Deciding on a film to see

Here's a typical conversation between two friends deciding which film to see. Complete the conversation with suitable words. Take a note of the different ways of making suggestions.


Allan: What are you (1) to tonight?

Karen: Nothing much. Why?

Allan: Do you (2) like going to the cinema?

Karen: Yeah, I’d love (3). What’s (4)?

Allan: Have you seen the (5) Tarantino film? It’s had some good (6).

Karen: His films are too violent for my liking. I’d (7) see a comedy.

Allan: (8) have a look in the paper.


 Allan: How (9) this one? It (10) Hugh Grant.

Karen: Oh, I can’t stand him. Is there nothing else?

Allan: Do you (11) seeing an action movie? This one (12) quite good.

Karen: I’m not very keen (13) them. Sorry for being so (14).

Allan: (15) we see this one then? It’s a documentary; they give it 4 stars.

Karen: We could just rent a DVD – a classic like “Casablanca”.
 
Allan: Great idea. I wouldn’t (16) seeing it again.




Unscramble the ten anagrams:



Tips for seeing films in English

Seeing a film at the cinema is more difficult. Rent a DVD and watch it in the (1)oomrtcf of your own home.

Watch a film that you have seen before (you already know the (2)olpt so you can concentrate on other things).

It’s OK to put on the (3)ttssieubl (better in English).

Use the (4)meteor. Stop, (5)iewrdn and watch your favourite (6)enecs again and again.

You don’t have to watch the (7)helow film in one go  take a few days to watch it.

(8)teno nowd any useful expressions or constructions as you would in class.

Look for the (9)ctrips on the Internet. Try putting the name of the film + (9)“ctrips” in your search engine. You can read the part of one of the actors as you watch the film.

If you see a film in Spanish, read the synopsis after you see it (a good way to learn vocabulary). Read some (10)wiveser- see if you agree with them.





http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ (synopsis, trailers, reviews, biographies…)

http://www.imdb.com/  (plots, reviews, quotes…)

http://www.imsdb.com/ (scripts for films and TV series)


http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com.es/ (learn grammar points from film clips)


Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi, Graham, here you are my first try. See you tomorrow. José Luis profesor

Tips for seeing films in English


Tips for seeing films in English
Seeing a film at the cinema is more difficult. Rent a DVD and watch it in the (1)oomrtcf of your own home.
Watch a film that you have seen before (you already know the (2)olpt so you can concentrate on other things).
It’s OK to put on the (3)ttssieubl (better in English).
Use the (4)meteor. Stop, (5)iewrdn and watch your favourite (6)enecs again and again.
You don’t have to watch the (7)helow film in one go – take a few days to watch it.
(8)teno nowd any useful expressions or constructions as you would in class.
Look for the (9)ctrips on the Internet. Try putting the name of the film + (9)“ctrips” in your search engine. You can read the part of one of the actors as you watch the film.
If you see a film in Spanish, read the synopsis after you see it (a good way to learn vocabulary). Read some (10)wiveser- see if you agree with them.
1(comfort)
2 (plot)
3 (subtitles)
4 (remote)
5 (rewind)
6 (scene)
7 (whole)
8 (note down)
9 (scripts)
10 (reviews)
Graham said…
Hi JL (film buff)!

I hope that you follow the advice. :-)

Full marks! (9. script)


be careful though:

here you are / here is my first try
Montse said…
Hi, Graham. Sorry, I’m late with my homework but I’ve been really busy lately.

1- Doing
2- Feel
3- To
4- That
5- Latest
6- Shoots (¿?)
7- Prefer
8- Let’s
9- About
10- Stars
11- Fancy
12- Seems
13- On
14- Demanding (¿?)
15- Shall
16- Mind

Unscramble the ten anagrams:

1- Comfort
2- Plot
3- Subtitles
4- Remote
5- Rewind
6- Scene
7- Whole
8- Note down
9- Script
10- Script
11- Reviews
Graham said…
Hi Montse,

I've fallen behind with my comments but I always get round to replying - eventually. :-)

1. What are you up to tonight? = What are you doing tonight?

4. What's on (at the cinema)? = What films are they showing at the cinema? (What's on TV tonight?)

6. reviews = criticas

7. I'd rather see = I'd prefer to see

12. seems or sounds

14. fussy = it's difficult to find something (a film) that I like



You got 100% in the second exercise.

Will you follow any of my tips?





Montse said…
Hi, Graham.
I think all of your tips are a good ones. Some months ago I saw the original version of "The King's speech" at home because I've seen it dubbed into Spanish and I really liked.
I was able to understand some sentences because I knew the plot,so I could pay more attention to the conversation.
So, I recommend all your tips.
Graham said…
Montse,

I am sure you coped well with the King's Speech.

As he had a stammer, he certainly didn't speak too quickly.


I think all of your tips are good ones. Some months ago I saw the original version of "The King's Speech" at home because I've seen it dubbed into Spanish and I really liked it.


You should even read the reviews in English of the films you watch in Spanish.

luciti said…
Hi!

I've tried to answer the questions:

1.- DECIDING ON A FILM TO SEE
Allan: What are you (1)up to tonight?
What are you doing tonight?

Karen: Nothing much. Why?

Allan: Do you (2) fell like going to the cinema?

Karen: Yeah, I’d love (3)to. What’s (4)the film?

Allan: Have you seen the (5) latest Tarantino film? It’s had some good (6) scenes.

Karen: His films are too violent for my liking. I’d (7) rather/prefer to see a comedy.

Allan: (8) we’ll have a look in the paper.


Allan: How (9) this one? It (10) Hugh Grant.

Karen: Oh, I can’t stand him. Is there nothing else?

Allan: Do you (11) like/love seeing an action movie? This one (12) seems to be quite good.

Karen: I’m not very keen (13)on them. Sorry for being so (14)hesitant.

Allan: (15)Could we see this one then? It’s a documentary; they give it 4 stars.

Karen: We could just rent a DVD – a classic like “Casablanca”.

Allan: Great idea. I wouldn’t (16) mind seeing it again.

2.- ANAGRAMS

1.- COMFORT
2.- PLOT
3.- SUBTITLES
4.- meteor ¿REMOTE?
5.- REWIND
6.- SCENE
7.- WHOLE
8.- NOTE DOWN
9.- SCRIPT
10.- REVIEWS

Bye
Graham said…
Hi Lucía,

This is a tricky exercise but you have done it quite well.

2. Do you feel like going...?

feel like = apetecer feel - felt - felt

fall = caer fall - fell - fallen


4. What's on? = What film is on (at the cinema)?


6. It's had some good reviews = criticas


7. I'd prefer to = I'd rather


8. Will could fit but I think he's making a suggestion here so:

Let's have a look...


9. What about this one? It's like saying What do you think of this one?


10. It stars Hugh Grant. It's like saying Hugh Grant is the main actor in the film.


11. Do you fancy seeing...? It's like saying Do you feel like seeing...?


12. This one sounds quite good. It seems to be quite good fits as well.


14. Hesitant is like indecisive so it could fit. I was thinking of fussy - very difficult to please.


15. Could we see...? It makes sense. I was thinking of Shall we see...? It's the question form of Let's...



4. The remote is the remote control.


Well done.

Let's see if we can find a decent film to see the next time we go to the cinema.

Anonymous said…
Hi Graham,

I'm Cris and here I am, doing some exercises to improve my English. Thanks for your effort and your work.

See you tomorrow;)

Allan: What are you (1) DOING tonight?
Karen: Nothing much. Why?
Allan: Do you (2) FEEL LIKE going to the cinema?
Karen: Yeah, I’D LOVE (3). What’s (4)IN ON?
Allan: Have you seen the LAT (5) Tarantino film? It’s had some good (6)REVIEWS.
Karen: His films are too violent for my liking. I’d (7)RATHER see a comedy.
Allan: (8)LET’S have a look in the paper.
Allan: How (9 )ABOUT this one? It (10)HAS LIKE MAIN ACTOR Hugh Grant.
Karen: Oh, I can’t stand him. Is there nothing else?
Allan: Do you (11)LIKE seeing an action movie? This one (12)SEEMS quite good.
Karen: I’m not very keen (13)ON them. Sorry for being so (14)BORING.
Allan: (15)WILL we see this one then? It’s a documentary; they give it 4 stars.
Karen: We could just rent a DVD – a classic like “Casablanca”.
Allan: Great idea. I wouldn’t (16)LIKE seeing it again.

Seeing a film at the cinema is more difficult. Rent a DVD and watch it in the (1)COMFORT of your own home.
Watch a film that you have seen before (you already know the (2)PLOT so you can concentrate on other things).
It’s OK to put on the (3)SUBTITLES (better in English).
Use the (4)REMOTE. Stop, (5)REWIND and watch your favourite (6)SCENE again and again.
You don’t have to watch the (7)WHOLE film in one go – take a few days to watch it.
(8)NOTE WORD any useful expressions or constructions as you would in class.
Look for the (9)SCRIPT on the Internet. Try putting the name of the film + (9)“SCRIPT” in your search engine. You can read the part of one of the actors as you watch the film.
If you see a film in Spanish, read the synopsis after you see it (a good way to learn vocabulary). Read some (10)REVIEWS- see if you agree with them.
Graham said…
Hi Cris,

It's Graham :-) Good to see you here.

It's a tricky exercise but you seem to have done it quite well.

What are you doing tonight? = What are you up to tonight?

Do you (2) FEEL LIKE going to the cinema?
Yeah, I'd love to. What’s (4) ON?

Have you seen the latest (5) Tarantino film?

It (10)stars Hugh Grant

Do you (11)fancy seeing an action movie? This one (12)SEEMS / sounds quite good

I’m not very keen (13)ON them. Sorry for being so (14)fussy.

(15)Shall we see this one then?

Great idea. I wouldn’t (16)mind seeing it again.


And the second part is perfect!

Well done!