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The Stake Podcast - RoboCop

Director Paul Verhoeven once said that RoboCop is the American Jesus.

What does that mean? Verhoeven’s RoboCop is an ultra-violent sci-fi action movie that’s surprisingly funny—but does the film’s anti-corporate, anti-capitalist satire hit its mark? 55 more words

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RoboCop (2014, José Padilha)

When a director decides to remake a beloved film like Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent satire, RoboCop, that remake is born immediately on the offensive because the inevitable question is ‘why?’ Other than to make money, of course. 345 more words


Showgirls (1995)

Absolutely, ludicrously bad from an acting/writing standpoint but Verhoeven’s commitment to maximalist sleaze is hilarious and entertaining. Essentially a total shlock fest dressed up as a 90s studio blockbuster, Showgirls is a one-of-a-kind movie in many ways. 119 more words

Media Diet


While waiting for today’s edition of The Forgotten, here’s a clip you can enjoy, if that’s the word, from René Clément’s award-winning GERVAISE (a956). A lavish and rambunctious Zola adaptation, it sets out its stall early with this savage, raucous and not-even-safe-for-work fight scene in which lead Maria Schell demonstrates her fighting spirit, which will carry her through the story and everything Zola, assisted by scenarists Aurenche and Bost, can throw at her. 272 more words


Basic Instinct (1992)

Basic Instinct is Paul Verhoeven’s classic noir erotic thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.  Ostensibly, it concerns a police investigation about the murder of a politically connected rock star, who was killed by an ice pick.   376 more words

Movie Review

So I Just Saw RoboCop (2014)

I’m not a huge fan of satire (ever since I read this Arthur Chu article about the game “Cards Against Humanity” and the inherent meanness of satire as a form of humor, I’ve just lost my taste for it), but I do have a sort of soft spot for the two Paul Verhoeven movies that I know I’ve seen ( 791 more words


Total Recall (1990)

Another Schwarzenegger film and another sci-fi literary adaptation.  This time it’s Total Recall, director Paul Verhoeven’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s story “We Can Remember it for You Wholesale”. 420 more words

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