Best fascist propaganda film ever

Red Letter Media does a good recap of Starship Troopers on the 20th anniversary of its release. Many audiences at the time panned it as a predictable rehash of old sci-fi military stories, but in time more people noticed the film was a subversive satire of fascist propaganda, one that never stoops to wink at the audience, but maintains its facade through the last frame.

I was particularly taken by the notion that director Paul Verhoeven purposely cast actors with a wooden, cheesy delivery to emphasize the heavy-handed presentation of the film's ostensible themes: that might ultimately makes right, and all citizens have the duty to endorse state-sponsored violence. Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has gone on to bigger and better things, was best known at the time as the boy doctor, Doogie Howser. He was the perfect pop-culture boy-nerd for the film. By the end, of course, his transformation into what looks like an SS officer is all the more appropriate. Only the shallow and compromised characters survive.