I recently enthused about Verhoeven here, so read that if you haven't yet.
Before coming to Hollywood, Verhoeven was an award-winning director back home in the Netherlands. And he worked with Rutger Hauer a lot. Like in Turkish Delight and Spetters... both of which I've seen. Along with The Fourth Man, which was cool. Actually that's the first of his movies that I saw.
In the US he makes Flesh & Blood, RoboCop, Total Recall, and Basic Instinct. Everything's great--his movies make a shitload of money, and he's working with A-list talent. Then he made Showgirls and nobody got the joke.
To understand Showgirls you have to ask yourself what would happen if Russ Meyer directed All About Eve.
Oh well, somehow it ended up making a shitload of money on video, and is considered a success (it's among MGM's 20 best selling titles).
Then came Starship Troopers and Hollow Man--2 of the 4 of his films that received Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects.
He returned to the Netherlands and I haven't heard of or seen anything he's made since. Come back Paul Verhoeven, I miss you!!!!!!
Happy birthday dude! Rock on!