Vulture did a great interview with Rian Johnson about Brick, his 2006 debut that remains one of my favorites. In it, he explores seven ways he deconstructed the detective movie and leaned into each of the tropes. For example:
He’s not gathering clues or doing anything clever with a magnifying glass; it’s going around annoying people until one of them says something that leads him to the next person he can annoy. There’s really no plan.