Sheila O'Malley's contribution to the Close-Up-Blog-A-Thon does a wonderful job of putting to words how exciting and thrilling the first few moments of L.A. Confidential are, culminating in the moment when most of America got its first look at Russell Crowe.
It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since the release of that movie. At the time, few people had any idea who Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were; since it's my favorite book, I was nervous when I read that two unknowns were playing the two key characters. Needless to say, there was nothing to worry about. It's as close to a perfect movie as will ever be made, and will only grow in stature as the years go by.