Dec. 4, 2002, 5:31 a.m. CST
by Silvio Dante
Richard Kiel. Where is that guy? Why hasn't QT hasn't already cast him in something?
Dec. 4, 2002, 6:08 a.m. CST
by The Paladin
Agreed, it really was disappointing. Loved the first two, and have the second on DVD, but I am with Harry when he said that he wants to see the "AustinPussy" movie in the begining. Make Dr. Evil evil the evil comic genius that he was in SWSM. **************************** Paladin - the 235 pound knight in shining armor - out.
Dec. 4, 2002, 8:26 a.m. CST
It really, really wasn't. I could see the buildup for every joke, and thought to myself, ok, this will be funny, but it invariably wasn't. I think "limp" is the word I'm looking for. Mike Meyers lost the funny when he left behind the good-natured doofus bits to go mean. A bit of comedic self-hate coming through? It just doesn't suit him. I'm probably alone here, but I found the AP movies less and less funny, in progression, and hope it stops here.
Dec. 4, 2002, 8:38 a.m. CST
Goldmember had the worst pacing of the three AP. Goldmember himslef came off flat and akward. That said, it has the funniest moments of all three films; doctor scene and fountain scene. Those scenes alone are worth getting the DvD.
Dec. 4, 2002, 8:55 a.m. CST
by Toby O Notoby
Instead of running a tight script, they threw a bunch of shit against a wall and used what sticked. Little things about it kept bothering me. For exampe: Dr. Evil doesn't have his cat anymore. I guess that's fine if you think the joke is getting old, but then when you go back in time you see Dr. E with Mr. Bigglesworth which starts to make you think "hey, wtf happened to his cat". Same thing with Austin's teeth, they're fine in one scene and bad in the next with no real explanation why. There were bits I liked but compared to the first one, which was just about flawless, it really didn't work.
Dec. 4, 2002, 9:36 a.m. CST
is fantastic. If you havent got it go buy and it see how proper sci-fi/fantasy television SHOULD be made. God help us if this actually does get made into a movie. Who would play Number 6? My money's on Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers)
Dec. 4, 2002, 9:51 a.m. CST
The biggest problem with these films on DVD, with the exception of the first film, is that when you watch them in your home, when you are all by yourself, you realize how unfunny the Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember really are. They only work theatrically, when you are surrounded by a bunch of yahoos who think Adam Sandler and Jim Carey are funny. These guys might work on the silver screen, but on home video they are about as funny as the Bible.
Dec. 4, 2002, 12:04 p.m. CST
I think the reason Quentin hasn't cast Richard Kiel is because Kiel can't walk. The last thing he was in was 'Happy Gilmore' and he's always standing next to someone, leaning on them, or he's seen from the chest up. Even the scene at the end, where he's chasing Shooter McGavin is awkwardly shot -- it looks like he's riding a dolly or something. I could be wrong -- his condition may have been temporary, but I haven't seen him in any roles since and people of his size often develop bone problems which virtually cripple them. Anyone know the real deal ?
Dec. 4, 2002, 12:14 p.m. CST
I saw the 'Goldmember' dvd Saturday night. I liked it well enough -- it moves the frachise along well and there are a few good laughs, at least on an initial viewing. I knew what cameos to expect in the first 5 minutes and still found them very entertaining and well done. I wasn't expecting the big-name cameo at the end and found that one very funny, but another big celebrity appearance is hidden within the film with no hype spoiling the suprise. When Austin and his band, Ming Tea, perform his song "Daddy wasn't there" the go-go girl dancing next to them is Drew Barrymore !!
Dec. 4, 2002, 12:40 p.m. CST
by Gheorghe Zamfir
Hehe, not to get anal about Austin Power's continuity issues, but Dr. Evil's cat actually died after the cat and Dr. Evil were revived from their frozen stasis in the first movie (as the chamber had never been tested for a cat), so it's actually kind of a good eye on their part to have the cat in flash backs but not now. And how big of a geek am I?
Dec. 4, 2002, 1 p.m. CST
Sure, a few funny moments in AP3, but probably 80% crap - these movies are either hilarious or horrible with nothing inbetween.
Dec. 4, 2002, 1:10 p.m. CST
I laughed my ass off at this movie. I like silly jokes and gags. And this movie had a great mix of new ones and old ones. I was laughing so hard when Scott gave Dr. Evil sharks with laser beams attached to their foreheads. It was great that they picked that one line from the first movie and made it happen in the third. Works for me.
Dec. 4, 2002, 1:31 p.m. CST
Love the info on the commentaries, Mori. I just finished THE THING and you are right. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell add a lot to an already fantastic film. I'll have to pull the AUSTIN POWERS series and watch those now. By the way, THE HUSTLER commentary was terrible.
Dec. 4, 2002, 1:45 p.m. CST
by Han Ol' Buddy
I work part-time at Blocbuster (being an architect doesn't pay so well) and was able to rent this for free. I didn't see it in the theaters, but wanted to, just never got around to it. Weird, huh? Anyways, I have to say that I actually liked it. It was completely formulaic, but what else is new? And, they've pretty much gone beyond spoofing Spy movies and have just started doing their own thing. I saw it twice (once with the girlfriend and again with her family after turkey dinner) and everyone enjoyed it. My favorites were the cameos in the beginning (if you watch closely, Steven Spielberg gets up off his chair and backflips off-screen), the water fountain scene (Asparagus?!?), and the running gag of the shadows. I busted a gut. Anyways, it's not Memento, but it was pretty entertaining. I just wish that Blockbuster would stop renting only Full-Frame DVDs on some releases. Insomnia, Scooby-Doo, Goldmember, and others. I want my letterbox!
Dec. 4, 2002, 1:57 p.m. CST
I like that spoof docu on MI6 agents. What? oh it isn't a spoof? It's real? I was laughin so hard at that guy. He think's he so cool knowing all this secret information. hey buddy it's secret! All that bull about gentlemen agents and stuff, what a dick. He is living in a fantasy world. Recently in the UK there was a guy called David Shaylor who was an MI6 agent turned traitor. He exposed many secrets and was arrested when he returned to Britain. He was basically employed as an MI6 secret agent. This guy was fat, irritating and definitely not a gentlemen. MI6 aren't stupid, they dont recruit Pierce Brosnan lookalikes or only Oxbridge students. For fucks sake they recruited Pam Ayres as an agent! You didn't see that coming. (For the US readers, Pam Ayres was a British poetess famed for her west country accent). I love the bit where he claims all James Bond's gadgets were American and has a little laugh about it. What? James Bond is fictional! It's a series of movies! the gadgets used are invented by artistic designers not stolen from top secret American spylabs. Get a grip!
Dec. 4, 2002, 2:06 p.m. CST
Whats the big f'ing deal?
Dec. 4, 2002, 2:27 p.m. CST
I love english subtitles on DVDs. When I watched Lord of the Rings I couldn't understand a damn word of what they said and couldn't understand if some wierd word they said was a person's name or object or what it meant. (Plus for some reason the score was SO LOUD on the copy I rented, it drowned their voices.) British movies are the same way, I can't understand what the hell they are babbling about sometimes and english subtitles help. Much better than pausing and asking everyone what they said.
Dec. 4, 2002, 2:35 p.m. CST
For instance, before I moved out I lived in a house with my mom, my brother, my sister, my COMPLETELY FUCKING DEAF Grandmother, and my aunt who was basically just my grandma's enabler. Though my grandmother is COMPLETELY FUCKING DEAF, she insists on watching CNN 24 hours a day with the volume all the way up. Also, if you turn up the volume on another tv IN A COMPLETELY FUCKING DIFFERENT ROOM, the aunt would come barging in to tell you to turn it down so my COMPLETELY FUCKING DEAF grandma could hear about the latest child abduction/school shooting/terrorist bombing/Republican dominated election, so that she could later on bitch about how sucky the world is. Consequently, the only way to enjoy a fucking movie in that house was with the damn english subtitles. Also, I think going deaf might be genetic, and I have this fear that someday I too will lose my hearing. If, alas, that day should come to pass, I'd like to be able to watch the fucking dvds I paid good money for. SO PLEASE, if any dvd manufacturers are reading this, PUT THE DAMN ENGLISH SUBTITLES ON THERE. It doesn't take up much space, and it sure as fuck doesn't cost as much as paying Ah-nuld to say "egg-zact-lee" 75 times during a commentary.
Dec. 4, 2002, 2:40 p.m. CST
i came back to AICN to read it and IT WAS GONE! waaaah! come back!
Dec. 4, 2002, 4:52 p.m. CST
...but not very well. I saw him a few years back at a Christian convention where he was a special guest.
Dec. 4, 2002, 7:05 p.m. CST
by the G-man
That was the whole joke.
Dec. 4, 2002, 9:25 p.m. CST
The Pie Who Loved Me. ------ Oh yeah, The Prisoner Box Set is indeed outstanding, although it should be mentioned that it's really just the individually available DVDs in one box. Nothing special about it outside of that. And (aargh) last I heard, The Prisoner movie was to be directed by...Simon West. Kill me now.
Dec. 4, 2002, 11:08 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
"Watch out for snakes!"
Dec. 5, 2002, 12:06 a.m. CST
by Darth Phallus
Well, they should, with today's special effects it would kick ass and easilly make bookoo DeNiro (wrong spelling intentional, smart guy!)
Dec. 5, 2002, 12:46 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
Ya got me, Pole. Y'know, proof-reading is probably a habit I should develop someday. And, don't worry, Tommy5Tone, you're not insane. There was a CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND review up. I didn't realize there was an embargo after the press screening, though, so I took it down and will repost it in about a week. Sorry to make you doubt your sanity, man.
Dec. 5, 2002, 2:28 a.m. CST
Not bad considering its WIDESCREEN, has DTS-ES & DD-EX. Remember. Always buy a new release the first week its out for the best price. After that, they jack it the hell up.
Dec. 5, 2002, 5:24 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
Only on Monday, they played The Ambushers on TV. Having social lives, the DVD-R was set to record a tacky slice of 60's exuberance. We should have known what to expect, as in the last year alone they have played 2 of the others here in the UK. The first was too long, but not excruciating. The Wrecking crew at least benefited from the involvement of Bruce Lee and Sharon Tate, but it was essentially crap. But the Ambushers...oh Christ!!! Surely there were better ways of keeping Dino's liver floating on a sea of happiness? God, it's almost like a Frankie and Annette movie without its' compelling irony. Take anybody who has ever slated the 60's Batman show, sit them down in front of The Ambushers, and watch them change their tune to something by Nelson Riddle. OK, Dino might have had to content with hideously 60's set designs and the worst of pop-culture theme songs, but he had it easy as Helm. In the 70's, Tony Franciosa had to deal with a leading lady as butch as Ann Turkel. Talk about an insurmountable task...
Dec. 5, 2002, 5:24 a.m. CST
by Ernst Blofeld
Hate to do this but David Shaylor was MI5, who deal entirely with National Security and rarely leave the UK. And for that matter, he wasn't that high up in MI5 and the he didn't sell secrets to the enemy, he just blabbed to anyone who'd listen about operating practices. It was remarkable how many people he'd bored with his stuff. Still, I can't watch the beginning of TSWLM anymore thanks to Alan Partridge on Monday night BBC 2. Even if it was a poor episode, a Partridge in full flow is a site to behold. "Stop getting Bond wrong!"
Dec. 5, 2002, 5:37 a.m. CST
http://www.jacobbettany.f9.co.uk/journal%20pages/journal2.htm http://archives.his.com/intelforum/msg00983.html My mistake but I got his status from the above links. As you know MI5 handle internal security as MI6 handle external/international. Interesting that Shaylor spent most of his career overseas.
Dec. 5, 2002, 3:30 p.m. CST
One has lame ass fart and poo jokes and is amazingly un-funny.
Dec. 5, 2002, 6 p.m. CST
Everyone should go out and buy the box sets of Patrick McGoohan's Secret Agent aka Danger Man DVDs. There are 40 episodes on DVD so far and each hour long episode is the best SPY flick this side of James Bond. Given that McGoohan was asked twice to be James Bond, it's worth it to see just how it might have been. In regard to the statement that with The Spy Who Loved Me and how the producers couldn't use any more Ian Fleming material ... well ... they still aren't using the literary Bond material even though there's a wealth of it from other authors now and they seem to be popular. So why are the ignoring it?
Dec. 5, 2002, 6:09 p.m. CST
I was thinking that it would be cool if the next James Bond film stole back the character of Blofeld from the parody of Austin Powers and brought Blofeld back with a vengeance as the sadistic terrorist he should be. My vote is for Jason Isaacs to portray Blofeld. I think he could make people forget Dr. Evil in a heartbeat.
Dec. 5, 2002, 7:48 p.m. CST
Last thing I remember seeing him it was Pale Rider. He was the guy that got the sledgehammer smashed into his jimmy. I noticed that he had a slight limp at that time and that was in 86 or 87. The Belt Has Spoken
Dec. 5, 2002, 10:03 p.m. CST
by a goonie
it's not funny.
Dec. 5, 2002, 10:22 p.m. CST
Even worse than the second one. And Dr. Evil looked different. The same damn jokes from the first two movies.