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based off • blown to bits • intense
over and over • playing
  1. The dragon was by the missle.
  2. We practiced the scene until we got it right.
  3. The movie is now downtown.
  4. It was an meeting.
  5. The book is the life of Bill Clinton.
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Mixer #114 Worst Movie Genres
Listen as a group of people talk about the style of movies that they love and hate.
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based on


they're based on video games

When we create a new idea from an older idea, the new idea comes from the older one. We say the new one is 'based on' the old one. See the samples below.

  1. The movie is based on the biography of Ho Chi Minh.
  2. They based the video game on the movie.

blown to bits


blown to bits in ridiculous circumstances

When something is completely destroyed by a large explosion, we say it is blown to bits. Notice the following.

  1. At the end of the movie, the alien was blown to bits.
  2. The church was blown to bits during WWII.

intense dialog


I prefer stuff with intense dialog

'Intense dialog' is serious or emotional speaking. It can mean happy or sad, excited or scared. Notice the samples.

  1. The Movie Schindler's List was 3 hours of intense dialog and drama.
  2. The G8 summit was characterized by intense dialog.

over and over (again)


The story repeats itself over and over again.

When something happens over and over, that means it happens again and again. It keep repeating. Notice the following:

  1. He kept making the same mistake over and over again.
  2. I loved the movie so much I kept watching it over and over.



If that were playing on a flight

In this example 'playing' talks about a movie on an airplane. Here, 'playing' is similar in meaning to 'showing'. Notice the similarity.

  1. The new Brad Pitt movie is playing at the Cinema. Let's go!
  2. Four new movies are showing at the Grand Cineplex, but none look interesting.