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Phoenix (2006)

Unrated | | Drama | 30 January 2006 (USA)
Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great... See full summary »

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Demetrius Stone
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Ken Sparks
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Gunther
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Lewis (as Conrad Corral)
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Resort Trainee
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Michael D. Akers ...
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Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great apartment and an exciting relationship with Ken Sparks (Gaetano Jones, Boystown), his sexy well traveled boyfriend who just might be "the one." A great life, or so he believes, until Ken's visit for Dylan's 23rd birthday party is unexpectedly cut short when Ken is suddenly called away to tend to a failing real estate deal, and then disappears.

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The art piece that Ken gives to Dylan looks very similar to the urn that Jack has his mother's ashes in in Aker's film "Morgan". See more »

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This Phoenix had no opportunity to rise
28 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was biased enough to rent this clichéd, dull and laughably acted movie due to the fact that the cover contained good eye-candy and finally a film based in Phoenix, AZ – where I live. There's so few films based in my city. ('Psycho' and its remake don't count, as there were about 15 minutes combined between the two in the Valley of the Sun.) The sad truth is that most of what was filmed in Phoenix was presented in all-but stock footage, and even when you wanted to look out the actor's cars, the filming was so bad, it was just a blur of brightness. (Heck, even the credits shows that most of the locations used in the film where nowhere close to Phoenix – such as that extremely cheap "resort" (Mod) Ken was to stay at was in Palm Desert, CA.) The acting was so bad that some of my favorite and unintentionally hilarious scenes involved any of the leads attempting to cry. Sure, their faces crunched up, but no tears flowed. Couldn't someone just throw water on their faces for "special effects"? And, I'm sorry, I just have to throw this in, what was it with that hideous, I suppose "going-green" house Demetrius lived in? Yeah, this was an extremely independent/film student project, so no offense to one of the film makers or friend/family that actually lived in that wannabe retro 60s home. Word to future film students, especially when making gay-themed features: Please aim higher. The only way gay-themed films can go main-stream, is with respect; respect to character depth, respect to strong and original scripts and respect to the audience.


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