Hello, my name is Lisa and I'm a Pauloholic.
At the time I started working on this site, Paul Verhoeven took second place to John Carpenter in my personal director pantheon. I only started the site because there were no other comprehensive fan pages devoted to Paul Verhoeven and I felt he deserved one. (Happily, PaulVerhoeven.net came around shortly before I opened my own site.) I was mainly interested in Verhoeven's scifi and had not seen his Dutch films. In fact, I originally planned to have just a listing of his films and separate pages for only the major scifi films (RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers).
Then two things happened that turned me into an obsessed Verhoeven fan: I listened to his commentaries on the DVDs, and I read some interviews with him that I had stumbled across while searching for Starship Troopers pages. Once I started hearing and reading his own words, it became apparent that Paul is a very, very smart man as well as being extremely personable. I always like listening to DVD commentaries, but sometimes the directors seem unwilling to critique their own films and the commentaries end up boring as a result. Paul Verhoeven is anything but boring and it didn't take long before I was curious to know more about him. I ended up ordering his authorized biography (by Rob van Scheers) and the Anchor Bay releases of his Dutch films. To make a long story short, by the time I was done with those I'd become a raging Verhoevenholic ;-) and I haven't looked back since.
My favorite of his films are RoboCop, Katie Tippel (even though he doesn't seem to care for that one too much), and Total Recall. As I said, it was originally his scifi that got me interested. So few directors of scifi films take the time to build alternate realities the audience can believe in. Paul Verhoeven does a spectacular job of doing just that. This is a guy who can take downtown Dallas in the 80s and make it look like a near-future Detroit, a guy who films propaganda films within anti-propaganda films, a guy who convincingly turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into an everyman and took us along for the ride. I assert that such talent is nothing short of genius.
There, I said it: Paul Verhoeven is a genius. And this is my tribute to him.
A little about me
My name is Lisa. I'm a single mom to two kids. I live in New England. I carry a badge. Okay, I might have made that last part up, but the rest is all true. I'm a lifelong movie fan and especially enjoy horror and scifi. I have a few other websites: ghosts.org, an F. Paul Wilson fan page, and The Drool Page. Exciting stuff, I tell you. Like most people who grew up in the 80s, I live in a fantasy world where I am convinced I'll be rich and famous someday. Yup, that's gonna happen... any day now... real soon... I just know it will happen...
Some of my favorites:
Director: Paul Verhoeven (duh). There are more of my favorite directors here.
I hope you enjoy the page, and don't forget to email me if you have any questions or comments, or an extra million you want to throw my way. I am not above handouts.
The Paul Verhoeven Fan Page