Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi satire hit theaters 20 years ago today. Paul Verhoeven spent his Hollywood years making florid, violent, sexy movies, all R-rated except for that one lap-dancing NC number. RoboCop , Total Recall , Basic Instinct , Showgirls , Starship Troopers , Hollow Man : These were steadily bigger-budgeted Hollywood products, with big-time movie stars and then later with the expensive digital effects that were already replacing movie stars.
It might seem like a blatant excuse to get the cast naked, but Starship Troopers ' shower scene is subversive for a couple of reasons. Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven's first American movie was RoboCop , which became an instant sci-fi classic. It offered all the action and special effects audiences in could ask for, but the film's creative satire, themes of humanity versus technology and Verhoeven making the title character an "American Jesus" are some of the reasons it's so fondly remembered. Verhoeven's s work wasn't shy when it came to explicit violence or sex, but films like Total Recall also explored rich themes too. It's packed with bloody action and CGI that has held up surprisingly well, but it was a box-office disappointment. It later gained a cult following which led to four STV sequels, two of which were anime movies, with the most recent being 's Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars. Starship Troopers was met with mixed reviews upon release, with some critics slamming it for being a glorification of fascism and war.
Having said that, I believe strongly that it takes a special individual who can remain active in the church and have a non-traditional marriage. I even had someone tell me I should know better than to marry a nomo. She will want her kids blessed, baptized, taking temple trips to baptize for the dead, hold the priesthood, a bishop will ask you sons and daughters if they masterbate and punish them if they do, etc. I was the bishops' daughter who went to BYU but didn't go on a mission because I was already married with a 10 month old by my 21st birthday. I have had more than one girl, who I had definite chemsitry with, who the girl really liked me and we had deep and intense conversations as well as a real physichal connection to. If you think your girlfriend's resistance to being exposed to anything critical of Mormonism sounds cult-like, you are right. I think my husband would do okay with the loneliness - just like I do. We tried discussing his list a few times, but it only ended in arguments.
The man I started dating 8 years ago, long before med school was in the picture, is disappearing before my very eyes. Because she already lives the covenants in most of the meaningful ways. Religious affiliation is not the only criteria when selecting a spouse.