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Kim wanted to see this, so we did! It sure had a lotta STUFF in it - in fact, it sure felt like they spent a lotta the last 15-20 minutes trying to explain to me just what I'd seen for the first part of the two hours. That Scarlett Johansson sure has some big hooters (which, of course, you don't get to see). Hilary Swank is the least like a dude I've ever seen her - but still! Everybody's lezzing out despite the fact that it's 1947. Was that kd lang? EWWWWWW! Was that Josh Hartnett's bare buttocks? EWWWWWWWWWWW!

Anyway, you'd think that for a Brian DePalma motion picture we'd sure have gotten a lot more sexy sex, but thank God he still delivered a few good shots of violenty violence, during which I mostly turned my head and let my wife tell me what happened.

(Barely) based on a true story!!! In fact, there's a lot of this picture that has nothing to do with the Black Dahlia AT ALL!!

Stick around for the closing credits and figure out which ethnic mafia made this film possible!

THEN, we came home and watch "Ebert & Roeper" and see that Roeper & famous film critic AISHA TYLER combined for TWO THUMBS DOWN! I mean, REALLY. But, I felt empathy for their arguments.

Bottom line: barely worth the $6 matinee price. If we'd have gone to the $4 matinee, I'd have probably raved about this movie. Because I'm cheap. THIS has been your incredibly unhelpful CRZ MOVIE REVIEW. THE END.



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This news has me bummed out, to say the least. I was getting very excited about this based on the fact that it at least LOOKED like L.A. Confidential.


Sounds like looks were definitely deceiving in this case.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.26
    Originally posted by HitTheSnoozeButton
    This news has me bummed out, to say the least. I was getting very excited about this based on the fact that it at least LOOKED like L.A. Confidential.


    Sounds like looks were definitely deceiving in this case.
Don't get me wrong - if you're into the noir, you'll love...probably the first hour of this movie and maybe even more than that. To give you an indication of how much of the wrong person I am to talk about this movie, I never got around to seeing "L.A. Confidential," either.

I think the Rotten Tomatoes roundup does a better job of explaining what's wrong - AND what's right about this movie, but you always have to be mindful of getting spoiled when you look around sites like that. Right now it's sitting at 30% from critics, 31% from users.

If you were interested in seeing this at all, I'd recommend you still go - but just try to go to the cheapest matinee your cinema is offering. I don't think you'll feel like you wasted your time with this movie.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.07
L.A. Confidential - Curtis Hanson - The Cast (Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger) - Brian Helgeland = the Black Dahlia

In simple terms: the only thing they have in common is being James Ellroy novels.



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