Surfing around the OnDemand choices, I came across Starship Troopers, and I just couldn't help myself. I've lost track of how many times I've watched the thing, but there I sat, watching it again (now in HD!)
What is it about Starship Troopers that I like so much? I hate the restriction of chain of command, I'm inherently opposed to violence as political tool, and the movie makes it clear that the "good guys" we're rooting for are actually the invaders.
But it's so campy. Lines like "They sucked his brains out" while someone sticks their fingers into an empty cranium. And the cinematography -- the allusion to the Zulus in the desert fort is great film.
But, you know, what I really think I like... It's that sense of purpose, the ability to rise to the challenge, even if you don't know the whole story, you still have to survive. The poor mobile infantry doesn't need to know what's right or wrong on the big picture, they just need to stay alive, and the platoon does what it can to keep everyone alive.
And the effects are STILL cool.
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