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Cross The Streams: Defiance, Starship Troopers, And Lynchian Shorts Go Online

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To stream, or not to stream? It’s not even a question. Here’s this week’s limited round-up of what hit the Internet this week.

DefianceDefiance (Hulu)
We’ve talked about it in the past, and it recently debuted to pretty solid ratings. This Syfy series from Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor, which also has its own online FPS video game, tells the futuristic story of a badass and his charge who arrive in the border town Defiance 30 years after an war with aliens left Earth a very different place. You’ll be able to follow along with this one weekly if you miss the live viewing and your DVR is clogged.

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Paul Verhoeven Sounds Off On Total Recall, RoboCop, And Starship Troopers Remakes

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Hollywood has been stuck in remake mode for years now, but recently they seem particularly focused on remaking the filmography of one particular guy: Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. This past summer saw a new version of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston. In February 2014, we’ll get to see director Jose Padilha’s take on Verhoeven’s RoboCop. There’s also a new version of Starship Troopers, based on the novel by Robert Heinlein, and which Verhoeven adapted into a campy, mega-violent film back in 1997. If you’re Paul Verhoeven, I’m not sure whether all these would seem like a compliment or a slap in the face. Thankfully, somebody decided to ask him.

The Playlist recently interviewed Verhoeven and took the time to ask him about all the remakes of his films. Asked about this past summer’s lackluster Total Recall remake, Verhoeven points out that “critics were a lot more complimentary to me and Arnold about the original after the remake came out than they had been been before it.” That’s a spot-on assessment of the differences between the two Total Recalls in my opinion. The remake was slick and pretty, but stripped of all the corniness and the outright weirdness of Verhoeven’s original, it just felt like a hollow and tedious exercise. The original Total Recall is batshit insane in a thousand different ways, but if you strip out all the Schwarzenegger one-liners and three-breasted hookers and psychic conjoined twins and ancient Martian terraforming machines, it turns out you’re left with not much. Watching the remake just made me appreciate the first Total Recall even more.

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Starship Troopers Reboot Will Be Less Violent Says Producer

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We told you months ago how we were actually excited by the prospect of a Starship Troopers reboot, because it meant we might get a Troopers movie that hews closer to Heinlein’s novel. Sure, the Verhoeven flick was entertaining in a cheesy way, but any resemblance between it and the book was most likely coincidental. Now one of the producers of the new Starship Troopers film has detailed another way the remake will set itself apart from the 1997 version: it will be considerably less violent.

Verhoeven is known for laying on the gore in his films (“Give the man a hand!”), and Starship Troopers was no exception. Speaking to Empire magazine, producer Toby Jaffe says that the decision to tone down the violence is partly so the film can aim for a lower rating, something that is important to studios on expensive pictures. He cites the Total Recall remake, which he is also producing, as an example: “With Recall in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like Minority Report. It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way.”

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New Sci-Fi Additions To Netflix Instant Watch Include Fifth Element, Iron Giant And More

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By now you hopefully know that Netflix Instant Watch is a must have in your home. It’s the best way to catch up on all the great science fiction you might have missed, or in some cases have forgotten. Lately I’ve been using it to revisit oddball sci-fi movies like Battle Beyond the Stars and still others like Brother From Another Planet remain lined up and waiting for me in my instant queue.

Netflix’s lineup is always growing and they’ve just announced they’ll be adding new sci-fi movies to their list of instant watch possibles. Here’s what they have coming and when you’ll be able to add it…


Groundhog Day | AVAILABLE NOW
I’m not sure if it’s science fiction or fantasy or what (the movie never explains what’s going on, and that’s a big part of its charm), but it involves Bill Murray repeating the same day over and over again until he finally gets it right. It’s a brilliant film and on a resume filled with great work I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say that Groundhog Day is the best thing Bill Murray has ever done.

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Starship Troopers: Invasion Trailer

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It’s been nearly fifteen years since Paul Veerhoven turn Robert A. Heinlein’s acclaimed sci-fi war novel Starship Troopers into a feature film. Even though that movie never did well enough to merit a theatrically released sequel, interest in the Starship Troopers universe has lived on spawning an animated series and even several direct-to-dvd sequels. Here’s the trailer for the newest one, called Starship Troopers: Invasion.

The big difference this time is that Casper Van Dien, who starred in the 1997 Starship Troopers as Johnny Rico, had a hand in producing Invasion which by the way is the first fully animated Starship Troopers movie. Check out the trailer…

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Starship Troopers Reboot Coming, Why You Should Be Excited

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Sony Pictures and Producer Neal Moritz are working on a new adaptation of the classic Robert A. Heinlein novel Starship Troopers. Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote the pretty excellent scripts for Thor and X-Men: First Class are working on the script. Hold off on your nerd outrage reflex, this could actually be a good idea. Here’s why.

In 1997 Showgirls director Paul Verhoven made a movie out of Heinlein’s book only, well his movie bears almost no actual resemblance to the novel. Verhoven’s movie is actually pretty good, in spite of this, taking the tale to extreme’s never envisioned by Heinlein’s novels. But it’s not Heinlein’s novel.

Because Verhoven’s movie is so completely different from the book, it’s now possible to make another movie called Starship Troopers which is also completely different from Verhoven’s movie. Actually it would be almost impossible to make a movie like Verhoven’s even if you wanted to. His vision is so strange and over the top, there’s no way to duplicate it.