Learn English: How to Talk about Movies

How to Talk about Movies

Movies are one of the topics people like to talk about. Learn How to Talk about Movies with this helpful guide.

Type of Films

If you want to Talk about Movies, you need to learn more about the basic movie genres

Type of FilmCharacteristics
Horror FilmsMovies with monsters
Action FilmsMovies with battle, fights and stunts
Sci-Fi MoviesStories set in the future or out of space
Family Movies Films for children and adults
Martial Arts FilmsMovies about MMA fighters
Adventure FilmsMovies that take place in exotic places
ComediesMovies intended to make laugh
Romantic FilmsMovies about love stories
DocumentariesFilms about real life stories
Animated FilmsThese are usually cartoons
Super Hero MoviesFilms about heroes from comic books
DramaMovies about sad and difficult situations

Movie Terms

  1. Script: something written by hand
  2. Stunt Man:  a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
  3. Soundtrack: songs included in a film
  4. Actor: a performer in theater, television, or film
  5. Producer: someone who finances and supervises the making of a show
  6. Director: The person who directs the making of a film
  7. Special effect: an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques
  8. Blooper: an embarrassing mistake
  9. Box office: the office where tickets of admission are sold
  10. Cast: assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
  11. Critic: a person engaged in the analysis and interpretation of art
  12. Flashback: a transition in a story to an earlier event or scene
  13.  Sequel: a part added to a book or film that continues and extends it

Questions to Talk about Movies

  1. What kind of movies do you like?
  2. What’s your favorite drama film?
  3. What do you think about the main character?
  4. Did you like the ending? What would you change?
  5. Would you recommend that movie?
  6. Do you have Netflix or any other streaming app?
  7. What do you think about super hero movies?
  8. What’s your favorite actor or actress?
  9. Which horror movie is the scariest? Why?
  10. Do you like independent films?

Teaching with Films: Logorama

How to Talk about Movies

Logorama is a 16-minute French animated film written and directed by H5/François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, and produced by Autour de Minuit. The film depicts events in a stylized Los Angeles, and is told entirely through the use of more than 2,500 contemporary and historical logos and mascots. The film won the Prix Kodak at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards

  1. Watch this short animated film Logorama and enjoy it.
  2. Write in a sheet of paper what you think about the film.
  3. Watch Logorama Again and take notes about the logos that you were able to recognize and the specific scenes where you saw them.
  4. Record yourself for five minutes talking about the film and the logos you recognize.
  5. When you have the best recording you can do, type everything you said in a word document and send it along with the audio to my email address.

Now that you have watched it , tell us how much you like or hate it, support your answer with details.

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