Release Date: 21st September, 2012
Director: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta
The previous collaboration of Australian director Andrew Dominik and the professional Mr Jolie Brad Pitt was the sprawling masterpiece The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (and breathe). Its wholly unromantic take on a frequently romanticised hero and striking visual style evokes a real 1800s postcard feel to the film, with a staggering central performance from Pitt. Their latest is probably the follow-up furthest from your expectations, an ensemble piece with a slick noir aesthetic, stylised violence and a megaphone for the recent economic crisis.
This is a particularly heinous entry into my Never Seen collection, since there’s never been anything to suggest I wouldn’t absolutely adore the film. Alien 3 has a bad reputation, and I always got the impression I’d seen all of A Fish Called Wanda’s funny bits in snippets (nearly right), but L.A. Confidential is a critically acclaimed neo-noir with a couple of my favourite actors either well in their prime, or at least at their breakthrough – either way, they are all in their element.
This is the first of a weekly feature on this site where the author will watch and review a film or television programme they have evaded, intentionally or otherwise, for years. It’s a not uncommon occurrence; you’ll get some hardened film nuts who’ve never seen The Godfather or Psycho, not because of a desire to avoid them, but just never getting around to it. Myself, I’ve never seen Apocalypse Now or Blade Runner, or watched The Sopranos apart from the very last episode. You get the idea.