Sinephile: A Movie Blog
THE APPARITION (2012) Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Directed by Todd Lincoln
Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton

A young couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that was accidentally conjured by a university parapsychology experiment.

I was so excited to watch this since the trailer was so good and also because my long-time childhood crush Tom Felton is in it. As a Harry Potter fan, I always make it a point to watch other movies that HP actors star in. It's nice to see them act in a different role and not seeing them in their flowy robes with their wands and everything. Anyway, I literally forced my older brother to watch this with me and after much persuasion, he finally agreed. We went to the theater and watched it and I feel really bad for my brother because he had to pay to watch a really crappy movie because I forced him to.

Why is it that the trailer is better than the movie itself? I really hate it when that happens! Like, why not just put the trailer on loop for 2 hours instead of showing us a bad horror movie. I'm so disappointed. It was not scary at all. My brother and I were laughing at some parts of the movie because the scenes were so bad. It's either that or we were facepalming ourselves instead. There was a little bit of tension but then it quickly disappeared and I was left in my seat thinking, "Where the frick did it go? What am I supposed to feel now?". The acting was barely okay. The writing was cheesy, all the typical lines you'd hear in every other horror movie were used. Ahhh I'm so disappointed!!

Do not watch this. Do not buy a dvd copy of this. Do not even torrent or download this. Just do not watch this at all. You'll be grateful I warned you.



DATE NIGHT (2010) Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Directed by Shawn Levy
Starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis

A case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.

Let me start by saying how much I love both the main actors of this film. I first saw Tina Fey way back then in Saturday Night Live and Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin and then in The Office which really sealed the deal. Two hilarious comedians in one movie? Don't mind if I do!

I don't know if I'm being a little biased since I love the actors and everything but I really loved this movie! It was hilarious and fun to watch, something that all comedy movies should be. Fey and Carell's performances were great, as expected. I also enjoyed watching the supporting cast's appearances. My favorite scene has to be when Fey and Carell snuck inside the apartment of James Franco and Mila Kunis. The dialogue between Carell and Franco was so good, I literally could not stop laughing. There were so many other funny scenes but I also appreciated the more dramatic parts, like that one scene between Fey and Carell in their car. I have a thing for Steve Carell's way of delivering lines, especially the emotional ones. I don't know how he does it but he's just so good!

Overall, Date Night was a really fun movie to watch. I definitely recommend this movie, especially to all Steve Carell and Tina Fey fans!



50/50 (2011) Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

50/50 (2011)
Directed by Jonathan Levine
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick

Inspired by true events, a man is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a therapist, he learns who and what the most important things in his life are. 

Ahhh yes, do you smell that? The smell of a really good film with the perfect balance between drama and comedy! It's so hard to find movies like this nowadays. Most of them just either make you laugh or cry. 50/50 impressively does both.

There are some movies that handle serious, terminal issues like cancer well and then are some that don't. This movie handles cancer perfectly in a realistic sense. I guess it takes one to know one, since the film is actually based on the life of the screenwriter, Will Reiser, who was a cancer survivor. It's nice to see that the whole movie wasn't fixated on just the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character had cancer. It focused more on his struggle to overcome the disease and how it dramatically changed the behavior of the people around him. Levitt's performance was definitely one of the highlights of the film. His acting didn't look forced or unnatural at all. The rest of the cast did great, as well. Seth Rogen was his typical, funny self but in a way that wasn't too much for a semi-dramatic movie. 

There were parts where I laughed and there were parts where I cried really hard and that's when you know you've watched a good film. I recommend everyone to watch this, whether you're in the mood for some comedy or drama. You will definitely not regret watching it.



MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Tom Hiddleston

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancee's family, a screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

I'm not gonna lie, one of the reasons I watched this movie is because Tom Hiddleston is in it. I was in that period of my life where I had to watch every movie that my favorite actor has starred in. I haven't heard of this movie before and when I read that it was directed by Woody Allen and it won an Oscar and several awards, I just knew I had to watch it immediately.

Ahh, can I start with how freaking gorgeous the cinematography was? I've never been to Paris or anywhere in France for that matter and literally every scene, especially the opening scene, was so pretty! Like my eyes could not handle how beautiful Paris looked, whether at day or at night. I still cannot get over it until now. Moving on, the cast was perfect as well. Owen Wilson surprisingly did not annoy me with his character this time, since I always seemed to dislike his characters in his other films. Of course, I loved Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Additional props to Tom because his accent was spot on! And ahh Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein! I'm running out of words again but she played her part so well! I really cannot say anything bad about the cast. The writing was perfect, I mean it has to be since it's Woody Allen. Everything else that had to do with this movie was also perfect.

I can't recall how many times I've watched this, but it's that good since I never get tired of watching it. Midnight in Paris is such a lovely, romantic, magical film and I recommend everyone to watch it!



ATM (2012) Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

ATM (2012)
Directed by David Brooks
Starring Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve, Josh Peck

Three coworkers stuck in an ATM fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.

How I ended up watching this film is basically the same as my previous post. I was bored and I had nothing to do so I decided to watch it. I was kind of excited because Josh Peck was in it and I've never seen him in anything else other than Drake & Josh and he was way different back then. Not only physically but also probably in terms of acting. And it's a horror film and I love horror so I kind of had high expectations for this movie. But sometimes life just doesn't work out the way we want it to be (wow so dramatic).

Let me start with the acting. It was okay. Yeah, that's it. The storyline was terrible. There were so many plot holes, like why in the world you park your car 500 feet away from the ATM?! Also, it is completely impossible that the entire ATM would've filled up with water. So you're saying all ATMS have this new feature of water tightness? There were so many unrealistic scenes that I was probably facepalming myself throughout the entire movie. I'm just really disappointed because there were so many missed opportunities.

Yeah, it was a bad movie.