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Paul Verhoeven

“Starship Troopers,” a film which absolutely doesn’t need a remake, getting remade (photo)

“Starship Troopers,” a film which absolutely doesn’t need a remake, getting remade

Paul Verhoeven’s “Starship Troopers” is a personal favorite of mine, perfectly combining legitimately fun sci-fi action with a deeply black comic take on militarism, patriotism and heroism. The 1999 movie adapted Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel, which was originally accused of playing up fascist ideas, but added Verhoeven’s well-known satirical view of political and sociological […]

Do We Really Need a “Total Recall” Remake? (photo)

Do We Really Need a “Total Recall” Remake?

NOTE: I am about to spoil “Inception.” And “Total Recall,” for that matter. If you don’t like it, tough noogies. Just yesterday I was thinking some more about “Inception” and the continuing debate about its ultimate meaning. Is Cobb dreaming at the end of the film? Is the whole film a dream? Though I had […]

“Showgirls: Exposed,” wurst thing ever. (photo)

“Showgirls: Exposed,” wurst thing ever.

The first time I saw this trailer (the director calls it a “photoplay”) for this sequel to 1995’s “Showgirl’s” I thought it was one of those horrible fan made vids that was mistaken for a real trailer. You know the ones on YouTube with the uploader comment, “lol this is my first video i luv […]

Destroying the World to Save It (photo)

Destroying the World to Save It

Is it too late for “9” to be the action movie of the summer? Shane Acker’s dystopian fable shares a subject with the latest entries in the “Terminator” and “Transformers” franchises (not to mention “Battlestar Galactica”), but his direction is a model of clarity and grace, and his animated, inhuman protagonists are more life-like and […]

Quentin Tarantino makes war fun again. (photo)

Quentin Tarantino makes war fun again.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” comes out next Friday, but the deluge of negative advance press seems to indicate we should be bored already. Quentin! Always with the talking and the self-indulgence and the references. He doesn’t make it easy on himself; unlike Wes Anderson, who went from bad-haircut-geek to styled-out, blazer-wearing fashion template in under […]

Putting a Fine Point On It (photo)

Putting a Fine Point On It

Twelve years ago, Paul Verhoeven, ever the cynical prankster, turned Robert A. Heinlein’s jingoistic ’50s sci-fi novel “Starship Troopers” into a plug-ugly satire of homicidal xenophobia, making his whitebread human “heroes” even more grotesque than the giant insectoid creatures they regularly slaughtered. Trouble was, mainstream America didn’t really get the sick joke, even when Neil […]

Odds: Salman Rushdie as a doctor, Paul Verhoeven on Jesus.

Salman Rushdie turns up in a somewhat jarring cameo as an obstetrician in Helen Hunt’s directorial debut “Then She Found Me” — he’s not bad, but his presence does throw you, as would, I suppose, Tom Stoppard playing a firefighter, or Joan Didion delivering a few lines of advice as a sage aunt. New York […]