This Star Studded Electrifying Remake Of An

c

worth

d

rewarding

3 Read the following excerpts and fill in the gaps using words from the list below.

action

character

climax

heroine

interval

Unes

masterpiece

opening

plot

readable

rehearsal

soundtrack

stunts

themes

thriller

a On its 1) night, Tom Watt's new production was a disappointment. The poor performance in the first act may have been due to the lack of 2) as many in the cast seemed ill-prepared, uneasy in their roles and unsure of their 3)

After the 4) the second half was a great improvement.

b This star-studded, electrifying remake of an old favourite has impressive and dangerous 1) spectacular special effects and an original 2) by one of the hottest current rock bands. The best 3) movie of the year. Don't miss it!

c The novel is narrated in the first person by its 1) ,

Amelia Evans, and it is through her actions that the 2)

unfolds. From the opening chapter her 3) dominates events, right up to their dramatic 4)

d It has all the makings of a first-class 1) ; it is set in

15th-century England and the 2) it explores centre around the paranormal and the occult. Although it is not quite a literary 3) it is definitely very 4)

• What is the subject of each review?

4 Complete the following collocations by filling the gaps with suitable words from the list below. Use the words only once.

box-office, curtain, gratuitous, long-running, Oscar, rave, standing, theatre, thunderous, TV

1 viewers

2 audience

4 soap opera

5 ovation

6 call

7 violence

8 applause

9 reviews

10 nominee

5 Read the list below and the film review on the following page. Then, tick the features from the list which have been mentioned in the review.

Background

~7\ type of film setting - where setting - when [ | theme

| | adaptation from novel/play | | original screenplay/script | | filmed in studio/on location | | music/soundtrack | | main actor/actress | | name of director | | name of producer | | supporting cast

Main Body | | details of plot | | ending of film | | main character | | other characters | | comments on acting „ | | comments on directing | | comments on plot comments on characters other comments Conclusion | | positive comments by critic | | negative comments by critic | | recommendation

Dangerous Minds, directed by John N. Smith, is set in a poor inner city area high school. The main character is a trainee teacher, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, who also happens to be an ex-Marine. The hit song "Gangsta's Paradise" from the film's soundtrack gives the impression that the film is a powerful drama. However, it actually turns out to be a story of hope and optimism.

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The film centres on Miss Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is put in charge of a class made up of the city's toughest and most troubled adolescents. She soon realises that by treating the youths with the respect and understanding that human beings deserve, she can maintain order; moreover, she wins the trust of her class while actually helping them to enjoy learning and to realise that they control their own lives.

Dangerous Minds covers many of the problems young people face in society today, something made possible by the fact that it is not just a film about a teacher but also about the disturbing problems faced by members of the class. This is all done in a realistic way with which most of us can identify. Pfeiffer is brilliant in her role, and convincing in the emotions she portrays throughout.

If you like to see good triumph over evil and are fond of happy endings, then you should definitely see this film. Although it is probably not the most fascinating film you will ever watch, Pfeiffer's performance is outstanding.

6 Look at the following writing task instructions, then answer the questions below. The questions apply to both tasks.

a) The editor of your school newspaper has invited students to send in reviews of a film they have seen recently which would be of interest to their fellow students. Write your review.

b) Write a review of a book you have read which has strongly influenced your views on life. Briefly describe what the book is about and in what ways it has influenced you.

• What is the title, type, setting, etc of the film/book?

• Who are the main characters?

• What information would you include about the plot?

• What other points would you include in the review (author, director, soundtrack, etc)?

• Could you write an unfavourable review of the film/book? Why (not)?

• In which order would you present the information /comments to be included?

• What useful expressions could you use in the introductory and final paragraphs, and to comment on various features of the film/book?

7 Choose ONE of the writing tasks above, and write a complete paragraph plan with notes. Then, write the review in about 300 words.

A Write a story entitled The Final Parting.

1 Would you use flashback narration to write your story? Why/Why not?

2 What technique(s) would you use to begin your story?

3 What techniques would you use to make your story more interesting?

4 What tenses would you use throughout the story?

5 Suggest a plot for your story.

B You are the manager of a clothing factory and you would like to send a group of your employees abroad to study other companies' design and production methods. Write to the head of a company abroad asking if your employees can visit his/her firm and explaining the reasons for their visit.

1 What are the key words?

2 What reasons could be included?

3 How should you begin/end?

4 How should you address the recipient?

5 How should you sign the letter?

6 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

C Describe someone you have known for a long time and say what you think this person will be like in ten years' time.

D Describe a popular seaside resort in mid-summer.

1 What are the key words?

2 What type of description is required?

3 What aspects of description are required?

4 What tenses would you use?

5 Can you suggest phrases which involve use of the senses to describe the place?

6 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

E "The quality of life was better fifty years ago than it is today." How far do you agree with this statement?

1 What type of composition is this?

2 What are the key words?

3 What first and last paragraph techniques would you use?

4 Which useful language can be used in this type of composition?

5 Would you include a quotation?

6 What paragraph plan would you follow?

F The library in your town or college is about to be expanded. Write a letter to the planning committee explaining how you think the present facilities could be improved and suggesting some new services which the library could provide.

1 What are the key words?

2 Who might you describe?

3 How would you justify the "what you think" part of the topic?

4 What aspects of description would you include? Give examples.

5 What tenses would you use? Why?

6 Can you suggest a plan to be followed?

1 What type of letter is required?

2 What are the key words?

3 What suggestions would you make?

4 What useful language would you use to explain/ suggest?

5 What paragraph plan would you follow?

G Describe your plan for the ideal day and explain your choice of activities.

1 What are the key words?

2 How would you interpret the phrase "ideal day"1

3 What activities might you describe as "ideal"?

4 What tenses should be used? Why?

5 Would you include narration in your description? Why/ Why not?

6 Can you suggest a paragraph plan?

H Write a story which begins or ends with the words: 7 should have known all along that I couldn't trust him."

1 Does the topic require flashback narration? Why/ Why not?

2 Which technique(s) could you use to begin/end your story?

3 Which techniques would you include to make your story more interesting?

4 What tenses would you use? Why?

5 What words would you use to link the events in your story?

6 Suggest a possible plot for the story.

I As head of an advertising agency, you have received a letter from the manager of a clothing company asking for advice on how to boost sales. Write your letter to the manager.

1 What type of letter is required?

2 What are the key words?

3 What information would you include?

4 What useful language would you use to introduce your points?

5 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

J "The world would be a much more peaceful place if there were more women in power." Do you agree with this statement?

1 What type of composition is required?

2 What are the key words?

3 Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Why?

4 What first and last paragraph techniques would you use?

5 What useful language would be helpful in writing this type of composition?

6 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

K Describe a place with which you have very strong emotional associations and explain the reasons for these associations.

1 What type of description is required?

2 What place might you choose to describe?

3 What "associations" might this place have?

4 What aspects of description would you include? Give examples.

5 What tenses would you use? Why?

6 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

L Your town has received a large grant. Write an article for the local newspaper giving your opinion as to how this money could best be spent.

1 What type of article is required?

2 What uses of the grant would you suggest?

3 What tenses would you use? Why?

4 What useful language would you use to make your points?

5 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

M A local travel agency has asked you to write a report giving information on various activities which visitors can take part in while staying in your town.

1 What type of report is required?

2 What information would you give before the first subheading?

3 What types of activities would you include?

4 What subheadings would you use?

5 In what order would you put the subheadings?

N You recently read an article or advertisement in a magazine which you believe to be misleading. Write a letter to the editor of the magazine stating your views and requesting that the misleading information be corrected.

1 What are the key words?

2 What might the subject of the article or advertisement be?

3 In what ways can an article or advertisement be misleading?

4 What useful language would you use to make your points?

5 What paragraph plan would you follow?

1 What type of writing is a proposal?

2 What information would you give before the first subheading?

3 What might the invention be?

4 Why would it be a success?

5 What subheadings would you include?

6 In what order would you put the subheadings?

1 What type of letter is required?

2 What might have gone wrong with the holiday?

3 What sort of compensation would you ask for?

4 What would you say in the first/last sentences?

5 Would you use "strong" or "mild" language?

6 Which paragraph plan would you follow?

1 What type of report is required?

2 What facilities would be needed for a large conference?

3 What subject title would you include?

4 What subheadings would you include?

5 What information would you include under each subheading?

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  • andrew
    What is the conclusion of dangerous minds?
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