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.”

Another Rebirth For The Man Of Steel..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The DC Animated Universe has set the bench mark with every release and they are ready for another beginning. As “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War” finishes the timeline that began with the 2013 “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”, Warner Bros. and DC are ready to hit the reset button. It’s time to check out the Man of Steel’s origins… again.

“Superman: Man Of Tomorrow” brings a new slant to one of the great comic book orgin of all-time, but before we dive into the trailer, I feel the need to point out the #MeToo elephant in the room. This story might look a little familiar to the trained eye, as this film is rumored to be loosely based on the comic “Superman:American Alien” and that book was written by a scumbag that I will not waste my breath to name, but through a little research and multiple source checks, that name in question is not linked to this project.

Now, with that out of the way, we return to the positive at hand and take a look at this preview of Kal-El’s younger years. In this film, as the official synopsis puts it…

Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis.

As the trailer and synopsis shows, we are heading from the farm and Metropolis with Clark Kent (voiced by Darren Criss). He is young and he is learning some new powers, but things are different this time around as Lobo makes a grand entrance into the Superman theatrical mythos.

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The Cosmic Bounty Hunter (voiced by The Walking Dead’s Beta, Ryan Hurst) is ready to put Superman to the test and he is not alone, as Parasite is added into the mix. Before you wonder if Superman will be standing alone, he will not and he will get an assist from the legendary Martian Man Hunter.

“Superman: Man of Tomorrow” was written by Tim Sheridan, who co-wrote “Reign of the Supermen”, and directed by Chris Palmer. This production has gathered some big names to bring this world to life and takes the viewers on a familiar journey. This story has been told a few times, but this trailer peaks some interest on the return trip.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow Will Be Released August 2020

HBO Max Gives First Look At Seth Rogen’s Pickle

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

You read that correctly and it’s a movie that you will not expect. The streaming service HBO Max has released the trailer for “An American Pickle”, this film will be their first original film since the service’s May 2020 launch.

“An American Pickle” stars Seth Rogen in dual roles as Herschel Greenbaum and Ben Greenbaum. Herschel is an American immigrant in the 1920’s, he tries to live the American dream and gets a job inside a factory. After a twist of fate and a fall into a vat of pickles, he is brined and awakens 100 years later. Now, in this new world, he meets his great-grandson Ben and they attempt to connect on levels that could never be imagined in a great twist to the time travel genre.

This film was written by Simon Rich, who adapted the script from his own 2013 short story “Sell Out” and was directed by Brandon Trost, who has directed multiple shorts and “The FP” with his brother Jason.

Originally, “An American Pickle” was set to be distributed by SONY Pictures and receive a theatrical release, but in the pandemic world, things changed and HBO Max gain the film for the streaming viewers at home.

“An American Pickle” will be released on August 6th

Beavis And Butt-Head Do Comedy Central..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

In a world that is still in the grips of a toilet paper shortage, there is only one hero to call upon. The great and powerful Cornholio!

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Beavis and Butt-Head will return to the small screen, after a short lived return in 2011 and take part in revamped animation line-up for Comedy Central. The cable network is checking all of the correct boxes with this project by having Mike Judge returning to helm his creation.

“Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own,” Chris McCarthy of Comedy Central told Deadline.com.

The comedy cable network is showing great faith in an established franchise, but how will these Gen-Xers stand toe-to-toe in the pop culture landscape of today. As this news is still developing, there is no set production or release date scheduled and it will be interesting to see what else Comedy Central will have in store for their animation line-up.

Show Us Your Junk! Vol.2

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

Welcome to the next installment of Nowhere California’s unique take on a pop culture show and tell known as “Show Us Your Junk” Last month, Nicholas Dye exposed his sloth to the internet and we didn’t get shut down, so it’s time for the next volume. Now, it’s my turn to show the world what I got…

As you can tell from this item and the person it honors, I knew that this piece was going to be my first submission into this new series. Like everyone at Nowhere California, I am very excited to see where “Show Us Your Junk” will take us and I’m a little fearful of the possible nudity, as a reminder all nudes should go to Nick.

Anyways, all kidding aside, please show us your pop culture collections and items that you deem worthy. Send your submissions to nowhere_california@yahoo.com or www.facebook.com/nowherecalifornia or just message us right here. No matter what, we want you to Show Us Your Junk!

Tomorrow Is Just A Day Away…

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

What if you lived the same day on a never ending loop? Would you make the most of your time or go on a rampage? In the past, the cinematic world answered this question with the classic “Groundhog Day” and most recently with the horror series “Happy Death Day”. Now, Hulu and NEON Productions will bring a new answer to the small screen (and selected larger screens, depending on the state of the world) with “Palm Springs”.

“Palm Springs” is a darkly edged romantic comedy that follows Sarah (played by Cristin Milioti) to Palm Springs for a wedding. As Sarah tries to make it through the wedding, she crosses paths with Nyles (played by Andy Samberg) who seems to live a carefree existence and they connect at the event, but her world quickly gets stuck on repeat and Nyles becomes her seasoned guide in this insane world.

This film was directed by Max Barbakow, who developed the story with screen writer Andy Siara and “Palm Springs” premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Also, Hulu and NEON bought this film for a festival record breaking $17.5 million, which will lead to a July 10th streaming premiere on Hulu services.

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What are your thoughts on this trailer? Will you watch it? Tell us your thought in the comments or nowhere_california@yahoo.com

Gentlemen…We’re History

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

The year is 2020. The future has become uncertain. Mankind faces obstacle after obstacle and our way of life is in peril. Just when all seems lost, our time traveling heroes, Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan return to show us the future is still most excellent.

The date: June 9th, 2020. The time: 6:24 in the morning. I am awakened to a screaming goat (my text tone…don’t ask) notifying me that I have a message from my friend Lissa. Wiping the sleep away, my eyes adjust, and I realize she has sent me the trailer for the MOST anticipated film of the year! (I know it’s subjective but this is my article so…eat it).  Okay okay!! I’m over vamping so let’s just get to it.

 

I have three words to sum up the excitement I felt watching this for the first time…William FREAKING Sadler!! Yes ladies and gentlemen, Death has returned and was air guitar jamming with our boys once again!! Seriously…here’s another picture of him just to show you how awesome this is!! Bill & Ted Face the Music is slated to hit theaters (fingers crossed) on August 21st, 2020. Directed by Dean Parisot

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The Future Looks Most Excellent!

 

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

In the midst of all this most heinous COVID-19 stuff, fans of the highly anticipated Bill & Ted Face The Music have been, ironically, concerned about the future of our musical saviors. Rumors have circulated that the film would, more than likely, end up pushed out of theaters and land on streaming services or wind up like John Wick 4 and the fourth Matrix film (I know…all Keanu vessels), pushed to net year. One fan took to twitter to ask Alex Winter (aka Bill S. Preston Esq.) himself what the status was regarding our wayward time travelers and here was Winter’s response

“Hey, thanks for asking. Everything is great in BT3 land. The cut is almost done and looks fantastic. Teasers and trailers are ready to go. Like every movie slated for this summer we had to stop and reorganize due to Covid. Teaser coming in a few weeks, news on release soon!”

Although this doesn’t confirm nor deny anything, the news that the film is firmly in post-production AND that trailers will be coming soon is, as our heroes would say, most tranquil. I will throw my prediction out there and say that, although Face The Music is still set to release August 21, that would put them smashed directly between Wonder Woman 84 and The New Mutants, Orion Pictures will opt to move Bill and Ted to a streaming service with the possibility of a theatrical release further down the road. Either way it pans out, I am overjoyed at the news that we will have a trailer soon! Check back with us here at Nowhere California for trailers and trailer reactions/breakdowns. Until then…Be excellent to each other and…PARTY ON DUDES!!

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Show Us Your Junk!

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

We are proud to launch our newest feature here on Nowhere California…Show Us Your Junk!! That’s right! We want to see your junk! When we say junk, we mean ANYTHING you would like to share…that is pop culture related (Sweet baby Jesus, what have I done). We are looking for action figures, DVDs, books, ticket stubs, autographed butt plugs, etc…to showcase here. You can submit to us at: nowhere_california@yahoo.com or on our Facebook page, http://www.FaceBook.com/nowherecalifornia

Be creative! At least be descriptive. Don’t send us a picture of you in your underwear holding a plush Gizmo doll with a hole in it without giving us some backstory. Trust me, we WILL make up an amazing story to go with it if you do! You know you wanna show it and we certainly want to see it so, SHOW US YOUR JUNK!!! In the interest of self deprecation and to serve as a template…here’s our junk. Enjoy!

DIGITAL UNDERGROUND #2: Life Insurance Lottery

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

What would you put on the line to enlarge your bank account? Would you risk your life for a slice of paradise? These are the questions posed to Bob in the new film “Life Insurance Lottery” and this film is the second entry into the Nowhere California Digital Underground.

“Life Insurance Lottery” is the new movie from Chuck Norfolk, Chuck is the creative mind behind the Nowhere favorite “Getting Schooled..” and he continues to elevate his cinematic eye in this unique thriller. This film takes you on a journey down easy street with Bob and his entry into an ultra secret club that promises a quick pay day, but Bob’s world is turned upside down as the body count begins to rise quicker then his bank account.

This film has assembled an excellent cast from the main characters to the background players, each performer helps you to believe this world and you can only hope for their success or failures, depending on their true motivation in this script. It’s hard to give the proper credit to every actor in this movie, because viewing this film will give the proper meaning behind that statement and I would highly recommend viewing this movie, but there are two performances that deserve acknowledgement on this page.
The first performance comes from Brad Potts. Brad plays Detective Gallagher, who crosses paths with the club and Bob throughout the movie. He is a grizzled investigator, who seems to have been on this case for a long time and is the greatest definition of a functioning alcoholic in film.

The second performance comes from Joe Grisaffi, who plays Bob’s best friend James and enters the secret club in the same hopes of cashing in. In the start of the movie, James isn’t sure what to take of this offer and quickly dives in. Joe’s performance can be described as multiple layers, from comedic to dramatic and deserves to be noticed.

As I said above, every performance from the cast and crew deserves to be acknowledged. There is a lot of passion that can be clearly seen on this production, this film deserves to be seen on multiple screens and Vimeo On Demand is the place to go.

In the debut of Nowhere California’s Digital Underground, we left the review to you the reader and recommended the title, this will not be different. “Life Insurance Lottery” is a great piece of independent cinema and we encourage everyone to give this movie a chance, so head to Vimeo On Demand or the link at the end of this piece and check out this movie. Also, when you’re finished, leave your thoughts for the filmmakers and let us know your thoughts about “Life Insurance Lottery”

WATCH Life Insurance Lottery NOW On VIMEO On Demand

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