SOLA FIDE (By Faith Alone)
 
 
Studio: jase180
 
Review Count: 52
Average Rating: 4.83 stars
Genre: Horror
Length: 22 minutes 52 seconds
 
Posted on: February 18, 2008
 
 
Film Description
SOLA FIDE

Richard Falcones life 3 years after the events in Kens Last Rites Series. The story follows what became of Falcone as he picked up where Father Hooker left off. If you didnt see Kurokens film, you should still be able to enjoy this.

My entry into Kurokens X-box comp.

Starring

Lizard as Samael
Goofparade as The Arch Angel Michael
Jase180 as Richard Falcone
Mustachio26 as David

Music by
The Kiev Seminary Choir used with permission/creative commons/public domain license
Stellamara ???Kereshme??? used with permission/creative commons/public domain license

Sound Design by Me from my own library of fx created using Mixcraft. Samaels voice created by Lizard.

Mods from

Bus Stop Willy
Mike DBoing
Marvellous Guppi Movies (whom i forgot to list in film credits for the Waterfall mod and I wanna make special mention of that, as Guppis a stand up modder)
Rysto
Eobaggs
Pookashells
Capt Strider
8 eyed baby
fraasmovies
Skinshack

This film is for the cast and modders who made it possible. Couldn???t have done it without them. Thank you guys!

Hi res version:
http://www.tmo-hi-res.com/TMOinGloriousHighResolution/jase180/SolaFide.html
 
Featured Reviews
- Rik_Vargard

Wow.. what a movie! What a directing! What an actors! What the hell! ^^ Great great great ! Loved it, the ambient the setdressing, camera moves everything was so well done, and even very artistic (something wich is rare on TMO)
Excellent !! *****

Posted on June 24, 2008
- Dulci

Professional, smooth and captivating. The use of sound editing via music, sound effects, voiceovers, ambiance, etc. really stood out to me. Truly an impressive work.

Dulcilicious!

Posted on May 18, 2008
- yeagmaster

OK. I am off to see the Hi-Rez version. this movie deserves it.

I talk a lot about the FEEL of a movie. This one has that great feel. It's the music, the pacing, and the camera shots that do that. I can tell that you can't make a short movie. It would take away from the atmosphere and the feel of what you are trying to create. Keep doing things the way you do them and I will keep watching. It's perfect that way.

Posted on May 11, 2008
- devilhorns

Falcone is my absolute favourite character on TMO. I identify with him far more than I do any other character in any other movies I've seen on here. From his eagerness to lash out at his oppressors to his intolerance for BS of any nature from anything. His duty is keeping him down, and it's keeping him down because it's his duty to be kept down. He is being manipulated by the forces of good, evil and the whole world around him= and he knows it. And he wants them all to know he knows it, too... But his path is his path, so he can't help but keep on walking it. A normal guy like that should have a wife, kids, spend his weekends rocking out at concerts and watching the game with his bros, and still be the cop he is at heart. But because he is what he is - he sets his sight on the devil and never strays his eyes. There's no turning away from what he's seen... If he did, he'd never be able to fit back into society anyway.

A great film. I could on and on about the mood you set with mods and music, but lots of people will do that for me...

I just wanted to chime in about Falcone.

Cheers.

Posted on March 27, 2008
- kate_lee

Jase, I know you want an honest review, and today I will leave one here.

This movie was nothing like I expected.

I approach �??competition movies�?? with apprehension. I�??ve seen my share of those movies that have been haphazardly put together to meet the deadline, based upon the competition theme that did not really inspire the authors. Sola Fide was a surprise for me.

I loved the visual metaphor (although if I were to name this I�??d call it �??visual simile�?? rather than metaphor) of the ship voyaging through the beating storm toward the ominous destination. I loved the hallways filled with muddy water and rotting flesh. This is how it is like to be Richard Falcones, three years after Last Rites�?�

I was dazzled by the flickering background, an appearing and disappearing ghost, the burning hell, and all the wonderful visual, that made me realize how far TMO has evolved since my days�?� I enjoyed the great performances by Lizard, yourself and everybody in the movie.

But the way Falcones talks�?� His lines are not only witty but just so right to the character. (�??Yay for me,�?? just for an example.) The character of Richard Falcone, the way he changed, and the way his changed self carries his old self with it, was perhaps what surprised and impressed me the most. (And you always tried to make us believe you didn�??t care much about characters?)

Sola Fide receives my standing ovation.

Posted on February 23, 2008
- goofparade

A film that you can watch again and again and still find something new and interesting every time. Very impressive and elaborate stuff, both visualy and storyline/dialogue, with effective use of excellent music.
Considering this competition had a short deadline, this film stood out on several levels including overall creativity and artistic inspiration.

Bravo Jase and Co!

Posted on February 20, 2008
- jazzx

A very atmospheric film - a superb opening with the boat being given the full treatment with the camera (nice mod).

Top notch acting performances here - it was refreshing to see that Falcone, far from becoming a believer after what he saw in Last Rites, is even more cynical about religion now - just in a different way. (Of course, nobody knows what I'm talking about unless they watch the "Last Rites" series [by kuroken] upon which this spin-off film is based. You'll get the most out of this film if you do).

The visions were well handled - the quiet choral music in the background suitably enhanced the atmosphere while the dissonant stuff during the hell scenes performed its role equally well.

Plenty of religious mumbo-jumbo in this film - some of it went completely over my head in the lengthier conversations, but the character of Falcone performed a crucial role in grounding the film in some sort of reality; it was always worth hearing what he had to say about it!

The camerawork was excellent in this movie and some of the images will live long in the memory (the boat trip, the pits of hell and the skeleton elevator spring immediately to mind).

One minor nitpick - the title cards came in too late (6 minutes into the 23 minute movie). I was fully engrossed in the movie by then, and that kind of snapped me out of it - I was tempted to fast forward. That's like the titles coming in 30 minutes into a 2 hour film! I can see why they were put there - to draw a line under the introduction and then present the rest of the film in flashback - but I think it would've been better to stick them right at the front of the movie and get them out of the way so the atmosphere can fully take hold and never let go.

Apart from that, this is a splendid addition to the Last Rites series (how canonical it is depends on the series' writer, kuroken); so well made that, as the ending suggests, it deserves to become a series of its own.

Posted on February 20, 2008
 
Reviews
- vampire_14

Great movie 5 stars for that awsome film:P

plzz rate my film the house part 1..

keep up the good work..

Posted on August 10, 2008
- Master007

This is a difficult film to rate. While the visuals and everything put into creating them were amazing, there seemed to be very little substance to the film. The plot was weak and made no sense at times. The acting was extremely wooden from all the actors. Many seens dragged on for far too long. The intro seemed to be showcasing a mod rather than progressing the story. Many other scenes were more of a "let's look at the surroundings" rather than a "let's see what happens next in the plot." I was very disappointed for what looked like a promising movie. I know I have seen you do better, so I figure this was just a bump in the road.

4 stars from the Archaic Review Board.

Posted on July 4, 2008
- TFoster

*۩*۩* A TFoster SilverFire Movie Review *۩*۩*

When we thought it was all over and that the world was saved.....We Were Wrong!....Jase180 crafts a fine continuation of Ken White's Last Rites Series which has sparked loads of sequels and prequels, but i believe that this was the best one continuing on from Last Rites - Amen. We are yet again back with our hero, The foul mouthed Richie Falcone who tirelessly vows to continue what Father Thomas Hooker first began. The Sets are fantastic and the camera angles are brilliant and even though there is a small cast in this movie, they all pull of some brilliant performances.

Sola Fide is a superb masterpiece of movie making to be admired by all.

TFoster
SilverFire Movie Reviewer

*۩*۩* A TFoster SilverFire Movie Review *۩*۩*

Posted on July 2, 2008
- nexusinteract

I really couldn't understand that storyline. I think that this is a continuation of Ken's series, as a character from those are portrayed by you in this film. I like the mods, special effects, and swooping atmosphere, but unfortuantely, my lack of understanding for this kinda got in the way. I understand the bible very well, but I don't really understand it's implementation here. I heard of references and quotations such as from 1 Peter, but couldn't corroborate those verses with the story itself. Great direction, but confusing story. A 4...out of five.

Posted on July 1, 2008
- Rik_Vargard

Wow.. what a movie! What a directing! What an actors! What the hell! ^^ Great great great ! Loved it, the ambient the setdressing, camera moves everything was so well done, and even very artistic (something wich is rare on TMO)
Excellent !! *****

Posted on June 24, 2008
- Dulci

Professional, smooth and captivating. The use of sound editing via music, sound effects, voiceovers, ambiance, etc. really stood out to me. Truly an impressive work.

Dulcilicious!

Posted on May 18, 2008
- yeagmaster

OK. I am off to see the Hi-Rez version. this movie deserves it.

I talk a lot about the FEEL of a movie. This one has that great feel. It's the music, the pacing, and the camera shots that do that. I can tell that you can't make a short movie. It would take away from the atmosphere and the feel of what you are trying to create. Keep doing things the way you do them and I will keep watching. It's perfect that way.

Posted on May 11, 2008
- cecil_evans

ENTRY IN THE "WRITER'S BLOCK BEST SCREENPLAY CONTEST.' (see the 'Your Movies' forum for information.)
As the devil tells him, the main character "Suffers from the vanity of his own wit." I can relate to that, man. I'm sure I'm not as clever as I think I am. The character of Falcone is exemplary. The Movies Online can use more like him.
The production values in this movie are worthy of Hollywood. Nice shot selections, great editing and camera work. There's an overhead of our hero as he lies in bed, where the ceiling fan blade rotates into and out of view. Its loaded with mods and audio fx. Sadly, none of that counts in this contest.
What puts this movie in the running for the 'Best Screenplay' is the powerful dialog. Not only the 'wit' of the main character: "My very own personal burning bush." "Walkin' through this mother$#$# valley ain't easy." But, also the tricky stuff the other characters have to say. Lesser actors might have had difficulty voicing the dialog of a movie like this. People usually speak a little more casually than, say, an archangel. But the actors in this one speak it with ease. (goofparade in particular.) Very professional. And the words they are speaking work wonderfully with the religious plotline.
The themes explored include salvation, doubt, redemption, self-loathing, good vs. evil (lionhead ought to like THAT!), and it tackles them in, again, a professional manner.
I'm peeved at the ending. After 5 Movies, we still don't have closure! I guess the devil will ALWAYS be there. But, you're pushing it, taking it any further. A suggested latin phrase for the sequel might be: Ad Infinitum. I can't wait to see it!!!

Posted on May 8, 2008
- BiggsTrek

Well, I finally got around to watching this. Very glad that I did! (Long story short: HiRes movies and my PC don't get along, unfortunately.)

First off, the modding was terrific. That tattoo on Falcone's back was unexpected and a delight. And the ship ... Must. Get. That. Ship!

The mood you created with both the pace and musical choices was particularly well done. It was eerie. Very much reminded me of good (not cheesy) Hollywood religious horror flicks (I'm thinking the original 'The Omen', etc).

This is definitely a masterpiece of TMOgraphy ("Look Ma, I can make up words!")

Loved it.

Posted on April 27, 2008
- melghoul1

This is one of the most profound movies i've seen on TMO. From the opening scene i was in tranced. Very symbolic.

Posted on April 11, 2008
- devilhorns

Falcone is my absolute favourite character on TMO. I identify with him far more than I do any other character in any other movies I've seen on here. From his eagerness to lash out at his oppressors to his intolerance for BS of any nature from anything. His duty is keeping him down, and it's keeping him down because it's his duty to be kept down. He is being manipulated by the forces of good, evil and the whole world around him= and he knows it. And he wants them all to know he knows it, too... But his path is his path, so he can't help but keep on walking it. A normal guy like that should have a wife, kids, spend his weekends rocking out at concerts and watching the game with his bros, and still be the cop he is at heart. But because he is what he is - he sets his sight on the devil and never strays his eyes. There's no turning away from what he's seen... If he did, he'd never be able to fit back into society anyway.

A great film. I could on and on about the mood you set with mods and music, but lots of people will do that for me...

I just wanted to chime in about Falcone.

Cheers.

Posted on March 27, 2008
- Christhemovieking

I loved every frame of this fantastic movie. Editing, Sound & Music were all perfect, story line superb, Voice Acting amazing!!! I'm sure you've heard all this before but I'll say it once again. Damn fine movie making!!!
Keep Makin Movies...

WeirdScience
(over & out)

Posted on March 9, 2008
- TheMGMKid1

Sola Fide the new film by Jase180 is a magnificent film of unsurpassed visual splendor. Dark on so many levels it leaves one spellbound by its story and execution.
The screenplay is superb and shows that Jase knows where to plant the seed to create a compelling exciting film. One of the master strokes of the film is the exceptional use of sound editing. Here he weaves the deepest and strongest effect that reaches into the imagination of the viewer and creates horror and dread of biblical proportions. Hell yawns before us in sound and fury.
The choice for the angelic score counterpoints the sound editing brilliantly and brings another level to the experience, a truly brilliant touch.
The film is never rushed but like a fine work of fiction or cinema it takes it�??s time to unfold like the most beautiful black rose in Lucifer�??s garden. I love that the pace played to its own soul. Too many films rush to impress. This film knows its strength is in the time it takes to tell.
The voice work is an example of great casting. Jase found just the right actors to bring his characters to life. And in the creation of the visuals of the actors I found that Jase knows his source very well. He presented Lucifer as a beauty with only glowing red eyes to give away his identity and purpose. Lucifer was indeed the most beautiful angel God created. But remember, handsome is as handsome does.
The mods were impressive and were of the most wonderful design that gave the art direction of this film its visual punch. Hats off to the many artists who labored so to create and inform Jase�??s vision.
The entire experience for me was thrilling. It is always a challenge we are given by Jase in his films and that is his gift. He makes us think and entertains us all in one glorious stroke of his brilliant artistry.

Posted on February 29, 2008
- emeraldedge

Sola Fide gripped me right from the very beginning, with the blackness. The ship sailing, the storm, the choir, all set the mood for something tremendous. The mood was there and only got thicker as the ship continued on it�??s course. The music did cut in a stark manner. I would have liked to have heard it fade rather than a hard cut. I liked the fact that you never fully see the devil, although the dialogue seemed to end kind of weird , as if it was quickly faded out in the middle of something. The demon child sequence was great. Really created an emotional response as the child came forward.

The titles were wonderful. The music was a great selection as the screen was bathed in white. Once again, it�??s the transition between sequences, the credits to the hell, that seemed a bit hard. I would like to see a bit smoother transitions. Perhaps a bit more space between, slower fades (I know the movies doesn�??t do this well in it�??s stock effect), and smoother score transitions.

I found myself drawn into Falcone�??s reality, during the sequence in his room, and the shot with the lense flare was incredible. I was totally onboard until the library scene. This scene seemed to stall on me. I think it could possibly have been it�??s static nature. The characters stand, rather than having an activity while presenting their exposition. Even just walking through the aisles of books could have helped, maybe stopping to look at a book on a shelf while talking, creating motion and variety to counter the somewhat monotone deliveries (I know they are supposed to be that way). The white haired man could maybe have appeared more in command, and knowledgeable if he were to appear indifferent to the conversation until he turns his attention to Falcone during just the few key phrases. Maybe Falcone sits during his lament of his situation. The two guys just standing didn�??t work for me, though. And to end on a really picky note, perhaps the shot of the white haired guy walking away just before the crash cut could have been shorter.

Okay, for some reason I�??m back on board again, and nothing is going on. Falcone is in his room and we�??re just hearing the sound design (great job, by the way). The confrontation with the devil is compelling, but I think I could have used a bit more emotion. Perhaps a bit more caring when he says it doesn�??t have to end this way, a bit more delight and anger at the appropriate times. The devil walking away didn�??t seem to have as much impact as it could have. Like the other guy, it perhaps lasted too long, with no significant audio. I don�??t mind silence in movies, but it didn�??t seem to work here for me (yes, there was the score but I�??m talking about something a bit more significant).

Back on the boat, and I have to say I really love these shots. The ship floating silently by, on it�??s way to fulfill it�??s destiny. The ending credits looked great, although I halfway expected the first credit (of many to follow) to be Robert Rodriguez.

All in all, I would say it was a good film, with a lot of potential to be a series of it�??s own. While it didn�??t hold me as well as it�??s source material (I watched it all straight through before watching this one twice), I would say it was pretty darn good for a spinoff. I think I would definitely like to see what happens to Falcone in the future (I so want his middle name to be Blue). Your sound design continues to be at the highest level for a tmo movie and is better than many indie films I�??ve seen by far (maybe I�??m watching the wrong indie stuff, lol). The story was compelling, but the were a few issues that dropped me at times. Great film overall, though.

Posted on February 26, 2008
- OD-Ork-Boy

I would like to start this review off with a suitibly "Dramatic" introduction, with some word like "Amazing", or "Exceptional" or such. Unfourtanatly, such words can't really sum up this film, so I can't start it off with a dramatic start.

One reason why I cannot do this is because it is so much more than the average "Oh my god, how awsome!!!!11one" type of film we get on TMO. It is so...Well, "Deep" that it in my opinion it goes beyond the typical "Great work, Bravo" type of pat on the back we see good films get ever so often. This is not a film so much as it is a piece of moving poetry. Jase180 has always had a way of making very ordinary scenes in TMO movies seem new and vibrant, and this film is a great example of his techniques. For instance, just the scene with Falcone shooting, for whatever reason, seemed so "Fresh" to me that my jaw practically fell off. The movie continued this with absolutely amazing set-dressing usage and of course a story to die for. Dressed up with too many metaphorical images to count on fifty hands, this film is not only the typical "Treat to watch" Jase180 film, but also a "Treat to think about".

Still, despite all the glory and proffesionalism that is this film, there are a few times when I personally thought things could have been done better. Falcone's narration scene seemed less like actual narration and more like a guy just talking into a microphone while he read off his lines, which is odd, as the rest of his lines were performed spectacularly. Additionally, the microphone quality is lacking, and you seem to put too much noise removal on which gives it an unrealistic edge. As a former reviewer wrote, the credits coming on so relatively late in the movie was a bad decision (In my opinion) as it took me out of the atmosphere. The Satan prop was wonderfully done, but I felt it foolish to zoom up so closely to his face when he was speaking as it should have been moving along with his voice; I know this is an impossibility as it was indeed just a prop, but you should have filmed him from less facial-themed angles when he spoke with quick cuts to his face in-between lines.

Now despite the minor nit-picky issues, this is to date, in my opinion, the best film this studio has produced, and topping will be difficult.

Five stars + A Bookmark.

- Orky

Posted on February 24, 2008
- kate_lee

Jase, I know you want an honest review, and today I will leave one here.

This movie was nothing like I expected.

I approach �??competition movies�?? with apprehension. I�??ve seen my share of those movies that have been haphazardly put together to meet the deadline, based upon the competition theme that did not really inspire the authors. Sola Fide was a surprise for me.

I loved the visual metaphor (although if I were to name this I�??d call it �??visual simile�?? rather than metaphor) of the ship voyaging through the beating storm toward the ominous destination. I loved the hallways filled with muddy water and rotting flesh. This is how it is like to be Richard Falcones, three years after Last Rites�?�

I was dazzled by the flickering background, an appearing and disappearing ghost, the burning hell, and all the wonderful visual, that made me realize how far TMO has evolved since my days�?� I enjoyed the great performances by Lizard, yourself and everybody in the movie.

But the way Falcones talks�?� His lines are not only witty but just so right to the character. (�??Yay for me,�?? just for an example.) The character of Richard Falcone, the way he changed, and the way his changed self carries his old self with it, was perhaps what surprised and impressed me the most. (And you always tried to make us believe you didn�??t care much about characters?)

Sola Fide receives my standing ovation.

Posted on February 23, 2008
- TENCHIMUYO

now that was true horror movie
it was the next "shinninh" and the next "exorist"
I just thought the plot was good and not one gave me any scene a point where i say "aw but wehat haapen" or "forget this movie its pointless". Its incredible and I love it indeed
Great job!!!!
I have my 2 thumps up!
Could you please rate my movie
thans i would appreicate it

Posted on February 23, 2008
- tyler0605

sweet movie plz watch my movie Forest Of The Lost The Begining coming out today

Posted on February 23, 2008
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Technically this is a masterpiece! All the mod work, the intense atmosphere, the actors and how everything is presented seems very professionally and is the best what tmo has to offer! =)
And there were various discussions in the forum if you have work in Hollywood or not... now we know you definitely have! The story is typical Hollywood! I don't exactly know why I feel it's like a typical Hollywood story, but it's like the same base, one hero and one mission and one bad boy and of cause the second good one with a special role(Arch Angle Michael). That's why I was a bit disappointed by the story.

But like I said this doesn't change the overall impression of a professional and very atmospherically film.

Posted on February 23, 2008
- riott007

Wow really impressive! I felt the story was very good..I liked the idea how falcone took the place of hooker. Certain places it felt intense especially with those great sound effects. I loved the music. Spooky creepy..felt like somebody standing behind me waiting to slash me up! Overall, the visuals were stunning, vo's were spot on and editing was superb.

My favorite part was
LMAO @ That was Dunkel not me! Too funny

Posted on February 21, 2008
- Deehouse

Intro was too long and showed the same stuff. I can see if you wanted to show off the mod, but it lost my interest at the beginning.

Posted on February 21, 2008
- gavi5

Okay i'm gonna borrow some of the reviews already here.

I must say that who ever directed this. chose very nice camera angles, and set up a nice atmosphere. I was expecting a great intelligent movie. UNTIL I heard the lead character speak. Falcone to me was a B-movie character trapped in a movie way out of his league. When he spoke. I felt he had too many cheesey lines, with a sassy attitude, and when the momment came for intelligent discussion he sounded out of place. In the end the film really didn't go anywhere, and at some parts the scenes didnt go through transition well. The quality was dropping through out the movie in this one.

Posted on February 21, 2008
- trewill7

Poetry of the Purest caliber.

And; In MY opinion, the real winner of the Xbox Competition by a small village decimating land-slide.

The Plot is actually quite simple to understand and follow during a first view; it's when you go back and watch it again, that the underlining messages make themselves clear. The reason for this, is because watching Sola Fide for the first time, a viewer is completely distracted by the Absolutely Gorgeous Cinematography and Never-before seen Mods, causing the true substance of the film itself, to go unnoticed.

A Man's character undergoes a significant and substantial change, after a dramatic event in his life; that's as cliche as white men can't jump (and they can't). This is a proven formula in Hollywood, and can be hit or miss. So, when dealing with a recycled formula, it's all about presentation and making it unique to you; the writer/director; it's about taking a fresh spin on something old; and that's exactly what Jase does here.

In a film of such epic scope, you'd imagine there would be a wide array of characters to populate it; however, that's not the case. In a sense, Sola Fide is a character study. As we pick up 3 years after the Last Rites series ended, we encounter the same man, but a different character. Falcone has transformed from the punch-line-a-minute wise-ass cop, to a guilt-ridden and damaged man, as he struggles to hold himself together after deciding to continue Father Hooker's work of slaying demons. Jase's portrayal of Falcone is convincingly Brilliant; don't tell him I said that, if his head got any bigger, he'd float away. Goofparade elegantly takes the screen as The Arch-Angel Michael; whom acts as the middle-man between Falcone and The Man upstairs. He also seemed to be acting as a voice of reason; reminding Falcone of why he's doing what he's doing, but most importantly, reminding him that it's his choice. Goofparade owns the screen as Michael, and he knows it. If he doesn't, then, "Goofparade, you OWN the screen as Michael", now he does. Lizard3209, sets the screen on fire (literally) as the Demon, Samael. Man, it just feels good to have typed that, considering that Lizard has returned to TMO from his Rambo Sabbatical, in which he lived in the Jungle for almost a year, and occasionally helped local villagers wipe-out terrorist camps. True story, just ask him, he'll tell you all about it. The most important thing is that he's sated his blood lust and has finally returned to bless TMO with his Amazing VO skills. With his performance as Samael, he adds to his VA repertoire; showing that he had it, he has it, and he'll always have it. Also, a special mention to Mustachio26, who didn't have a big role, but held his own across from Jase.

The script was Written well on many, many levels. I won't go into detail about it; but in MY honest opinion, Jase, along with Josephkw, are the Best Writers on TMO, second only to AND. Say what you want, but facts are facts. One of my favorite lines; "Yeah, [naughty word!] you, and the Four Horses you rode in on." Classic. That was almost as funny was when I discovered AND was a giddy little school girl for the show "Friends".

The strongest point for this film? The Cinematography. From Epic shots of the boat, to the Burning Depths of Hell, to the Celestial Library, to the Majestic Waterfall, this film is a Visual Masterpiece, in which the Character's bring to life. Without the fantastically written characters, this film would just be a hodge-podge of Beautiful Sets. Which brings me to my favorite moment from this film; the conversation between Samael and Falcone by the Waterfall, aka; Paradise. I mean, how subliminal can you get? Anyone? Again, this is why I'm confident in my statement that Jase is one of the very best writers, second only to AND.

The Editing was Excellent, however, I still have my reserves. I strongly felt that the opening sequence was too long; too many sweeping shots of the boat; almost as if you wanted to showcase that it was a Mod. Yes it was beautiful, but not worth sacrificing story flow. Also, I didn't agree with the sweeping shots of Falcone in his conversation with Samael. Other than that, Editing was tight, smooth, and very well paced.

The Sound Design was nuts, on par with your previous work, and the Music was very fitting. I felt the music could have been a tad lower in the Waterfall scene, especially where the Dialog is so crucial to the message. However, this is only a personal preference. I found it surprising, that out of all the special fx in this film, none of it was done with Overlays; but actually in-game props. Samael sitting on his throne in hell, was Absolutely Bonkers.

Jase may be an Arrogant [naughty word!] and Self Indulgent [naughty word!], who believes his work to be great by comparison and stand-alone; and though he may also be a [naughty word!]ing [naughty word!], who [naughty word!]s his [naughty word!] with a [naughty word!], while [naughty word!]ing himself in the [naughty word!] with a metallic [naughty word!], all while taking a face full of [naughty word!]; you really can't deny his ability, this white boy got mad skills, so you can't really blame him.

Great Flick Jase; Your best to date, hands down; and the most deserving winner of the Xbox Competition.

-tre

Posted on February 21, 2008
- thidias

Great scenario! And very inspring!
The music is a perfect match for every scene.....
Just started out to make my own! I would realy appreciate if you give me some tips on my first attempts : Valentine's Day....

Thanks again!

Posted on February 21, 2008
- fonsbob

intressting movie,maby some subtitles soo its better too understand but i like it

Posted on February 21, 2008
- goofparade

A film that you can watch again and again and still find something new and interesting every time. Very impressive and elaborate stuff, both visualy and storyline/dialogue, with effective use of excellent music.
Considering this competition had a short deadline, this film stood out on several levels including overall creativity and artistic inspiration.

Bravo Jase and Co!

Posted on February 20, 2008
- thebiz

Visuals that never came across as a simple exhibition yet deserve to be seen as such, dialogue thick with meaning (or not...as has been fully discussed with you) and some excellent performances.

Highlights for me included the flooded apartment corridor, the hell sets, the dialogue from the final conversation between Samael and Richard and the battle with the child demon. The deckchair on the boat distracted me and the conversation between Richard and Michael was shot and edited in a very static manner and lacked a bit of variety that was found in the following conversations. I also agree with Jazz about the titles coming so late in the game. None of this distracts from the movie in a way that hinders this from being classified as an excellent movie.

GP and Lizard delivered very good performances but your own was the highlight. Narration started small and thin (as opposed to Samael's booming sinister dialogue) but the weariness in the beginning gave way to a man with a purpose who will not be denied (even if he isnt so keen on that purpose). Its a very good performance of the likes that no one else can legitimately play this role in the future.

Posted on February 20, 2008
- gavcity

Mini-review in english:
Very atmospheric cinema. Beautiful, interesting, well sounded and with well picked up music.
But the atmosphere is the main thing. From some staff stops in a shiver (in good sense).
But an image of the Satan - its a cliche. Such image has bothered :-)
P.S. For good use of Russian choral music - respect.

�?�?з�?в на �?�?�?�?ком �?з�?ке:
�?�?ен�? а�?мо�?�?е�?ное кино. �?�?а�?ивое, ин�?е�?е�?ное, �?о�?о�?о озв�?�?енное и �? �?о�?о�?о подоб�?анной м�?з�?кой.
�?о а�?мо�?�?е�?а - �?�?о главное. �?�? неко�?о�?�?�? кад�?ов на�?�?�?ал�?но б�?о�?ае�? в д�?ож�? (в �?о�?о�?ем �?м�?�?ле).
�?о об�?аз Са�?ан�? - �?�?о кли�?е. Такой об�?аз надоел :-)
P.S. �?а �?о�?о�?ее и�?пол�?зование �?�?�?�?кой �?о�?овой м�?з�?ки - �?е�?пек�? и �?важ�?�?а.

Posted on February 20, 2008
- jazzx

A very atmospheric film - a superb opening with the boat being given the full treatment with the camera (nice mod).

Top notch acting performances here - it was refreshing to see that Falcone, far from becoming a believer after what he saw in Last Rites, is even more cynical about religion now - just in a different way. (Of course, nobody knows what I'm talking about unless they watch the "Last Rites" series [by kuroken] upon which this spin-off film is based. You'll get the most out of this film if you do).

The visions were well handled - the quiet choral music in the background suitably enhanced the atmosphere while the dissonant stuff during the hell scenes performed its role equally well.

Plenty of religious mumbo-jumbo in this film - some of it went completely over my head in the lengthier conversations, but the character of Falcone performed a crucial role in grounding the film in some sort of reality; it was always worth hearing what he had to say about it!

The camerawork was excellent in this movie and some of the images will live long in the memory (the boat trip, the pits of hell and the skeleton elevator spring immediately to mind).

One minor nitpick - the title cards came in too late (6 minutes into the 23 minute movie). I was fully engrossed in the movie by then, and that kind of snapped me out of it - I was tempted to fast forward. That's like the titles coming in 30 minutes into a 2 hour film! I can see why they were put there - to draw a line under the introduction and then present the rest of the film in flashback - but I think it would've been better to stick them right at the front of the movie and get them out of the way so the atmosphere can fully take hold and never let go.

Apart from that, this is a splendid addition to the Last Rites series (how canonical it is depends on the series' writer, kuroken); so well made that, as the ending suggests, it deserves to become a series of its own.

Posted on February 20, 2008
- josephkw

What an ensemble of majestic, yet hellish, imagery! Your otherworldly visions will haunt me for some time to come. This film also totes some spectacular VO performances--I didn't even recognize who played Michael until I read the credits (such a versatile performer GP is). Overall, this was a true wonder to behold.

Posted on February 20, 2008
- OlliEntertainment

FANTASTIC!!!

Film on!!

Posted on February 20, 2008
- Marine101

Astonishing.

We see Falcone 3 years after Amen finishing Hooker's work. He has changed so much from Amen and I was amazed on how we see him 3 years later. From the boat scene really draw me in. I just kept my eye on every single second on how you did that. Other visuals were amazing. Some nice set dressing. You made hell so beautifully and evil at the same time. Nice vo's from everyone. The music was brilliant and the sound effects were great as well. I honestly thought you did a very good job on this. How the heck you did this in 5 weeks is amazing.

Overall, a brilliant entry and was very well told. Just I wanted longer darn it! It went so fast, but in all seriousness you did well and a very supeb entry. I really have NO complaints. Top notch stuff.

Good work Jase.

Posted on February 20, 2008
- kwistufa

FAR OUT!!
That was an amazing movie Jase.
Loved it..
As faultless as they come.
Loved the Sounds, effects (both visual & Audio)
Editting, use of anims & scenes, superb.
This really sucked me in & I enjoyed it immensely.
Great job.
1 teeny nitpick..
I thought the Sunlounge's were a bit out of place
on the ship in the beginning. But..pfft to that..lol
The custom stuff was jawdropping too.
Both in coolness & the way you used it.
Your setdressing was perfection.
Wowzer.. Awesome Flick!
Fantastic Job.

Posted on February 19, 2008
- ubernewbie

I was in mixed minds when i watched this. The first few minutes must catch my attention or it never will. For me, the boat scene at the start was longer than it needed to be. A big explosive opener does it for me, followed by a gradual build up leading to a finale. Some small artistic differences make it awkward for me as i see things I would do differently. I did enjoy some nice shots of the hellish sequence of the demon prop on his chair and some nice use of the world war 2 street set. I would have thought that had falcone had been living this style of like, he would have looked more raggard and world weary; Van Heilsing style. It almost felt like this could have been a stand alone movie and not related the the Last Rites series. Nice work.

Posted on February 19, 2008
- kingpengvin

I enjoyed this take on teh Falcone character. The Visuals were quite an eyefeast as well. Great editing and sound make this quite the experience. A must see.

Posted on February 19, 2008
- chrisu69

wow.........

Posted on February 19, 2008
- MefuneAkira

GREETINGS FROM L.M.A.O. STUDIOS!

Amazingly dark and philosophical entertainment in cinematic art.

**Minor Spoilers**

Now, I have already had the opportunity to discuss my opinion of the film with Jase. However, there are some key aspects I enjoyed the most.

Hell! I mean come on! Hell? To be able to pull off a Hell set that is dark, yet fire lit, scary, grandiose, but most of all, believable, is an amazing achievement.

Story. To take Falcone to a completely new realm that is so adverse from his previous life, is truly a fresh and brilliant notion. Knowing the back story to Falcone and seeing him in this new light, is very entertaining.

Dialog. Interesting, intriguing and profound to say the least. Loved the way Jase implemented just enough humor in a serious moments ( Falcone and Samael) to keep Falcone's character in true form.

Set and set dressing. As with Hell, I was very impressed with all of the breathtaking sets and mods used to paint this impressive tale. From waterfalls to metaphysical voids to amazing ship shots, this visuals are dazzling.

Acting. Despite Jase's opinion of his own acting, I would say Jase is one of those rare actors that delivers lines so naturally, you cant help but identifying with the characters he plays. Lizard was truly a treat to endure, with his dark and meaningful performance. GP, as always, was impressive playing Michael. Mustachio's performance, as a small role as it is, was also very noticeable and well acted.

A great film and excellent continuation to the Last Rites series.

Well done!

Mefune Akira �?? JennyN
L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on February 19, 2008
- sparky1512

Ok, let me get this out the way first. Jase, you are a movie making POWER HOUSE and I hope you are very proud of what you have created in Sola Fide.

Right, lets take a look first at the plot. I know that this movie was based of Ken's Last Rights series and in many ways the plot, in an overall sense, is very similar.......and yet infinitely different. Knowing the history of the story from Ken's movies does add much depth to this movie, but it is still magnificent in its own right. We have Falcone (i'll get to him specifically later)the once 'non-believer' turned Heavenly Champion who, 3 years after the death of Father Hooker, is still battling Satan and the forces of darkness. Sola Fide gives us a snap shot of Falcones 'new' life and the destiny that he is now charged with. For 3 years, Falcone has battled Satan's minions and won - but now Satan himself is getting involved and we see some wonderful scenes of Falcone preparing for this inevitable meeting. I was totally taken aback watching this movie - i mean apart from it looking and sounding amazing, the depth of the plot, characters and the transformation from Kens Last Rights world to this Last Rights World was flawless.

Now onto the characters. We first met poor old Richie Falcone in Kens first Last Rights movie. He was an potty mouth no BS cop who believed in Satan and Demons about as much as i believe in the Tooth Fairy. 3 years on and he is a different man in many ways. After Hooker died, Falcone took his place and became Earths last line of defence against the warriors of Hell. This is a burden that he is able to bear for one reason and one reason only - faith. Falcone is portrayed so beautifully in this movie as a guy who is prepared to battle Satan until the end of time because he believes that is what he is meant to do - but at the same time, every person he kills, every demon he faces, kills a small part of Richie Falcone. He hates what he has to do, but does it because he knows it has to be done.

Visually this movie surpasses anything else i have seen on TMO. The ship and ocean scenes were spot on for creating the right mood, setting the tone of the movie right from the start. 'Hell' and the portrayal of Satan were literally out of this world and the scenes with Falcone in the library and then talking at the waterfall were so well shot, thought out and crafted, they were just a joy to watch.

This movie really is something else. You need to watch it 2,3,4 times to fully appreciate all of the subtle nuances and themes, attention to details and sound. Right from the ever present Hellish noise that he always seems to hear, from the 'water' motifs throughout. I honestly can not praise this movie highly enough - it will not be for everyone�??s tastes and i expect that some viewers, even if they have seen the Last Rights series, just won't 'get it', but even then they will be able to appreciate the majestic visuals and ambient sound design

Finally, Please rate my movie.....nah just kiddin

cheers

Posted on February 19, 2008
- Tarison

An amazing film. Right from the onset, we forget that we're watching something made with The Movies, because hey, we're just given such a tremendously original introduction. I think it was only on a close-up of Falcone midway through the piece I remembered "Oh yeah, The Movies", and that's just because of a the character's starmaker-y look.

Atmosphere is top-notch, and you honestly had me at a few moments thinking "how the hell did he do that?" I love the attention to detail, the careful dressed sets, complete with book piles, photographs and the like. Little touches.

I have to say that above all, I especially enjoyed the way Falcone has rounded out. This isn't just a simple anti-hero, but a truly reluctant hero that would rather the fate of the world be somebody else's problem. He really felt real.

Special kudos for a non-kitsch use of Ain't Over Yet ;)

Posted on February 19, 2008
- OcelotFilms

A great film without peer on TMO. Just amazing visuals, music, and dialogue, along with judicious editing makes this a much appreciated classic. Bravo. *begins slow clap*

Posted on February 19, 2008
- dnr

What an amazing piece of film work. To see where Falcone has gone since his previous journey in the Last Rites series. This movie was absolutely incredible.Every aspect of this movie is perfect from the story to the acting to the direction.Truely an amazing project and it fit so well into the original story line of the last rites series. I love Falcone's character. Truely great work Jase and all involved

Posted on February 18, 2008
- kuroken

Ritchie Falcone was something of a collaborative character within Jase and me, in that I created him in the Last Rites series and wrote the dialogue, while Jase improvised and improved a lot of the dialogue and certainly made Falcone his own. When Jase said he was making a film for the competition, I figured Falcone would be front and center, and was interested in seeing how Jase would write him and where he'd take him.

The answer to that question is so much better than anything I could imagine, I was completely blown away. The film features some of the most gorgeous, effective visuals I've seen in a TMO movie - as soon as I'd seen it (no longer being a judge) I was badgering him about how he'd done them.

But the visuals in a flick aren't all that high on the Ken-o-meter - I like them well enough, but give me a visually-stunning emotionally-empty film, and it's nothing that's going to get me excited.

Jase's continuation of Falcone's story is emotionally shattering, the story of a man who has been irrevocably changed by what happened to him in the Last Rites series and what it's done to his life (I do not want to give any spoilers here - you need to watch this film, whether you saw Last Rites or not, instead of reading a synopsis).

It's spiritual, it's emotionally-rich, it's a visual treat with stellar attention to detail, it's a truly amazing piece of TMO movie making. If you liked the Last Rites series, watch Sola Fide. If you didn't like the Last Rites series, watch Sola Fide because it's a better film. Just watch Sola Fide.

Posted on February 18, 2008
- K4ownzall

Falcone...... F-ing F Bomb Falcone.......... 3 years later.... What a toll life has extracted upon him. It was very interesting to see how this character has changed and it is very evident. You captured such a forelorn, lonely feeling mixed with powerful undertones. Nothing was over-the-top, nor should it have been at this point. Why? Because it leaves us craving more.... we want to see more and to see the 'action' happen. This movie didn't satisfy me.... It only made me hungry. Jase you are so natural as Falcone, I would love to see this character whom you perfectly portray as TMO's premiere action hero... as in DIE HARD. You might consider exploring the possibility.... or perhaps you might want to move on. Regardless, it is my opinion Falcone would be HOT. Back to this movie...... It was a window....... Is it open or closed? That decision is yours. Great atmosphere, Jase. Interesting.. and private. ===K4===

Posted on February 18, 2008
- nukester

One of the best submissions by far!! after watching the original series, I immediatly wondered what Falcone's life would be like after such an experience especially with him being a man of well... logic rather than faith. This was a character driven deep insight into his world with some truly memorable performances!

It has been a worth while ride and Sola Fide is a perfect gift to anyone who wants more after the Last Rites series. So until the next time....

Nuke Well by Faith Alone

Posted on February 18, 2008
- sisch

Just watched it again .. and was again awed by what you have crafted here.. your best work to date in my opinion.
I loved how you picked up the story and spun it onwards.. and how you portrayed the change in Falcone, so believably, so deeply.. excellent voice acting, that!

Goofparade and Lizard were of course brilliant, too, and the sound design and music really pulled me in, as did the slow, savouring camera work.

Great work, Jase. Believe me, in this comp I would have loved to give away several first places!

Posted on February 18, 2008
- anothernewdawn

Along with Trewill7's "Infidelitas", this is one of my top two winners in the Last Rites competition.

Firmly rooted in a very-possible-future Last Rites universe, "Sola Fide" is simply gorgeous, visually and aurally, and in terms of plot, pacing, tone, and structure.

Rich, deep themes of good versus evil force the viewer to rethink sometimes ancient archetypes (and how they've been interpreted, sometimes wrongly). Poetic dialogue makes the viewer sit up and pay attention. Innovative visuals and story flow easily satisfy both the technical and emotional requirements of a great film. Touches like the film's clever bookends, ending the film much as it began - looking forward - deserve praise and attention, and shouldn't be overlooked.

Outstanding acting and VO's? You want 'em, you got 'em. A tormented, haunted Falcone delivers one of the best lines in any TMO film, "Men were not made for..." Well, I won't spoil it... Goofparade and Lizard3209 are just wonderful as beautiful (and terrible) angels, delivering the aforementioned poetic dialogue just as naturally as you please. "Do you want to come and see?"

Demerits? I've seen the film several times now, and really don't have any to share. Some folks may not want to sit still through some of the film's slower moments, but I took them in stride and they fit the pacing for me. Beyond that? Hmmm, still looking... I shouldn't have to work this hard to find flaws in a TMO film, should I? Shouldn't they leap out at me? Maybe they just... don't. Maybe this film is just that good.

Maybe this is just that... A damned solid film both technically and emotionally, and one that scores high marks in every category from plot, pacing, tone and structure, to cinematography, editing, sound design, and just plain goodness.

I highly recommend this excellent film.



A_N_D

Posted on February 18, 2008
- Ellis07

WOW! Incredible masterpiece! The storyline was excellent, the music was excellent and the voices were excellent. Also you kept the plot compelling all the way through which helped the audiences attention. Definate 5 star and it's bookmarked. Well done Jase

Posted on February 18, 2008
- sgporsche48

I really enjoyed this. An interesting look at Falcone and how he has changed since his experience. He's now troubled and trying to deal and cope with all that he has seen and experienced. A fantastic looking film that's wonderfully written, directed, acted, and makes you think deeply.

Posted on February 18, 2008
- billlybobsammyjim

i enjoyed the slow pacing...felt as slow as the rise of the demon. now i have not seen last rites on which this continues from but this seems to work on its own level alone.

there were times when i though you sacrificed style for substance with the camera movements..and in other instances a subtle fade would have progressed the scene transition smoother than the "blackouts" you used.

Overall, i enjoyed the offering as an experience, with the sound carrying most of the driving force for me. I really did enjoy the the dialogue as well.

well done jase

Posted on February 18, 2008
- userjosh9874

Woah. . .

Sound effects, amazing music, superb acting, and masterful camera usage. It's all here. The atmosphere and the story were beautifully crafted here! Keep up the great work Jase!

And those credits were so cool! Wow!!

Posted on February 18, 2008
- Norriefpb

I'll admit I'm reviewing this without watching it!
I was lucky enough to see this in Hi Res, and won't suffer watching it in on-line.
Not 5 stars for the astonishing visual world created in this story.
Not 5 stars for the astonishing cinematography.
Not 5 stars for the wonderful aural experience.
Not 5 stars for the expectedly great direction.
5 stars for the theological discourse, for the questions asked, for my reaction to them, for the emotion evoked in me.
Oh... and for all the things I said "Not 5 stars" for.
I would say I'm speechless Jase, but we both know better!
Loved it, that's all.

Posted on February 18, 2008
- pookashells

Wow! Once again, your visuals are stunning and the sound effects are perfect for every scene. You're a true genius, Jase. The voice acting was great, you had a fantastic cast, it was great to hear Lizard again, even if his voice was heavily butchered by whatever program. That scene near the end with the waterfall, lizard and falcone having the standoff was insirational.

Bring on your next film!

Posted on February 18, 2008