FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 11:59pm: STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997, dir by Paul Verhoeven; 35mm, Sony, USA)
STARSHIP TROOPERS (like THE BIG LEBOWSKI) is one of those initially dismissed movies that is now generally viewed as a stone-cold 1990’s masterpiece.
Paul Verhoeven re-teams with ROBOCOP screenwriter Edward Neumier to bring their same action-packed but bitingly satiric tone to this sci-fi story of earth’s youth enlisted (and possibly duped) to fight an inter-planetary war with alien bugs.
Just as he did with author Phillip K Dick in TOTAL RECALL, Verhoeven proves himself a master of translating the strange themes of thorny sci-fi legend Robert Heinlein to the screen.
There are reports that an alien bug race plans to attack the earth and so, in a not so distant future where there are no longer countries but fascist united continents, humanity decides to take the fight to the bugs’ home planet. So young adults, barely out of high school, full of youthful idealism and patriotism, enlist in the military, full of vigor and propaganda, to go fight a foreign enemy, with dangerous ideas that war will be fun.
Of course when they get to the bugs’ planet, the massacre, disillusionment, viscera, and dismemberments begin.
Verhoeven complicates our enjoyment of the action with fascinating questions and hilarious PSA commercials that play throughout the movie. Are the Bugs really attacking us or are we attacking them to get at their resources? Are our heroes really fighting for values that are worth fighting for or are they part of a society that has already turned to fascism? Most scary of all, are our heroes the Nazis in this battle?! And are the bugs the resistance?!
The movie is classic Verhoeven, at turns wildly entertaining, darkly comic, violently gonzo, and intelligently ambiguous. Come watch a 1990’s classic that was, like LEBOWSKI, way ahead of its time.
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The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 11:59pm which is the night of THE FLY, our first movie of the summer season. After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.
With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.
HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal after the 2018 Summer Season All-Access pass. If you know you can make a series in July but not a series in August, this is the way to go.
The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.
You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.
MOVIEPASS (as of June 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of MoviePass.
CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!
PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.
SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.
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