Starship Troopers (w/ Adam Curtis and writer Ed Neumeier in person)

Starship Troopers is one of the great subversive films of recent times. It is about what happens when there is a sense of fear, uncertainty and doubt about the world we live in. It shows how attractive Fascism is as a response. And it is really radical – because the film makes you feel that attraction.” –Adam Curtis

With this incredibly constructed 1997 sci-fi saga, mad Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven wraps up his gonzo dystopian triptych that began with Robocop and carried through into Total Recall. In many ways, Starship Troopers is the most devastatingly satirical of the three, using Robert Heinlein’s straightforward ‘50s novel as a jumping off point to gleefully skewer our conflict-minded, gung-ho culture. “[A] ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism. The fact that it was and continues to be taken at face value speaks to the very vapidity the movie skewers.” — Calum Marsh, The Atlantic

Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1997, 35mm, 129 min.