Thursday, February 21, 2013

Podcast: Showgirls (1995)

The movie that made Elizabeth Berkley into a household name and paid Joe Eszterhas three million dollars, Showgirls is a "camp classic," according to its own DVD box cover blurb. What can we say about Showgirls that hasn't already been said? A positive Slant article almost ten years after release called it "essential" and "an honest satire" while Ebert said it was "not quite unredeemably bad," and "less perverse than Basic Instinct" (which featured the same writer and director).

Join Chris and Nick as we talk about Kyle MacLachlan's dumb hair, crushes on Gina Gershon, and how this whole movie is a bizarre metaphor to express Paul Verhoeven's barely restrained Dutch contempt for American capitalism. It's more folded narrative in action, but with boobs and hammy acting!

Hair comparisons between Kyle MacLachlan in Showgirls (L) and Daria's Friend in Daria (R).
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  1. Daria's friend? She has a name you know, and it's Jane. Jane Lane.

  2. John is right. Her name is Lane. Jane Lane (cue James Bond Theme).... :-)