Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 21: Saturday Jan 21

Robocop (Verehoven, 1987): Rio Cinema, 11.30pm

This is brought to you by the wonderful Cigarette Burns film club folk - more details via their website. I shall be in attendance and very much looking forward to a Paul Verehoven film I am ashamed to say I haven't seen in its entirety yet.

Chicago Reader review:

'Android policeman roots out criminals in futuristic Detroit at the behest of greedy corporate controllers. Gentrification, criminality, what's the difference? Not much, according to Paul Verhoeven's creepily stylish SF thriller (1987, 103 min.), though Verhoeven, a Dutch director (The Fourth Man) with a taste for subterranean kinks and slick continental veneer, is careful not to let his satirical assaults intrude on the more numbingly physical kind. Still, there's a brooding, agonized quality to the violence that almost seems subversive, as if Verhoeven were both appalled and fascinated by his complicity in the toxic action rot (the entropic mise-en-scene is more than a designer's coup: Verhoeven can't get out of the sludge, so he cynically slides right in). As the human cop turned android, Peter Weller hardly registers behind his fiberglass visor, though Verhoeven, usually a master at suggesting the sleazily psychological through the physical, might have made something more of his eerie Aryan blandness'
Pat Graham



You can find the Cigarette Burns trailer here.

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