Really Awful Movies: Ep 238 – D.O.A.

What would you do if you had 24 hours to live? If you were in the 1950 film noir, D.O.A., you’d get down to the business of solving your own murder.


Yes, that’s the incredible can’t-miss premise: an every-man accountant stumbles into an LA police precinct to report he’s been poisoned. And there’s no antidote. That man is Bigelow. And he has roughly 24 hours to retrace his steps, and try to figure out what happened to him – a road that leads from San Fran, and then on to Los Angeles.

And like many a calamity, this one began in a bar. We all know how that happens. Bigelow has his drink swapped for another, containing a toxin.

And the one clue Bigelow has when he wakes up in a stupor, is that a distant business acquaintance had been trying to get in touch with him, desperately. Who was this guy? Bigelow needs to find out, but unfortunately, the guy dies before Bigelow can press him for details…

On the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we celebrate genre film, predominantly horror and action. However, up into this point we’ve delved into women-in-prison (WiP) flicks several times, yet not once covered that classic mid-40s-mid-50s genre, film noir.

We both came to this film through the remake starring Dennis Quaid.

On this episode:

  • How we got into film noir
  • The city of San Francisco in film
  • Notable film noir classics
  • Fatalism / doom in film noir
  • Film noir sensibilities

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[Editors’ note: we mistake Don McKellar for Atom Egoyan. Please forgive us, we got  our Canadian directors mixed up]

Really Awful Movies: Ep 237 – The Country Bears

Animatronic country music-playing bears in a movie based on a Disney attraction. How could this go wrong? Or another question, How is this even possible? On the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we pride ourselves on tackling all sorts of disparate different genres, so hot on the heels of talking about C.H.U.D., here we are yakking about The Country Bears. Haven’t heard of it? You’re not alone. This was a big fat bomb, despite having a bunch of big names attached to it: Elton John, Wyclef Jean, Willie Nelson, etc.

Beary (that’s a homophone of “Barry” as you likely figured out) is a young bear who runs away from his adopted human family, to track down, and ultimately reunite the titular Country Bears band.

Is it a “foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing, heartwarming romp” as the poster suggests? This is a legitimately terrible film, and yet it’s somehow endearing, a bit like a rusted husk jalopy that’s been dragged out to the scrap heap for crushin’.

There are some admittedly fun musical numbers, as well as some bonkers cameos by the likes of Eagles front-man Don Henley, and blues belter Bonnie Raitt.

So how does this film, er, raitt? Tune in and check out this special episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast. This is the second pretty bad musical we’ve invested ourselves with in as many weeks…we do kinda love musicals, especially wacko ones like The Apple and Xanadu. Guess this falls in the same camp.

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