Where does love and lust lead you...if you never die? What destiny awaits an immortal? Is there a destination for immortal love and lust? Shigenori Takechi of IZO incorporated these ... See full summary »
Rise is a true story about a young nurse falsely accused of rape. Stripped of his career and his freedom, Will is forced to survive maximum security jail. The film centers on an unlikely ... See full summary »
Cedric the Entertainer plays Jake, a seemingly regular guy who has no idea who he is after being hit over the head by mysterious assailants; when he finds himself entangled in a government ... See full summary »
Cedric the Entertainer,
Los Angeles, 1958: a detective holes up in a downtown hotel awaiting killers to come get him. During the course of one night he will meet various occupants of the hotel and the truth of how... See full summary »
A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village; in rural China, a black market operative (Liu) posing as a goverment-sanctioned blood drawer jeopardizes an entire village's safety.
The snoopy reporter Sadie Blake is called by her nerd colleague Ethan Mills that has deciphered a code and found an address in Koreatown from information of the Goth Tricia Rawlins about a bloody cult. Sadie does not give attention to Ethan, but when she sees on the front page of the news that Tricia has been found dead in a dumpster in Koreatown, she decides to visit the address. She finds an abandoned house with a gruesome basement full of blood and she immediately drives to Ethan's apartment. She finds the place in a complete mess and is abducted by a stranger and taken to Bishop, who wants to know what Tricia has told her. Then, Bishop and his mate Eve kill Sadie and they have a necrophilic threesome with her body. Later, Sadie awakes in the freezer of the morgue and sooner she realizes that she is a vampire and promises revenge to her sire. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This was Mako's last live action film. TMNT (2007) used recorded dialog Mako had performed, making it a voiceover role. See more »
After Sadie has sent Franny away she leans against the door. Her reflection is clearly visible in the glass, despite the fact that her lack of a reflection (due to being a vampire) is an important point in the movie. See more »
Good and evil are just imaginary friends.
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Written by Jonathan Hylander, Raymond Gurrola, Sean Johnson and Joseph Hylander
Performed by E>K>U>K
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If you like this type of movie - the action/horror hybrid - Rise (Blood Hunter) is well worth a look. But if you also happen to appreciate the slightly skewed Sebastian Gutierrez perspective - from such films as Women in Trouble, or Snakes on a Plane - Rise becomes a must-see.
Yes, the story is largely predictable. This is a formula film. But Gutierrez brings his own syncopated style to the formula. All the beats are there, but they're just a little off the usual rhythm. The characters are just a bit different than you expect, just a bit more human. And the story unwinds in just a slightly different way than you'd expect - even though it does reach a familiar destination.
Along the way, there are some really nice performances. Lucy Liu, whom I've NEVER previously liked, is amazingly subdued and sympathetic. Carla Gugino is excellent as usual, and almost unrecognizable as a cynical vampire. And Michael Chiklis is particularly likable as the tough-guy cop. (You may have seen him before as the Thing, one of the few bright elements in the two mediocre Fantastic Four movies.)
Rise is a film that's scary, gory, energetic, yet also somehow intellectual on some existential level. Not everyone will get that, but Gutierrez fans will. This is very much a 'vampire noir' - a film that elevates a familiar dark formula with its own uniquely mythic style.
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