It Sounds Good to Me! #SnubsByAPC

SnubsByAPC - SoundSound. Most of us take it for granted, but as we’ve discussed on the show in the past, it can make or break your film. The Academy knows this and that is why they have deemed it acceptable to have not one, but two categories at Hollywood’s biggest night. A lot of folks that watch the awards show will scream at their television set to cut the bologna and get to the good stuff, but we here at APC aren’t exactly sure what that good stuff is. Surely they don’t mean a host walking around among the room filled with Hollywood heavy hitters while asking if they can chip in for a pizza. I imagine that you, like me, tune in for the pleasure of seeing an underdog walk away with a prestigious award while the cast of 12 Years a Slave grumble amongst themselves, “At least we are a lock for Best Picture.”

Here is my beef with sound, nobody fucking cares. Production Design? Nobody fucking cares. Cinematography? Nobody fucking cares. Outside of the industry nobody fucking cares about these categories that people have tirelessly busted their asses in. For the most part the folks nominated in these select categories are lumped in with the Best Picture category. Here’s my challenge to you, gentle reader. Go look at all the awards handed out during the 80s. go ahead, I’ll be right here…..Done? Great! Now, let me ask you a serious question. How many times have you watched a horror movie on mute? Seriously, I want to know. No, fuck you, I’ll make my point when I get to it. You done yet? Okay, answer the question. That’s what I thought. Go watch Hellraiser on mute. Go watch Friday the 13th Part IV on mute. Laughable, am I right? Now turn up that surround sound system and close your eyes. Frank getting ripped apart. Jason slaughtering his way through Corey Feldman’s neighbors. All of it is 10 times more effective with sound. Horror movies, like all movies, can be great, or horrible if the sound is or isn’t right. Actually, I think I can watch a low budget sex comedy if the sound isn’t right. Vice Academy series anyone?! Actually, I might prefer to watch that series on mute, because jerking off is all visual for me.

Here’s my thought, dearest member of the Academy. Start nominating more horror films for their achievements in sound. Horror fans are a loyal lot. I guarantee you they would tune in to see a film they love get the recognition it so desperately deserves. Where was Insidious: Chapter 2? The Conjuring? Granted they would have fallen to the non-best picture winning juggernaut that was Gravity. The horror fans would have tuned in to root for the film, and might have stayed around for the selfie record breaking performance. Every year there was a new Nightmare on Elm St film, it should have won for sound. Also it should have for best visual fx, but I’ll keep this rant for sound. Yes, sound. Most of us take it for granted, but  it can make or break your film.

Office Space – No Respect for Laughter #SnubsByAPC

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  • The Show: 72nd Academy Awards (click the link for a full list of winners)
  • The Host: Billy Crystal
  • The Snub: Office Space (1999) with ZERO nominations!

OFFICE SPACE

The Scoop: American Beauty took 5 Oscars home this year which included beating out The Green Mile and The Sixth Sense for Best Picture. I’m not saying that Office Space is a better film. Hell, any film that features a nude Thora Birch (sure she was underage, but I was the same age…right?) is in good favor with me, but American Beauty also featured a floating bag and a masturbating Kevin Spacey. Kinda equals things out. Surely had American Beauty not won, The Green Mile would have, but it’s fun to bitch about things on the internet, so lets begin.

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Comedy gets very little respect among the old stiffs that make up the Academy members. This will never change, because apparently as you get older in Hollywood you forget how to laugh. Office Space is a film that Hollywood hates, but secretly loves, passing bootlegs among co-worker to co-worker around the water cooler as the weekend box office grosses tank. Granted Office Space is a “cult” classic, but that only makes it that much more of a snub in this writer’s ever so humble opinion.

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Best Original Screenplay? Mike Judge is a lot of things, one of which is a great fucking writer. How about a Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Gary Cole, Stephen Root, David Herman, or Diedrich Bader? Best Actress Hilary Swank deserved all the hype for her role in Boys Don’t Cry. And there probably isn’t any way Angelina Jolie doesn’t walk away with the Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted. How about just a nomination in either category for the fun performance given by Jennifer Aniston.

JEN ANISTON

Here at APC we’ve learned not to expect much in the winners category, but some recognition would be nice.

‘Into the Night’ Is Almost 29 Years Old… Have You Seen It Yet?

Ed Okin used to have a boring life.
He used to have trouble getting to sleep.
Then, one night, he met Diana.
Now, Ed’s having troubling staying alive.
INTO THE NIGHT
a dangerous romance
A LANDIS/FOLSEY FILM

Into the Night

Here is the plot:

“When two strangers stumble into international intrigue in the middle of a Los Angeles night, anything can happen…and does, in this zany film noir directed by John Landis. Ed Okin (Jeff Goldblum) is an insomniac with a cheating wife and a dull job. His chances for excitement look hopeless until a mysterious blond named Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer) drops onto the hood of his car. Now it’s Ed’s turn for some adventure and romance as Diana leads him on a merry and murderous chase where the payoff could be dollars or death. The outstanding cast includes David Bowie, Vera Miles, Dan Aykroyd and a host of Hollywood’s hottest directors in cameos. It’s a night on the town you’ll never live down.” (Taken from the back of my DVD which features The W.C. Handy Award-Winning Documentary B.B. King “Into the Night” as a lone special feature.)

We here at Acid Pop Cult know a thing or two about lack of sleep. Pulling all nighters while watching the best that TCM has to offer, or simply binge watch ’The Dick Van Dyke Show’ all night long, it is definitely common practice, but I digress. Jeff Goldblum knocks this performance out of the fucking park. Hot off the heels of the tragedy on ‘The Twilight Zone’ movie, Landis teamed up with his good friend and longtime collaborator George Folsey, Jr., and surrounded himself with a lot of friends to get back to basics, and I’m only speculating here, take his mind off of looming legal shit that I believe Warner Bros. was not that supportive about. Again, this is pure speculation. I was born in August of 1985. There is no way I was there, or could possibly know anything about the accident, the court case, or what heavy hitting filmmakers were complete dicks to Mr. Landis in the process. I’m getting off topic.

SAVAKS

For what it is worth, and I know if you’re reading this it means it’s about a buck fifty, I think that this film is one of Mr. Landis’ best. Underrated to a fault, this film has a hard to find, but hardcore cult following. Loaded with cameo appearances by over twenty fellow directors, producers, and writers, and a cast jam packed with actors that have worked with Landis in the past, none of it comes together without Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer is so damn good and even teases us with a little nudity near the end of the first act. Or maybe it is the beginning of the second act. Acts are hard. Goldblum and Pfeiffer’s chemistry is very tight and more importantly, very believable.

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If you haven’t seen ‘INTO THE NIGHT’ yet, please, I beg of you, seek it out immediately. It’s a fun, crazy film that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the legendary Clu Gulager leaves the room. You’ll get that after you see the movie. Also, be on the lookout for John Landis as one of the four SAVAK’s chasing poor Ed and Diana around the greater Los Angeles area. Landis almost steals the movie with one physical gag (1:00 mark in trailer above) while chasing a young woman out of a beach house and into the surf. So fucking good.

LANDIS SAVAK

You can purchase the movie in various ways HERE

Also, click HERE for a full list of the films amazing cast, crew, and noted cameos. Your favorite filmmaker may just be listed!