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5.0 out of 5 stars
As near to perfection as a movie can get., 1 Nov. 2000
Quite simply one of the bravest, visually stunning, entertaining pieces of cinema in modern memory. After every viewing this film mesmerises, confuses and leaves you gasping.
The irony of Hollywood was once again present at the Oscars, L A Confidential being nominated for 7 Oscars only to see the woeful Titanic walk away with 11.
Never has a cast been so universally brilliant, Basinger in possibly the weakest performance, yet she was the one to walk away with the coverted statuette, Spacey adding another personal best to the CV.
Yet it is the two Australians who walk away with all the plaudits, Russell Crowe (pre Gladiator) has never been so physical menacing as Bud White, the discraced LA cop. Yet Guy Pearce (putting to bed the nightmares of Mike in Neighbours) in only his second major role steals the show as Lt Edmund Exley, the fact that he was not nominated for the Best Actor Oscar is baffling as it is amusing.
Pearce proving that he surley is "the" actor to watch, with the daring, brilliant Memento out this month, a rare actor who holds such screen prescence.
Not forgetting the brilliance of director Curtis Hanson (remember the risible The River Wild), beautifully capturing the poetice yet extreme violence of the novel. It is a tribute to Hanson that he managed to adapt to screen one of the most complex and brutal novels ever written with such efficiency. It is also very rare to see a director stay very faithful to the writers original material; very little has been altered from the James Ellroy novel. With talk of The Black Dahlia being transferred to the silver screen, lets just hope that Hanson takes some interest.
A must buy for any movie fan, LA Confidential outshines it's nearest opponent Chinatown, and there cnnot be higher praise than that.