‘The Little Things’: Did Albert Sparma Do It?

Disclaimer: A lot of spoilers, son. Everyone knows what to do. Act accordingly.

So, here we are again, man. Another day, another film review. All in all, it’s clear that I’ve spent some time watching movies this weekend. Moving on, before my wife and I watched Malcolm & Marie, we actually watched The Little Things. In any case, despite some questionable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, I fucked with the movie, fam. On the real, I like ambiguous endings, bruh. Hell, I like the fact that we’re not 100% sure if Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character Dom Cobb is back to reality at the end of Inception. With all of that being said, after watching The Little Things, I only have one question: is Albert Sparma really a killer?

Ok, before I continue, let me quickly go through the plot. Basically, Denzel Washington plays Joe Deacon, a former detective who lost his mind, health and wife after failing to catch a serial killer. Now, after accidentally killing an innocent woman at a crime scene, Deacon’s career goes off of the rails. Fast forward 5 years, Deacon now works as a deputy sheriff and Jim Baxter (played by Rami Malek) has taken his place. Anyway, after a new murder and a separate kidnapping that resembles the M.O. of the killer that Deacon didn’t catch, he and Baxter team up to try and solve the case. From there, their investigation leads them to Sparma (played by Jared Leto).

Now, even though they don’t have any hard evidence against Sparma, he looks super bad from a circumstantial standpoint. Frankly, he seems to know way too much about these crimes and he’s just a general weirdo. As time progresses, and after several failed attempts to catch him, Sparma tells Baxter that he’ll take him to the location of the kidnapped woman (a random desert). Problems arise before Deacon even makes it to the scene. Essentially, Sparma tells Baxter that he’s never actually killed anyone and has been lying to him the entire time. From there, in a moment of frustration after Sparma mentions his wife and children, Baxter hits Sparma with a shovel and kills him.

The wild part is, we have no idea whether Sparma is really the villain or not. As we learn earlier in the movie, he’s confessed to a crime that he didn’t commit before. On top of that, during searches of his car and apartment, neither Baxter or Deacon find anything. Shit, Baxter keeps harping on a red barrette that the kidnapped woman was wearing, but they’re never able to find it. In actuality, when Baxter receives a red barrette from Deacon in the mail, we realize that Deacon bought it himself. So, we never get any definitive proof of Sparma’s guilt. The fact is, everything is left in the open, bruh.

With all of that being said, I have conflicting feelings about Sparma’s guilt. On one hand, they couldn’t find any hard evidence to incriminate him. On the other hand, would Deacon goes so far to make Baxter feel better if the real murderer is still out there? In addition, would Deacon just let this case go, especially since it ruined his life? The way I see it, Deacon is playing a dangerous game if Sparma isn’t the guy. All I can say is, I just don’t know, son. I guess I’m about 60/40 in regards to Sparma’s innocence. Not for nothing, he’s simply a strange ass motherfucker, man.

In the end, what did other people think about the movie? Ultimately, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but I was entertained, fam. By and by, I don’t think I’d ever be disappointed by a movie with Washington, Leto and Malek. So, at the end of the day, I got my money’s worth, bruh (figuratively speaking). Anyway, off to the next thing, brethren. That is all. LC out.

The Toxicity Of ‘Malcolm & Marie’

Disclaimer: Spoooooooilers! Proceed with all of the caution, brethren.

So, what is there to say, son? Real talk, Malcolm & Marie is some of the most toxic, aggravating and befuddling cinema that I’ve ever seen. The wild thing is, as fucked up as the relationship is between Malcolm Elliott and Marie Jones, I’ve witnessed a number of unions that have suffered from similar issues. All in all, the problems between Malcolm and Marie all come down to respect, or rather, a lack thereof.

Ok, where do I even start, man? Now, the film begins after Malcolm and Marie come home from a movie premiere. Malcolm, a screenwriter/film director, is celebrating the release of his soon-to-be critically-acclaimed project about a 20-year-old (recovering) drug addict and all of her shenanigans. In any case, the first problem arises after Malcolm fails to read the room. I mean, Marie is CLEARLY upset about something and this dude is completely oblivious. Look, I’ve known my wife for 14 years and I can always tell when something’s up. Hell, she even gets annoyed because I’ll keep asking her what’s wrong until she eventually tells me. I just can’t walk around with the obvious tension in the crib, fam.

Anyway, the first fight of the evening is caused by the fact that Malcolm neglected to thank Marie in his post-viewing speech. Now, this is notable for a variety of reasons. First, what kind of dickhead doesn’t thank his lady during such a monumental moment? Second, as we later learn, the main character of his movie is based on Marie. Third, despite Marie being an actress AND the fact that the plot mirrors her life, he never really considered her for the role. Fourth, he may or may not be fucking the lead actress. I mean, damn, bruh. All I can say is, it’s a shit-show and I haven’t even gotten to the crux of their problems, son.

Look, there are a variety of things that Malcolm does wrong in this movie. One of his most common mistakes is the fact that he doesn’t actually listen to what Marie is saying. Instead of empathizing with her feelings, he just immediately gets defensive and says something foul in retaliation. There’s no point in reminding her about how much of an addict she was. There’s no point in bringing up all of the previous women that he’s had sex with. Side bar, why does he gloat about messing with so many “broken” women? In my eyes, that’s a GLARING character flaw, man. On the real, I just think he enjoys having power and control over his significant other.

When it comes down to it, he completely takes Marie for granted. He doesn’t appreciate the perspective that she brings to his life. He’s comfortable with using her as a muse, but doesn’t care to see her as a person. Frankly, I don’t know why she stuck around that long. I would’ve bounced after the first argument, fam. No one talks to me like that, bruh. No one. In any case, her calling his work “mediocre” doesn’t warrant all of the vitriol that she receives. Shit, I don’t know what brand of “love” this is, but Malcolm can’t possibly love Marie and talk to her in that manner. All she wants is some acknowledgment, and instead, receives blatant disrespect. The truth is, I didn’t see any redeeming qualities about Malcolm in this film, son.

In the end, I’m going to wrap up Malcolm’s treatment of Marie in one quote. I mean, he really says to her “if you had a role that allowed you to be yourself, you’d be great.” Given the fact that his movie IS about her and the fact that she wanted the role shows how incredibly clueless he is. Ultimately, he takes her for granted, doesn’t acknowledge her contributions, says deliberately hurtful things and dismisses her emotions. At the end of the day, Marie needs to fucking run, man. I don’t care how successful he might be in the future. This dude is a Grade A Douchebag. That is all. LC out.