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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.
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291 Movie
Simon and Michael talk about movies they like.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

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.