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Grave Encounters 2 Review

Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

Cast: Richard Harmon, Leanne Lapp, Dylan Playfair, Sean Rogerson.
Written By: The Vicious Brothers.
Directed By: John Poliquin.

The sequel to the controversial horror movie Grave Encounters (2011), where internet film reviewer/student Alex (Harmon), begins to get weird emails of clips and hints about the first movie that cause him to start researching into the realism of the of movie. Alex' research takes him and his friends to the location of the first movie; a sinister mental institution in Vancouver. Like the first movie, innocent filming turns into a fight for survival, a fight for sanity against the paranormal and unknown.

Now a lot of this movie is shown in Alex and Trevor's (Playfair) 'halls' and them partying, this gives it a more realistic taste to it, especially with the story having the young characters researching the story rather than them being those cliché teens that go into the hospital because they think it'll be 'fun'.…


Hi guys!

I missed you all, not that anyone participated in the competition so I realise the feeling is not mutual! LOL. Anyways I still missed you guys, and wanted to apologise for my lack of terrible work these past couple of days but I am now officially a uni student!


It's great and weird but like good weird, however I still believe I have a lot of ice to break!

But now I'm settling in I will be review again, ranting again and hopefully get my Youtube channel up soon :)




1,000 Pageview Give Away!


Basically my views are slowly going up and I am on 896 views! Which I am very thankful to all of you for! However I'm going to be selfish here and say it's not quite a thousand!

So for my fans and to get my blog out there even more, When I get to 1,000 page views I am going to do a giveaway for you amazing people! What the giveaway will include:

-A movie t-shirt (Of your choice!)
-A movie soundtrack (Of your choice!)
-A notepad and pen (To write your reviews in!)
-A DVD (Of your choice!)
-A shout out on my blog!
-My first YouTube video will be about you! Also you can record a message that I will upload in that video, where you can express your interest in Velvet Film, film in general or even your own blog!

What you need to do to be in with a chance to win is:

-Look at my blog and read one or all of my reviews, then send me an email (will be listed below) telling me what's your favourite review so far and why and your passion about film incl…

Dorian Gray Review

Dorian Gray (2009)

Cast: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin.
Based On: 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' By Oscar Wilde (1890).
Screenplay By: Toby Finlay.
Directed By: Oliver Parker.

Dorian Gray is a British fantasy thriller based on the well known novel 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' written by Oscar Wilde. Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) is a handsome, wealthy man who arrives in Victorian London to live in the mansion he inherits from his Grandfather and like most old wealthy Victorian civilians he has his portrait painted to be mounted in the main room of the house. This portrait portrays him beautiful and young which he does not want to change and without realising he sells his soul to his portrait. He never scars, never ages, never dies, any pain or such that he inflicts on his body comes up on his portrait rather than himself, his portrait ages while he doesn't. Dorian Gray shows the highest to lowest points of a beautiful, ironic immortality, but how long can …

My Top 3 Writer/Director Inspirations

My Top 3 Writer/Director Inspirations! Being an aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker, I get my inspiration and ideas for methods for most movies and writers, however there are three that I have admired and learned over the past few years of writing and watching movies. Now I have done this piece to talk about, but mainly their work and I hope some of their passionate movies are ones you go to watch after reading this. 1. Quentin Tarantino: Tarantino is a name I do not need to go into much detail with as he is such a legend in himself, even if you haven't seen one of his movies you still know his name. I find he has a very brutal way of writing and filming, very brutal but realistic, the slight comedy within his films I feel tricks the audience into not realising what they are watching is reality, a reality he has made up but a reality all the same. Tarantino has a bloody abstract-ness to his movies which makes them unique, shows his genius through little rays of film. Tarantino's …

Carrie Remake: Killing Carrie?

Carrie Remake: Killing Carrie?

Carrie is a classic and cult horror movie that has such an amazing reputation and is a great classic. It is about a young girl in high school, who is bullied by others at her school who laugh at her and throw things at her in the showers when she starts her period and freaks out a little-this causes the girls to get banned from prom. Not to mention her borderline insane Christian mother who sometimes locks her in a cupboard as her mother believes that things such as puberty are signs of evil. One of the girls involved in the shower incident takes pity on Carrie and gets her boyfriend, the most popular boy in school, to ask her to prom, however others don't take getting banned from prom so lightly. Carrie, even though with warning from her mother, goes to prom with him, looking so beautiful even he finally she's her an appears to like what he see's, with both of them stunning and gleaming they win prom king and queen. Carrie seems genuinely hap…

The Prestige Review

The Prestige (2006)
Cast: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlet Johansson. Based On: Book ‘The Prestige’ By Christopher Priest. Screenplay By: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan. Directed By: Christopher Nolan.
The Prestige is a thriller mystery drama film that follows two magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman) and Albert Borden (Bale). When a magician is doing a show, these two are a part of it pretending to be volunteers that know nothing of the trickery to come, with the assistant being Angier’s wife, they tie her up and then she is put into a tank of water to perform a traditional escape trick. However Borden ties the wrong type of knot causing an audience and Angier to have to watch this young lady drown. The hatred and guilt that swims between the two magicians is the heart of the movie as they go to great lengths to find out each other’s secrets. It is Angier that is more obsessed with being the better magician than Borden wanting his tricks, his happiness, his family, his…

Killing Them Softly Review

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn.
Based On: Novel 'Cogan's Trade' by George V. Higgins.
Screenplay By: Andrew Dominik.
Directed By: Andrew Dominik.

Killing ThemSoftly is an American neo-noir crime film based on George V. Higgins 1974 novel Cogan's Trade. Markie Trattman (RayLiotta) is a well known name around the mob style scene with running his own illegal poker games, one night they are shut down after being robbed at gun point and all the money stolen. This incident becomes a part of the past and the games begin to run again and Trattman admits that he set up the robbery, that all that money went to him, so when the criminal and the crack addict Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) rob the games again, Markie's name is first on the bullet. The movie follows those suspected/linked being hit by professional hit man Jackie, following along the cast making his way down to the real …

High Fidelity Review

High Fidelity (2000)

Cast: John Cusack, Iben Hjejile, Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Todd Louiso.
Based On: Novel 'High Fidelity' by Nick Hornby.
Screenplay By: John Cusack, Steve Pink, Scott Rosenberg.
Directed By: Stephen Frears.

High Fidelity is an American comedy-drama film based on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel with the same title. The movie is about Rob Gordon (Cusack) a music obsessed, record store owner who gets dumped by his long term girlfriend Laura (Hjejile). This being the case Rob then looks back at his top 5 break ups to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong with his relationships. When Rob is not searching for these past ex's, he is managing his store, Championship Vinyl, dealing with what has been called the 'musical morons'; Dick and Barry (Black & Louiso).

The movie is based and shot in Chicago, which was a change Cusack actually made from the book, as the novel is British and based in the UK. However even Hornby was ha…

Smokin' Aces Review

Smokin' Aces (2009)

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Alicia Keys, Chris Pine, Ben Affleck.
Written By: Joe Carnahan.
Directed By: Joe Carnahan.

Smokin' Aces is an American Crime movie about Las Vegas magician and wannabe mobster Buddy 'Aces' Israel (Jeremy Piven), when word gets out about Israel being a snitch and an eavesdropper, high ranking gangsta Primo Sparazza puts out a hit on him with a reward of $1 million, but he also wants his heart. Word gets out about the bounty and the race for Israel begins with participants of the highest assassination profession, as well as the less professional and more psychotic standard. This movie has FBI agents, bail bondsmen, Nazi-loving and bloodthirsty brothers, a man of all disguises and more all after this mans heart, all locked and loaded and ready to fire. With Israel hiding in the penthouse suite of the Nomad Hotel, with several ways up, this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat and gets you ready to place…

Spring Breakers Review

Spring Breakers (2012)

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco.
Written By: Harmony Korine.
Directed By: Harmony Korine.

Spring breakers is a American drama film that follows four teenage college girls that are saving up and determined to get to Spring break. Not having enough money three of the girls rob a restaurant with squirt guns and hammers, giving them enough money to go. As the story goes on you see them living their life to the full with dancing, drugs, alcohol and a very large number of half naked women. The girls then get arrested at a hotel where other spring breakers are all doing substances, etc, when it all seems dark and troubled they are bailed out by a man whose eye they caught called Alien. Alien is a drug dealer and more, which is the key to all the chaos that goes from there within the movie, as the girls and him bond with love, drugs and violence. This Spring break is one they will never forget.

Filmed in sunny Florida, brig…

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Review

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jonathon Rhys Meyers.
Based On: The Mortal Instruments: City Of. Series by Cassandra Clare.
Screenplay By: Jessica Postigo Paquette.
Directed By: Harald Zwart.

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is a fantasy movie based on Cassandra Clare's novel series titled The Mortal Instruments: City Of. The movie introduces you to Clary, a normal teen girl who ends up seeing a murder in a club, a murder no one else could see. This man (Jace; played by Bower) who committed the murder then begins to stalk Clary (Collins), yet only she can see him. The two talk and Shadow Hunters and mystical creatures are introduced as chaos arises with the kidnapping of Clary's mother. Clary learns about shadow hunters; demon killers, people who are half angel that fight the dark underworld us 'Mundane's' cannot see. The fight for family, friends, love and sanity take you into a fantasy wor…

This Means War Review

This Means War (2012)

Cast: Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon.
Story By: Timothy Dowling, Marcus Gautesen.
Directed By: McG.

This Means War is a Rom-Com spy film about two CIA agents who both start dating the same girl, as they go on dates the other agent spy's on them, causing chaos and playing pranks to ruin each others chance with her. As the story follows this, there is a sub story that these agents are trying to capture a wanted fugitive, but the question of the friendship becomes a war between the two and causes them to have to pick between love, work or friendship.

McG is a director I hadn't known by name but I had known for his great work on TerminatorSalvation (2009), this is a director known for action films or even action films with a twist, also directing Charlie's Angels (2000). Is this a director to look out for? That is up to you, I feel he has done great work but I do not celebrate him as a professional with every film he works with, like I do with dir…

Daybreakers Review

Daybreakers (2010)

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Williem Dafoe, Sam Neill.
Written and Directed By: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig.

Daybreakers is science-fiction thriller movie based in futuristic 2019 where the human race is no longer human, but vampires. What humans are left are captured and harvested for blood in a corporation that are doing tests to try and create a blood substitute. This substitute needs to be created successfully as the humans are becoming extinct and the blood supply is beginning to run dry. Vampire and lead haematologist at the corporation has his work interrupted by human survivors who have created their own enterprise of human survival soldiers. These soldiers proclaim they have found a cure for the vampire virus which could save the chaos, the bloodshed, the war and the human race altogether.

The movie was film in Australia, with sets that show you the futuristic key of movie, however that being said considering 2019 is no longer that far away they didn't play on …

The Purge Review

The Purge (2013)

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Rhys Wakefield.
Directed By: James Demanco.
Written By: James Demanco.

The Purge is a psychological thriller based in they year 2022 where crime is at an ultimate low due to one night a year, for 12 hours, nothing is illegal. Most upper class neighbours have invested in new security technology which boards up doors and windows with thick metal and a room in the house filled with screens of outside cameras watching the territory around the house. A half beaten up man comes down this street screaming for help and hearing these cries the main small boy within the followed family lets him in, which automatically starts of the chaos of the film as a masked gang of polite, sophisticated upper class civilians' come for his blood. If the man is not given to this gang, to certain death, the gang are determined to go in for him. It's a film of survival and class, but what class will survive?

James Demanco is known for work on the project Ja…

My Own Private Idaho Review

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves.
Written By: Gus Van Sant.
Directed By: Gus Van Sant.

My Own Private Idaho is a independent drama movie based on young street hustlers, which is loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry VI part 1 & 2. The movie shows you the lives of a group of young street hustlers in Portland, but mainly focuses on the lives of the main characters Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves). These characters are best friends and make a living selling themselves, Mike is a sufferer of narcolepsy in which he just falls into a state of deep sleep and Scott, although being a hustler and spending his life in a derelict hotel with the others, is the mayors son who is due receive all his fathers inheritance upon his 21st birthday. The two take a trip to look for Mike's mother, ending in Rome where Scott ends up falling in love with a girl who let's them stay, resulting in him leaving Mike, knowing just how much Mike had fallen in lo…

True Romance Review

True Romance (1993)

Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper.
Written By: Quentin Tarantino.
Directed By: Tony Scott.

True Romance (1993) is a romantic crime film about Clarence Worley and Alabama Whitman, who fall in love almost instantly. Clarence is a very subtle simple guy, who loves kung-fu movies, works in a comic book store, lives in a tiny, dark apartment and not to mention his obsession with Elvis. Alabama is a cute little blonde thing that came to Detroit and became a call girl (she also loves kung-fu movies and pie). Now do not let the title fool you completely because this film is not what you think. Alabama is a call girl who is paid to have sex with Clarence on his birthday, however the two have a night of more than just sexual passion and express their love all in the same night. Now with Alabama being a call girl there are some dangerously loose ends that put the couple on this, say we say, crusade involving; drugs, pimps, aspiring actors, I…

You Me At Six: New Single Lived A Lie

You Me At Six: New Single Lived A Lie (2013)

You Me At Six have bought out a new single that are driving fans crazy, giving us a taste of what's to come, titled Lived A Lie.

Yet again the band have managed to up their game and prove they are only getting better as musicians, as a band. What's not just impressive but respected, is that they have done it without losing the band, the You Me At Six sound; they improve what they need to improve but keep what needs to be kept. They did this with their last album Sinners Never Sleep (which screamed with emotion), and they are doing it again with this new single.

Strong YMA6 fans are raving over twitter about their love of this new single and it's topping charts quickly! I enjoy this song very much but I don't just want to read the love on twitter, I want to know if you think they have continued on with their highly rated reputation or if you think it's at the same level they have been at for the past few years.

Here's …

One Direction: This Is Us Review

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

Cast: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock.

One Direction: This Is Us is a 3-D British-Irish concert and documentary film that follows the boys around on their first worldwide tour that lets you experience the boys live and backstage, not mention their trips back home and their families.

This film is directed by Morgan Spurlock well known for his documentary projects Supersize Me (2004) and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) hand has now come back with this most popular movie about the most worldwide boy band of this generation. Again he shows his talent within the documentary genre, proving he knows what he is doing with a great structured, edited and film movie about the most loved boy band of this generation.

You get to see some great parts of the world within this movie with the boys travelling to the States, Mexico, Italy, Tokyo and more. However with the fans it's not the locatio…

Back To The Future 4: No Future?

Back To The Future 4: No Future?

Well I do not know about the rest of you but for a while I have heard rumours about a Back To The Future 4! I didn't believe it until I found out the news about Bill and Ted and realised these old legendary cult classics could be bought back to life. Now I disagree 9 times out of 10 with films, even like Bill and Ted, being remade because you don't have the same quality, the same music or even the same acceptance of the music, it's just as bad as someone making The Breakfast Club 2! It would be an extreme tragedy in human/film history.

Now I wont be too judgemental or over dramatic about this rumour because if it was to happen, I would still watch it because of how much I love the original trilogy, and without sounding patronising, I'd respect the incredibly talented and 'cutie pie' that is Michael J. Fox so much for going back into Marty Mcfly strong, even though he is still suffering from Parkinsons.

I did my research within t…

Girl, Interrupted Review

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Cast: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie.
Based On Book: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (1993)
Screenplay By: James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan.

Girl, Interrupted is a movie based on the same titled book of memoirs written by Susanna Kaysen, based in the late 60's. The book is actually based on true events of Susanna's life and therefore she is one of the main characters,  which is portrayed by Winona Ryder alongside Angelina Jolie as the beautifully broken; Lisa Rowe. This movie shows Susanna as she inattentively checks herself into Claymoore Hospital after taking an overdose of aspirin, constantly denying the accusations that it was a suicide attempt. Susanna at first unhappy in the hospital still/slowly befriends other patients suffering from mental illness' that cause them to; pathologically lie, hurt themselves in shocking ways as young children and even hide chicken (which is shown as dark representation of more than a father). T…

Totally F***ED Up Review

Totally F***ED Up (1993)

Cast: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill, Gilbert Luna, Lance May.
Written by: Greg Araki
Directed By: Greg Araki

Totally F***ED Up is a film that not only gave way to new styles of filming but also made a small part history within the New Queer Cinema genre. It follows six teenagers in they're everyday life, showing their struggles, opinions and the general life of a teenage homosexual. One character films the other characters with a traditional handheld camera getting their views on love, life, etc, which are both beautiful and in a way slightly cryptic. You see these teens talk like adults, face heartache like adults, but at the same time you get reminded these characters are just kids. You see these guys as a family, loving and bickering with each other and even two of the girls in a loving, traditional lesbian relationship. This film however shows sadness and realities, with an ending that will hit you hard.

Greg Araki is a well know nam…

You’re Next! Film Review

You’re Next! (2013)

Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J Bowen.
Written By: Simon Barrett.
Directed By: Adam Wingard.

You’re Next! is the recent horror/thriller to hit the cinema. The movie follows a family that have all come together to stay in a house the father character bought as a retirement project. As this family are reunited and settled, they all sit down for dinner, it all seems natural till a character is murdered in front of everyone by a mysterious arrow shot through the window. The movie follows the families survival, death and bloody wounds, as they are attacked by strangers in animal masks that are extremely equip with weapons. This film has jumps, gore and twists that you may be able to see coming. How many will survive, if any?
Now the concept of this film is brilliant, unfortunately I do not think it was portrayed at it’s highest potential. The location in which it is filmed is beautiful and extremely eerie, showing an extravagant, large, old Victori…

Bill and Ted 3?!?!

Bill and Ted 23?!?!

Now if your like me you cannot help but love the Bill and Ted movies! Maybe you just a fan of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter! Either way you cannot go through life not getting excited over this news of a possible third film in the collection!!!!

Fan girl moment over, I shall now be professional.

Bill and Ted is an 80's movie franchise, the movies were about to high school idiots that were just obsessed with their failure of a band Wyld Stallions! When they end up being given a time travelling telephone box, saving the future, in which they are worshipped, and exploring history. The two films were titled:
-Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
-Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
These comedies are cult classics that are stilled loved till this day, with strong and hardcore fans.

These hardcore fans will be happy to know that over the past year both Keanu and Alex has admitted that script drafts have been written and are still being written till this day.

On the on…