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February 06, 2008

"I'm from Buenos Aires..."

"Starship Troopers" was a subtle parody of old 50s newsreels and I guess some kind of allegory between the old wars we fought and the one we were fighting when it came out about ten or fifteen years ago.
It also had NPH taunting a giant brain bug. Back then, those kind of things didn't win you Oscars [still don't].

In the aftermath of an alien attack on Argentina, the film's hero Johnny is featured on a TV newscast presenting the popular opinion when he announces "I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say we KILL 'EM ALL!"

I'm not really from Buenos Aires, and I generally wouldn't use this in a context that suggest something actually needs to be killed. I just like the fake-tough-guy sound of it.

PROTIP: When the movie came out in theaters, I had a Filipino friend who was furious that the Heinlein novel's Filipino protagonist became the white-bread Argentinian played by whoever that was.

"I'm from Buenos Aires..."
[Dialogue spoken by... took me a few minutes to remember: Casper Van Dien. No Internet resources were used in the writing of this post.]

Posted by britainw at 10:30 AM | Comments (0)