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With this episode of the famed Stinker Madness Podcast we prepare for 1997's Starship Troopers from master of stuff, Paul Verhoeven. Despite having a solid IMDB user rating, the critics panned it. Does Johnny Rico get better with age? Can Denise Richards be more than just walking boobs? IS the only good bug a dead bug?
Streaming Do's and Don'ts
- The Runner - Netflix
Pop Quiz, Hot Shot? - How do they do drugs in film?
- Sniffing cocaine - powdered lactose
- Heroin cooking - sugar & baking soda
- Smoking weed - Wizard Weed - weed with no THC. Same things cops use when they go undercover.
- Crack rocks - Rock candy OR glue and baking soda
- Needle injections - prosthetic arms, trick needles, OR for budget movies - stunt guy just frickin' does it.
The Great Superpower Debate
- Face freezing power - 2.5/10
About Starship Troopers - Movie Information
Sam's Boring Bullshit
My confused relationship with this film begins in 1997 when I saw it at the theater. It was as any of my confused relationships have gone. I take a girl out to tacos and then afterwards there is that “should I ask her to ice cream even though I am not that into her” moment. I don’t ask and two years later I find out she was allergic to tacos and she just wanted to tug me off in her Camaro. That is when I realize, holy shit, I didn’t get what was going on there, I would have totally got my wiener pulled in the back of an American classic, alas that ship had sailed and the tug boat headed down the stream to tow a different load into the bay of soiled upholstery. That is about what happened with me and this movie. When it came out I thought it was okay but kind of weird, totally didn’t get it. I read the novel about 5 months after seeing the film and would, for the next five years or so, hold Starship Troopers as the gold standard for how to fuck up a novel.