Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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?
"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…
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…
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?
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.
Based loosely upon Robert Heinlein's novel of the same name. It is a caricature of a very real and frightening reality future based on genetic manipulation and military industrial complex. It is what it is.
My favorite Verhoeven after RoboCop.
Part of 2016: Groundhog Year
- I grew up crushing on Dizzy HARD.
After catching the last five or ten minutes of the second film on TV, my friend and I decided to watch Starship Troopers. This is my first rewatch of the movie since I saw it in 2010, so I wasn't entirely sure how it would hold up. But it held up very nicely.
It's hilarious, brutal, and morally complex in all directions. No characters are hailed as being "good" or "bad", though the system that they all operate under is definitely not shown positively. The action is great and the practical effects are fantastic. Though the CGI is still... well, it's 1997. At least they tended to combine practical and CGI to offset the quality.
Uh, watch this movie.
Starship Troopers is a campy Sci-Fi movie from Paul Verhoeven. It has his unique style that blends B movie feel with A movie quality. The film centers around several young members of the military as Earth bands together to fight a hostile race of giant bugs. The violence is over the top and gratuitous just like you would expect from a Verhoeven movie. However, the plot is not nearly as engaging as RoboCop or Total Recall. I have to admit I am biased to Arnold Schwarzenegger, so my Total Recall love may not be completely rational. Nonetheless, I did not enjoy this as much as Verhoeven's prior films. Overall, the movie has cool effects and a unique plot, but it wasn't unable to make me fully invest myself in the characters.
tspdt 853 2016
actor: Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores
character: Dizzy Flores by Dina Meyer
From what I can gather, Paul Verhoeven seems to think fascism is bad. And he also says that this movie is about fascism. But this movie could be interpreted as promoting fascism because there is no racism, no country borders and no sexism. Also, at the end of the movie, everyone finds their own little place in society and everyone is happy with their lives.
It's an interesting movie though that has a lot to say about the nature of conflict and about humanity's relationship to conflict.
fuck star wars
Like a satyrical rip-off of The Forever War minus everything that made that book incredibly good...
Cool explosions tho.
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