L.A. Confidential

“Off the record, on the QT and very… HUSH-HUSH."

Our Guess the Connection series continues with film #3 of 4: Curtis Hanson’s 1997 crime thriller L.A. Confidential.

1997 was a big year for movies, and perhaps that’s because one of the biggest box office sensations — James Cameron’s Titanic — was released that year. And while it went on to make a gajillion dollars (okay, just $2.2 billion worldwide), many argue that it’s not actually the best movie of the year, but instead give that title to Curtis Hanson’s crime thriller L.A. Confidential. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Guess the Connection series with this fantastic film. We talk about the nature of the story as a crime thriller and as, possibly, a neo-noir, and look into what the genre implications mean for what the film should have been working to achieve in its look. We discuss the look, as well as the editing, the score, the production design, and of course the writing and directing, and what all the individuals bring to the table. We dig into the actors — primarily Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell and Kim Basinger — and chat about their individual performances. And we go back to the original source material by James Ellroy and compare it with Brian Helgeland’s wonderful script, looking at how he (and Hanson) honed it down to focus it and make the screenplay and movie their own take on the take, equal in power to the novel. It’s a wonderful film that stands high in our estimation. Tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: Pound of Flesh — “This movie looks horrible. I’ve never been much of a Van Damme fan. But seriously — the man has his kidney stolen just before he’s supposed to donate it to his niece? Anyone who has listened to the show for the last few months knows that I HAVE to see this for the subject alone!"

Pete’s Trailer: Anarchy — “It’s another modern day drugged up rehash of Shakespeare, this time based on the lesser known Cymbaline. Are you ready for more English accented context shock?”