How Basic Instinct turned the erotic thriller on its head

Far from being defeated, she survives and triumphs, with Nick’s future, even his very life, left entirely in her wandering hands. Her latest novel details a very similar murder, suggesting either that she, or an obsessive reader, is the killer – and as Detective Nick Curran (Douglas) investigates, we quickly notice that he is in every respect outclassed by his quarry, a multi-millionaire heiress with a Berkeley degree in literature and psychology (magna cum laude) who is much smarter and infinitely richer than her pursuer, and altogether defter at the…

A new documentary about Kids serves as a stark cautionary tale

Justin Pierce, whose chiselled features bear an eerie resemblance to River Phoenix, didn’t make it past 25 (tragically hanging himself in Las Vegas after his girlfriend miscarried), while Harold Hunter’s more gradual decline into despair and drug abuse offers a reflective coda for Harris, who ultimately managed to turn his life around. The film that emerged as Kids evidently bore little to the group’s own experiences on the street, with Clark egging them on with a titillation and darkness that appears forced and inappropriate. Casting Pierce, Hunter and other non-actors…