The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, July 1-7

07/01/2015 8:00 AM |

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Starship Troopers (1997)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
At first, few knew what to make of it. A soapy, brainless space opera with Hollywood’s toothiest young stars, or a startlingly prophetic indictment of military policy? Hey, why not both? Informed by Verhoeven’s memories of Nazi-occupied Holland, plus screenwriter Ed Neumier’s satirization of the 1959 source novel’s pro-fascist stance, Starship Troopers is the garish outlier among the self-serious war tales of the 1990s. Aryan dreamboat Casper Van Dien and pals (from a futuristic South America, no less) enthusiastically train for promising careers in intergalactic bug extermination, in a time where idiocy masquerades as intelligence, the internet siphons propaganda, and homeland attacks spawn invasive retaliation. Far-fetched, right? Max Kyburz (July 3, 4, midnight at the Nitehawk)