We’ve been working with some famous period films, now it’s time we see here some of their best known scenes and dialogues.
William Wallace: “They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
Rett Butler: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Jack in Titanic: “I am the king of the world”
Rick in Casablanca: “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Maximus in Gladiator:
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius,
Commander of the Armies of the North,
General of the Felix Legions,
loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius.
Father to a murdered son,
husband to a murdered wife.
And I will have my vengeance,
in this life or the next.”
The last kind of text we are revising (you had seen all of them before) are reviews. Here you have all the materials you need to write a good review of a movie or book. Just help yourselves!!!
Apart from what you can see in the presentation, don’t forget all the methods we have learnt to attract the reader’s attention, to use vocabulary related to the subject-matter and to use topic sentences.
For further information, you can check the following links.
- Writing a review by FCE Writing Guide.
- How to write a review by Emily Calvo.
- Writing a review by Languages International.
Writing a review is not difficult if you know how to. Here I leave you some examples and tips that will make your review a great success.
In this presentation created by my colleague Saro Rosales from EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where you can see the structure of a film review.
The elements of a book or film review include:
Genre and or Writing style
Background of the book/author/film/director
Adjectives to describe this book/film
Setting of the story (time and place)
Main characters and their roles in the book/film
Main story (in 2-3 sentences, what was the main conflict/problem?) (no spoilers, please)
Success of the book/film
Strengths of the book (why is it good?)
Weaknesses of the book (why isn’t it good?)
Is it recommended? Why or why not?
You can even include an anecdote of when you read/saw it and how you felt.
- vocabulary for different book/film genres
- useful words and expressions (like ‘is set in’, ‘takes place’, ‘revolves around’, ‘point of view’, ‘characterisation’, ‘dialogue’, ‘cast’, ‘special effects’, ‘filmograph’)
- vocabulary for describing a story (compelling, fast-paced, dull, gripping, thrillingetc)
- using quotes in a review (do we use citations, etc?)
- passive voice (‘is set in’, ‘was written by’, ‘has been translated’, etc)
- past or present participles
- the way reviewers usually use present tense to describe the events of the story (yes, reviews are usually written in the present tense)
Finally, here you are some links where you can find authentic reviews that you can use as examples or just to know what to read/see next.
For reviews of books you can visit the following sites:
- The New York Times
- Reviews Of Books.com
- Goodreads, with readers’ reviews and opinions.
For film reviews you can visit these other sites:
- The New York Times
- The Four Word Film Review, in this site films are reviewed using 4 words only.
- Imdb, with viewers reviews and opinions.
Finally, if you want to know about any music, artist, cd, etc., you can visit these websites:
As long as we have technical problems at school, I’ll be sharing some listening practice with you on our blog.
Today’s listening practice is made up by two activities you will be able to do while watching the trailer of the firlm “Remember Me”. You will have to fullfill two tasks, the first one is a gap-fill activity, and in the second one you’ll have to match some sentences. When you finish each activity, just click on “submit” and remember your results. I would appreciate that you left your results in the comments section.
Task one: gap-fill.
Task two: match the sentences halves.
Finally, you can click on the image to read something more about this film.