Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers remains one of the truest stealth triumphs of ’90s cinema, an open-palmed slap to the face of the military-industrial complex in the guise of a rough and tumble sci-fi shoot-’em-up. Ever the cultural subversive, Verhoeven mocked the spirit of jingoistic patriotism that motivates American warfare overseas and tricked 121 million dollars’ worth of us into watching him do it. And after twenty years, in a time that has made satire a high-wire balancing act between exaggerated fiction and our insane reality, the film will return to the cultural conversation with a sequel. Which will be a cartoon.
Paul Verhoeven came out of 2016 looking pretty rosy, wowing the audiences at Cannes with the premiere of his devious erotic thriller Elle before bringing the film stateside for a surprisingly positive reception that culminated in a Golden Globe win, and an Academy Award nomination for his star Isabelle Huppert. He’s not quite at the levels of popularity he enjoyed during the ’90s, when viewers lined up for the likes of Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers, but he’s got the spotlight and poised to do something big. So, those of you who had ‘lesbian erotic nun drama’ in the Paul Verhoeven’s Next Picture pool, please come collect your winnings.
If you’ve seen Showgirls then you know that the cast of the film had to do some pretty racy stuff: Stripping, sex scenes, and more. But did you know that the one scene that made the actors truly uncomfortable was an unlikely one: The monkey scene. Apparently the animal actors in the scene wouldn’t stop staring at the cast’s naked breasts, freaking them all out. That’s just one of the dazzling facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!