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November 12, 2013


Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 3:27 am

1. Glossary
– ill-fated : unlucky and unsuccessful, often resulting in death
– maiden voyage : the first voyage of a vessel
– fictionalize : to write about a real event or character, but adding imaginary details and changing the real facts
– inception : the beginning of an organization or official activity
– espionage : the discovering of secrets, especially political or military information of another country or the industrial information of a business
– infiltrate : to move slowly into a substance, place, system, or organization

2. Text
We are group number 6, and we will present about movies.
Most people love watching movie. People are impressed with good movie, and keep them in their mind forever. There are a lot of important things to make a good movie. So, I will introduce some good movies with those important things like actors, directors, famous scenes, or sound tracks of those movies.

Home alone

First movie is ‘Home Alone’. This is a family comedy movie, and it has 5 series. [1] I think series No.1 and No.2 were loved by many fans in Korea. Chris Columbus was the director of those movies, and Macaulay Culkin stars as a main character, and he screw over thieves who invade his home. This movie makes people laugh and feel happy. For this reason, this movie has been televised every Christmas in Korea, even though it was made in 1990.
Unfortunately, after series No.2, director and actors were changed to others, and series after No.2 were not as popular as earlier series. Anyway, after two series, Chris Columbus gained more popularity as a director of ‘Harry Potter’ series, but Macaulay Culkin had nothing to show after ‘Home Alone’ series.

titanic (1)

Second movie is ‘Titanic’. I truly love this movie. I think it is the best romantic disaster movie. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. [2] Even when preparing this presentation, I watched ‘Titanic’ again to feel the emotions which I felt when I was watching the movie. This movie always gives me a big impression, even I watched it many times because this movie was a fictionalized account of the true story, and it has sad ending.
There is really famous scene of Rose and Jack in this movie, opening their arms, on deck. And, also this movie’s sound track has been loved by lots of people from all around the world for over 20 years. You may know Celine Dion’s ‘My heart will go on’.


Our Last movie is ‘Inception’. It is a 2010 science fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan. [3] He also made series of ‘Batman’, like ‘Batman Begins’, ‘The Dark Night’, and ‘The Dark Night Rises’. I love those movies, too. Anyway, DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets.
You may know the famous scene of this movie. In that scene, a top is spinning, and it means that this movie has open ending. While watching this move, I was amazed by director’s boundless imagination. I think it is the best science fiction movie.
A lot of people love watching movies and feel many kinds of emotions from them. And I think people sometimes hope to live like a movie and stretch their imagination. I think this is the bright side of watching movie. It could relieve our everyday life stress, and through this we can recharge our soul. So, I recommend watching movie sometimes to all of you. Thanks for listening and I hope you all have a nice day. Thank you!

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4. Discussion questions
1) What’s your favorite movie? Why?
2) If you could be an actor, which actor would you want to star with? Why?
3) In movies, do you like happy endings or sad endings? Why?

5. Class #147, Group #8, Members’ names : 김선엽, 김용훈, 안아름, 유순형


We will present about movies.

There are many kinds of genres.
‘Home alone’ is a famous comedy movie. It is televised every Christmas in Korea.

Home alone

There are lots of famous scenes in movies.
You can remember movies just by watching their famous scenes. For example if you see some scenes from ‘’Titanic’, you can again feel the emotions which you felt when you were watching the movie.
Also, there are a lot of popular actors. For example, Thom Cruise is loved by many movie fans through the ‘Mission Impossible’ series.
Directors are also loved by many movie fans as well as actors.
You may know Steven Spielberg. He made a number of notorious movies like ‘Jaws’, ‘ET’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘A.I’, etc as a director.


We can`t forget about original sound tracks of movies. For example, Celine Dion`s ‘My heart will go on’ in ‘Titanic’ This song has gained people`s affection from all around the world for over 20 years.


Most people love watching movies and feel many kinds of emotions from them. And people feel happy through movie appreciation. Anyway, if you consider above things, you can enjoy movies more.


Class #147, Group #8, Members’ names: 김용훈, 유순형, 안아름, 김선엽


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