Basic Instinct will turn 30 next March. Despite the famous interrogation scene, the mother of all erotic thrillers is a love letter to Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock.
The film features forced to murder, a possible assassin in Catherine Trammel (Sharon Stone), and disgraced detective Nick Coran (Michael Douglas). Aside from lots of R-rated sex and the loveliest costumes, this film is a cat-and-mouse game between Tramell and Curran.
Is there anything more exciting than seeing Denzel Washington on the big screen?
He’s like a jazz musician; unexpected and always fun. For example, only Denzel could explode at the sight of a corpse full of teeth and not immediately alienate the audience.
In “Little Things”, the final film about a father by director John Lee Hancock, Denzel plays disgraced former LASD detective Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon. Dee’s past is unclear, but flashbacks show that things ended badly for her after becoming obsessed with the catching of a serial killer in Los Angeles.
Years later, Deke becomes the deputy sheriff, performing complex tasks such as gathering documents and investigating petty crimes.
One of the courier jobs takes him back to his old location, the Los Angeles Assassination Squad. There he realized that he had committed another murder; The modus operandi looks very familiar to me. The killer returns to the jeep, so does Deke.
And now comes “The Little Things,” a retro thriller set in the early ’90s:
The terrifying Detective Deke (Denzel Washington). A series of gruesome murders. A problematic partnership with university detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) and the strange, mocking suspect Albert Sparma (Jared Leto).
Without exception, every crime series we’ve seen has a detective whose life is torn apart in pursuit of the bad guys – we all know Nietzsche’s pointless observation of the abyss staring at you if you stare at it long enough.
So he took a few days off and started helping the detective in charge downstairs. Jimmy Baxter, played by Rami Malek, is Dee’s replacement and, in many ways, the hottest new toy in the department. It’s interesting to see the mischievous young Jimmy interact with a much more cynical Joe, especially when you think that the veteran sees himself in a younger counterpart.
Movies like “The Little Things,” based on David Fincher’s Se7en, are fun because they’re an endangered species. However, Hancock claims to have written the first Little Things project in 1993 before Andrew Kevin Walker wrote Se7en. Interestingly, Denzel continues to play Detective Mills in this film. The role ended up falling into the hands of Brad Pitt, of course.
Little Things is a high-end genre film:
Peppered with great performances by Washington and Malek. Washington embodies Dee’s obsessive hunt for a killer that has resulted in three avoidances and divorce. Dick finds a soulmate in Baxter who will do anything to bring the bad guys home. Unfortunately, summer is overworked and exhausting.
The film looks and sounds great, but the secret is too thin to pique your interest. Period details are available and accurate – from long cars to computer cases, pagers and phone charges. However, the vegan girl is a little out of date.
Thriller fans may be disappointed by the futility of the ultimate mystery, but the steakhouse acting in Washington and Malek can be admired time and time again. If that’s not sailing in your boat, there’s always Basic Instinct with “his” and “her” Picasso.
However, Hancock directs with an unusual flair. Unlike Se7en, the film is based. Together with cameraman John Schwartzman, Hancock skillfully captured the ’90s roundness in Los Angeles.
“Little Things” is not one of those LA noir films that take audiences on guided tours of Los Angeles and its tourist attractions; most of it stretches out on the streets of forgotten neighbourhoods, in schematic hotels and the inconspicuous corridors of public offices.