ICC #112 – Paul Verhoeven Loves His Sex and Violence
We discuss Hollywood’s favorite wildman auteur and his films Turks Fruit, Starship Troopers, Spetters, Showgirls and Basic Instinct.
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Films Under Discussion:
Turks Fruit (1973): “A young woman (Monique van de Ven) offers a ride to a hitchhiking sculptor (Rutger Hauer) and embarks upon a difficult romance with him.” – IMDB
Spetters (1980): “Three young Dutch amateur dirt bike motorcycle racers each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, works at a concession stand at the races. Everyone is looking for a better life. The young woman wants out of the business and away from her brother. The motocross racers want to make their marks as professional racers, like their hero, played by Rutger Hauer.” – IMDB
Starship Troopers (1997): “Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.” – IMDB
Showgirls (1995): “Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) arrives in Las Vegas with only a suitcase and a dream of becoming a top showgirl. She quickly befriends Molly (Gina Ravera), who works at the high-profile Stardust Hotel, and lands a job at a seedy strip club. A chance meeting with Cristal (Gina Gershon), the Stardust’s marquee dancer, and her powerful boyfriend, Zack (Kyle MacLachlan), brings Nomi one step closer to realizing her dream. But, as she ascends to the top, Nomi begins to wonder if it’s all worth it.” – IMDB
Hollow Man (2000): “When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.” – IMDB