Starship Troopers, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bugs

I’ve already written two pieces on TIFF’s Paul Verhoeven retrospective (“Agent Provocateur: The Films of Paul Verhoeven” and “Comedy of Eros: Verhoven’s Lurid Pair”). I never figured I was a … Continue reading Starship Troopers, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bugs

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Comedy of Eros: Verhoeven’s Lurid Pair

The cultural excavations of the 80s have reached near the bottom of that embarrassing crevasse (parachute pants! purple reigns!). It’s only logical then that our voracious fashion-media-money machine is spreading … Continue reading Comedy of Eros: Verhoeven’s Lurid Pair

Publishers Weekly on the New ECW Press Series

Toronto’s ECW Press is experimenting with short-form digital and print nonfiction with its new series of “pocket pop.” In April, ECW will release the first two books in a “Pop … Continue reading Publishers Weekly on the New ECW Press Series

Agent Provocateur: The Films of Paul Verhoeven

With the Robocop reboot about to kick down the doors, it’s time for a retrospective of Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch provocateur responsible for the original and a handful of other … Continue reading Agent Provocateur: The Films of Paul Verhoeven

Saturday At The Movies – Total Recall 2012 vs Total Recall 1990

Dear movie studios, I hate to say this because I like the guy, but if you’re looking to make a splash at the box office during the summer movie season, … Continue reading Saturday At The Movies – Total Recall 2012 vs Total Recall 1990

Big Ideas On The Big Screen – Phillip K. Dick In Hollywood

Words like “imaginative”, “mind-bending”, and “psychologically unsettling” are often applied to the science-fiction novels of Phillip K. Dick. He wrote stories with big ideas. At the same time, his novels … Continue reading Big Ideas On The Big Screen – Phillip K. Dick In Hollywood