• Like many of Verhoeven films it was severely underrated by critics but if you dig into the reviews- they admire Verhoeven’s style (at least a lot of them do) but cringe at the sleaziness of much of the content- which doesn’t factor in at all in my evaluation
  • I love the vertigo-like opening with the Oscar nominated score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Borrows from jagged edge and de palma- but mainly it borrows from Hitchcock—specifically vertigo. The de palma comparisons come with the elevator stabbing scene and the psychiatrist involvement in dressed to kill– but even saying it compares to de palma is really like saying it compares to Hitchcock as de palma largely based his career on Htich
  • Vertigo- drives along the coast, long silent man chasing woman chase sequences to wonderful music, the dominant dark eyebrows on Sharon stone like Kim Novak, set in san fran, stairs to the apartment (above picture)—all homages to Vertigo—but Verhoeven makes it his own—sleazy, pop-infused, ironic, funny at times, clearly not as well done or as intelligent as Hitchcock but worth of respect and the archives in his/its own right
  • Stable of reliable and talented early 1990’s character actors like Wayne Knight, Stephen Tobolowsky, and James Rebhorn
  • Not in the top 10 of 1992 but in the archives
  • Recommend