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What a film. Better than The Departed? HECK YES.
Chinatown is an EVEN BETTER example of film noir - check it
Although I like it a lot, I don't think LA Confidential is in the same league as Double Indemnity; Out of the Past; Touch of Evil; Gilda; Notorious etc.
Chinatown is though.
It is a great film alright.
kevin spacey getting shot = still the least expected and shocking death scene i think i've ever seen, certainly in a mainstream movie. near cardiac arrest on first viewing in a rammed Manchester Odeon back in the day.
Not least because the killer is (MORE SPOILERS) the nice farmer from Babe. Also it was nicked wholesale a few years later by Minority Report.
That film was based on a short story by Philip K Dick, who died in 1982. Not that LA Confidential isn't a great film, it is, but credit where it's due to the mighty Philip. Probably my favourite author. I used to be a Pratchett-head before I discovered him but now ...
in Minority Report compared to the scene in LA Confidential with Spacey.
Having read the short story Minority Report by PKD, it bears very little resemblance to the film, and that particular scene was not in teh PDK story. SO I would say Spielberg et al may have had some inspiration from Spaceys demise
as I believe that aspect was put in there by the screenwriters. It doesn't exactly feel like his style.
THAT SAID, it wasn't that surprising, was it? I'm always amazed that people seem to think that LA Confidential invented the boss guy double-cross. WTF? It's a massive cliché which works so well because it's a brilliantly made and written film.
And a cliché done well is never a bad thing in cinema.
Maybe who the bad guy isn't a surprise, but I don't think you expect that moment to happen as suddenly as it does. Mind you I'm a pillock with films, I never spot even the most obvious twists.
Dudley: "Have you told anyone else about this?"
Vincenzo: "No, I came right here."
At which point all your alarms go off, though admittedly it's a surprisingly brutal payoff when normally you'd get the, "So then Mr. Bond, I'll tie you up, tell you my plan and leave you to escape and foil me at the last minute," type of thing.
Where can I watch this online... googling doesn't work - just sends me to dodgy sites.
Russell Crowe's was a star-making performance. He's incredible in it. Guy Pearce was great too. And David Strathairn in his small role. You must have been watching a different film.
I'll get me coat
I refuse to allow Bam to troll me.
Russell Crowe hammed it up? No interesting concepts or characters? You really were watching a different film
HE'D MAKE A GREAT COP
Chinatown is also brilliant right enough, the departed is one of the most overrated film of recent years and as scorsese films go not even in his top 10!
robbed by Titanic at the Oscars