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FURIOUS 7 Review

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell

Director: James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring)

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

In one of my recent lessons with a student, we were curious about which movies had made the most money in sales worldwide. To my surprise, we found out that “Furious 7” was 5th on that list! If you’re not familiar with the title, “Furious 7” is the 7th movie in the series which started with “The Fast and the Furious” back in 2001. It stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in his final film. I really enjoyed the first six movies in the series so what more could they do in “Furious 7”? I was more than excited to find out! Here is my review.

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ELYSIUM Review

Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, William Fichtner

Director: Neill Blomkamp (District 9)

Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Drama

Year: 2013

“Elysium” is a science fiction/action movie starring Matt Damon. Now, I’m not a huge Matt Damon fan in particular but I can say that I am a huge fan of the “Bourne” series. “Elysium” is directed by Neill Blomkamp who also directed “District 9” which I thought was very good. So was “Elysium” just as good or better?
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E2P27 | How to Use Movies to Study English

On the 27th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

How to use movies to study English

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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Review

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis

Director: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

For those who are unfamiliar, “The Hobbit” is a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien to complement his “Lord of the Rings” series. It is the tale of a younger Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with the One Ring and was originally aimed for children. There was a popular animated version of this story made into a movie so being a huge fan of the book, that film, and the “Lord of the Rings” movies, I was anxiously awaiting the release of this movie. Was it as good as I hoped?
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MAN OF STEEL Review

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane

Director: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time. Of course the story of Superman is very intriguing for me and I am a fan of the original movies plus the TV show “Smallville” about Clark Kent as a high school student. So how was “Man of Steel”?
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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Review

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field

Director: Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

They call this movie a “re-boot” of the Spider-Man movies and character. So is it completely different than the Tobey Maguire films? Or is it just a different or darker angle on the story similar to the Dark Knight Batman movies?
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SUPER 8 Review 「スーパーエイト」

Starring: Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Kyle Chandler

Director: J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Lost)

Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

“Super 8” is a mystery/science fiction/thriller directed by J.J. Abrams (creator of the TV show “Lost”) and produced by Steven Spielberg. It was supposed to be a huge summer movie but didn’t quite meet the expectations of the market. So how was it actually? Is “Super 8” a worthwhile rental? Find out->

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Review 「ミッション:インポッシブル ゴースト・プロトコル」

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Anil Kapoor

Director: Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille)

Genre: Action, Spy, Thriller

Mission: Impossible is back after a 5-year absence. Tom Cruise returns in the lead role but with a slightly different supporting cast. How does MI4 compare to the other three “Missions”? Find out->

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SEINFELD Review 「となりのサインフェルド」


Students always ask me what movies or TV shows they should use to study English. I usually suggest a comedy or drama that is about a family or that deals with everyday life situations because there are not so many technical or specialist words and expressions.

So which TV program do I always highly recommend? Find out–>
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UNKNOWN Review 「アンノウン」

Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Goal 2)

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

On my way back from a recent trip to Hawaii, I realized that I had several options of movies to watch on the airplane. From the summary in the in-flight magazine, this movie seemed to have an interesting plot and I decided that it would be a good way to spend part of my 7 hours in the air. Was it a good choice? Find out–>
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