Film

“SEE” on APPLE TV, Review by ED MacAudio (c) 2021

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It is not a crime to experience effervescent sensations while enjoying life and celebrating your birth on a warm Sunday afternoon. Alas, the overwhelming ring of the cell phone shatters the peace, it’s my daughter with a cry of urgency; “Dad, watch “SEE” on Apple TV you’ll love”. Click! What about a hello or, a happy b-day? I thought in silence.

Not knowing what to expect from this strange epic adventure my imagination ran wild trying to setup a prelude, to no avail. Consequently, I pondered, what does it mean to fight for your family under the tremendous odds of death?

Perhaps you could take a moment, get comfortable, and imagine with me, an obscure planet where the people within the society’s structure are born without sight. Hearing is keener than the wild deer, smell is developed beyond the wolf’s ability, touch is the corner stone of communication and the window to a dark reality. In this strange world, sight as we know it is useless.

Suddenly, sheltered in the shroud of the darkened woodland, children are being born with vision and hunted as witches by the contumelious, throat slashing Witchfinder General.   Nevertheless, it is time for hot buttered popcorn, and gummies served with a tall, cold, drink. Please excuse me while I setup the snack tray to spy this bit of screen poetry.

Apple put a substantial investment into this project and has produced a gem which exceeds performance goals. With all things considered, Jason Momoa is the headliner in this production exhuming a specular performance which is worth his weight in gold and an Emmy.

Generally, Baba Voss is supporting his family under tremendous odds of sudden death. Although he will not comply or resign to defeat, Jason Momoa is a long way from riding the tides to glory in  Aquaman. Affixed on the passion of his loving wife, Hera Hilmar this caressing couple is the example of family leadership in the dawn of battlements.

If you are looking for a pleasing episodic adventure made for TV, “SEE” will provide an emotional purging experience with moral choices, and probable action sequences propelled to please.

Despite my need for a quite weekend, I ventured into a world created by Steven Knight  not knowing that I would beige on the first season and beg for the second. I scampered through the eight episodes of the first season, dashed to review the material again to uncork the truth. I wondered, could this be Earth in a far-off future? If so, we could learn from this serious, unhinged presentation.

Moreover, the plot has a sequence of events which support the tragedy with artistic craftmanship.  Consequently, I had to ask myself, is blood thicker than sight? You must see for yourself to find the answer.

One of the exemplary characteristics of this work of art is the setting. The action takes place in the ruins of a pulverized society, amplified by cold rock, must and mildew. Large wild animals skittering over the crumbling buildings with battements and blast marks of past wars. Dusty surfaces and wind slipping through openings in the living quarters dominates the view. Trees creaking in the breeze as the dull sun lite cast shadows of gloom creating an air of doom.

Finally, the supporting characters were chosen with care. Each interaction embraces the central question and helps to propel the plot forward with a powerful chemistry. Aristotle would have embraced this episodic adventure with pleasure because it is truly Poetic. I do not want to give away too much, but this production will shed light on the overuse of sight.

Inclusion, relaxing at home and enjoying an adventure on the big screen has proven to be an amazing gift from my wonderful daughter. I would have not known about the blessing of “SEE” if it were not for her glorious insight.

Thank you for being there, till next time.

ED MacAudio

MOVING IN ZEN TV Series Bible Preview

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WGAE Reg# 1338875 (C)2020

Moving in Zen,  TV Series Bible,  Preview    Adventure Drama, by E.M.M.

LOGLINE: Chen Young Multi Talented, martial arts, returns home after being trained outside of the community, struggles to follow the rules of the dojo; while defending his friends amidst the crime-ridden streets. To beat death, he must confront the demon of time to save his own life. 

SERIES OVERVIEW

Chen Young is a peaceful, respectful, intelligent, martial artist who loves life. No matter what evil confronts him, he maintains his self-control while on the streets. After taking the oath of peace upon entering the dojo, Chen realizes that the community is an arena designed to test his moral standards. Chen is a survivor however, when faced with the daily destruction of his community Chen uses his powers in defense, and returns to the dojo to meditate with the Grand Master daily on finding another way. The Grand Master reminds Chen that music can “sooth the savage beast”, and sports builds character. Chen acknowledges, and decides to find a way by developing a sports team by day, and building a successful band one member at a time by night. Location: Inner City, present day.

Chen took an oath to maintain his self-control under all circumstances in life. He is not going to break the oath, he respects the philosophy of the dojo. Therefore, he will use all of his efforts to bring peace by guiding his friends at all cost. Perhaps, the challenges that Chen faces are driven by his will to find a way to solve problems without the using violence.

Chen slowly grows to realize that physical fitness is a process that can build character and correct bad habits. Moreover, Chen also must figure out how to build a band.

The community center is the place where teenagers hang out and communicate with each other. This sanctuary provides a computer café, fitness club, dance stage, football field, and a baseball diamond. It is also a haven for drugs, and gang recruitment.

This episodic TV series drama follows Chen as he comes closer to cleaning the crime out of his community by facing the treat. He uses his martial skills, and his brain to save his friends from imminent danger. He transforms his friend’s attitudes about life one by one. Chen must face demon in order to strengthen his spirit.

Each week Chen will be faced with a new danger, which will challenge his ability to keep his oath. Each episodes will feature a new skill that Chen has developed, which will be used to help a friend to escape from the criminal element. As the 13 weeks pass, his friends will return to assist in the prevention of community crime. The friends will join Chin with the building an all-star sports team at the community recreation center, and a successful stage band.

Thanks for reading, your replies are welcome.

ED MacAudio

Jungle Cruise Review

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By ED MacAudio

Gorge yourself with a blissful experience yes, Disney did a fabulous job capturing a dark period in time when the adventurous Conquistadors lust for gold, and glory penetrated the wilds of the Amazon River basin. Although adventure is my thing, my imagination was transfixed on the relationship between Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. These two powerhouse characters captured lighthearted optimism mixed with a dash of mournful glum as they twisted through a mildly romantic relationship resembling the curvature of the Amazon itself.

Here is what I am talking about, Jungle Cruise is a thrilling roller coaster ride which is funny and mesmerizing at the same time. So, grab a couple of boxes of popcorn and a few pounds of your favorite gummies, strap your body to the seat, adjust your cup holder, remember safe distancing, and get into the movie.

What makes this adventure amazing? Here it is, the skills of Director Jaume Collet-Serra. This outstanding film director better known for The Shallows, Unknown, and Orphan expanded the script, and weaved a bustling screen experience with ins and outs, ups and downs that are truly emotionally impactful. Here’s an example: The lively antics of Dwayne Johnson meshed with the frisky, bumbling, congenial actions of Emily Blunt create an interesting entanglement of events. Moreover, please keep a clear eye on the fearless heroics of Jack Whitehall, you will be amused.

Nevertheless, it would not be fair to spoil this gallant, tireless motion picture event but, Paul Giamatti’s nettlesome character gives Frank a run for the money with verbal assaults, malevolent thugs, and a bird. Perhaps, the Cockatoo should have taken center stage with a bit of foul language to add to the babble. Excuse me, don’t get me wrong, I love animals but, the bird must be seen to believe.

Disney is many things, but boring is not on the list. Cultivator of award-winning writers is at the top of the list. Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa developed this sparkling screenplay for the world’s family to enjoy together. The most important thing: family experiencing this promising supernatural event at the same time with each other.

 I guarantee, you will not be tapping your fingers on your temple trying to figure out the plot. However, you will raise your eyebrows as Act 1 introduces the cast and outlines the story. Don’t worry, your cheeks will blush as you get comfortable wondering if Frank will get closer to Lily. You might think, could this be a love story in disguise by the middle of act 2.  

On the edge of my seat, Jesse Plemons character appeared to have the upper hand as he entered the jungle fearlessly, apparently fully aware of the mystery. Don’t worry, my drink needed a refill, and my gummies were half gone. Dashing to the food court, grabbing a second round of goodies, I made it back before all hell broke loose.

Another characteristic of this production: Surround sound, the music was mind blowing. James Newton-Howard composed emotional music to fit the journey of the cast. To get really into this experience, it is necessary to give credit to the producers as well, John Davis, Beau Flynn, John Fox, Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. All of the elements worked together like melted hot butter on fresh, steaming popcorn. Just take a moment to feel the love dancing on your ear drums.

Overall, the cinematographer Flavio Martinez Labiano, created stunning, exemplary, visual experience for my eyes to taste. The eye candy which captured my mind and took me into the world of Jungle Cruise. Now, I need to charter a flight to the Amazon where I can see this beauty for myself.

And finally, it would not be fair to leave out the editor, Joel Negron who during postproduction pieced the A an B footage together to actually tell the story on the big screen. Bravo!  Could this experience by completed without casting? No!  The casting Directors, Katie Doyle, Tara Feidstein, Juan Pabil Rincon, Marisol Roncali and Mary Vernieu boldly stepped into this project and came up with a tireless cast which performed with mastery.

Inclosing, every time I sit through a film the overdose of gummies, and popcorn gets the best of me. Although I crave, I understand the power of theater. My mind is free to mingle in the land of make believe where Disney molds, fashions, and vigorously expresses the impossible. Awaking from the movie trance, wait a minute. Where did a park my car? Never mind, I think I took an Uber.

Till next time, thanks for reading,

ED MacAudio

Writer

BLACK WIDOW Review by ED MacAudio

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Given the importance of drama today, dashing to the movie theater after a long-drawn-out break in lock down, could be a blissful mega event for everyone around the globe. Needless to say, after waiting in line, I spent 20 minutes stuffing my face with soothing, hot buttered popcorn before the film started. I must have missed that smell of steamy fresh move cornels floating through the air tickling my nose.

Nevertheless, I expected to be fully entertained with spine chilling assaults, battles for life, pulverizing explosions, overwhelming chase scenes, foul language, and a plot moving at the speed of light. Please pardon me, I am an action movie junkie enjoying a box of gummy bears and a cold drink.

Let us jump right in. As you might have guessed, I loved this film. Scarlette Johansson (Natasha Romanoff) performed with the power of a young goddess. Johansson’s performance was enhanced by entangling the lead role with her blazing, combating sister Florence Plugh. Moreover, the sizzling interchange perfectly molded by the fantastic directing skills of Cate Shortland caused me to lose track of time while the music composed by Lorne Balfe gave my ears a long-awaited workout in surround.

David Harbour displayed a since of dark humor which complemented the interchange between Rachel Weisz which kept the drama memorable and fresh throughout entirety of the film. The funny moments were carefully balanced and twisted with emotional slams.

The most important challenge: I did not mind the extended movie experience; consider it a gift from the film maker for keeping us waiting so long to experience the big screen again. Conversely, my popcorn was empty halfway through Act two, I had to break for a refill. Upon my return, my attention was held once again in place by the CGI Artist who created a fabulous array of dazzling action scenes causing time to pass without notice. Conversely, the effects were combined with the latest technology to give a seamless design without any signs of displacement in reality. Great Effects! You must see this film to appreciate my enthusiasm.

 Being overwhelmed with excitement, let me take a moment to mention the writers Jac Schaeffer, Ned Benson, and Eric Peason, this outstanding team crafted a vision which molded into a massive dose of dazzling eye candy. I can only imagine the length of the storyboard; it must have taken up 130 ft with sticky notes plastered like a wallpaper mural.

Another exemplary characteristic of this successful screenplay is the unfolding of the images created by the cinematographer, Gabriel Beristain coupled with producer, Kevin Feige. This creative crew unfastened passion for the beauty of thrill in faraway places. Overall, the visual images within each scene dragged my attention deep into the world of Black Widow.

Grinding away through postproduction, it took the bulldozer force of editors, Leigh Folsom Boyd, and Matthew Schmidt to transmit the story precisely for the big screen where Black Widow came to grapple the attention of the audience. Faced by deadlines, articulating the message of passion through pain takes the cooperation of many focused minds with a universal target, the resolution.

As for the post Covid entertainment experience, time does not matter because, the show must go on. Here is my point, while looking closer at the team of cast members, producers, directors, writers, and composers I realized, it takes commitment to develop a twisted action drama into a memorable, family event.  I learned from this film that love is relevant under all conditions.

And finally, I must give the brilliant casting directors a round of applause for assembling a powerful team of performers who created a time warping cinematic event for Marvel’s timeless audience, I cannot wait for the sequel. So, make plans to see this film it will surly break the box office records for 2021.

In closing, if I sit through a film and come out of the theater lost, the experience was a success for the filmmaker. For example, I could not locate my car. Perhaps, my mind was somewhere in Marvel land while my transport was patiently waiting to be located with the panic horn pulsating through the late afternoon air. I found my car after I woke up from the movie trance.  Till next time, thanks for reading.

ED MacAudio

Writer