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…
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.
Starship Troopers gets better every time I watch it. It would be neat if more people took a page from Paul Verhoeven when being cynical and insisted upon recognizing humanity even while eviscerating its worst aspects.
Only Paul Verhoeven could stage a fistfight between two soap opera actors on a spaceship, all scored to Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You", and have me thinking "hey, I kinda like this scene a bunch" the whole time.
the verhoeven sci-fi trio of this, robocop and total recall is unbeatable
The only major thing that Starship Troopers has going against it is the deviation from the source material, and the last time I cared about that Peter Jackson was wearing Hobbit feet (and that, to use the classic British understatement, turned out ok). A fantastic picture I will always associate with my early days of puberty for all the right and all the wrong reasons.
"Service leads to citizenship."
See GoodTrash GenreCast episode 148 for full review and analysis.
While I understand that some viewers find its on-the-nose themes too goofy to embrace, I admire such unmitigated satire and bad-assery. Paul Verhoeven may be cinema's most subversive and occasionally progressive misogynist. Alongside Robocop, Starship Troopers remains one of the darkest yet most entertaining deconstructions of the American action genre.
Many recent genre riffs spend a great deal of their time winking at audiences about how clever they believe they are, rather than actually committing to a worthwhile cleverness. While the over-the-top work of Hollywood provocateurs like Verhoeven has clearly influenced many modern filmmakers, it seems that most overlook the core of what makes these films so timeless: their unmatched understanding of what makes pop Hollywood films tick. Unlike many…
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good as always. my favorite guilty pleasure!
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…