Tag: Paul Verhoeven

The battle you’ve been waiting to see: garden gnomes vs. Vegas showgirls!

Okay, I’m feeling perverse and just putting two more or less completely random trailers together for entirely different reasons.

First, a new CGI animation from Disney is called “Gnomeo and Juliet,” which pretty much tells you the story, except the amazing cast which Pajiba was kind enough to list and the fact that there’s a lot of classic Elton John music in, for some reason.

Ugh. Not very promising. Well, since Dennis Cozzalio reminds us that today is the 15th birthday of Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’s legendary “Showgirls,” as a cine-palette cleanser please enjoy this delightfully NSFW bare-breasted trailer. Enjoy.

I gather Dennis — whose never afraid to defend orphaned movies — thinks “Showgirls” is actually good. I don’t know because I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never actually seen it. I’m not a fan of anything post-“Robocop” by Verhoeven or pretty much anything by Eszterhas, but still, I guess I should correct that. Besides, underclothed (naked?) Gina Gershon is enough reason to see any movie.

Inglorious movie moment #3

I wonder if that estimated $37.5 million would have been any less, or more, if “Inglourious Basterds” included a scene like the one below tfrom 1977’s “Soldier of Orange,” a fact-based tale about the impact of World War II on a group of promising Dutch students. And, no, it’s not “Brokeback Nazis” or anything of the kind…or at least that’s not how I remember the breakthrough film from Holland’s Paul Verhoeven who certainly wouldn’t be afraid of a little gay subtext or text, so who knows. It’s been awhile.

Verhoeven, of course, eventually moved stateside and went on to have one of the more interesting Hollywood careers we’ve seen (except for “Robocop,” I’m not a fan, not at all…but that could change; I still haven’t seen “Showgirls”!). Sorry, no subtitles you’ll just have to figure the content of the discussion between a very young Rutger Hauer and Derek de Lint.

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