Basic Instinct ★★★★

Sharon Stone plays a woman with a Ph.D. in psychology who’s also an absurdly successful author of crime novels, the plots of which she may or may not be mimicking in her everyday romantic pursuits. She’s so keen on the fundaments of the noir genre that she navigates the plot’s twists and turns with such adeptness that you question whether this is actually a single moment in her own perverse Groundhog Day wherein she does the same murder over and over and gets away with it more spectacularly every time. But more impressive to me is her incredibly brazen driving, which consists of her flooring it each time she’s en route to some non-urgent visit and threading in-and-out of traffic on some precarious coastal highway.