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- Contents:

    1. Oral work: Trailers
  2. FACTS
    1. Movie facts
    2. Oral work: Facts
    1. Reading: Blade Runner
    2. Comprehension
    1. Adjectives
    1. Writing: Review


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A. Film vocabulary

A film set can be a confusing place for an outsider, replete as it is with insider acronyms and strange vocabulary. Learning the following terms will make things easier for you in your quest to start writing your own film reviews.


Image credit: British Council

Read the descriptions and choose the matching words from the box below.

adaptation - angle - backstory - cartoon - cast - close up - cut - nomination - premiere - prequel - rehearsal - role - script - sequence - setting - shot - soundtrack - special effects - studios - supporting

Description Term
1 One uninterrupted run of the camera. It can be as short or as long as the director wants, but it cannot exceed the length of the film stock in the camera.
2 A series of edited shots characterized by inherent unity of theme and purpose.
3 Image being shot takes up at least 80% of the screen.
4 The position of the camera in relation to the subject it shows: above it, looking down (a high ........); on the same level (a straight-on ........); looking up (a low ........).
5 The details of a character's past that emerge as the film unfolds, and which often play a role in character motivation.
6 An abrupt shot taken transition that occurs when Shot A is instantaneously replaces by Shot B. It joins two non-consecutive frames of a film.
7 Place where the film was shot.
8 Team of actors taking part in a film.
9 Music that accompanies films.
10 Any actor that is not the main character in the story.
11 Hollywood films are generally produced in them.
12 Sounds or images in films created artificially using new technologies.
13 Part played by actors in films.
14 Written text that actors need to memorize to play their part.
15 A film based on a novel is generally called like this.
16 A film containing events which precede those of an already existing work.
17 A practice or trial performance of a play, film or other work for later public performance.
18 Part of the process of selecting a candidate for the Oscar award.
19 A short humorous film in which the characters are drawn.
20 The first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a film.

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1. Blog types

2. Writing about yourself

3. Anecdotes & storytelling

4. Blog series

5. Blog posts

6. Commenting

7. Fun content


B. Oral work

1. Watch the three trailers. In pairs, discuss which you liked best and why. Try to be specific in your reasons.

2. What information should a good film or trailer review include?

Trailer #1


Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Trailer #2
Red Eye


In the wake of her grandmother's funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they're seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official's room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa's father (Brian Cox).

Trailer #3
The Shining


Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.


C. Movie facts and production information

The following sentences all describe one film (UK) / movie (US). Complete them and guess the title of the film. You can use the following verbs in the box, but you MUST conjugate them first.

to adapt - to begin - to compose - to cost - to gross - to direct - to last - to produce - to release - to set - to shoot - to star - to win - to write

Vocabulary master
  1. It is a science fiction movie titled " ".

  2. The film Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone.

  3. It is in the year 2084 on Earth and Mars.

  4. It was on location in Mexico City in 1989.

  5. The script was by Ronald Shusett Dan O’Bannon and Gary Goldman.

  6. It was from a book by Phillip K. Dick.

  7. It with a bored construction worker who is swept up in an adventure and doesn't know if his experiences really happened or if they were artificially implanted in his brain.

  8. It was by Paul Verhoeven.

  9. It was by Carolco Pictures.

  10. The music was by Jerry Goldsmith.

  11. It was in 1990.

  12. It 113 minutes.

  13. It $50-$65 million.

  14. It $261.3 million at the box office.

  15. It an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

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D. Oral work
Vocabulary master
Image credit: Amazon

Now think of a different movie (something that everyone in the classroom would be expected to know, but not too easy!) Use the internet to find out the above details about your chosen film. It doesn’t matter which country it is from.

Rewrite the sentences above in the table below, replacing all the parts in bold type and being careful not to let your partner see them. Take it in turns with your partner to ask a question of your choice about the other's movie and answer in complete sentences. See who can guess the title of the other’s film first.

1. It is a/an titled


  • Student A: Where and when was your movie shot?
  • Student B: It was shot at Pinewood Studios, London in 2009. Who was your movie directed by?
  • Student A: It was directed by Luc Besson. When was your film released?



E. Reading

Blade Runner: THR's 1982 Review

Admittedly, it's a film that will turn off many, but it will also bulge eyeballs and cause talk.

On June 25, 1982, Warner Bros. brought Blade Runner to theaters. Ridley Scott's noirish, R-rated, 116-minute sci-fi film, featuring "dynamo" Harrison Ford, became a cult hit. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

§1. Welcome to Ridley Scott's nightmare. Resembling a Felliniesque journey into Dante's Inferno, with Mickey Spillane in tow, Blade Runner is a cold, bold, bizarre and mesmerizing futuristic detective thriller that unites the British-born director of Alien with new box-office dynamo Harrison Ford for results that are as impressive as any film that's exploded through a projector so far this year.

§2. Blade Runner is not an easy film to watch comfortably, or categorize smoothly. It possesses a size that is awesome, sound and visual accompaniments that blasts the senses and a pessimistic attitude that would do justice to the hellish worlds Josef von Sternberg investigated in his Germanic and Paramount projects in the early 1930s.

§3. Set 37 years in the future in 2019 Los Angeles, a time and place within the potential reach of many of today's moviegoers, Scott doesn't promise much to anticipate. In his view, the City of Angels has become a ghoulish circus of towering, pyramid-like buildings, flying cars, space stations and a constant barrage of TV commercial hype writhing on the sides of monstrous buildings and from blimps endlessly careening through an air that's dense with searchlights, smoke, smog and dust. Rain is a constant.

Roy Batty
Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer),
a rebel replicant.
Image credit: Qwoted

§4. When four "replicants" manage to return to earth, Ford is enlisted by the police to find them, and terminate them. Blade Runner follows Ford's trail through the L.A. jungles as he accomplishes his mission, namely the destruction of Joanna Cassidy, Brion James, Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer. Adding to his problem is the fact that Sean Young, with whom he is having a romantic alliance, may also be a dreaded "replicant."

§5. It all adds up to a virtual feast for sci-fi devotees, not to mention audiences who appreciate decidedly off-beat themes and substance worth debate. For them all, Blade Runner will require more than one visit to get all the implications.

§6. The picture is a triumph for Scott, who wallops over the "B.R." thesis and atmosphere with a strong sense of style, and relentlessness. He is aided immeasurably by Lawrence G. Paull's breathtaking production design and the strong special photographic and visual effects supervised by Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer, Jordan Cronenweth's cinematography is also noteworthy and underneath it all, eerie music by Vangelis, often emphasizing a wailing saxophone, makes as much of an impact as did his score for the decidedly different cup of tea, Chariots of Fire.

Sean Young
Rachael (Sean Young), a replicant.
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§7. The acting is also first-line, headed by Ford, who is perfectly cast as the scruffy hunter, a character he endows with enough personality and vulnerability to create all the necessary audience identification and caring. Hauer again makes a supreme villain, at once a symbol of physical perfection and twinkling evil. William Sanderson is also a standout as a mousy genetic designer, his cavernous apartment filled with living dolls of his creation. Young, Hannah and Cassidy nicely hold up the feminine end of the proceedings.

§8. Down the line, the technical and creative support is expert, including costumes designed by Charles Knode and Michael Kaplan, editing supervised by Terry Rawlings, art direction by David Snyder, just for starters. They've all contributed to a piece of weird movie magic that's going to become one of 1982's most discussed of the big guns.

Robert Osborne

F. Comprehension

Find the words in the text which best correspond to the following descriptions:

Paragraph (§) Definition Word(s) from the text
§1 Following
§3 People who watch films at the cinema
§3 Scary, macabre, unpleasant
§4 Anticipated with fear or apprehension
§5 Unusual, unconventional
§6 Strange, creepy, mysterious
§6 The original musical accompaniment to scentes within a film
§7 Of the highest quality
§7 Untidy
§7 Shy, introverted, meek
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Do you think this review is good? Does it include all the information a film review should? If not, what information would you add?


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G. Adjectives

Now you are the teacher. All of the following sentences contain mistakes (the words or expressions that have been crossed out in red). Can you correct them?
[level = EASY]

  1. This film score is supposedly a piece very popular.
  2. There are many others classics from that era that I plan on watching.
  3. In a very tense scene, he sings a lullaby to help calm the afraid children.
  4. The film wasn't enough engaging to hold my attention for its full running time.
  5. I have been binge-watching old gangster movies for the six last months.
  6. His documentary is decidedly pro-capitalist, implying that the poors' only hope is to earn their way out of their current predicament.

Sources: Adapted from Bonnet-Piron, Daniel, and Edith Dermaux-Froissart. The Grammar Guide. Nathan, 2015.

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H. Writing

The following two movies have contested at short film festivals in Ireland. Imagine you are a member of the panel deciding which one of the two should be the winner. Explain your choice. (50 words max.)

The Note

Five Star Fouad

NOTE: Feel free to use subtitles for Five Star Fouad if you need them.

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Project progress check
By now the blog should be ready, or very close to ready. You should start discussing the oral presentation. Don’t forget to read the instructions on p.2 to know what information you should include, and then agree on the outline of your presentation and divide up the work. Now is a good time to go through your logs and see what information you can use from them.



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