Digital Underground #1: Line Of Duty

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

Nowhere California has a history of looking at every side of the street when it comes to movies, we will watch the tent pole blockbusters and we will take the road less travel to find those hidden gems. This mentality developed into the on going series of “Why Not?” episodes of the podcast and the evolution will continue into our digital underground.

The world is in a crazy place and some outlets are hard to find, so within the walls of this article we will hopefully point you in the direction of a movie that might not make it to your radar. This column will be on going and will point you in the direction of where to find these selections, but for now, it’s time to enter the underground with our first selection.

Line Of Duty was released in 2019, directed by Steven C. Miller and written by Jeremy Drysdale. The film follows police officer Frank Penny (played by Aaron Eckhart) Penny goes from his normal beat into a rogue world, when he goes into a personal investigation into the abduction of the police chief’s young daughter. During the early stages of Frank’s investigation, he crosses path with internet reporter Ava Brooks (played by Courtney Eaton) who becomes his unwanted sidekick as she streams his actions to the web.

This movie blends the action world into the modern era of social media where anyone can be a reporter, with the possibility of putting their bodies on the line in the name of news. It is easy to look past this movie as the typical rogue cop movie, but the production and cast breath important life into a film that could be easily lost in the streaming shuffle.

It would be easy to fall into the normal movie review checklist, but I would like to stand with this recommendation and open our doors for your feedback. The links below will lead you to the different ways you can watch this movie and we would love for you to tell us your thoughts about Line Of Duty…

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Click Here To Watch This Movie On Amazon
Click Here To Watch This Movie On iTunes

The Mind Of Heart-Shaped Skull Crosses Into Nowhere..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 Prepare for The Doom Song to echo in your ears and other supernatural oddities to invade your senses, as Nowhere California continues our coverage from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo and venture deeper into the world of Artist Alley.

In this installment, the guys from Nowhere talk with Aaron Alexovich. Aaron has built an impressive career through his work in multiple animation and comic book projects, such as AVATAR:The Last Airbender and Invader Zim. Another project that is close to Aaron is the comic book “Serenity Rose”, this book was the brainchild of Aaron’s and is currently in its third volume.

 Now, with credentials like that, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk with this talented mind and you can click the link below to listen to this conversation.

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Aaron Alexovich

This was a great conversation and we would like to thank Aaron for taking the time out to talk with us. If you want to check out more of his work, you can CLICK HERE For Aaron Alexovich’s Official Website

Class Is In Session: GETTING SCHOOLED Hits Video On Demand

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The 2016 Days of the Dead Convention brought upon a lot of great moments for the Nowhere California team and one of those moments was meeting the creative minds behind the movie “Getting Schooled”..

CLICK HERE For Our Conversations With The “Getting Schooled” Team

After these conversations, the guys from Nowhere were lucky enough to attend the world premiere of this movie and quickly fell in love with this horror comedy that give a fitting nod to the classic teen comedies of the 1980s

CLICK HERE For My Review Of “Getting Schooled”

As the convention became a memory and “Getting Schooled” started to be seen by more people, the movie’s exposure and word of mouth started to grow. Now, I am happy to spread the word and give some congratulations, as “Getting Schooled” is now available on multiple video on demand platforms. This milestone for this movie comes with thanks to the distribution of Midnight Releasing.

CLICK HERE For Midnight Releasing’s Official “Getting Schooled” Page And VOD Links

Once again, I cannot recommend this movie enough and I can give multiple reasons behind the recommendation. “Getting Schooled” has it’s nostalgia factor, but this movie takes that trait and gives it an original spin that gets easily lost in most mainstream movies.

A Look From Nowhere At Special Unit..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 The worst cop in Los Angeles has hit rock bottom and his commanding officer has a new assignment for him. In a swing from the fairness in disability act, Officer Garrett Fowler has to train the department’s four new handicapped detectives and keep his sanity intact.

 Now, with that being established, here is the trailer for the movie “Special Unit.”

“Special Unit” was written and directed by stand-up comedy artist Christopher Titus. Titus has been a stand-up comic for many years, jumping into the mainstream with his stand-up specials and underrated FOX sitcom. This film has been a pet project for a few years and the pieces fell together into possibly a darkly hysterical piece of independent film. The tone for the movie is quickly set in this trailer and the cast of “Special Unit” is a gathering of some of the most talented minds in comedy.

During the 2016 Studio City Film Festival, “Special Unit” was an official selection of the festival and will continue to travel to other events. This is one of those dark comedies that will gain the right audience and will gain a positive word of mouth wave.

Nowhere California has history of love for the world of independent films and creativity, so we will work towards viewing this movie and give you our review.
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CLICK HERE For The Christopher Titus Official Website And Stay Locked In For More Information On “Special Unit”

How Taz Spent His Halloween Vacation..

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(Joshua Gilmore- Staff Writer)

During Nowhere California’s coverage of the 2016 Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Convention, the guys from Nowhere crossed paths with a friend of con’s past and caught up with Taz.

The last time the team had crossed paths with Taz was at the 2014 Days of the Dead Convention, during the conventions Saturday morning cartoon screening and a friendship was formed through a alcohol charged commentary.

CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Cartoon Commentary With Taz (25:00)

Since that chance meeting, we have been looking for a chance to cross paths with Taz and that opportunity came at this year’s Los Angeles Comic Con. There wasn’t a cartoon screening to riff our way through, but Taz and I had a great conversation about his return to the states. Also, the conversation delves into Taz’s musical life and his work with the band “As Flesh Decays” (CLICK HERE for As Flesh Decays EP “SINISTER”)
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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Taz (12:18)

As with every convention, the people we meet are the highlights of every event and touching base with Taz was a definite highlight of the Los Angeles Comic Con. Thank you Taz for talking with us and, to everyone reading this, check out “As Flesh Decays” This level of death metal is perfect for any hardcore horror fan.

Saving The World One Episode And Bow Tie At A Time..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The Science Guy is back and he is ready to save the world in a brand new Netflix series. Educational television legend, Bill Nye and Netflix are developing a new series that will launch in the spring of 2017.
“Bill Nye Saves The World” will focus directly on the world of science and how it’s linked to the everyday world, from politics to pop culture and every aspect in between will be covered.

The trailer reveals that Nye will not stand alone in his mission. The Science Guy has assembled a crack team of correspondences to travel the world and report on the ever changing world around us. “Bill Nye Saves The World” will begin their mission in the Spring of 2017 and I hope the world is ready.

CLICK HERE For Everything Bill Nye

JOIN THE FIGHT! Help the HACK PACK!

(Nicholas Dye/ Staff Writer)

The guys here at Nowhere California have launched a new campaign that, at the very least, will get us some awesome shirts made, and at best, we might just earn some money that we can put towards our convention expenses and equipment costs.

We have designed an exclusive “HACK PACK” t-shirt and the short goal is to sell 14 shirts which will get them to print. If we can reach a goal of 50 shirts, then we will actually make some money to put towards expanding our horizons at Nowhere California.

 

The campaign can be found at http://www.booster.com/nowhereca and the shirt runs a total of $19.99 with shipping included. They are 100% cotton high quality t-shirts that you can show off at conventions or comic shops. BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MORE!! The first 14 people who purchase shirts will receive ALL of our interviews and content from the upcoming Stan Lee’s Comikaze before the general public does.

We here at Nowhere California don’t usually like to pander but…OKAY OKAY we have never been above pandering to get listeners and now we hope that same shameless groveling will get you to join the HACK PACK and sport our mildly suggestive t-shirt!! Excelsior!!!!

 

 

Blood On The Screen And Atari Dreams

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

A few weeks ago, Nowhere California was introduced to the independent horror/comedy “CONJOINED” and I was quickly intrigued by this bare bones, but highly creative movie. I wrote a review for this movie and posted my thoughts to this website.

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CLICK HERE For The Conjoined Movie Review

Recently, I was able to talk to one of the creative minds behind this movie and talk to Joe Grisaffi. Joe was the director of “CONJOINED” and this interview dives into the evolution of a crazy story idea. Also, our conversation takes a look at Joe’s career and his adventures in the 8-bit video game world.

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Joe Grisaffi

Returning To The Party..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

In the world of documentaries, entertainment can easily be lost to information overload and that will vary from subject to subject, but that is where “Glory Daze:The Life And Times Of Michael Alig” takes the road less traveled. It is these traits that lead to my interview with Ramon Fernandez, the director of “Glory Daze”, and our conversation delves into a case that still fascinates many to this date.

The curious case of Michael Alig begins in the rise of the New York Club scene of the 90s, where the club kids and drugs ran the street. Alig became the leader of this party revolution and felt untouchable, but the party came to an end and Alig was convicted of murder.

This documentary will give you a look at a life and a moment of time that could easily be forgotten, but dissects this period to every level. The entire Nowhere California team would like to thank Ramon for talking with us and giving us some insight on the making of this film.

CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Ramon Fernandez

 “Glory Days:The Life And Times Of Michael Alig” is currently available on digital formats and stay locked into this website for a complete review of this film.

Movie Review: CONJOINED

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The genre of horror is like walking down a dark alley, there is excitement and a possibility of your outlook on life being changed. When you take that same scenario and bring it into the world of independent filmmaking, you can look at that dark alley and slap on a blindfold, since it’s a world where the normal rules are thrown out the window.

CONJOINED is a horror comedy that follows the hopeless romantic Stanley, who is played by Tom Long, as he prepares for his long term and long distance girlfriend Alina, who is played by Michelle Ellen Jones, move into his place. As the special day arrives, Alina reveals a small secret and that secret is her sister Alisa, who is played by Keefer Barlow, who happens to be literally attached to her. This news is a shock to Stanley, but he wants to make it work and his attempt is honorable, until one more secret is reveal is the bloodiest of fashion. Alisa has a psychotic side that will leave a body count.

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The work of the cast stands out in this cross between an episode of Tales From The Crypt and Three’s Company with a few low doses of acid, but the minds behind the camera deserve the praise of the suppliers of the cinematic hallucinogens.

Joe Grisaffi was the director of Conjoined and gave this film a visual look that fit perfectly into the twisted script that was written by Chuck and Tim Norfolk. Grisaffi’s direction made this movie into a great watch, when a concept like this could have fallen off the rails fast.

As CONJOINED is not your normal movie, a review for this movie should be treated the same way. This movie should be seen with a group and enjoyed. Also, if you’re a fan of the worlds of TROMA and other strange cinema landscapes, you will be right at home with this blood soaked side show of a love story. In the end, I will give CONJOINED a 7 out of 10.

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CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL CONJOINED WEBSITE