Movies: Make You Think or Entertain?

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Some movies are serious, designed to make the audience think. Other movies are designed primarily to amuse and entertain. Which type of movie do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • What do you enjoy about what movie you prefer?
    • What value do these types of movies bring?
    • What are some drawbacks of only having one particular type of movie?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have a 15-minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
cinema (n) production of movies
People have different preferences of cinema in today’s media.
theater (n) building or area that plays entertainment
We couldn’t wait to visit the theater for the first time.
comedic (adj) relating to jokes and satire
She couldn’t stop watching the comedic movie that made her laugh so much. 
contemplative (adj) expressing prolonged thought
The trouble the characters went through made the movie very contemplative and made him think a lot.
amuse (v) cause to be funny
The movie amused the crowd with its many jokes.
observe (v) notice or perceive something
He enjoyed observing the characters in each of the storylines.
filter out (expression) remove something unwanted
He wanted to filter out all the scary movies from his collection.
hear of (expression) know of something’s existence
She had never heard of the particular genre of movies.
root for (expression) support
By the end of the movie, everyone had to root for the main character.
test the waters (expression) try something out to see if it will be successful
Before watching the full series, she had to test the waters by watching just one episode.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Life is like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing. Keep pretending.”
― Jim Henson

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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