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…
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…
"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…
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.
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…
In middle school, I couldn't wrap my head around why so many of my classmates were taking dates to see this movie starring so many atrocious actors. I think I eventually rented it and being an adolescent boy, found several enticing things about the movie but I have to say that the satire went over my head.
Rewatching it now, I want to shout, "It's a satire!" (a la Marc Cherry in Arrested Development) to my younger self. The propaganda interludes, the generic cast, the Nazi-inspired uniforms. It' s all very delightfully tongue-in-cheek work from Verhoeven.
What a run he was having at the time:
Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, and Starship Troopers. Lots of sharp commentary coming from movies that appeal to our base instincts with gratuitous sex and violence. Wish I'd revisited this one sooner. It's a cult classic.
You're some kinda big fat smart bug, aren't you?
Watching this as a straight action/ sci-fi movie I couldn't have cared less about it when I first saw it when it came out.
Watching this as a satire, as I did recently, I had a complete and total blast.
Half a star added for using for "I've Never Been To Oxford Town" from David Bowie's underrated "1.Outside" album.
With its tacky special effects, atrocious writing and hilarious acting, Starship Troopers is almost flawless. I don't know another movie which plants tongue so deep within cheek.
The title card on this is surprisingly generic.
In 1997, my friend Daniel Kerr called the opening night screening of this at the Northcross 6 the best movie-going experience of his life and said that crowd was cheering when the little kids stomped on the bugs.
I can't imagine anything like this being made today, at least on this scale.
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Haven't seen this movie since I was a kid, but it's just as entertaining and gross as I remembered. The CG is way outdated, but the bug designs are so good that it almost doesn't matter.
I did my part. I watched this movie. Where do I sign up? Smart and witty satire.
I was playing some Half-Life 2 earlier and killing some antlions and it got me in the mood for Starship Troopers.
This is a bad film. It's got terrible, cheesy dialogue; stupid plot points; awful acting; and bad special effects. Yet, at the same time, it's pretty fuckin cool. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a stupid film about the human race vs. the bug race with some infinite-ammo machine guns thrown in? I fell asleep 3 or 4 times but it was fine. I didn't miss anything; there's nothing to be missed.
Starship Troopers is one of those stupid films that's kinda hard to dislike. How it was given $105 million to work with is a mystery.
I remember seeing this movie when I was 11 or 12 when it played as a movie special on Fox. I think it gave me nightmares.
Looking at it now, it is definitely a cult classic. Decent CGI at the time that is laughable now. Bug and human alike have their blood and guts strew about everywhere. A gorefest for sure.
I read the book a couple years ago in college. While I think that the jingoism/military-complex tones are either removed or made comically obvious, it is a fun ride into the future where apparently everyone in Buenos Aires speaks English, psychic ability is common, and no one wears any undergarments.
I remember reading de Gaulle's writings. As a general…
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