The labyrinthine nature of the themes is what won me over on this rewatch. I never felt it was a bad movie like its reputation suggested, but now that I've seen what interested Friedkin in a few of his other films, I can totally understand what he was doing here and, yes, it was a bit ahead of its time and, yes, it also subverts the slasher trope of that era before it really turned into an era of imitators.…
I love this film because its nonchalant about every bit of its subject matter. I like it because it follows a formula of Cabaret in that it’s the end of an era. (It was obviously inspired by Boogie Nights, this much cannot be denied.)
I also love how it takes notes from the classic blueprint of “working class boy becomes personal savior in hedonism” that we’ve seen since Saturday Night Fever first blew up.
I love it because…
So, I’ve finally caved in, and I’ve finally decided to talk extensively about Showgirls. It only took a decade, but I’m here, I’m going to try to piece this all together in a way that is, at the very least, processable even if it isn’t entirely worthy of reader’s agreement. It's not an easy film to defend. It’s not an easy film to write about. Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 drama has a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of…