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What’s on at the Cinema Today?

  1. What types of movies does the customer like (dislike)? Restore the dialogue and you‘ll find the answers.

Clerk: Let’s see … We have The Secret Agent Returns. That’s pretty exciting.

Customer: Hmm. Maybe a comedy.

Clerk: Hi. Can I help you?

Customer: Yeah, but I’ve seen it already. Maybe an action movie. Do you have any new movies?

Clerk: Well, Three Clowns is very funny.

Clerk: Do you know what type of movie you want to see? Comedy? Drama? Science fiction?

Customer: Well, I want to rent a video, but I don’t know what to watch.

Customer: Um … What’s that one from France that won the award at the film festival?

Clerk: Not really, it’s more of a spy thriller. The acting is great, and the plot is very clever. I liked it a lot.

Customer: Is it violent? I don’t like violent movies.

Clerk: We have a few … Anything in particular you’re interested in?

Customer: I don’t know … Well, how about foreign films?

Clerk: Oh, you mean C’est la Vie?

Clerk: OK. Let me just make sure that …

Customer: That’s the one! I’ll rent that.

10. Use these questions to have a conversation with your partner.

  1. What is your favorite type of movie? Why?

  2. What’s the worst movie you have seen? Why didn’t you like it?

  3. Who is your favorite actress (actor)? Why?

  4. What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

  5. What movie that is currently playing do you want to see? Why?

11. Read the below columns and analyze the following types of films.

For ideas:

Blue Chips (USA, 1997, Thriller) It’s the story of an basketball coach of Western University. He’s a very ambitious sort of person who always likes to win by hook or by crook. But when he realizes his mistake, he takes to honest ways.

This film is not only about a particular sport. It’s a caricature of the modern society. At the same time it reveals the way in which you can be successful without deceiving anybody.

(After “Teen”)

The chronicles of Narnia (USA 2005. Fantasy) The film follows the exploits of Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs, and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch’s power hold over Narnia in a spectacular battle that will free Narnia from Jadis’ icy spell forever.

The Joy of Being Single. (UK, 2002. Farce) It’s about a woman who wants to get married, but she can’t meet the right guy. All the guys she meets are either crazy or weird, or have too many problems. There’s a lot of slapstick in it, but there’s also some very sophisticated humor as well. It stars Andrea Reddy, who is one of the greatest comedians.

(After MN)

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