L.A. Confidential is a powerful film about the seedy underbelly of 1950’s Los Angeles. Told from the very different viewpoints of three cops. All trying to solve the same case. Guy Pearce plays the good cop. A man with a moral compass that prevents him from getting corrupted. Russell Crowe plays the bad cop. A man trying to do the right thing, even if he has to lower himself to the level of the criminals. Kevin Spacey plays the “Hollywood cop.” A man who’s more concerned with the publicity that comes with his job. Other great characters include Kim Basinger’s Academy Award winning performance as a celebrity look-alike hooker. Her performance is what keeps things centered. The final product is a movie with plenty of action and neo-noir mystery. You’ll be totally surprised by who ends up being guilty (Rollo Tomasi). It’s a movie that my parents almost always had on in my house. So, like Gladiator, I never saw the movie beginning to end until a few months ago. I only saw center scenes from the movie that I never payed too much attention to. My dad even thinks it should have won Best Picture. It probably would have if Titanic wasn’t in the same year. Still, L.A. Confidential will leave a lasting impression.