Poll

Your Favorite Paul Verhoeven Film Is:

Business Is Business
0 (0%)
Turkish Delight
1 (1.5%)
Katie Tippel
0 (0%)
Soldier of Orange
1 (1.5%)
All Things Pass
0 (0%)
Spetters
0 (0%)
The 4th Man
1 (1.5%)
Flesh & Blood
0 (0%)
RoboCop
18 (27.7%)
Total Recall
15 (23.1%)
Basic Instinct
1 (1.5%)
Showgirls
1 (1.5%)
Starship Troopers
14 (21.5%)
Hollow Man
0 (0%)
Black Book
3 (4.6%)
Haven't seen any
2 (3.1%)
Don't like any
4 (6.2%)
Elle
4 (6.2%)

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Author Topic: Verhoeven, Paul  (Read 6845 times)

1SO

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Paul Verhoeven
« Reply #40 on: December 16, 2013, 09:54:06 AM »
20 years ago, he was one of my Top 5 Directors.

1. The 4th Man
2. Flesh + Blood
3. Total Recall
4. Robocop

5. Turkish Delight
6. Starship Troopers
7. Basic Instinct
8. Black Book
9. Hollow Man

10. Soldier of Orange
11. Elle
12. Spetters

13. Showgirls
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Re: Directors Best Poll #14 - Paul Verhoeven
« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2014, 02:49:51 PM »
Caught up with Hollow Man, which is deliciously dark... but disappointing in that it doesn't push the perviness to greater heights.

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Re: Directors Best Poll #14 - Paul Verhoeven
« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2014, 12:21:15 PM »
Haven't seen any!  :o  :(

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Re: Directors Best Poll #14 - Paul Verhoeven
« Reply #43 on: June 10, 2014, 04:33:13 PM »

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Re: Verhoeven, Paul
« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2015, 03:38:01 PM »
Robocop
Starship Troopers
Total Recall

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Re: Verhoeven, Paul
« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2015, 02:59:49 AM »
Showgirls  (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
There's no joy in reviewing a famously bad film and concluding that, yes, it's bad. But here we are. There is so little in this film to recommend it. I tried to get drunk and enjoy it as camp which apparently is the proper way to view it but even that was a failure. I'm just too put off by the worldview on display here: not the foregrounded sleaze of the Vegas showgirl scene, but the underlying immaturity of the screenplay. It's perhaps to the film's credit that it's not at all sexy, but that's about as damned with faint praise as you can get. The real highlight is Gina Gershon's approach to her role, chewing scenery in a way that feels totally appropriate, even as it diminishes every other performance around her.
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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Verhoeven, Paul
« Reply #46 on: July 07, 2015, 05:17:52 AM »
Total Recall
Robocop

Starship Troopers
Basic Instinct

Hollow Man


I actually had a lot of fun with his films, even Basic Instinct and Hollow Man.
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Re: Verhoeven, Paul
« Reply #47 on: March 30, 2016, 11:54:35 AM »
1. Starship Troopers (3.5)
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« Reply #48 on: August 14, 2016, 01:46:54 AM »

The 4th Man
"I lie the truth."

There was a time when The 4th Man wasn't just in my Top 100 of All Time, it was in my Top 10. Verhoeven's cinematic extravaganza taught me the power of visual storytelling better than any silent film. The plot is a simple pansexual love triangle, mainly involving a book writer who creates fiction from small offbeat moments in his life and a fan who, like the spider in the opening scene, may be drawing him into his own destruction.


Verhoeven's images, brilliantly photographed by Jan de Bont, are full of blatant symbolism and ominous warnings, aided by the filmmaker's innate joy in pushing boundaries and buttons. Walking a tightrope that never spills into camp, the performances are theatrical and the moments of sex and violence hold nothing back. This is how Verhoeven gets away with the horrific dream imagery, it's all perfectly pitched so that I'm never laughing at the film or revolted by it but smiling along with it.

6 years ago, when I rebuilt my Top 100, this was the one title I couldn't find to re-watch, so I kept it just off the list. Watching it today, I see how some of the sexual humor is unnecessarily childish, and the climax is briefly marred by an obvious makeup effect. This won't be gong back into my Top 100, but it's going to be awfully close.
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Re: Verhoeven, Paul
« Reply #49 on: August 14, 2016, 09:01:25 AM »
I want to see this film.