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      23.05.2010 09:22
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      Dr. Evil, can I paint his yoo-hoo gold? It's kind of my thing, you know.

      Goldmember is the third in the Austin Powers trilogy, directed by Jay Roach and starring Mike Myers as the eponymous hero Austin Powers as well as his nemesis the deliberate and incompetent Doctor Evil.

      In this episode, Austin Powers is forced into action when his father Nigel Powers (Michael Caine) is kidnapped by the very odd Goldmember (Mike Myers), Goldmember along with Dr Evil and Mini Me (Verne Troyer) take Nigel Powers back to 1975 with a plan to destroy the world if they don't receive the money they want.

      Austin time travels back to 1975 and teams up with the horny Foxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles) to find Nigel Powers and stop Dr Evil destroying the world, taking on the eponymous Fat Bastard (Myers) and other mean villains along the way.

      Cast:

      Mike Myers ... Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Goldmember / Fat Bastard
      Beyoncé Knowles ... Foxxy Cleopatra
      Seth Green ... Scott Evil
      Michael York ... Basil Exposition
      Robert Wagner ... Number Two
      Mindy Sterling ... Frau Farbissina
      Verne Troyer ... Mini Me
      Michael Caine ... Nigel Powers
      Fred Savage ... Number Three
      Diane Mizota ... Fook Mi
      Carrie Ann Inaba ... Fook Yu
      Nobu Matsuhisa ... Mr. Roboto
      Aaron Himelstein ... Young Austin
      Josh Zuckerman ... Young Evil
      Eddie Adams ... Young Basil

      My Opinion:

      Being honest I liked this the first time I saw it, not as much as the first two films, but I did find it funny, unfortunately my partner loves this film and i've watched it too many times and have now had the chance to appreciate the limitations of the film. Firstly it starts well with cameos from Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny De Vito and Kevin Spacey and ends well with John Travolta putting in a good one too, however a lot of the visual gags during the film feel contrived and lazy in comparison to earlier films. Just like Benny Hill and the kind of humour a lot of this film is taken from, the double entendres and jokes will either make you laugh once or have you splitting your sides every time you see it, unfortunately for me it seems to be only once it made me laugh.

      Myers is good as always as Austin Powers, but I do find Dr Evil annoying as he contrives long set pieces saying very little of substance that isn't funny, Seth Green is funny as Scott Evil as he finally begins to metamorphasise into his father, but Mini Me is inconsequential and scenes such as the recreation of Jay-Z's 'Hard Knock Life' in a prison or Austin Powers singing about his daddy not loving him were a bit forced.

      Myers is fine as Goldmember a rollerdisco obsessed dutch villain who likes the taste of dried skin and painting people's yoo-hoo's gold, he plays that role well enough but some of the catchphrases again grate after a while.

      I also found myself thinking i'd seen some of the visual gags (Behind screens, fighting with silly objects, chasing young ladies) in the previous films and therefore didn't enjoy it as much.

      Saying this there are laugh out loud elements which are funny and well put together but these are matched by a plot and some performances that feel phoned in.

      Beyonce is fine as Foxy Cleopatra but has little to do other than look good (Which she certainly does) and be a foil to Powers, Michael Caine is excellent as Nigel Powers and really does make the role his own outperforming Myers and the rest of the cast easily with naughty one liners and more than a nod and a wink to plenty of characters from Londons swinging sixties.

      Overall the soundtrack is good, but the beginning sums it up with lots of major stars and Myers introducing Quincy jones as the composer of the music, this film is a bit too clever and knowing and it overelaborates at every turn meaning that some of the funnier comedic set pieces overrun (For example powers spends almost a minute just shouting 'Moley' at a man with a mole, which my partner loves but I found tedious).

      Price:

      The DVD is available for £4.99 on Play.com and includes the following Special Extras:

      Commentary by Jay Roach and Mike Myers
      Deleted/Alternative scenes with optional commentary
      'Beyond The Movie' featurettes: MI-6 - International Men of Mystery / English, English / Disco Fever / Fashion vs. Fiction
      'The World Of Austin Powers' featurette
      'Visual FX' featurette
      Music Videos
      Theatrical and Teaser Trailers

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      09.05.2010 22:39
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      Not for me!

      Beyonce has recently become one of my favourite female artists , along with Leona Lewis, Lady Gaga and Delta Goodrem. I have all of her albums , and after enjoying her performance in the film Dream Girls , I wanted to see what she was like in the film Austin Powers : Gold Member. The film was released in the United Kingdom back in 2002. The film stars Mike Myers and Beyonce Knowles. The Blu-Ray is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £8.93.

      After discovering that Dr Evil and Mini Me have kidnapped his father , Austin Powers goes back in time to the year 1975 , where he teams up with detective Foxy Cleopatra to try and save his father from the Dr Evil's evil plan. Will they succeed or is it too late ? Watch Austin Powers ; Gold Member to find out!

      Although I hadn't seen the two previous films before watching this one , I found the plot very easy to pick up on , although it wasn't of a high standard which I had expected it to be. Although , I am a fan of Beyonce , I didn't like this movie one bit! I did find one or two things funny but considering this movie comes under the 'comedy' genre , I was really disappointed with the jokes , as they seemed so over the top and try-hard that they just weren't funny. The jokes are quite crude and so is not suitable for children.

      I was really impressed with Beyonce's acting ability. She is a star and an excellent entertainer , whether it be singing , dancing , or acting. She has proved that she can really act , although I did not like the character she played. Despite not liking the character , Beyonce played the part really well , although I can't help but feel that she suits roles more like the one she playef in DreamGirls.

      Uness you really liked the two previous Austin Power movies then I wouldn't really recommend this film.


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      May 9th 2010
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      20.11.2009 08:37
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      Goldmember DVD

      Goldfinger.... I mean Goldmember!!

      GoldMember is the third and final (for now) film from Austin Powers. It was released in 2002.

      I found the plot of this movie a bit all over the place with lots of things happening and was a bit too complicated for my liking although there were elements and characters that I loved. The Spy Who Shagged Me was my favourite Austin Powers movie and this one was a bit of a poor follow on for me but still a funny and comical movie.

      Again Mike Myers plays the role of Austin, as well as Dr Evil, Fat Bastard and the newly introduced Goldmember, or to give him his full name, Johan van der Smut, a Dutch gentleman. What's funny is I actually first saw this film in the cinema with my good friend from Holland and she assured me this is not what people from Holland are really like!! Goldmember has a really nasty habit of eating his skin and this makes him a really sickening character.
      The basic plot sees Austin battling against Goldmember who has kidnapped his father and again lots of time travel and spy like behaviour. It's over the top, full of clichés like the other movies but you know the jokes and they still see to be funny, the third movie on, if a little overused at times.

      One of my favourite parts is when they go to Goldmember's roller disco club (he likes to skate around on roller skates), "Studio 69" which I gather is a take on Studio 54 (the famous disco club). It looks like such a fun club and somewhere I would love to go.

      It's here that Austin reconnects with Foxxy Cleopatra who is of course, an old girlfriend. In this, like the other movies Austin definitely has more than his fair share of sexy admirers. Foxxy is played by Beyonce. Now, I am not really a Beyonce fan but I actually think she did quite well in this role as a disco babe and used some of her singing skills in the role too.

      This film has no end of cameos which I always find quite funny and interesting. For example, the following people make brief appearances, Tom Cruise, Britany Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny DeVito and the Osbournes to name but a few, a funny mix of people I think you'll agree!

      What I really liked was the way this film ended and I think it was a really ironic way to end the trilogy so far (I'm sure some more movies might be made as they have been so successful). It is revealed that the entire string of events was adapted into a film by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise. The Austin Powers cast (aside from Scott and Nigel) are in the audience of a Hollywood theater watching the film.

      Rumours are that a fourth movie is in the workings so watch this space!

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        16.09.2009 00:52
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        A star vehicle more than a sequel

        note: also appears in part on The Student Room and Flixster

        Let it be known that I LOVED the first two Austin Powers films - I thought they were devilishly funny and had a real sense of style, and of course, a rather immaculate performance from Mike Myers as Austin Powers, Goldmember and Dr. Evil. The third time around, though, some of the charm is admittedly gone, and with Beyonce Knowles at the helm, it does feel like more of a star vehicle than a loving sequel. That said, there are still plenty of chuckles to be had - it's just not as funny as the first two.

        The film opens with Dr. Evil in prison for trying to hatch a convoluted time travel plan to take over the world. Austin has been knighted for his efforts, but still can't get the approval of his father, Nigel (Michael Caine, in a superb spot of casting), who doesn't even attend Austin's ceremony. However, it turns out that a Dutch villain named Goldmember has kidnapped Nigel and stashed him in 1975, so Austin ventures there to try and get him back. Here he meets one of Goldmember's dancers, Ms. Foxy Cleopatra (Knowles), who decides to help him. Things also take an interesting turn as Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) reconsiders his life role as a mere lapdog to Dr. Evil, with hilarious results.

        Ultimately, this still has the clever sight gags and crude but smart humour of the previous films, but it's just not as refined and feels a little more phoned in. I would watch it if you liked the other two, but don't expect them to totally strike it lucky thrice.

        Whilst it's the worst of the three films (namely due to Beyonce Knowles' incongruent and pretty bland role as the love interest), it's still a pretty funny film and sows some interesting plot threads to wrap up the series. Particular praise goes to Michael Caine as Powers' father.

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          24.05.2009 06:37
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          A big let down and not a patch on the previous two movies

          When this, the 3rd installment in the Austin Powers series of movies came out in 2002 the character and indeed the first two movies were hugely successful and had firmly ingrained themselves into modern culture, so it was by this movie where things had gone stale in my opinion, but more on that later.

          The Plot :
          In 2002 Dr Evil ( Mike Myers ) , using his new Underground lair behind the Hollywood sign in beverly hills begins to outline his latest evil plan, using a Time Machine he will travel back to 1975 and bring back a dutch evil genius Johan Van Der Smut ( Mike Myers ) who has developed a cold fusion unit for a Tractor Beam, intending to use the tractor beam to pull a golden meteor towards the earth and strike the earth causing the polar ice caps to melt and create global flooding, however his plot is foiled by British Secret Service and Austin Powers ( Mike Myers ) and he is arrested and sent to a maximum security prison.

          After his latest success Austin is knighted by the queen, but during the knighting ceremony is horrified to discover that his father, the famous superspy Nigel Powes ( Michael Caine ) has failed to show up and let him down, but he later learns that his father has in fact been kidnapped by Goldmember and he must travel back to 1975 to rescue him, in the process he is reunited with an old flame and FBI Agent Foxxy Cleopatra ( Beyonce Knowles ) and together they team up to thwart Goldmember.

          So there you have it, the usual silliness you expect from an Austin Powers movie, my first clue that this was not going to live up to its prequels was the inclusion of Beyonce Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra, while she is a very talented singer I don't think comedic actress is something that works well on her resume, and she is pretty awful in this movie ( she does look great though )

          Also this movies main problem is it relies too much on previous jokes ( most of the jokes in this movie are rehashed from the previous two movies ) and far too much on famous cameo's ( a sure fire sign of desperation ), to see what I mean here is a list of famous Cameo's

          Tom Cruise
          Danny DeVito
          Gwyneth Paltrow
          Kevin Spacey
          Steven Spielberg
          Quincy Jones
          Dick Van Dyke
          John Travolta
          Britney Spears
          Ozzy Osbourne
          Sharon Osbourne
          Jack Osbourne
          Kelly Osbourne
          Burt Bacharach

          And thats just the Cameo's, not counting the actual established actors in this movie, overall I really felt that this movie was less about original jokes and making the audience laugh, than selling more Austin Powers merchandise and promoting a couple of songs ( Was the Britney Spears cameo at the beginning singing one of her songs really necessary ?? )

          I hope if they ever do choose to make another movie they'll go back to their roots and think of some original jokes and concentrate less on greasing the hollywood wheels

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          04.01.2009 10:05
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          Its not big, its not clever.....but it is funny!

          I have to be honest, I really like this film, its not big and its not clever, its the same as the other two really. Austin Powers is exactly the same character no changes, still making sexual puns, still living in the past. He has a beautiful sidekick, this time Beyonce as Foxy Brown bringing some funk to proceedings with big afro's, her amazing singing voice and a pretty good acting performance.

          This time they have to defeat Dr Evil and Goldmember a skin eating Dutch man who acidentally smelted his 'crown jewells' with gold in an accident and has become maniacal.

          To aid Austin through many unnamed henchmen, even more sexual entendre's and associated mishaps is Nigel Powers, Michael Caine putting on a tour-de-force comedy performance as always. He is excellent and his revelation that he is Dr Evil's father too gives interesting opportunities for a sequel if the series isn't too tired and worn out.

          Overall its the same as the other films, a Benny Hill type romp through an era, with loads of double entendres, lots of silly visual jokes and mishaps, its not big, its not clever, but it still makes me laugh.

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          01.10.2008 16:07

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          Suprisingly solid sequel

          Probably the best in the series this film is Solid Gold.
          It has some really famous actors in it spoofing the Austin Powers film which is already a spoof stop oh my head is going to explode.
          This film is set in the disco era of the 70's and Powers goes back to stop new super villan Goldmember also played by Myers from err blowing up the world or something.
          All masterminded by the superb Dr Evil who finally has Sharks with Fricken laser beams attached thanks to little Scotty Evil who is finally getting close to his dad after the defecetion of Mini Me who has defected to the good guys after being mistreated by Dr Evil.
          Are you following the plot, no neither do I normally but its a good story and Michael Caine turns up as Austins dad which brings some really funny moments to the film.
          I wont give the ending away in case there is anyone in the world who has not seen it yet but give it a go its a great film well worth a watch.

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          05.09.2008 08:44
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          Limited appeal

          It seems like a Hollywood rule that at some point in a series of films around film three or four you have to introduce the hero father and explore the ruptured relationship between the two and that father has to be played by a big star, hence in Indiana Jones you had Connery making an appearence and in Goldmember you get to meet Austin father played by Michael Caine.

          This is the third Austin Powers movie with Mike Myers in the lead roles of both Austin and his enemy Dr Evil. For me this is probably the weakest of the three films as much of the humour was repetitive, t was still an amusing flm and clearly Myers has a great talent and a fertile comic mind but I doo wonder sometimes why he sees the need for him to play every role possible rather than letting some fresh talent bring something extra to the film, maybe his ego does not want to be upstaged?


          Cast List

          Mike Myers ... Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Goldmember / Fat Bastard
          Beyoncé Knowles ... Foxxy Cleopatra
          Seth Green ... Scott Evil
          Michael York ... Basil Exposition
          Robert Wagner ... Number Two
          Mindy Sterling ... Frau Farbissina
          Verne Troyer ... Mini Me
          Michael Caine ... Nigel Powers


          In this film Dr Evil has employed Goldmember a Dutch roller skating bad guy to use a time machine to kidnap Austin father and so Austin has to travel back to the seventies where he meets Foxxy Cleopatra played by singer Beyonce Knowles.

          There are some nice parodies in the film, the send up of Silence of the Lambs was amusing and there is a rather clever use of subtitles to get across some gags as well.

          At times the film is a bit chees but it still made me laugh just not as much as the previous two.

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            03.09.2008 18:49
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            Worth the watch to complete the trilogy.

            After watching this last night on Film4, it suddently dawned on me how much better the first two austin powers movies were than this one. Ok its still funny, but a couple of the jokes have become a tiny bit worn out, and i didnt think there was enough new content to put this in the same bracket as the first two movies.

            Mike Myers is brillaint as always in his role, but i didnt really buy into the Boyonce part, she just didnt really seem to do all that much to help the film. I almost found her character a bit annoying which no character in a film like this should be.

            Theres a couple of ncie little 'twists' if you can call them that in an Austin Powers movie to keep it interesting and Michael Caine does well in his role as austins father.

            Overall its definately worth the watch to finish off the series, but its not one i find myself wanting to watch over and over like the first!

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              03.09.2008 00:18
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              Tired third film.

              This is the third film in the Austin Powers series of films and once again Mike Myers appears not only in the lead role but in pretty much all of the other main ones as well, playing his evil nemesis Dr Evil as well as two of the other baddies Fat Bastardand Goldmember and insane Dutch man who can be tracked down in the 70's at the height of disco.

              Cast List

              Mike Myers ... Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Goldmember / Fat Bastard
              Beyoncé Knowles ... Foxxy Cleopatra
              Seth Green ... Scott Evil
              Michael York ... Basil Exposition
              Robert Wagner ... Number Two
              Mindy Sterling ... Frau Farbissina
              Verne Troyer ... Mini Me
              Michael Caine ... Nigel Powers


              Michael Caine plays Austin father with whom he had a strained relationship and using a time machine Dr Evil uses Goldmember to kidnap Powers father in order to lead him into a trap, naturally there is also a cunning plan for world domination and sharks with lasers on their heads. Providing the glamour is Beyonce Knowles in a rather wooden acting role as Foxxy Cleopatra an agent from the 70's.

              This film was a sign that the Austin Powers films were starting to get tired and most of the gags area rehash of the stuff from the first two movies. If anything this film relied even more on toilet humour and in gags aimed straight at teh camera in fact some of the humour was so purile and predictable it was just not funny. The film was not without its funny moments, Myers is still able to command the screen and create laughs with his characters but overall this was a slightly disappointing film.

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                07.07.2008 17:13
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                Brilliant, fun film.

                --GOLDMEMBER--

                Goldmember was released in 2002. Starring Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Michael York, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine and Fred Savage. Directed by Jay Roach and co written by co-written by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers - Guest Performances: Steven Spielberg, Britney Spears, Quincy Jones, Katie Couric, Nathan Lane and The Osbournes.

                Running Time: 94 Minutes - Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy/ - BBFC Rating: 12 -


                The film 'Goldmember' opens to Austin Powers, (Michael Myers ) zooming along in his colourful Union Jack 'Shaguar', followed by a 60's psychedelic dance sequence. This sets the tone of the third film from the fabulous stable of mock spy films which parody James Bond and other similar films in the 'Spy'genre. Austin 'Danger' Powers is a trendy spy from the 60s with a penchant for the ladies and he reels them in with lines such as 'You've got my mojo working' and 'Groovy baby' whilst having a real satirical swipe at the 'swinging 60's'. Austin 'Danger' Powers is a trendy and colourful 'International Man of Mystery' from London, who travels around in time in his mission to overcome evil.


                Well as usual with these films of Austin Powers it isn't really about the plot, so expect little serious content here. This is a self parody, and a film within a film. The basic premise is that Doctor Evil, arch enemy to Austin Powers wants to destroy the world with his newly created weapon 'Preparation H' which he wants to send to Earth as a meteor to cause massive destruction and flooding. Aided by his henchman 'Fat Ba*tard' who is a massive wrestler who eats his own skin. In the meantime Dr Evil has also kidnapped Austin Powers father (Michael Caine) who Austin is desperately seeking out as he feels his father neglected him as a child and he needs to have the chance to build bridges. Then you have the baddie, 'Goldmember, whose private parts became solid gold due to a freak 'smelting accident'. It is decided that Austin will travel forward in time to 1975 to find his father and also, Goldmember and to stop the onslaught of 'Preparation H'!


                I love the Austin Powers films and find them to be very funny indeed. They are extremely slick in their production and the adherence to the 60's period in costume and dance is spot on. This isn't a film to be over analysed but just to be enjoyed for what it is and hugely enjoyable it is too. Goldmember is a film within a film, so you have a pretty impressive cast list, not only of the main actors but also the cast which play these 'Cameo' characters within the film being shot. For example in the film of Austin Powers, 'AustinPussy', being another Bond reference, you have Danny Divito playing 'Mini Me' and Tom Cruise playing Austin Powers, though you don't actually get to see too many scenes shown with them in unfortunately.


                The costumes are fabulous and loud with the disco, funk feel of the 1960's, and the various dances from the period are on display here giving the film an authentic feel. You have Beyonce Knowles playing 'Foxy Cleopatra' wearing a gold lame costume, with obvious reference to the James Bond film 'Goldfinger', who actually isn't too bad in her role. Also an unrecognisable Gwyneth Paltro, playing a sexy, swinging 60's babe which somehow didn't look quite right to me. Then there is Britney Spears wearing a leather shooting bra aimed straight at Austin. They engage in a shoot-off, Britney turns into a Fembot and Austin then enters into a hilarious display of dance,fight and song, whilst saying "Oops I did it again" and 'Groovy baby', 'I found my mojo', which Austin then uses to blow Britney to smithereens. -


                Goldmember is a whole lot of fun and there are some great stand alone scenes to come out of it. The scene when Mini Me is eating chocolate at the board meeting is quality, as is, the scene in the prison when Dr Evil and Mini Me sing 'It's a hard knock life', done in a mixture between the original 'Annie 'the musical feel and pure rap as in the mix. The humour is clever and acted out brilliantly. Michael Myers is pure comedy genius and has come a long way from his 'Wayne's World' days. The first Austin Powers film 'International Man of Mystery' came out in 1997 and it wasn't a huge mainstream hit, though it did garner cult status and the subsequent follow on films have steadily gained the reputation that they deserve as excellent comedy parodies. 'The Spy Who Sh*gged Me', his second film was always going to be a problem in the United States, with a title like that, and it was simply billed as 'Austin Powers 2'.


                Mike Myers is totally brilliant in Goldmember and he plays the parts of: Austin Powers, Dr Evil, Goldmember, and Fat B*stard. His characterisations are excellent and I never tire of watching him. He has a really cheeky, boyish quality to his acting which brings his films to life. There is real positive energy within the Austin Powers films. They are a little rude but never really offensive. I suppose that's why this one bears the 12 rating making it suitable as older 'Family viewing'. Verne Troyer is once again fantastic as 'Mini Me' and the sight of him in a baby carrier worn by Dr Evil was hilarious.


                I think the Austin Powers films are extremely clever, tongue in cheek swipes at the huge spy films of the day and his treatment of gentle parody works extremely well both with the genre and the 60's era and everything else that he is sending up here. Goldmember is a tremendously well acted film by all concerned and Mike Myers wonderfully wicked sense of humour and quirky sense of fun gives the film a very watchable quality throughout. Amazing there have only been three films made in the series and I think we are well overdue for 'Austin Powers 4' some time very soon I hope. Or could this possibly be the last?. Now that would be a shame.-


                'Michael Myers is an Emmy Award-winning British Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and film producer. He was a long-time cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s and the early 1990s and starred as the title characters in the film series Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek'.


                Thank you for reading
                PRINCESSPUSSYCAT
                July 2008*

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                  01.06.2007 16:34
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                  Funny in parts, but falls way short of the others in the series

                  What’s it about?
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                  Dr Evil has teamed up with gold-obsessed Dutchman Goldmember. Austin Powers, along with 70s agent Foxxy Cleopatra and his own dad, Sir Nigel Powers, must stop them.

                  Who’s in it?
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                  OK, you know the drill by now. Mike Myers returns as Dr Evil, Austin Powers and Fat Bastard. As before, he clearly has most fun with Dr Evil and relishes the chance to don the bald head again. Austin Powers is also fun, and by this time, Myers has the character down to perfection. Fat Bastard, though, still doesn’t sit terribly comfortably as a character. Thankfully, there is less of him in this film, though.

                  Continuing his quest for dominance, Myers adds a fourth character to his repertoire – Goldmember. Sadly, it’s not one of his more memorable ones and is little more than an excuse for Myers to don (another) silly accent. The character is almost entirely superfluous and has only limited screen time.

                  Amongst the newcomers, Beyonce Knowles is surprisingly good as Foxxy Cleopatra and does a great job sending up the 70s blaxploitation film characters. Also great is Michael Caine, riffing on his Harry Palmer persona and clearly having a great time doing so!

                  Verne Troyer has a much welcome expanded role, although it’s disappointing that the excellent Mindy Sterling (as Frau Farbissina) is relegated to a bit part due to the dominance of Myers’ characters.

                  Overall, the characters aren’t quite as good as in previous outings. This is partly because Myers’ insistence on playing 4 characters means he tends to hog the screen, with little development time left for others. This is a shame, as the success of the first two films, lay in the fact that the ensemble cast, although led by Myers, worked well together. In this third film, they are in danger of becoming parodies of themselves.

                  Is it any good?
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                  Goldmember will probably disappoint a lot of people. Non-fans will, of course, have given up on the series a long time ago, and there is nothing here that will change their mind. Fans of the previous two films, meanwhile, will find it a let-down when compared with the previous outings.

                  For a start, it’s hugely unoriginal. OK, that was a criticism that could also have been levelled against the first two, but for the most part, the jokes came so thick and fast that it wasn’t really noticeable. Here, the humour is much more inconsistent and the jokes thinner on the ground, so it’s more noticeable that they aren’t actually as funny.

                  Many of the jokes are simply recycled from the earlier films. Again, this was also true of the second film, but they somehow still seemed fresh in that. Now they feel old and tired. The space ship, which looks like a certain part of human anatomy, for example leads to another sequence which is all but identical to the one in The Spy Who Shagged Me. For me, the joke wore a bit thin even then, so to have it repeated here is a bit of a con. Worse, the film even points out that it’s nicking bits from the earlier films. I’m sure this is meant to be amusingly ironic. It is actually just annoying – as the person who says the line is saying exactly what the audience is thinking.

                  Goldmember is also a lot more contrived in both the plot and its range of humour, and this does it no favours either. The plot – an irrelevancy in the first film – becomes something of a distraction, as you do (at least vaguely) have to try and keep up with what is going on. It also gets in the way of the humour, as screen time has to be devoted to resolving various issues. Like the second film, the writers try to broaden out the scope of the humour, spoofing lots of different things to try and appeal to different audiences. This doesn’t work terribly well. Many of the references are to things which were popular in 2002 and those fads have now passed, leaving the film feeling slightly dated. Secondly, the broader targets inevitably lead to a more scattergun approach, where not all of the humour hits the mark. Finally, some of the references are pretty obscure – is your average cinema-goer in the 2000s really going to get a reference to rubbish 70s Kris Kristofferson film “Convoy”?

                  The humour is also a lot more self-indulgent. Constant celebrity cameos jar the film out of its own little world, and remind you that you are, after all, just watching a film. The opening sequence in particular, for all it is fun to watch initially, feels almost like it was written by a little boy desperately seeking approval from Hollywood. “Look, I can get Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Steven Spielberg etc. to appear in my film. Please can I join your club now?” The first time you watch it, you’ll think the opening sequence is great. On subsequent viewings, you may begin to wonder about the wisdom of including it.

                  That’s not to say the film is rubbish, however, for all these weaknesses, it’s still amusing and diverting enough. It’s certainly funnier than many so-called spoof comedy franchises (Scary Movie, I’m looking at you here). There are some inspired sequences – the “Mole” sequence is brilliant, as is the “Fountain” scene, and the film will have you laughing. Equally, there are a few great one-liners which raise the level of the film.

                  There are some original and funny sequences too. The “subtitles” routine is excellent, although perhaps a little over-long (and even this is unoriginal, partly based on an idea used in Myers’ Wayne’s World). Indeed, this sums up the film neatly. Occasionally brilliant, recapturing the magic of the first two, it is too patchy, too self-indulgent and too self-referential to be a truly brilliant comedy.

                  Conclusion
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                  A reasonable enough conclusion to the series, but significantly weaker than the first two. It’s definitely time for this particular International Man of Mystery to retire gracefully.

                  Basic Information
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                  Austin Powers in Goldmember
                  2002
                  Director: Jay Roach
                  Running Time: approx. 94 minutes
                  Certificate: 15

                  Trivia
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                  The original version of the film featured cameos by both Will Ferrell (as Mustafa) and Heather Graham (as Felicity Shagwell). However, as the first cut of the film came in at a whopping 3 hours, these were amongst the scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor!

                  © Copyright SWSt 2007

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                    Sadly, the worst AP yet.

                    To complete the trilogy comes Austin Powers: Goldmember. Clearly a spoof on the James Bond title, Goldfinger. So will this finally be it for Austin Powers and Dr. Evil's rivalry that has been spread over 5 years (1997-2002) or about 40 years in their time? There was a lot to live up to with this film and the stars were queuing up to be a part of it.

                    And Mike Myers star power is mimicked in the beginning for Goldmember, as it shows a film being made following his life. Austin's not quite sure about the beginning to the film however, and demonstrates how he would like the film to begin. Enter the typically over-the-top and colourful credits, even featuring Britney Spears as a fembot (a sexy robot with machine-gun 'jubblys'). Britney is not the only big name music star in the film though, as a new lead woman in Foxxy Cleopatra is played by Beyonce Knowledges, formerly of Destiny's Child. Beyonce also starred on the soundtrack for this film with 'Work It Out', along side Britney Spears 'Boys' and Dr. Evil's cover of 'Hard Knock Life'.

                    Whilst the film does feature favourite characters Fat Bastard and Mini Me, with the latter becoming a mini representative for the good side in the film, there is also the introduction of Austin's father in Nigel Powers (Michael Caine). I was not a fan of Austin's father being enlisted into the film however it is a central part of the film. After Dr. Evil and Mini Me escape from their high security prison they join forces with Goldmember, they kidnap Nigel. Shortly after being knighted by the Queen, Sir Austin Powers, Austin receives the news and assumes that is why his father was not there for the ceremony - only to find out he was actually kidnapped later that day. This opens up the door to Austin's resentment towards his father but he still wants to save him and Foxxy jumps on board to help him.

                    Austin finds Foxxy in 1975, the pair have met before and aparently their relationship didn't end nicely, only Foxxy cannot stay mad at Austin. Foxxy has her own anger towards Goldmember as he was responsible for the death of her detective partner, leading to why Foxxy wants to be brought forward to the year 2002. Can the pair together stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from destroying Earth? The typically OTT aim of the villians.

                    For the first time ever we are treated to flashbacks revealing the past of Austin, and how his father was never there for him. We also discover that Dr. Evil and Austin were actually room mates at college. Whilst Austin was wowing the ladies, Dr. Evil remained uptight. There is also a huge revelation at the end of the film, only I can't help but think it ruined the film for me.

                    When Dr. Evil was locked a way in prison a shocking thing occured, Scott Evil, actually started to turn evil after being the teenager rebelling against his father in the previous two films. With the father and son now having something in common this is what pushes Mini Me out of the picture, only Scott is getting a little too creepy for his father. In fact a lot of things are getting creepy for Dr. Evil, as the Dutch Goldmember keeps attempting to paint mens 'yoo-hoo' gold. Everyone also has a hide time understanding Goldmember, only this is not where the funniest moments of the film come from.

                    To be fair apart from Dr. Evil and Mini Me singing 'Hard Knock Life' together in prison before breaking out I'm not sure where the funniest moments of the film comes from. The film is funny, only I would not say as good as the first two. The film goes for laughs by having a recurring character in a man with a big mole on his face that everyone can't stop staring at, but that can only entertain you so long. And for the record I have no features such as that on my face, so that's not a bias opinion or anything along those lines.

                    Goldmember runs for 90mins and is a certificate 12, down on the original 15 certificate for the first film, showing how commercial the franchise has become. The film is a good filler for a boring Sunday night, as long as you do not find the very sight of Mike Myers dressed up in various roles as repulsive.

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                      30.01.2004 03:33
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                      YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH BAYBEE!!! Mike Myers certainly knew exactly what he was about when he created Austin Powers and brought him to the big screen with International Man of Mystery, quickly following it up with The Spy Who Shagged Me. The crowds, mainly sick young adolescents who laugh their socks off at toilet humour and fart gags, certainly flocked in in their millions and put a multitude of dollars in the bank of Austin's creators. It certainly wasn't remotely clever, subtle or deep and relied on the very lowest common denominator for its appeal. The first time you watched these you could certainly find yourself quite amused and tittering at the dumb ass pulp stupidity of it with its patent lack of abashment and love for the very thought of bodily waste. A second viewing, however, would just leave you feeling acutely embarrassed and wiggling uncomfortably in your armchair. After Shagged Me, Myers surprisingly waited an awful long time before resurrecting Powers while he masqueraded as a jolly green giant in Shrek, but then he was back in 2002 on New Line Cinema in the third movie in the franchise with Goldmember. Apprehension and the fear of too much of a bad thing was washing all over me when I eventually agreed to settle down to check it out, having been ceaselessly nagged by my 14-year-old brat of a son and heir. But whisper it extremely softly ... Goldmember is approaching a halfway decent effort which slickly parodies itself and does a pretty decent job on making the James Bond spoof extremely enjoyable. In fact, despite myself I really rather enjoyed it. You actually do get some decent bits, particularly the movie in a movie involving Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny Devito, Stephen Spielberg and Kevin Spacey. Of course, there's all the standard muck and nettles and skid marks which you get used to with Myers, but this time he seems keen on pointing out the shallowness of his own muse and poking fun at it. It
                      may just be that he really is as dumb as he'd like you to think he is, but this time Austin Powers is the acceptable face of Mike Myers and it's not a bad effort. In fact, I'd probably go as far as saying I rather enjoyed myself and even looked forward to catching a replay, if only to see Brittany Spears losing her head as Powers snickers "OOPS I did it again, baby." You also get Michael Caine as Austin's long lost Daddy and the presence of Caine and Robert Wagner makes you realise that perhaps these guys actually know what they're doing. It's all extremely shallow and obvious, and definitely still isn't demanding, but the break has brought new verve and energy to the whole thing and Goldmember is by far and away the best of the three movies in the Powers series. All the most irritating bits are still extremely irritating but at least there's a real purpose to all of this now and when you get Myers parodying Myers you think he's joining in on our own mockery of his art. Either that or he actually believes there is real substance to his mojo. It's brash, it's stupid, it's extremely, extremely silly, but then I'm into silly mood mode and just in the frame of mind to appreciate what's really good about Myers' style. That garish, Sixties sensibility and juvenile obsession with sex, snogging, music and crapping does definitely have a place somewhere in your big sicko mentality. It takes flair to carry off the wearing of flares and horn rimmed specs and daring to call his female leads things like Fook Mi and Fook Yu smacks of a man who has gone well beyond the pale and really doesn't give two Fooks. There's an extremely stupid and simple plot, with a wafer thin parody of the Goldfinger Bond movie but the story has little importance here. Mike Myers has just loosely stitched together a series of sketches and set pieces (as he always does), woven in a loos
                      e narrative and stupid catchphrases and put it out as a pretend big boys film. At least this time, however, Myers has tried a few new tricks and slants on his legend and he's all the better for the effort. Okay, you got me, I admit it - Goldmember is a film which you will enjoy whether you like it or not, so you may as well like it. Three cheers for Mr Myers, Hip Hip Hooray...

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                        Goldmember is the third in the Austin Powers franchise and Mike Myers once again graces our screens as more than one of the characters in this film. Dr. Evil and Mini-me have escaped from prison and teamed up with a master criminal from the 70?s who goes by the name of Goldmember because he loves Gold. Their evil plan is to kidnap Austin?s father, master spy Nigel Powers, and take over the world. Austin whose father has never been there for him, then travels to 1975 and teams up with the sexy Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from taking over the world and of course to rescue his father. This is as you know an Austin Powers film, so I suggest like the previous two offerings you leave your brain at the door and just have fun! This film is good, in fact it?s really good. Goldmember is probably my favourite now of the three films. It?s absolutely hilarious from start to finish. It has the usual side splitting scenes and a huge host of cameos, the beginning being particularly notable for this. Also there?s a real twist at the end of the film which to be honest I didn?t see coming. Mike Myers stars as an amazing 4 characters, and his new creation, Goldmember, is fantastic. I was also very impressed by Beyonce Knowles debut performance as Foxxy Cleopatra, probably slightly better than Austin?s previous girls played by Liz Hurley and Heather Graham. To be honest I?m not a huge fan of Michael Caine?s work. I mean he?s good at what he does but I didn?t think he?d be able to pull off this comedy role. I was wrong. He was great as Nigel Powers. If you?re a fan of the previous films then obviously this is a must see. In fact I can?t imagine anybody not laughing at least one scene in this film, so it comes highly recommended from me. Cast Mike Myers as Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Goldmember/Fat Bastard Beyonce Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra Michael Caine as Nigel Powers Running Time <
                        br> 90 minutes

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                      From the great opening scene to the surprise ending, replete with cameos by Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito, the Ozzie Osbourne Family, Steven Spielberg, Britney Spears, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Nathan Lane, Katie Couric, and John Travolta, the film is a laugh riot. Austin Powers (Mike Myers) still has his mojo amd, together with his gorgeous female sidekick de jour, Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles), sets out to rescue his father, Nigel (Michael Caine), from the evil clutches of the notorious Dutchman, Goldmember (Mike Meyers). To do so, they must go back in time to 1975, the era of disco fever.