Category Archives: Musicals

Really Awful Movies: Ep 175 – Fun in Acapulco



Elvis Presley. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Here he is, or was, at near the peak of his powers (or just about to level off) in one of the many, many terrible movies he appeared in, FUN IN ACAPULCO.

The massive pop culture icon plays Mike, a former member of a flying trapeze circus act, who finds himself lost in…Acapulco, and needing to find work to make ends meet.

Jeez, that old yarn.

He gets connected with a little kid, who becomes his manager, landing him singing gigs at all the best hotels/clubs in the Mexican town, usually accompanied by horrible mariachi singers. Along the way, there are a couple of love interests (one of whom is played by Bond babe, Ursella Andress) and of course, a fierce (well, not really) rivalry between gringo Mike and a competitive cliff diver (again…once you’ve seen one mano a mano tilt between a lounge singer and a competitive cliff diver, you’ve pretty much seen ’em all).

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, Jeff and Chris break down the phenomenon of Elvis Aaron Presley with a discussion about:

  • Graceland
  • The period when Elvis left to join the army
  • How we came to become familiar with The King
  • The movies Elvis made
  • Colonel Tom Parker
  • Graceland
  • The “27 Club.”
  • Whether Fun in Acapulco has any good songs
  • Fat Elvis, the Vegas years

And much, much more.

So thank you for listening…and…thank you…thank you very much.

 


Really Awful Movies: Ep 137 – Can’t Stop the Music



The Village People movie! Yes, Can’t Stop the Music follows the exploits of the infamous 70s disco group whose hits like YMCA and Macho Man are absolutely impossible to avoid (no matter how hard we’ve tried).

Go to a sporting event…and you’re bound to hear the da-da-da…and “young men,” etc, etc

As a bonus: in this film you get a young, roller skating Steve Guttenberg in the lead role and a pre-Caitlyn Bruce Jenner. And you get to find out how the group formed and got its name.

Directed by Nancy Walker (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Can’t Stop the Music is the first…yes…the first…Razzie Worst Picture winner.

Is it deserving of all the scorn? Mostly, but not quite. With a budget of $20 million, the film was released at the tail end of the disco movement and was an absolute flop.

Join us as we assess Can’t Stop the Music.