Michael Caine as Nigel Powers

A few days, I wrote about the Austin Powers films for the Time Travel Blogathon. I unapologetically adore this series, which has developed a somewhat undeserved reputation. It's a hilarious string of movies that lovingly and carefully pays tribute to '60s spy films, as well as movies like Blowup and people like Peter Sellers and Esther Williams. As I mentioned in my post, one of the things that I most appreciate about Austin Powers is the casting. Robert Wagner, Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Michael York, Rob Lowe -- basically everybody is great. At the center of the series's madness is, of course, Mike Myers, who does a brilliant job. Seriously -- look past the catchphrases and the costumes and you'll see a really underrated performance.

That being said, the man who gives Myers a run for his money is Sir Michael Caine. In the third (but maybe not final?) film, Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Caine plays Austin's absent father, legendary spy Nigel Powers. …

The Ridiculous, Groovy Fun of Austin Powers

When I was growing up, I only knew about a handful of classic films, such as The Wizard of Oz and Holiday Inn. Without the classics, my tastes ranged from Disney to the Harry Potter franchise to comedies starring people like Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson. I still love many of these movies; in fact, watching them can sometimes feel like my own personal time travel. For example, every time I see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on TV, I think of the time my sister and I excitedly learned that my mom bought the movie on VHS. The same thing happens with Austin Powers in Goldmember. I can still picture my dad, my sister, and I going to a car wash before we headed to the theater. We couldn't wait to see the latest Austin Powers movie and it didn't disappoint us.

It's appropriate that I go back in time watching Austin Powers and Co. considering that the series deals with time travel itself. In the first film, we're transported to 1967 as Austin Powers (…

Shirley MacLaine knocks 'em dead in... What a Way to Go! (1964)

What a Way to Go! is a film I cannot believe exists. When I first heard about it a few years ago, I'm 97% sure I lost my mind. There are so many things about this movie that boggles me. Let me just start with the biggest one: the cast. Oh my god, this cast. Shirley MacLaine. Paul Newman. Robert Mitchum. Gene Kelly. Dean Martin. Robert Cummings. Dick Van Dyke. And that's just the main people! There are also very small supporting parts by Reginald Gardiner, Margaret Dumont, and Tom Conway. This film would actually be the final one for Dumont and Conway.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, the original Cape Fear), What a Way to Go! is unique not only in its cast, but also in its story. Shirley MacLaine's unlucky character finds herself consistently marrying men who rise to greatness thanks to her inspiration. Unfortunately, these men's newfound fame and wealth leads to their demises, putting MacLaine in a vicious cycle. With each new husband, the film spoof…