman
The best film-noir since Chinatown. All the major leads are brilliant, especially Kim Basinger. Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce are excellent.Published 22 months ago by Nat Hawthorne
Nice movie, keeps you guessing all the time, and a little juicy, enjoyed it, well worth the cost I paid.Published on Oct. 17 2014 by kevin belanger