Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The only good bug is a dead bug.
Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as "the Bugs".
There are two reasons why I dislike James Cameron’s Titanic: The first, and obvious reason is that it isn’t a very good film, but most importantly it was responsible for me missing out on seeing Starship Troopers on the big screen. So popular was Cameron’s behemoth that every other film was sold out thanks to people being unable to get into see Winslet’s breasts and DiCaprio’s bad acting.
The sheer spectacle of Verhoeven’s bug-blasting epic would have blown my mind on the big screen but thankfully it is still an undisputed joy at home too. Even back in ‘97 it surprised me how few people really got the film. Not only was Verhoeven very well known for his playful and…
When you watch and read a lot of science fiction, you start to realize that visions of the future are almost always dark and depressing. Writers tend to take the problems and fears of modern society and magnify them for these larger than life science fiction tales. What I love most about Starship Troopers is that it presents a complex view of the future . It finds the time to comment on our recent past by showing how the human race progresses on some issues and slides backward/stagnates in others. It's also just a fun, action-packed space adventure, full of decently characterized humans and just enough information about the society/world they occupy to be hooked from the start.
Oh, Starship Troopers, let me count the ways I love you:
* That poor cow.
* The greatest Space opera in the last 15 years
* The [CENSORED] brain probe moment.
* Doogie Howser, Space Nazi
* "They sucked out his BRAINS!"
5. It's 5 ways. Do you want to know more?
I’ve been avoiding Starship Trooper for years, for no rational reason. Looking back, I think it’s probably because of the previous year’s blockbuster, Independence Day. I’ve never been a big fan of the blockbuster alien blasting action adventure genre, and the endless clips, trailers, and media hype for Independence Day kind of turned me off ( still haven’t watched it ). When Starship Troopers came around, I kind of dismissed it without further investigation.
I’ve always been a hard sci-fi fan, and 5 or 6 years ago a friend lent me Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. I fell in love with that novel, and Heinlein’s particular form of political and sociological commentary. After reading his seminal Stranger In…
"The only good bug is a dead bug!" - Embittered Owner of a Dead Dog
Starship Troopers is possibly one of the biggest walking contradictions I've ever seen. It manages to blend numbing, dumb action, a serious satirical message and members of the following cast together:
- Gary Busey's son (the apple clearly hasn't fallen very far from the tree)
- Denise Richards and her 'n'-shaped mouth
- Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother
- Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad
- Mr Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants
- Richter from Total Recall
It succeeds in making its satire sharp by being as stupid as humanly possible. Already a metaphor for America's gung-ho involvement in the Vietnam War, it reinforces…
Highly underrated sci-fi adventure, that delivers some of the coolest, most exciting battle sequences ever made for the big screen. Just the fact that I've seen it about ten times by now should speak for how much I love it.
What makes it so special and outstanding is that, unlike most other films within the genre, it actually has some genuine intelligence to it. Okay, so it's not Oscar material script-wise, but it's got such an incredibly cool and exhilarating story, while cleverly satiring political propaganda films (like those produced by the Nazis during WWII). So don't mistake this for just another dumb action movie, because although it may look like one on the surface, this film has lot to…
Actually liked this a lot. Very campy most of the time, this is by far much better than a high school movie in space. The critic on the US military structure and how everything is made to recruit people for a dumb war is priceless...and although many people just complain due to the wood face acting this is for me one of the best parts of the campiest part of the movie...and eye candy!!!
This film is completely ridiculous. I liked it.
This is both Takashi Miike and Alejandro Jodorowsky's favorite movie, i don't think i need to add more.
A brilliant satire of fascist agit prop dressed up as summer sci fi popcorn flick (in a style crying Milius = Eisenstein = Riefenstahl) played so straight, there's no comfortable distance for some viewers due to a lack of prestige to the main cast or obvious "wink''s. One of Verhoeven's best US films, this could be an effective propaganda in the right presentation, which is the highest compliment a satire can get
Take beautiful people, rip them to literal shreds and cast the survivors in your military commercials. War = sustainable.
First-time watch. Crap-tacular.
Dizzy: My mother always told me that violence doesn't solve anything.
Jean Rasczak: Really? I wonder what the city founders of Hiroshima would have to say about that.
Jean Rasczak: You.
Carmen: They wouldn't say anything. Hiroshima was destroyed.
Jean Rasczak: Correct. Naked force has resolved more conflicts throughout history than any other factor. The contrary opinion, that violence doesn't solve anything, is wishful thinking at its worst; people who forget that always die.
Michael Ironside tells it how it is.
Criminally underrated satire, holds up very well
Paul Verhoeven did a lot better with the very good Total Recall and the great Robocop then he did with Starship Troopers, which is based on a Sci-Fi novel written by Robert Heinlein in 1959. I found Total Recall to be intelligent yet a bit to cheesy for it's own good at times, it had some interesting characters and greatly executed action sequences which have remained memorable. Robocop is on a completely different level, it's dark and immensely intelligent with a perfect balance with it's inventive material. I can see what Paul Verhoeven was aiming to do with Starship Troopers, he wanted to create a world where society were programmed to fight and alien bugs had the ability to rule…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…