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. 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 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. 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. 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.