Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers is a 1997 science fiction military movie by Paul Verhoeven. The plot is about a future conflict between humans an alien bug-like race of bugs that apparently want to destroy us. The story follows some young recruits who enter military service just in time for the conflict to escalate. We watch them change as they go through the war.

The framing of the story, however, is a form of satire. The future civilization is clearly fascist and the story itself is a form of self-admiring military adventurism, the literature of the fascist civilization justifying itself. The documentary style of the movie makes this clear, though it can be watched as a straightforward military adventure movie as well.

The title of the movie ties to a book by Robert A. Heinlein, however the script began as an independent project and was licensed to the book later on. The influence of Heinlein over the director was actually negative, Verhoeven tried reading the book but did not like it. In fact, the book has many of the fascist overtones of the movie, but without the satire.

John Carter (not John Carter of Mars, but it should be)

Film Review (coming soon)

Genre Review: John Carter sits well within the John Carter of Mars Genre

Bad Movie Review (coming soon)


In 1912 the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of Tarzan, envisioned a fantastic civilization on the planet Mars, with flying ships and four-breasted women. John Carter was an American who was somehow transferred into an identical body, but on mars, where his strength is far greater because of the different gravity. He has many adventures.

The movie version is a fairly reasonable interpretation of the source material, though without all those multi-breasted women.


Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is a mish-mash shoot-em-up directed by John Favreau and released in 2011. It is arguably science fiction, though it tries to be a western and includes one of pretty much every western trope.

Film Review  Cowboys & Aliens May Be Someting, But It’s Not Art

Genre Review  Alien Invasion or Outlaw Redemption? Why not Both?

Bad Movie Review  Cowboys & Aliens Has the Goods to Be Bad