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5 Reasons Austin Powers in Goldmember Is Too Rotten to Miss

Get groovy with Austin Powers in Goldmember during IFC's Rotten Fridays.

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With a 54% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say Austin Powers in Goldmember isn’t the most “shagadelic” film in the groovy franchise. But we know you love it anyway for its crass yucks, over-the-top characters (Fat Bastard!) and general Beyoncé-ness. With IFC and Rotten Tomatoes teaming up to celebrate “rotten” movies that we can’t help but love, we thought we’d share some reasons why Austin Powers in Goldmember hits our guilty pleasure sweet spot.

5. Michael Caine Gets Groovy.

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New Line Cinema

Following in the footsteps of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, cowriter/star Mike Myers took a third Austin entry as an excuse to finally meet the man who sired this “International Man of Mystery.” And who else could it have been than legendary thespian Michael Caine, who helped inspire the part with his performance as Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File? In fact, after finding out that Austin’s glasses were reproductions of the ones he wore as Harry, Caine dusted off the original pair for his turn as Nigel Powers.


4. Oh, Those Cameos!

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New Line Cinema

Any franchise that goes on too long can start to do some serious navel gazing. By the time this third entry rolled around, what was once a light romp through ’60s spy psychedelia had become a self-reverential cluster, er, fluff. Still, while obsessing over the mythology of such a silly franchise, and introducing ridiculous twists like Austin and Dr. Evil being brothers, may have been a bit much, at least we got a celebrity-filled spoof of the franchise with cameos by everyone from Tom Cruise (Austin Powers) to John Travolta (Goldmember) and Kevin Spacey (Dr. Evil).


3. A New Villain Who Goes for the Gold!

Goldmember
New Line Cinema

As a big bad, Goldmember is nowhere near as memorable as Dr. Evil. But, then again, how could he be? With his Lorne Michaels-inspired speaking patterns, and inability to understand inflation, the son of a a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium was one of the all-time great movie villains. Still, we have to respect Myers for taking a chance here, and trying something new. Goldmember may not be the best bad guy from the series, but with his thick Dutch accent and penchant for eating his own skin flakes, he still had something to offer.


2. Musical Numbers Galore!

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New Line Cinema

One of the best things about Goldmember is that it’s something of a musical at heart. With three songs — a jazzy opening dance number, a soulful introduction sung by Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles), and a ridiculous rap from Dr. Evil and Mini-Me — this triquel carves out its own niche in the franchise by putting a beat to it.


1. Scott Aukerman is in it! Oh, also Beyonce.

Look, we love Mrs. Carter as much as the next Beyhive member, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s own Scott Aukerman turns up as Young Nigel in a blink-and-you’ll-miss it cameo. As Shag Powersman himself said while reflecting on his storied career, “Who knew being Michael Caine’s body double in Austin Powers 3 was in my future?”

Test your knowledge on all things Austin Powers!

 

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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