5. Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy is probably Smith’s most honest and a personal film. At the time of release, some criticized it for being homophobic, beacuse Holden does manage to sleep with Alyssa, who identifies as a lesbian and not bisexual. Then there’s Banky, who claims all lesbians need is a good romp with a man to remind them of the glories of heterosexuality.
Banky is clearly a buffoon who’s later shown to be confused about his own sexuality. Holden is a jealous person who sees Alyssa’s turn to heterosexuality as a trophy until he realizes he wasn’t her first male sexual partner. As a result, he loses her in the end. Alyssa’s assuredness in her sexuality along with Banky’s confusion about his own makes a point about how fluid sexuality can be.
6. American Sniper
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film, directed by Clint Eastwood. It is loosely based on the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. Kyle himself was never one to shy away from expressing his political views in public, so when the film was released, everyone on the political spectrum wanted to give their take on the film. People on the left wanted to paint it as propaganda for an unjust war. On the right, people claimed it as a film that shows the true nature of the terrorist threat in the Middle East.
It’s all about a soldier returning home from a war zone and having to struggle with the effects of PTSD. The movie is a perfect example of how a simple character study can be overanalyzed by those wishing to ascribe it to their own political agendas.
7. Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers is a 1997 American satirical military science fiction action film. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. when Starship Troopers was released, critics and audiences had a hard time seeing it as anything but a dumb shoot em up action film because of some previous military action films that didn’t come out well.
Verhoeven’s mentions that he never understood how people missed the point of the film. Audiences completely missed the satire. He proclaims the film’s message as, “War makes fascists of us all.” Perhaps it was his tendency toward the big and bawdy that worked against him. Other people point to the marketing of the film as the place where the disconnect occurred.