Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – Tamara’s Never Seen

Tamara checks out Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery on a new Tamara’s Never Seen.

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  1. Unless you’re looking at doing a James Bond Month or something, my recommendation would be On Her Majesties Secret Service. If you were going for more films, I’d recommend You Only Live Twice (For the Ninja’s), and Live and Let Die (They’d never make a film like that today)

    • My recommendation would be The Man with the Golden Gun. Even though Moore isn’t my favorite James Bond, it’s my favorite Bond movie. Then again, the again, I am biased because Christopher Lee is my favorite actor.

  2. Oh Tamara… sure if you go in without context it’s a silly, fun movie, but if you haven’t seen a classic bond film or spy movie from the 60’s so much of the tone and satire is lost.

    Much like the early 80’s loved the late 50’s, the 90′ loved the late 60’s and 70’s.

    Forest Gump, Oliver Stone’s “The Doors”, Austin Powers, That 70’s Show, Dazed and Confused, etc…

    • I think my favorite part of this movie were the arguments between two generations of Evil about how to deal with the heroes. Because my God, this was one of the sillier cliches of the older Bond films. Though well into the 90s critics were complaining about variations on this stupidity in modern films.

      Dr. Evil: Scott, I want you to meet daddy’s nemesis, Austin Powers.
      Scott: What? Are you feeding him? Why don’t you just kill him?
      Dr. Evil: No Scott, I have an even better idea: I’m going to place him in an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic death.

    • I don’t agree. You don’t need to have seen them to know the tone. There’s so much parody out there, and so many clips and references. You can miss small things, but the overarching stuff all makes sense.

      • Of course my point is that you don’t HAVE to have ever seen a classic Bond of 60’s spy movie to enjoy Austin Powers because it’s a fun movie with lots of jokes…but it helps! – Same goes for Space Balls and Star Wars for example. (why is Dark Helmet breathing like that? It’s funny…but random unless you know about Darth Vader)

        Also, don’t assume people have seen stuff, this is Tamara’s never seen, because she hasn’t seen many movies!

        Many younger people simple have not seen much entertainment that was created prior to the millennium, and of those things they have seen, the vast majority will have been shows and TV from the 80s and 90s.

      • Certainly a well written parody is going to be funny even if you don’t know what the parodying. If you have to know the older scene to get what they going for I think they’re probably doing it wrong. But I do find myself appreciated the humor of even something marketed to kids like Animaniacs even more as an adult after having seen some of the more “adult” moving they parodied like Raging Bull.

        “Are you cooing with my bird?” LOL

        • That is exactly my point.

          A spoof is essentially a humorous deconstruction of something.

          Austin Powers, among other things, spoofed the classic 60s spy movie…and of course the most well known spy in cinema, James Bond.

          Mr Bigglesworth is the perfect example. It’s funny that the bad guy has a cute little cat, but it’s just random unless you’re aware of Bond villain Blofeld and his cat.

          Fembots were a common trope of 60’s spy movies like Dr Goldfoot and his Bikini Machine, which was itself a campy spoof.

          And so on…

  3. Ya’ll realize it has now been FIFTY years since Austin Powers was cryogenically frozen?! In another ten short years, we’ll be as far removed from the Nineties as Austin was removed from the Sixties in the movie.

    And there sure as heck better be a Thirtieth Anniversary re-release of the movie on VHS!

  4. Here’s something from Roger Ebert’s review of the 60s nostalgia trip from 1983 The Big Chill.

    […I was going through my mail today and I got a letter from a teenager who wanted to know why they were making so many movies about the 1960s. “These are the 1980s,” he informed me. “Who cares about what happened in the olden days?” I think “olden days” was an attempt at humor.

    In any event, I wrote him back that the 1960s were big in the movies right now because the people who make the movies were students in the 1960s, and that the teenagers of 2001 would no doubt be sick and tired of his generation’s memories of the olden days of 1983.]

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