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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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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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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!

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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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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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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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