Sunday, one, 9pm, MA15+ (1997)
Curtis Hanson’s ingenious dilution of James Ellroy’s complex crime novel follows principals Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey, who play three early their 1950s LA cops of contrasting personality embroiled in a corruption scandal that threatens to expose darkest secrets and desires. Dialogue and editing evoke the essence of film noir producing fully fleshed characters and a seamless narrative – held together by Danny DeVito’s hard-copy journo character – which underpins the many twists and turns. Best of all, it’s local boys Pearce and Crowe who torch the screen. Indulge.