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342 Movie Critique

Todd talks about what he does not like about movies.

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If you go into a video store and you look at the cover of all the movies.

The 'cover' is what is on the outside of a DVD, CD or a book. The cover usually has an interesting design or picture that makes people want to buy it.

Notice the following:

  1. Never judge a book by its cover!
  2. The cover of the DVD looks very different to what I expected.

geared towards

I guess most movies now are geared towards special effects and visual effects.

When something is 'geared towards' something or someone it means that it is prepared with that idea as the focus. Something that is geared towards children would be most interesting for children.

Notice the following:

  1. I have got the kitchen all geared towards baking lots of cookies.
  2. I am geared towards having a great vacation.

look average

Most people look average so why don't they just use actors and actresses that look average.

When you 'look average' it means that you look the same as most of the population or are not remarkable in terms of physical appearance.

Notice the following:

  1. I am sick of looking average. I think it's time for a makeover.
  2. I saw his new girlfriend today and she looks average.


They would do a fantastic job in a movie and it would be a really good story, compelling story.

When something is 'compelling' it captivates a person's interest or admiration.

Notice the following:

  1. Her life story is very compelling.
  2. It makes very compelling reading.

the way they are

I know that movies are the way they are because they are geared towards younger people.

'The way they are' refers to the characteristics of some movies. In this case, the movies were created with certain characteristics to make young people interested in them.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not know why they are the way they are.
  2. She is the way she is with children because she had 5 younger brothers and sisters.



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