2016 Blind Spot Series: Chinatown

What I knew going in: Nothing. This is one I threw in based on title alone.

J.J Gittes (Jack Nicholson is a private detective that's hired by a woman named Evelyn Mulwray who believes her husband, who happens to be in charge of the city's water supply is having an affair. He follows him, takes a few photos then finds out that he was hired by an impersonator when the real Evelyn Mulwary (Faye Dunaway) confronts him. Soon, her husband is found dead and Gittes is dragged into a world of conspiracy surrounding this case.

When isn't Jack Nicholson fun to watch? I thought both he and Dunaway were great here. I loved getting to the bottom of the mystery with them, even if the details about the water supply did end up being the parts of the movie that dragged the most. 

Without spoiling too much, I really dug how dark the ending got. I wasn't expecting something like that at all. The film had been pretty tame before that and I'm glad they took that risk.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "Most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time and the right place, they're capable of anything." - Noah Cross (John Huston)


  1. Relax Jake, it's only Chinatown.

    One of the best films ever though I don't rank it as high in comparison to some of Polanski's other films. Still, it's just one of the best neo-noir films as it is something to re-watch over and over again.

    1. I haven't seen a lot of Polanski films, but this one somehow felt really different from the ones I have watched.

  2. I love it that he also wore a nose bandage through most of the film. I always do laugh a bit when Faye Dunaway says "my daughter....my sister...my..." I don't know why considering how horrible it is but I do.

    1. Didn't he actually get his nose cut in that scene too?

      That scene is kind of amusing now, especially after I'm so used to incest because of Game of Thrones. That felt tame.

  3. Glad you got to see and enjoy this one. It really is a wonderful noir.

    1. Thanks! I agree. I should probably see more like it.


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