This week has seen the first viewings of a couple different films. First up was the Korean horror flick, A Tale of Two Sisters
. You can read about it, as well as a review of Confetti
by famed blogger Martha
Elaine Belden, on Escape Artists Never Die
I just screened L.A. Confidential
, Curtis Hanson's 1997 film starring Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell and David Strathairn. This film is an intricate, complicated crime drama that takes place in Hollywood in the '50s. The movie plays out like a Chinatown for the '90s and is soaked in noir goodness.
From the writer of The Black Dahlia
, L.A. Confidential
features some of the best performances I've witnessed in recent memory. Guy Pearce is amazing as golden-boy Ed Exely who is willing to do anything (including ratting out other officers) to get ahead, but he won't sell out - by the books is his game. Russell Crowe plays a very different kind of cop - if Exely is the good cop, Crowe's Bud White is definitely the bad cop. White roughs up suspects to get confessions, plants evidence and every other scenario you've seen played out before in corrupt cop films, but make no mistake - White is not corrupt, it believes in justice and sometimes you have to bend the rules to get it.
Kevin Spacey plays Jack Vincennes, another cop who's got his on celebrity rather than justice. Working alongside sleazy pulp journalist Sid Hudgens (DeVito), Vincennes is trying to get on the front page and gain recognition of his various narcotic busts.
These three very different cops come together to solve a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner. What results is a lush, gritty tribute to crime-noir that leaves a lasting impression.
This film just gained instant acceptance into my top 20.