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…
Probably the best two hours I've had in the past week.
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?
The Troopers go to war off the back of reports that a devastating attack is, and will continue to wipe out their way of life. The aliens breed in unspeakable numbers, speak an unintelligible language and live in dusty, uninhabitable places, caves even. The foul beasts that pose such a terrible threat are only interested in one thing; the destruction of mankind. Obliterating them and their home is the only way to survive. Fervent patriotism is sparked by information showing the enemies power. Thank God this is only a film. No Government would ever be so naive to do such a thing in real life.
Verhoeven meshes together trashy 50's sci-fi sensibilities with scathing satire on America's modern day political…
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…
...It's afraid. IT'S AFRAID!
Probably the best two hours I've had in the past week.
i hadn't seen this since it came out and the support of the cult following of this movie made me watch it again. unfortunately it's exactly how i remembered: fine but not great.
the future is imagined in some really convincing ways. the color palette and architecture is realistic and excellently hideous; all of society is fascist, including sexuality, and "all is fair in love and war" amongst the borderline-retarded. it's a satire that isn't funny.
to be fair, i really want to go to that vacation beach on the outer rings. would've been a great way to go out. what i didn't notice on the first viewing is that Rico actually seems psychotic.
Starship Troopers muss im Kontext der neuen amerikanischen Kriegsfilmwelle gesehen werden, die Ende der neunziger Jahre damit beginnt, die Ereignisse des Golfkriegs von 1990/91 und der anschließenden kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen im nahen Osten zu verarbeiten (gern auch zurückprojiziert in den zweiten Weltkrieg oder nach Vietnam etc.). Eine Kriegsfilmwelle, die auch den Irak- und Afghanistankrieg ideologisch erst vorbereitet, dann verarbeitet und für das Massenpublikum moralisch einsortiert und wertet.
Erster künstlerischer Höhepunkt und Musterbeispiel wäre vielleicht Spielbergs "Saving Private Ryan" von 1998. Dieser Film geht durch angebl. schonungslosen Realismus bei der Kritik als wichtiger Antikriegsfilm durch; betreibt aber eher die Entpolitisierung des Krieges zugunsten individuellen Moralverhaltens (gipfelnd in Frömmigkeit und Gehorsam). Für die Phase nach dem Irakkrieg könnte man "Black Hawk Down" (2002)…
The satire is strong with this one.
I was worried about watching this again with the severe ageing of CG effects. Amazingly though this still looks great. Why do most of these things look so bad and the odd one still looks great? Fair play to Verhoeven as this was ahead of its time in more ways than one. A real cracker of a film.
god i love paul verhoeven
Showgirls is alluring, but this film, with its bombardment of fascist imagery, strikes me as rather oppressive and somewhat terrifying. It's still a good film though, with constant shifts in tone (horror, comic, cheese, trash, action, which one is it?). But for some reason, the elements ain't just weaved together as well as in Showgirls. Maybe it's the acting (I will defend till death that the acting in Showgirls is quite good, but the acting in Starship Troopers strikes me as cranky). Or maybe the sentiments on display here are too teenage-ish as compared to Showgirls (which, for all of its lack of body gore, ironically appears to be the more nasty film in philosophical terms). Vehoeren's strong association with the sci-fi genre is perhaps the reason why Showgirls causes such a loud confusion - a shame, really.
Based on a book of the same name, the film is an accurate adaptation, would have loved to see the Marauders brought to life but that is done in the third film in the series. Highly enjoyable this movie is a must watch, some of the other films in the series aren't close to the standard of the first.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
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