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Badassery and epic cheese

So, I rented a mess of movies from Blockbuster - more like rented one and got three due various deals, actually - and two of them were Blade and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.

Blade. Holy shit, Blade. This movie was 50% ultraviolence, 50% ass-whippings, and 75% awesome. Wesley Snipes does an outstanding job as the eponymous antihero, the vampire who can walk in the daylight without SPF 99 sunblock and is on a bloody mission of revenge; Stephen Dorff is his nemesis, Deacon Frost, the vampire who wants to summon the Blood God (and, incidentally, the apocalypse), and Sanaa Lathan as the hematologist who not only finds a cure for vampirism (if you're human to start with) but makes a discovery that allows Blade to defeat Frost with SCIENCE! I enjoyed the hell out of this movie and may have to buy a copy for keeps one of these days. Highly recommended; easily the best vampire movie I've seen since John Carpenter's Vampires.

And then we have the latest (hopefully the last) in Paul Verhoeven's series of Starship Troopers parodies, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. This was sliced and diced by goons when it first came out for many of the same reasons as the original, but considered on its own merits as a dumb, campy* B-movie set in the universe Verhoeven created, it's not bad. The Mobile Infantry is still running around like a bunch of 19th-century idiots with automatic weapons, but at least the shovel and the rifle-mounted grenade launcher have been rediscovered. There's also a moderately dumb "treachery from above" element to the plot with a double reverse twist, a passel of minor characters carrying the idiot ball, and some other stupidity, but all in all it's an okay movie, maybe a C+/B-. Certainly worth watching for free. :)

*The producer evidently can't recognize camp when it's standing right in front of him kneeing him in the groin; every single clip from the Federal Network is so over the top it can't avoid being camp.



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Jun. 27th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I took a look at the Smithee Awards gallery to see if Starship Troopers III was one of the films they honored. It's not. It probably wasn't bad enough, although I might suggest it to them so that they can judge.
Jun. 28th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
ST3 went direct to video, so I doubt they wasted any time on it.
Honestly? I thought it was better than Verhoeven's original - this one didn't take itself half so seriously as Showgirls Troopers.
Jun. 28th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Direct to video? Now, that's their kind of film! I'll be sure to tell them about it now.
Jun. 28th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I doubt they'd consider it. Enough work went into this that it's just mediocre as opposed to being legendarily bad like Ishtar, Battlefield Earth, or [insert Ed Wood movie of your choice here].
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Ishtar and Battlefield Earth are too famous for them--seriously, I've asked. Ed Wood's movies are something they're saving for a rainy day, which is why they don't yet have "Plan 9 from Outer Space," although they've promised they'd get around to it someday. They'd prefer something less well-known and a direct-to-video second sequel of Starship Troopers would fit the bill, trust me. They could get some awards out of it, like "Alas, Poor Yorick" for most pointless death, "Cutting Butter with a Chainsaw" for most excessive violence, and "Best One Liner" for exactly that. Who knows, they could even get "Acting appropriately stupid." They won't get "Worst Special Effect"--too high a set of production values.

Speaking of Starship Troopers, check out Starship Troopers Is Perfect — and Therein Lies the Problem from io9's blogging the Hugos series. If you haven't read it, you should. You'd probably like it.
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
You were right. It's a good essay, and I agree with 99% of what Wimmer has to say. The commenters, not so much.
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
BLADE - 2 thumbs up.

Now you have to see BLADE 2... not as good as the original, but lots of additional ass-kicking, with Ron Perlman for extra-added attitude.

Then see BLADE 3. Also not as good as the original, but it does have a tremendously funny take on Hannibal King.

Jun. 28th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Both of those movies are on my list, along with The Art of War and its sequel. Willy Mays Hayes or no, Snipes has become quite the ass-kicking action hero. Too soon to tag him as the black Bruce Willis?
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