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

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

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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 themes. Like Verhoeven’s “Robocop,” the plots are interrupted by parodic commercials supporting his societal outlook and filled with outlandish, over-exaggerated scenes that still manage to completely fit within the story.

The film was followed by a series of direct-to-video sequels and an animated series, but it’s the original which was fully embraced as a cult classic. So it’s a little unnerving that Sony is now eying the film for a reboot, assigning “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class” writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to the script. Of course, as Vulture points out, they also wrote “Agent Cody Banks.”

I don’t begrudge them for that, however. Miller and Stentz have proven themselves as able storytellers. “Thor” and “X-Men” were two of the best superhero offerings in the last ten years. What’s unfortunate is there doesn’t seem to be a point to rebooting “Starship Troopers,” unless they’re planning to remain more faithful to the book. But that book, in today’s climate, seems antithetical to current events where the United States is embroiled in a global war that most Americans would soon rather forget existed. Would audiences pack a theater to watch an allegedly pro-war tale?

My hunch is no, meaning those militaristic themes would be toned down for a new “Starship Troopers.” But when you strip away Verhoeven’s and Heinlein’s various political bents, you’re left with simply another war movie, and we saw what happened with “Battle: Los Angeles.” And if you plan to keep the parody element, then why remake it at all?

Time will tell what happens with the project, but it’s not one I’m awaiting with open arms. Let me know what you think in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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