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…
"Naked force has resolved more conflicts throughout history than any other factor."
Starship Troopers satirizes jingoism and military ideology by dressing itself up as a Nazi and making us laugh at it. From the Federal Network "Would you like to know more?" propaganda ("Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy!") to the pervasive "us vs. them" fascist mentality ("I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!") to the drill instructor who misses the point of his own lessons ("The enemy can't push a button if you disable his hand!"), the film systematically reappropriates military iconography to make it laughable and expose its violent foundation. But the greatest reappropriation of all is the way Verhoeven's film itself takes…
Paul Verhoeven is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. He has easily taken the top spot as my favorite Science Fiction Director. Am I ever late to the party. Up until about 48 hours ago the only Verhoeven film I had seen was RoboCop; which is also fantastic.
Starship Troopers is the perfect space opera. It's got a ton of action, plenty of laughs, and cheesy romance. What's not to love?
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?
A bombastic, satirically stlylized, and thoroughly entertaining science fiction epic, Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" offers a sly, hyper-violent ride. Revolving around a future war where humans square off against an onslaught of space bugs, the film sharply skewers the gusto with which youthful exuberance aligns with military movements while making statements about fascism and nationalistic zeal both historical and fictional. Verhoeven weaves an engrossing tale driven by special effects and its own wickedly involving sensibilities.
Taking place in a distant future where an Earth-wide military is assembled to face an extraterrestrial threat, the film focuses on a handful of young recruits as they train and, eventually, join the battle. Minor personal dramas and romances give way to the bigger picture…
Difference is a problem.
Violence is inevitable.
This extremely cynical film posits that all of humanity's camaraderie and love for one another is rooted in fear of nature and of the other. Even if it shares "human" traits like care and thought, we're too limited by our visible meat to open our boundless compassion we have for each other to any being that is too physically different from us. That threshold shifts with a turn of perspective, dissolving our animosities based on race and gender and binding us based on our shared axis in the event of the arrival of a more other being. A white cis man and a white cis woman might oppress a white trans person, but…
underrated, amazing and prophetic
Verhoeven confidently maintains the very particular tone of the film while simultaneously delivering satire, rousing action, and philosophical challenge. Verhoeven's visions may not always succeed, but they are always bold and transgressive. This one succeeds. And the effects hold up amazingly well - in fact they're better than most of what we've seen in the last decade.
Jake Busey and Denise Richards are neck-and-neck for my favorite terrible performance of all time.
Another day, another Paul Verhorven action satire 90s movie. Starting off literally in the middle of battle, Starship Troopers is an excruciatingly violent, insanely hilarious, and greatly satirical of the military force.
Although some special effects don't hold up as well as they used and the military satire isn't as culturally relevant as it was upon it's release, there's no denial Starship Troopers is an extremely entertaining and gleefully violent movie.
Also, completely forgot Neil Patrick Harris was in this movie.
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". While not all that faithful an adaptation to the book, Starship Troopers manages to hit the tone of the book and hit on a lot of the themes, while still managing to hammer in a somewhat usable love triangle. We don't get the actual Mobile Infantry suits from the book, but the aliens are diverse and nasty and everything I wanted from the bugs in the book. I hadn't actually read the book before I saw the film and I will say if you've read the book there's a lot that will disappoint you with this, but I love Verhoven and this just worked for me.
A 35mm preview screening at 5th Avenue with Chris, Max and Erin. Shannon was running the projector. Hung in the booth, no chatty Cathies in the audience, there was no audience. Special.
preview screening with sean, christof, erin max and basil. my first preview. gritty print. fif.
I'm going to need to see a copy of Denise Richards' birth certificate before I'll believe she's not a robot.
Nowadays Starship Troopers is misunderstood only by people who harp on about people misunderstanding it. Anyone who's going to check out an almost twenty year old sci-fi knows this is satire not mindless action.
What I think many people miss is that while it's got brilliant subtext, the film itself doesn't quite work. I liked the writing and found the newsreels brilliant, but the action left me disconnected. Maybe that's the point, but if it is, the point is skewed from what people think it is.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…