Frames of Preference: L.A. Confidential

LA ConfidentialNeo-noir sounds like it shouldn’t work as a genre. How can a director take a genre so intensely steeped in contemporary literature and fashion, bring it to a modern audience, and have it feel not only cohesive, but greater than the sum of its parts? Framing parts of it like a radio show hosted by Danny Devito helped. But by the time the viewer has a full grasp of who’s pulling all the strings in this gritty mystery tale, it’s already coming to one of the best film endings of the last few decades.