Views #291 | Intermediate 5


Simon and Michael talk about movies they like.

Michael: Alright, so Simon, do you have a favorite movie?

Simon: Again, that's difficult question so I can't say one favorite movie but I can say that I really, really enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, well mainly because as a elementary school student I read the book, and as a small child my father would tell me stories about Lord of the Rings so when they finally came out on the big screen with big money production and awesome special effects, yeah, I was quite impressed. How bout you?

Michael: Oh, I liked it as well, and I read the book when I was in high school. I like the movies a lot but it still doesn't compare to the first time reading the book. The book was fantastic but of all the adaptations of that book this movie is probably the one, or those three movies are probably the one that I enjoyed the most.

Simon: Yeah! That's true! A lot of adaptions are really quite terrible aren't they?

Michael: Which of the three did you like the most?

Simon: I liked the first one. The first one. It has story and it had, you know, what-will-happen-next anticipation and yeah, but all three were good.

Michael: Well, it's interesting, you're favorite is a trilogy, and my favorite is a trilogy too, and that's the Godfather trilogy, and my favorite is the second one.

Simon: Oh, you like the second one. That's surprising! Most people like the first one the best.

Michael: I like the first one a lot but I like the second one because DeNiro is in it and I like the story of Don Corleone in Sicily as well.

Simon: Ah, yeah, flashbacks!

Michael: Yeah, and I think that the real conflict in the story comes out in the second one. More so than in the first. I see the Godfather trilogy to be very similar to a Shakespearean kind of trilogy, tragic, I think that Michael Corleone is a tragic hero and I like Shakespearean trilogies to so perhaps that's why I like it.

Simon: Oh, that's a really good explanation.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

special effects

I was impressed by the movie's special effects.

'Side effects' are audio or visual effects that are used with a movie, television show or other kind of production to make the presentation more interesting.  These can be computer enhanced images that make the show seem more real for the viewer.  Notice the following:

  1. In new 4D movies the special effects include smells and movement of the theater seats.
  2. Sometimes in old movies the special effects actually make you laugh.

doesn't compare to

I like movies, but it still doesn't compare to books.

if one thing 'doesn't compare to' something else they are similar, but one of them will always be better. Notice the following:

  1. The wine here is okay, but it doesn't compare to what they drink in France.
  2. The new version of the movie doesn't compare to the old one.


It's interesting that your favorite movie is a trilogy.

A 'trilogy' is a three part series. Notice the following:

  1. The Lord of the Rings was a very popular trilogy.
  2. This is book is the last part of a trilogy series.


The Godfather has a flashback scene.

When a character has a vivid memory about the past because they feel some connection to the present it is called a 'flashback.' Notice the following:

  1. Throughout the movie the main character has flashbacks from his childhood.
  2. After being in war it is common for soldiers to have flashbacks.

tragic hero

I think Michael Corleone is a tragic hero.

A 'tragic' hero has a character flaw which eventually causes his death or destruction. Notice the following:

  1. Hamlet and Oedipus are famous tragic heroes.
  2. He is a tragic hero in his life because he tries to save everyone else from themselves, but doesn't see his own problems.

Vocabulary Quiz

effects • compare to • trilogy
flashbacks • tragic hero
  1. The Thai restaurants in the US don't even the food I ate in Thailand.
  2. Without the special this movie would not be good.
  3. The died because of his pride.
  4. The last part of the will come out next week.
  5. He has problems with from the accident.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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