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Austin Powers in Goldmember Review

Where does that sweet spot between parody and satire overlap? Few pieces of art have managed it, and most have been accidental. Those that strive for an intentional link between the two are far weaker than those that have found it without trying. Blowing the cult culture wide open, there is a layer of comedy films from around the dying days of the 20th century that burst into the new age of the world with a strange tenacity. Austin Powers in Goldmember is not one of them, but the Mike Myers-led trilogy certainly had what it takes to become that. It used to be. 

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Shrek 2 Review

Sequels struggle to improve where the first left off. Shrek had a successful, happy ending for its characters and had enough novel charm to it that it worked as a strong, efficient concept. Pulling punches at Pinocchio and other fairy-tale creatures, it knew the ground it was working on was original but limited. Doubling down on that for a sequel would not be possible. They had the characters, and they were surprisingly endearing. Shrek 2 knows that, hence why they are fired straight into the limitless setting of Far Far Away. It would’ve been irresponsible to restrict these refined, good-natured characters to a swamp and a forest, especially when there are pop-culture gags to be harvested elsewhere. 

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Shrek Review

After years of nostalgia simmering on the mind, it is hard to look back on the stories of old with much of a neutral appointment. I am the man that stands by Robots and Bee Movie, after all. They are odd little artefacts, and between you and me, they were far more fascinating before becoming meme fodder for the new generation. Shrek is much the same, a re-telling of those legendary stories, but twisted into background fodder. Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson are far more concerned with crafting their own experience, using the classics of old as a backdrop to one of the most defining, culturally approachable characters of recent memory. It is terrifying how easy to access Shrek really is.  

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Shrek the Third Review

Detailing the fall from grace the side-villain of Shrek 2 had, Shrek the Third follows on the story of a man who believes himself to be the rightful prince. His life is tormented by that titular ogre, who has changed from swamp demon to beloved hero and royalty. Heir to the throne and not happy about such a change, much of this third in the quadrilogy of the Shrek series depicts an unhappy lifestyle for the protagonist. He is far, far away from the life he used to lead, and the toll is taking comedic mental effect. Setting out to find the next in line, Shrek (Mike Myers) and the reliable gang he has collected over the previous two instalments set off to find distant relatives who would be better suited to the royal lifestyle.

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Review

When it comes time to rank the world’s greatest peace-makers, Austin Powers will linger somewhere above Gandhi and below Mother Teresa. His inability to accept conflict into the lives of those around the world is an admirable quality we could merely wish to cling to. His honesty is groovy, his passion for music admirable, and the shagadelic qualities he possesses go beyond the rimmed glasses and funky pinstripe suits. Mike Myers retires the flamboyant flames of the original outing in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, but it is a necessary trade-off to produce the broad appeal the film has. Needing no real introduction, the series has taken on a life of its own through pop culture references and the fear of having an always-lingering 60s hippie who wields a revolver and jagged flirtations like a trained combat veteran.

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Wayne’s World Review

Most excellent. My apologies, I’m getting my music-obsessed teens mixed up, and the similarities of Bill and Ted and the leading characters of Wayne’s World rather obvious. Two bumbling losers who have a knack for saying “excellent” and not being able to play musical instruments very well have dreams of becoming megastar celebrity sensations. It’s that era of Hollywood stoner humour, Americanisation’s, radical skater dudes popping wheelies and huffing paint. I don’t know, I never experienced life in the early 90s. Still, Wayne’s World is an interesting time capsule of miserable proportions, a piece of film that is, to put it nicely, relatively unfunny.

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Review

Nostalgia is a dangerous game. The media we consumed as young, uncultured urchins are no match for those of us with any semblance of a palette. As I lurch into my 20s with all the grace of an eagle diving straight into a slab of concrete, I cling to memories of old and the joy they gave me. There is no greater treat than returning to a classic of the younger years, or so I thought. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery puts that theory to the test, a Mike Myers led comedy that exacerbates itself with humorous titbits and clips worthy of YouTube binges, but feel clumsy and out of place in a narrative format.

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