Tag Archives: Jay Roach

All the Way

POLITICS IS WAR. Shortly after swearing the oath in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) begins the struggle to get the Civil Rights Act passed, trying to please both Dixiecrats and African-American voters. Recount and Game Change director Jay Roach was the right person to bring the successful play to television. In spite … Continue reading All the Way

The Campaign

MAY THE BEST LOSER WIN. Four-term North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) usually stands unopposed, but this time he’s challenged by a Republican newcomer, the meek-looking Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The same year as Jay Roach chronicled Sarah Palin’s path to the GOP vice-presidential nomination in Game Change, he also poked fun at political … Continue reading The Campaign

Recount

THE FUTURE OF THE NATION WAS HANGING BY A CHAD. The man who brought us the Austin Powers movies turns serious with this look behind the scenes of the Florida recount debacle after the 2000 presidential election. We follow the tactics of both sides and even though the film never delves deeper into how this … Continue reading Recount

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

DEBONAIR. DEFIANT. DEFROSTED. Superagent Austin Powers (Mike Myers) was cryogenically frozen in the ‘60s, but is awakened 30 years later to fight his arch-enemy, Dr. Evil. The star based his character on the British agents who always saved the world but were never too busy for the ladies; Austin may have hideous teeth but is still … Continue reading Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Meet the Fockers

AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR PARENTS WERE EMBARRASSING. Jack and Dina Byrnes (Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner) go to Miami to meet their son-in-law’s parents; the Fockers turn out to be very different from the conservative Byrneses. The sequel to Meet the Parents (2000) has one thing going for it. The introduction of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as … Continue reading Meet the Fockers

Meet the Parents

FIRST COMES LOVE. THEN COMES THE INTERROGATION. Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is set to meet his fiancée’s (Teri Polo) parents for the first time, but trying to impress her father (Robert De Niro) is no cakewalk. A box-office smash where everything that can go wrong for Stiller’s character does; that always seems to be a recipe … Continue reading Meet the Parents

Austin Powers in Goldmember

A NEW BREED OF EVIL. The world’s most shagadelic spy, Austin Powers (Mike Myers), attempts to thwart Dr. Evil yet another time; now he’s also facing Goldmember, a Dutchman with serious skin problems. The third time’s definitely not the charm; Myers has a flair for comedy and all the money in the world, but it’s as … Continue reading Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

FIRST HE FOUGHT FOR THE CROWN. NOW HE’S FIGHTING FOR THE FAMILY JEWELS! Dr. Evil goes back to 1969 in a time machine to steal Austin Powers’s (Mike Myers) mojo, the power that makes him the sexiest man alive. This sequel may be lacking in the story department, but Myers is in smashing shape as the … Continue reading Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me