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Movies, Love, Dinosaurs

Wendi talks with Ken about his favorite movies.

Wendi: So I want you to tell me about your favorite movie ever, and why it's your favorite movie?

Ken: My favorite movie ever? OOh!

Wendi: Titanic.

Ken: Titanic. Yeah, no. No, it's not.

Wendi: Come on, you can be honest.

Ken: I did watch it twice. I fell asleep the second time.

Wendi: Did you seriously watch it?

Ken: No, I did watch it twice. Yeah.

Wendi: You really watched it two times.

Ken: No, cause it came out when I was in 9th grade.

Wendi: Yeah.

Ken: Just blossoming into adulthood at that point.

Wendi: So you wathced it kind of for rules on how to be with girls?

Ken: No, kind of like, you know it's the only PG-13 movie with like, you know, I don't know if I'm supposed to say.

Wendi: Just soft touching and no serious crazy nasty stuff going on.

Ken: Yeah, it's a little, you know, a little eye candy.

Wendi: That's awesome. So you loved the movie.

Ken: No, not Titanic. My favorite movie was Jurassic Park actually.

Wendi: Seriously.

Ken: Yeah.

Wendi: I hated that movie.

Ken: No, it's the best movie because I grew up, as a child, I...

Wendi: You loved dinosours.

Ken: I loved dinosaurs. No, I loved dinosaurs.

Wendi: Wow

Ken: I really liked them. I had dinosaur t-shirts. Like my parents would always buy me dinosaur books. Like I could name every single dinosaur. I can't anymore but I could. Like I was really into it. I wanted to be a paleontologist.

Wendi: Wow, that is amazing... You know that's one thing I've never really understood, is kids that are super into dinoaurs, and I've never met a girl that's super into dinosaurs.

Ken: Hell, yeah. Never.

Wendi: But, I've met so many eight-year old boys that are dino-crazy. What's up with that?

Ken: I don't know. I can't explain it. It's like their cool you know. You know some kids like cars and trucks and stuff. I like dinosaurs.

Wendi: Yeah... You know, like, but I still can't put my finger on it, because when I think about it, I, like when I feel attracted to a man, I know what I'm attracted to, like so when you think about how you're attracted to dinosaurs, what is the draw?

Ken: Ah, but you don't think about that when you're eight-years old.

Wendi: I guess you're right.

Ken: But, like I guess in retrospect the draw is that, these dinosaurs, they're so strong and powerful and yet mysterious because, you know, you've never actually seen one. You can only look at pictures or go to a museum and look at the skeletons. Yeah, and...

Wendi: When I was young, it was the unicorn, for me.

Ken: Unicorn.

Wendi: Yeah, because there was this song that I used to sing all the time and it had a unicorn in it, and I was always just like, "Man, it'd be so amazing to see a unicorn."

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


I watched that movie when I was in 9th grade, just blossoming into adulthood.

Here, 'blossoming' is similar in meaning to developing. When you blossom into something else, you are changing into that thing slowly. Notice the following:

  1. Most people go through kind of an ugly phase when they are blossoming into adulthood.
  2. Nobody expected her to blossom into such a beautiful woman.

soft touching

I find Titanic to be a movie that is just soft touching.

In this case, 'soft touching' refers to the sexual encounters between the characters in Titanic, which were new and exciting for Ken. Notice the following:

  1. In this movie, there are quite a few scenes with soft touching.
  2. There is almost no soft touching shown on television shows.

crazy nasty stuff

I liked the movie because it had no serious crazy nasty stuff going on.

'Crazy, nasty stuff' refers to very explicit sex scenes. Notice the following:

  1. All of his songs talk about crazy, nasty stuff.
  2. He's a good comedian who isn't interested in all of that crazy, nasty stuff.

eye candy

Titanic and that kind of movies are a little eye candy.

Attractive people can be called 'eye candy,' because they are enjoyable to look at. Notice the following:

  1. People watch his movies, because they are eye candy.
  2. This magazine doesn't have very interesting articles, but it does have some nice eye candy.

What's up with ...?

What's up with eight-year old boys being so dino-crazy?

The question phrase 'What's up with...?' is used to ask the reason for something that you think is a bit weird. Notice the following:

  1. What's up with the obsession with touch screen electronics'
  2. What's up with your hair today?
Answer these questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Quiz

blossoms • touching • nasty
eye candy • what's up
  1. My parents never let me watch movies with crazy stuff in them.
  2. Do you think it's okay for children to see soft on television?
  3. She would never cheat on her husband, but she does like a little sometimes.
  4. with this horrible music on the radio today?
  5. It will be a few more years before she into a young woman.


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