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The Central Authority

USA 2021
produced by
Matt Chassin, Armin Nasseri, Dana Olita, Kristin West, Narlyia Sterling (executive) for Quarantini Productions, Narlystarr Productions
directed by Kristin West, Armin Nasseri
starring Kristin West, Genoveva Rossi, Lachelle Allen, Anna Elena Pepe, Jake Red, Todd Stroik, Charles Chudabala, Armin Nasseri, Narlyia Sterling, Vanessa Esperanza, Michael Coulombe, Rodney Damon Collins, Judith Hooge, Betsy Johnson, Marco Antonio Parra, Dana Olita, Lauren DeLeon, Rory Ogden, Candice Callins, Jimmyo Burril, Josh Hutchinson, Lilly Burril, April Monique BurrilKatie Gordon, Nate Gordon, Jesse Hutchinson, Cristina Vargas, Allie Rivera (as Allison Michelle), Jonathon Freeman-Anderson, Joe Grisaffi, Nailya Shakirova, Brandy Bryant, Sara Gaston, Bobby Thomas (voice)
written by Dana Olita, Kristin West, songs by James M. Taylor, Jimmyo Burril

review by
Mike Haberfelner

A not-too-distant future: The virus is still roaming the neighbourhood, in fact, all neighbourhoods, and staying within your home has become mandatory, with the almighty Central Authority having taken over from local gouvernments to see that the lockdown is upheld. In a time like this, entertainment has of course become a key resource, and since there's no other way than stream one's content from home, vloggers have become the new superstars. But the Central Authority has put a sort-of quality control on all live-streamers: They may be on the air as long as their shows' audiences amount to more than 50 million viewers, if they fall below that benchmark, they're not only cancelled - but also killed! So framed by Chariti Case's (Kristin West) news show, they all battle it out, from sex "experts" (Lachelle Allen) to right-wing "patriots" (Jake Red), work-out coaches (Charles Chudabala) to chefs (Armin Nasseri), plant psychics (Narlyia Sterling) to cam girls (Candice Collins), gold-digging trophy wives (Betsy Johnson) to money-grabbing men of God (Rodney Damon Collins), with even a dysfunctional homicidal family (Dana Olita, Lauren DeLeon, Rory Ogden) and a musical production (featuring Jimmyo and April Monique Burril) thrown in for good measure - and none of them are safe from being terminated ...

 

Now in many ways, The Central Authority is of course a child of its very special times, when actual film sets have become a rarity and film-at-home the new norm - this resulting in not the highest production values, somewhat uneven quality, and an episodic feel to the thing as a whole. But The Central Authority makes a virtue out of all of this by playing up the absurd aspects of the situation and rolling the whole thing into what's best described as entertainment satire - with pretty much all the segments delivering some giggles and some being hilarious, making this a fun watch with some food for thought on the side.

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