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Benedetta Review

The observation of contrast, between devotion and sin, is the obvious draw for Benedetta and director Paul Verhoeven. His work is often misconstrued and poorly understood until decades later when audiences feel they are better suited to trying his work and finding the real meaning within. Verhoeven’s style for the Robert Heinlen novel adaptation, Starship Troopers, may have flown over the minds of audiences at the time, and it feels his work on Benedetta is doomed to meet the same fate. Not because it can be misconstrued as blind patriotism and colonialism, but because it dares to take a stab at the taboo idea of sin breaching the devout in a religious environment. Nothing is sacred, ergo nothing is forbidden from discussion. Verhoeven pushes the envelope of taste once more.

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Hollow Man Review

The turn of a new century and an exciting era for filmmaking would soon sour. It is the reaction to adaptation and the appeal of seeing similar stories time and time again that weakens film, but some can take tried and tested source material to new areas and modern times. Paul Verhoeven applied that with this loose adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man. He does not riff on the set designs or the moral impact that could come from a man invisible to the naked eye but engages with the twisted, devolving mind of a man turned invisible out of choice and struggling to turn back.

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Joe Eszterhas’ Showgirls Redemption

It cannot be understated how much of an impact Basic Instinct had on this film. The second collaboration between writer Joe Eszterhas and Paul Verhoeven following the release of the Sharon Stone fronted erotic thriller, Showgirls is a case of an Icarus story if there ever was one in the film industry.

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