Rated PG, even though the movie itself certainly isn’t.
We begin the 7th Annual Month O’ Bev with a spirited chat about one of her favourite satires. Starship Troopers was a split decision in this 423rd Ellises’ Analysis though because Ryan just doesn’t have a good feeling about Paul Verhoeven’s intergalactic war flick. It’s deliberately campy and it’s lathered in self-aware propaganda, plus the F/X are marvelous, but it also has tonal problems. Casting beautiful young(ish) people like Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Dina Meyer just so you can put them and so many other people through bloody hell and rip ’em to pieces is a solid idea. Are they up to the challenge of giving good performances though? We debated. Oh, and there’s the big bugs, who are possibly the movie’s scapegoats. Anyway, there’s plenty of meat on this bone (and plenty of meat to get torn right off the bone), so curl up by the fire and enjoy our first episode of 2022.
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Ryan has another podcast (Scoring At The Movies) that talks about sports flicks
Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: Shaft
January 10th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Welcome To The Dollhouse