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Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers: Invasion

Starship_Troopers_Invasion_posterI hate this movie! I hate, hate, HATE this movie. Not only does this movie go right back to removing everything original and great about its source material, but it also shamelessly rips off my favorite movie of all time thus breaking the cardinal rule for bad movies. If you make a shitty movie, do not remind people of better movies that they can better spend their time watching! Released 4 years after Starship Troopers 3 Marauder, Starship Troopers: Invasion is a computer animated sequel to the series. Our former list of champions was sadly put to the wayside as Edward Neumeier and Casper Van Dien were shifted to the status of executive producers with their role in the creation of the film limited. Instead we now have a new director in Japanese anime director Shinji Aramaki who was the man behind anime OVA’s like Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, the Appleseed franchise, and also was the man behind Halo: Legends. With him in charge and with writer Flint Dille penning the work, Starship Troopers: Invasion takes a much different and far worse path then its predecessors. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers: Invasion”

Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

220px-Starship_Troopers_3_MarauderSo the retrospective continues past the halfway mark as we touch on the most surprising film of the franchise, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Now to touch up on where we left off; The Verhoeven original movie had achieved cult status and thus resparked interest in turning Starship Troopers from a one off 90’s film into a franchise. Sadly though, major studios would not put much money into the franchise and Verhoeven had moved on in his career to film Black Book as well as be the front man for the  film project known as Entertainment Expo. This would mean that the film franchise would be championed by a group of people that worked with Verhoeven on the first film Ed Neumeier, Phil Tippet, and John Davisson. Together the three would create the universally panned second movie Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation. As we saw in my review last week, it didn’t go over so hot. But still the franchise plotted along. Tippet and Davisson disappeared from the project leaving Ed Neumeier as the solo man on the project. However he was able to get some back up from an old friend, none other than Johnny Rico himself Casper Van Dien. With Neumeier penning, directing the film, with major support from Van Dien, new producer David Lancaster, and a slightly higher $20 million dollar budget the film franchise saw a breathe of new life as they pulled the franchise out of the hole that Starship Troopers 2 dug. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers 3: Marauder”

Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation

Starship_Troopers_2So we continue this lovely retrospective with the movie that spurned my desire to create it in the first place, Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation. Out of the four movies in the Starship Troopers franchise, this detestable film is not only the least like the source material, but almost seems to try to go out of its way to be a disgrace to the Verhoeven 90’s cult classic. Some might say that is unfair of me to say, seeing as how this film was created on a $7 million dollar budget, nearly $98 million less than the original movie, but that should still not excuse it from making a movie that would barely be passable if it were its own standalone title. Starship Troopers 2 was created in 2004, nearly seven years after the original movie. by this time, the original film had started to receive its cult status title and critics and fans began to reassess the movie and its merits. Of course when this happens, someone has to come around and take advantage of it. Those people being Edward Neumeier, John Davisson, and Phil Tippet. All three of these men had worked with Verhoeven in the past with movies such as Robocop and the original Starship Troopers. The three would pick up the series while Verhoeven was off doing more productive things with his career. So with a fraction of the budget, the three men set forth to resuscitate the series with all three producing the film, Neumeier writing, and Tippet directing. The combination of the three gave us… Well the abysmal shell of the first film’s former self that we see before us. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation”

Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers

220px-Starship_Troopers_-_movie_poster Is it story time? Yes, I think it is story time. So a couple of days ago I was bored and really wanted to watch some hilariously bad movies, so I put on my Facebook page asking my friends to give some recommendations for some hilariously bad movies that I could watch, some through the comments, others through messages. Needless to say I got a lot of great picks, some of which will more than likely pop up on this site in the future. However one of which that peaked my interest was a friend of mine selected Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation (and we will be getting to that soon). Needless to say I watched it and I will discuss that one next week. But it started to get me thinking. The movie I am reviewing today, Starship Troopers was one of my favorite movies growing up. A young boy watching army men fight gigantic bugs, what wasn’t to like and as I have grown up I have gained a newfound respect for the movie in its clever political nuances, its tongue in cheek, and nihilistic propaganda dystopian paradise style. I remember seeing the second one and thinking it was a waste of time and a disgrace to its predecessor. But after I watched it a second time, I learned that there are actually two other sequels to the Paul Verhoeven cult classic. So needless to say, I had to watch them as well and after doing so… Well as you can see I felt the need to discuss, not just one of the four movies, but all of them. Plus seeing as how I haven’t done a retrospective since Resident Evil last year, I felt like it was high time to get another one going. So without further ado, I give you the Starship Troopers Retrospective. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers”