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

Guess Who’s Back? Back Again…

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer…is back)

At San Diego Comic Con 2013, a select few fans were treated to a very immersive event hosted by Legendary pictures to promote their new Godzilla. Many were skeptical because the last time us gaijin took a crack at the King of the Monsters it became a running joke. We enter a Tokyo inspired street filled with classic ‘Zilla memorabilia when klaxons start blaring and we are ushered to safety by a group of officials. We are led through an office building to be evacuated by helicopter. Too late, we have to exit out into an architectural office and sit very still. Outside, the rain is pouring down and inside the power has gone out. Lightning strikes and amidst the thunder comes a different rumble as this new Godzilla lumbers into view and walks past the office window. He’s beautiful and there is a collective clapping as he disappears. Suddenly, his newly tapered snout rises to glare at us directly in the office and his roar shakes the office. The woman next to me covers he ears and I shit…just a little. Jump ahead to the following year and I sit in the theater watching Godzilla blow radioactive fire down the gullet of the second MUTO and it’s head pops off. More applause…a little more poop. WOW. Legendary stepped up and killed it. It was an outing to see how we would react because shortly after it was announced that the next film would feature several more mythic monsters. Jump ahead to 2017. Kong: Skull Island is released and we knew. Come on! We knew why Kong was suddenly 200-300 feet tall. So he could square the hell up with Godzilla at some point. More poop…and then the post credit scene…Unknown

Extinction event level poop!!!!! (I loved those jeans too…I digress) Jump ahead one last time…

In the legendary Hall H at San Diego Comic Con 2018, Legendary pictures came with the cast and a legendary trailer (I’m a big Kung Fu Panda fan…sue me) for 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Let’s get us pesky humans outta the way shall we? Replacing Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston will be the stunningly talented Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones). Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins reprise their roles but who cares because…well at least 4 iconic monsters are going to be taking the lead!!! So much poop!!

Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidora, and the real king, Godzilla take center stage in a battle that could potentially destroy the world. As far as I’m concerned…what a way to go!! Check out all the monster-y goodness in the first trailer below and be prepared…for poop.

 

 

Venom Starts Production

(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

I promised the Nowhere guys I would set aside my obsession with Tom Hardy and report this objectively so…here we go. On The 23rd, the official Twitter account for the upcoming Venom stand-alone film tweeted out this picture with the vague statement: “Day 1”

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Now, I’m no detective but I think this means that the Venom movie with TOM HARDY IS FINALLY UNDERWAY!!!!! Breathe man…okay…so when I had asked my circle of comic and movie nerds; “Who would you cast as Venom in a new movie?” the general consensus was Tom Hardy. I can’t think of a more imposing figure to take the role of Eddie Brock aka Venom.

For those of you not in the know…Venom is actually a symbiotic organism that was discovered by Spider-Man while away fighting the Secret Wars. It bonded with him and gave him a badass new black costume that could become plain clothes by changing colors. After realizing that the symbiote was kinda violent and homicidal, Spidey casts it aside. This is all after he outs a fellow journalist, Eddie Brock, as a fraud and ruins him professionally. The symbiote “finds” Eddie and they formed a union more dangerous than Kim and Kanye! Venom was born and he became the single greatest threat to the web-head because he has crazy super strength, can spin webs, can “stealth” himself invisible, has a huge protruding jaw that he plans to use to eat Spider-Man’s brains, and the worst part, doesn’t trigger Spidey’s spider-sense!! This and he looks scary and badass. Perfect for Hardy!! Can I get an AMEN!!?

So I guess I’m pretty excited to see the most underrated, legit badass (he chased AND CAUGHT a scooter-riding purse snatcher on foot!) action star on the planet take on one of my favorite Marvel villains/anti-heroes ever written! I mean…if this is the potential…I must quote the legendary Kevin Smith in saying; “Take ALL my fucking money now!!”

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Venom is rated R and is directed by Rueben Fleischer. Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018. Follow them on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/VenomMovie and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/VenomMovie

 

 

 

Sōbetsu Haruo-san.

(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

Tuesday August 8th, the world bid farewell to a legendary Japanese actor whose face you may not recognize but his work created a standard and left a legacy. Haruo Nakajima, was the original “man in the rubber suit” Godzilla and remained so from the first Godzilla film in 1954 until 1972. Ever the professional, Nakajima went to the zoo to study the lumbering and methodical movement of elephants and bears from which he created Godzilla’s trademark slow lumber that has been recreated and implemented in every Godzilla film to come out of Toho Studios.

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During a 2014 interview, Nakajima said of his movement in the suit, “If Godzilla can’t walk properly, it’s nothing but a freakshow.” Nakajima landed the role that built a legacy after a bit part in Japan’s OTHER gigantic film, Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. He donned the 200 pound rubber suit and would pour his all into his performance, often times ringing out a bucket full of sweat after emerging from the suit during breaks. Proud and truthful, Nakajima stated “I am the original, the real thing…my Godzilla was the best.” Watch ANY Godzilla film after his departure and you will see his movement mimicked and know he spoke the truth. Haruo Nakajima was 88 years old when he passed and is survived by his daughter Sonoe Nakajima.

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What’s hot on Cable? A teddy…

(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

Much like the hype for Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds is at it again for Deadpool 2. On the heels of our first look at Zazie Beetz as the infamous Domino, Mr. Reynolds dropped this gem on us early this morning via Twitter.

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Immediately on the heels of that Tweet, we got a full body shot of Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers and it did not disappoint. I’m not sure here, but I believe the teddy bear ties the whole ensemble together nicely. You be the judge:

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Cable is gen-u-wine mutant badass and I believe that Mr. Brolin has captured said badassery nicely. The only thing left for us to find out is how many bad jokes the “Merc with a Mouth” will get out before Cable blows a hole in him. At any rate, Deadpool 2 is sizing up to be the hottest movie ticket of 2018 and as the news and pics drop we will bring them to you. Okay, just for shits and giggles, here they are side by side. Ladies and gentlemen…Domino and Cable.Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 11.07.48 AM

A Red Dead Return

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

Rockstar Games has come out with guns a blazing’! This title is a personal one for me. My friends and other gamers had to endure me gushing over Red Dead Redemption and how it was the most amazing game I had ever played.  From the expansive, open world exploration and side jobs, to the characters that seemed to walk out of your console larger than life. As a kid who has grown up in the Mojave Desert, the rendering of sunrises of the land and the way monsoonal rains would sweep was breathtaking. I honestly sat on a ridge and watched the sunrise and I swear I could almost smell that familiar air. Rockstar Games has done it again and now we get a glimpse into the Red Dead world again. Leave it to Rockstar to have me wanting to skip this fall and just get to the next one so that I can travel back to the time of gunslingers and river boat gamblers. Rockstar has partnered with Sony to give players early content and, much like Skyrim, a release of the classic Red Dead on the Playstation Network. All of the footage shown is from actual in-game play on the Playstation 4 engine. I simply cannot wait.

Guardians the Galaxy Vol. 2!!

800x400-guardians-of-the-galaxy-2“I am Groot!!!” That’s how excited I am for this teaser trailer! Let’s get something straight right away. I am a comic fanboy and I love everything Marvel is doing with their films. That being said, there was a huge expectation placed on each and every film that came before Guardians of the Galaxy. I believe the phenomenal success of the first film is completely due to notion that almost NOBODY had read a Guardians comic prior to the film. I will pause here for all of the Cheetos Puff and Mountain Dew Baja Blast fueled outrage aimed at me by those who actually did read a Guardians comic…All out of your system fanboys and girls? Good now pipe down!! I remember when Marvel had announced it’s phases and people look confused about Guardians. Jump to that weekend opening and sweet baby Jesus!! The first film was amazing and it had all to do with the vision of James Gunn as well as the tremendous cast he compiled. I mean come on!! Glenn Close!? Back to present day and I stand here with wet ring around my crotch because I have peed myself with pure joy. This is just a teaser trailer and it doesn’t give us much except the returning major players, the Blue Suede playing in the background, some badass slow walking, and a pretty funny moment between Drax and Peter Quill. Close it out with some Rocket and Baby Groot and you’ve got this guy hooked. Join me in theaters on May 5th, 2017 and you can throw Milk Duds at me while I geek out over the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

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John Wick 2…John Kills Everyone

 

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“The only way out is back in.” That is the tagline for the follow-up to 2014’s John Wick. Subtly titled, John Wick: Chapter 2, John has to venture to Europe (yes the car comes too!) in what can assume is his attempt to get back out of the hitman business. Of course, the bodies will pile up quite high before that happens and we get an appearance from Morpheus as he tries to mentor Neo…wait…wrong film. Lawrence Fishburne does appear and will be joined by newcomers Common and Ruby Rose with Ian McShane and John Leguizamo returning.

From our last few posts, it would appear that 2017 is going to be off with a shot and the earliest shot we have so far is John Wick: Chapter 2 which will hit theaters February 10th. Although not rated yet, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it will be a hard ‘R’ for violence.

 

Go Go Get Me A New Pair Of Pants!!

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

It’s here! After months of teaser posters and tidbits, Saban Brands and Lionsgate Films have delivered the first teaser trailer for 2017’s Power Rangers film. I have been skeptical of the film simply because it treads in the footsteps of the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers from the 90’s and I hold that near and dear to my heart. I am proud to say that I am nothing if not excited and intrigued by this new take. A departure from the sugary sweet good guys that comprised the original team, these teens all seem to be in trouble of some type or are all branded as misfits and outcasts. Often times the glue that binds, they are drawn together and make a discovery of five different colored discs that lead them through dramatic physical changes. The trailer gives us our first look at Elizabeth Banks’ version of legendary baddie Rita Repulsa who kicks up the grit factor by claiming “I have killed Rangers before.”

Power Rangers stars the aforementioned Banks as well as Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as the voice of the bumbling Alpha 5. The only question left is…when will my boy Jason David Frank show up as the Green Ranger!? Make your way to theaters on March 24th, 2017 to watch these new Rangers “Discover the Power.”

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.