Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oscar 2011- Advanced movie vocabulary

It's the final week before the big night - when we discover the winners, the losers, the surprises and confirmations of the awards related to the magical world of movies.

Sometimes when we have to talk about films and give our opinions about them, the vocabulary is limited to "It's a great movie" and "I thought it was ok" "I loved ... (name of actor/actress).

How about being more specific? Take a look at this text and complete with the words in bold:

Screenplay Credits Location Editing List

Studio Dubbed Director Special effects Played

Soundtrack Stunts Crew Shot/Scene Subtitles

In a movie, the names of the stars, the producers, the person who wrote the (1) …....... and the (2) …....... are given in the opening (3)…..…....., but you have to wait till the end to see the complete (4) …........ of characters and the actors who (5) .......... them-- and the name of every individual member of the film (6) ......... Some films are shot in a (7) .........., others are filmed on (8)........... (9)........... films can be shown with (9) .......... or they may be (10)...........
A really exciting movie depends on good photography, good (11)......... (the way the film is cut with perfect timing so that each (12).............. surprises you), exciting (13) ................(car chases, fights and falls) (14).........(visual techniques that make fantasy seem like reality) and the (15) ........... (music played in the film).

For the answers and more on movie voacbulary click here to see the doc.

Now tell us:

What in your opinion, makes a movie exciting? Can you name any recent examples?


Angela said...

Congrat, Stephan!
Always up to date with current affairs!
And so is Barbara Porto. After attending her last class (Conversation Master- Cultura Inglesa) I`m sure I enriched my vocabulary about the topic.

Here`s an attempt at to make the review of an Oscar-nominated film, which I found interesting: "Black Swan".

Summing up, it`s a psychological thriller based on the Swan Lake, the ballet opera from Tchaikovsky.

The leading actress, Natalie Portland, performed Nina, a ballet dancer, who was pure and angelic, perfect for the role of the white swam. But the director wanted an actress able to perform both roles : the white swam and the black one.

Then, Nina began an internal and external journey in search of her dark side.

It´s provocative because the movie structure is similar to James Joyce`s style ( The stream of unconsciousness).
In order to understand the plot, the spectator has to reorganize the story which is narrated in flashbacks and flash forwards.

Scenes of visual hallucinations ,psychotic symptoms , drugs, mutilation and masochism make the audience thrills . They keep the spectator on the edge of his seat.
It`s a complete fusion between fantasy and reality, what makes the film interesting and provocative.

Competition, the desire of going beyond limits and being perfect are some of the dramatic cells of the narrative.

Well, Life imitates Art or Art imitates Life?
What´s the most advisable? Respect your limits or go beyond them?

In this competitive world everybody`s struggling to become a winner.
However, what`s the use of being a winner when you lose your health, peace, morality and self-respect.

We all have a white swan and a black swan inside.
They`re always in combat.
The winner? The one you feed.
How to cope with both?
Go and watch the film.
Angela Oliveira

movieholic said...

Interesting post!
By the way, how much do you know about the Oscar award?

When was the first ceremony?

( ) May 1934
( ) April 1930
( ) May 1946
( ) April 1972
( ) May 1929
( ) May 1952

You may either wait for my next post or consult Mr. Google.

Nielsen said...

The most exciting film I`ve seen in the last five years was Avatar.
But I agree with Angela when she says that Black Swan is an interesting movie.
About the first Oscar cerimony , my guess is April 1930.

Anonymous said...

Well, well movieholic,

You got us there with that question. I'll wait for your next comment, but my guess is like Nielsen's April 1930.


Anonymous said...

Well, my guess is May, 1952.
By the way, what`s the prize for the right guess?

Teresa said...

The most thrilling film I`ve seen for the last five years is...

The Ghost Writer ,
a 2010 political thriller film directed by Roman Polanski. It was an adaptation of the Robert Harris novel.
About the Oscar cerimony, my guess is May, 1929

movieholic said...

And the winner is....
The first Oscar ceremony was held in May, 1929.

Your prize ? one-way/ single ticket to Lybia (rs.... rs...).
Next question: Who was the first to win the award for best actress?

Anonymous said...

Was it the one with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan? Kind of predictable in the end, don't you think?

Teresa said...

Yes, You´re right.

It´s exactly the one with Ewan McGregor (the Ghost Writer), Pierce Brosnan (Adam Lang) Olivia Williams (Ruth Lang) Tom Wilkinson (Paul Emmett) Kim Catrall (Amelia Bly) Robert Pugh (Richard Rycart) Eli Wallach (old man) John Bethnall (Rick, lit agent) Timothy Hutton (Sidney Kroll) Jim Belushi (John Maddox)

Fantastic! Wasn`t it?