The strangest thing about “Starship Troopers” is that so few people got the joke. Back in 1997, when Paul Verhoeven’s movie hit theater screens, critics blasted its simple storyline and cardboard characters, missing the fact that Verhoeven used an old science fiction novel to satirize patriotism, nationalism and the gung-ho military mindset of a hundred Hollywood war movies.
“Idiocracy” is that rarest of things, a very smart movie about some very dumb people. Even the premise is brilliant in its simplicity: A regular guy — nice, but a little dim — is put in suspended animation for 500 years. When he wakes up in the far future, he’s the smartest man in the world — because the world has gotten that much stupider. And meaner. And crazier.
Before the Force could awaken this week, it had to be created. And that conversation between Luke Skywalker and Old Ben Kenobi is the first time the Force was ever mentioned in “Star Wars,” a movie released way back in 1977 and the one responsible for everything — good and bad, inspirational and embarrassing — that’s come since.
Before there was Hunger Games there was Battle Royale (2000), an absolutely apeshit display of teen violence that could only come from Japan. The 15-year-old film pits 42 ninth graders (21 male, 21 female) against each other on a deserted island. They have three days to kill each other until only one remains. The survivor can return home. If they refuse to fight they all die thanks to electronic collars that will make their heads explode off their necks.
We are a mere two months away from the creation of the first NEXUS-6 replicant and only four years away from the events documented in Blade Runner. As you know, we’ve all been living peacefully with NEXUS models 1-5. But it is January 2016 when Tyrell Corp. will secretly introduce NEXUS-6 replicant models to off-Earth colonies. The extremely advanced NEXUS-6 model has a four-year lifespan because its creators fear the android may develop emotions and be resistant, even dangerous to mankind.
Strap on your power-laced Nikes, gulp down your Pepsi Perfect, and hop on your hoverboard because today is the day that Marty McFly walks among us. Well, technically there are two Marty McFlys: the old one who wears two neckties and the one from 1985 who’s just here to stop his kids from becoming assholes or something — and maybe place a few bets when he gets back. Today is Oct. 21, 2015, a pop-culture holiday 26 years in the making. “Back to the Future” Day is officially here.
Eden Rohatensky of the Jimmy and Eden podcast visits the show to talk about War Games (1983). Eden, a musician and web developer, lends her computer expertise to help dissect the 32-year-old film about mistakenly hacking into United States military supercomputer.
Stanley Kubrick’s futuristic film, which takes place 14 years in the past, is the subject of today’s podcast: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick made this highly influential film in 1968, a year before he faked the moon landing. (This is something people actually believe.) The plot covers the entire advancement of mankind in what feels like real time. Note, when something has “odyssey” in the title it’s not going to be short.