USA | 1995 | 128 min | R
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.
Somehow one brilliant mind produced across a myriad of genres some of the all-time classics of dumpster cinema, and we’re showing the holy trilogy of his misread classics: Join us for ROBOCOP! SHOWGIRLS! And STARSHIP TROOPERS!
Come see the strange contours of Verhoeven’s brutalist, ultraviolet aesthetic – and his surprisingly yearning and thoroughly humanist ethic! Watch one of cinema history’s greatest tragedies unfold, as a genius satirists’s texts are, time and time again, misread by his enthusiastic frat-bro audience!
You only THINK you’ve seen them before!
In July, ROBOCOP: a grim, unimaginable dystopia of privatized police and prison systems (……) is the setting for a parable about the terrible mechanization and corporatization of law enforcement – and the necessity for recovering some semblance of the humanity America has perhaps lost forever. Plus the dad from THAT 70S SHOW is the bad guy and a mutant gets his by a car and explodes into goop. NOT TO BE MISSED!
In August, we screen the unforgettable, bewildering camp classic SHOWGIRLS: a neon-noir disasterpiece about Las Vegas sexploitation brimming with titillation and one too many femme fatales as Nomi Malone – Elizabeth Berkley, fresh from SAVED BY THE BELL and trying, very hard, to cut loose – takes on the tinsel and trappings of the casinos and the strip. Watch as the most bafflingly unsexy sexy movie unfolds and explodes – and Verhoeven aims a surprisingly focussed laser-beam at the entertainment industry’s ruthless exploitation of women. A sumptuously shot, dazzlingly pyrotechnic camp comedy masterpiece – join the crowd for an unbelievable cinematic experience!
Then, in September, it’s STARSHIP TROOPERS: when Paul Verhoeven was asked to adapt Heinlein’s sci-fi classic, he set about trying to read it – and found the book to be such fascist trash he tossed it across the room. The result is a vicious lampoon of America’s fascist decline and rising militaristic propaganda….that was so spectacularly misread by its audience that it remains praised (and damned) for its “pro-military” slant. See Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards look Very Beautiful In a Specific Nineties Way and do…well, their very best, bless their hearts. Beautiful people! Ugly bugs! The prediction of the pop-up ad! A whole lot of 90s ultra-violence, and one of the Golden Girls as a ruthless military scientist! – ANTHONY OLIVEIRA
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon
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Dumpster Raccoon screens trashy cult classics accompanied by live performances. In a recent interview with NOW Magazine, curator Anthony Oliveira summed up the series: “Dumpster Raccoon (more…)
All accompanied by live drag performances, pre-show commentary, and the best theatre audience in Toronto! Join us for the SUMMER OF VERHOEVEN!!!
Content Advisory: Showgirls contains scenes of graphic sexual assault.
General Admission: $15
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