The Greatest Scene EVER *This Week: Drive (2011)

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(Doug Porter – Staff Writer)

2011 was a banner year for movies but one movie that came out was a movie that divided alot of people. Drive starring Ryan Gosling followed the story of a Hollywood stunt driver/mechanic who lived a secret life as a getaway driver for the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. The movie was full of some really talented actors including Bryan Cranston, Oscar Issacs, and the love interest to Ryan Gosling, Carrey Mulligan. The second half of the movie revolves a lot around Mulligan’s family and the effect that the partnership of Gosling/Issacs has on their lives as the seedy underbelly starts to aim its sights at Driver and his associates. The scene I will be talking about today occurs in the first half of the movie when things are still calm and full of quaint moments showing how 2 lives can come together in a matter of moments.

We find out very early early in the movie that Irene and Driver are neighbors, and they know of each other but don’t know each other. After finding her and her son stranded in a grocery store parking lot because of a busted car, he takes her home and has the very standard getting to know you talk. Now to skip ahead to the scene I am referring to, Driver has taken Irene and Benencio on a nice little adventure and he has carried her son to bed using his infamous jacket as a blanket for little Benencio. Now before looking at this scene let’s remember that most modern movies now are full of scene guiding dialogue and lots of cuts to help keep the audience focused on the screen.

The first thing that jumps out on this scene, it is done in one single take. We see Driver sitting by the window looking out at Downtown LA when Irene walks over to him with his jacket. This whole scene is meant to show the beginning of the feelings they share for one another but very little is actually spoken and in a true Art imitating Life moment the characters really don’t speak much but communicate more through their eyes and body language. When you first start developing feelings for someone you don’t sit next to each other and have a expostional talk about your feelings. No, you look into each other’s eyes, you have a small amount of awkward tension in the air, but it’s the sitting next to each other and how you look at each other that speaks your feelings.

That is what the director Nicolas Winding Refn does here: body language, sweet eyes, awkward small talks. The entirety of the scene leads to Driver offering to take Irene anywhere she needs to go that weekend as she has no car at the moment. A very good gesture that shows compassion, the difference being they stared at each other speechless for a very long moment before either of them spoke. Also the camera has never changed, still it sits in a neutral space between them, capturing the moment that 2 people realize they have some real feelings for the other person. The thing about this scene and other scenes like it in the movie is, this kind of filmmaking turned alot of people off of the movie. This style of filmmaking is a very classic movie, art house style of shooting, so for a studio to put out this film with this style to a large audience, most of those going to see the new Gosling movie didn’t understand the nuances that were being conveyed. But it’s those nuances in this scene, that make this my “Greatest Scene Ever *This Week.”

NowhereCalifornia.com Reaches Its First Year..

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(Joshua Gilmore- Staff Writer)

It started one year ago today, this site was launched and took the concept of Nowhere California to a whole new level.

Nowhere California started in 2011 and it was just another conversation between two friends, but these conversation started taking place in front of a microphone and unleashed on the internet. It was as simple as that, but as Nowhere California evolved, the team grew and new accomplishments were reach.

The episodes started to grow and the team ventured out of the Nowhere city limits, as they dove into the world of conventions and conducting interviews. It was with each accomplishment, the Nowhere California family stuck to their ideals of what they wanted to produce and not to become just another podcast.

It was that mindset that grew into this website and, as we mark our first year on the net, we want to simply say THANK YOU.

Thank you for following the journey of Nowhere California.

Thank you for listening to the original podcast and all of the other podcast that have sprung from this little idea.

Thank you for checking out this site

And thank you for continuing this adventure with us.

The Blacklist Revisited.. A Look From Nowhere At “Trumbo”

(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

During the late 1940’s, the fear of communism was sweeping the nation and the label of “communist” was a one way ticket to a destroyed life. At this time, the US government established the House Committee on Un-American Activities and this committee began to summon anyone they suspected of less than American qualities.

There was one community they questioned and, in some eyes, used as an example, that group was the big names of Hollywood. There was no position that was protected and everyone seem to be getting summoned, but there were some professionals that refused to answer these subpoenas. This group were known as “The Hollywood Ten”

These writers, producers, and directors decided to refuse to answer the committee’s question, as they claimed that this form of questioning stepped on their constitutional rights. These actions were not tolerated and contempt charges were leveled, after a House of Representatives vote of 346 to 17.

The members of “The Hollywood Ten” were hit with fines and jail times, but a lingering punishment was attached to them, “The Hollywood Ten” were now blacklisted. While on the black list, these people could not find work in the Hollywood system and their lives were altered forever.

At first, the black list contained only “The Hollywood Ten” and the list continued to grow. The list continued through the 1960’s and contained over 150 names, but it all started with “The Hollywood Ten” and Dalton Trumbo was a member of the group.

Dalton Trumbo was a screenwriter and novelist, he enjoyed some success and built a strong career, but everything changed in October 1947. In that year, Trumbo was placed on the black list and he wasn’t ready to disappear into Hollywood oblivion. Trumbo’s time on the black list and his battle to regain his career is the plot of the new film called “Trumbo”

“Trumbo” is directed by Jay Roach and follows the career of Dalton Trumbo, who is played by Bryan Cranston, as he is black listed and decides to rebel against the system.

When watching the trailer of “Trumbo”, you realize this story revolves around a forgotten era of Hollywood and this era is a period of time that some viewers will not understand. The Hollywood black list is a time where the victims didn’t sit and complain, they just simply wanted to get back to work and “Trumbo” is a film that will get this story out to a generation that could use a reminder to fight for you passion.

The cast and crew that assembled for this project seem to be dedicated and passionate about the subject. Honestly, I can not wait for the release of the movie in November.

CLICK HERE For This Movie’s Official Website..