Category Archives: Comedy

Really Awful Movies: Ep 404 – The Shining and Groundhog Day

In this episode of the podcast, my two favorite winter movies as befitting a cold snap in Ontario.

The two films on the docket are The Shining and Groundhog Day, which best exemplify the winter season spanning two different movies and genres.

In this episode:

  • Cold weather in Ontario
  • Fahrenheit vs Celsius
  • Winter as a setting for horror
  • The Thing and its omission from this list
  • Alien vs The Thing
  • The Shining and Top 10 Horror Movies of all Time
  • Groundhog Day and job/romantic dissatisfaction

Tune in, subscribe and be sure to pick up a copy of the two nonfiction books associated with this podcast, the homage to action films, Mine’s Bigger Than Yours! and the book devoted to weird horror movie kills, Death by Umbrella!

Really Awful Movies: Ep 371 – Zola

On this week’s episode of the Really Awful Movies podcast, a bit of a departure: modern exploitation. Ya’ll wanna hear a story?

It’s hard to categorize Zola, a 2020 American black comedy crime film directed by Janicza Bravo and written by Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris. It is based on a strange idea that absolutely, positively should not work: a viral Twitter thread from 2015 by Aziah “Zola” King and the resulting Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted” by David Kushner.

Zola stars Taylour Paige as Zola, a part-time stripper who works at a Hooters restaurant, who is convinced by her new friend (Riley Keough) to travel to Tampa, Florida, in order to earn quick and easy money, only to get in over her head. That’s the premise to something pretty enticing.