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Cloverfield

Cloverfield

Date: Feb 27 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

If a monster were attacking your city, the first thing you would reach for would probably be one of two things: a weapon…

...or a camera.

I mean, it’s not every day that the Statue of Liberty (or equally famous monument in your city) gets destroyed, you know? This is a historic moment. You’re going to want pictures of this…or video.

Cloverfield is a new movie that follows five New Yorkers as the city is destroyed by a monster. But unlike most Hollywood disaster movies, Cloverfield was filmed on a single hand-held digital camera. It makes the movie seem really realistic.

Since the fake amateur footage looked so real, the advertisements for Cloverfield were kind of scary. They didn’t explain that it was a movie. They just showed the hand-held camera footage and gave a date a few weeks in the future. Kind of scary.

The ads made some people want to see the movie, others not want to see it and everyone else confused. Listen to Mason and Devan talk about the movie so that you won’t be confused!

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Devan

Devan

Mason

Mason

Devan:  So you know that new movie, Cloverfield that’s out right now?

Mason:  Yeah, I was actually really stoked about all the previews and stuff…

Devan:  I thought that it looked terrible, but then my sister called me and she said that if I went and saw it and if I didn’t like it she would give me my ten dollars back to reimburse me for the ticket.

Mason:  Seriously?

Devan:  Yeah. She was completely sold on it. So I went…

Mason:  So, are you ten dollars richer now?

Devan:  I did not ask her reimburse me. I enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised.

Mason:  OK, but you had low expectations though.

Devan:  For having low expectations…I think that made a big difference. I think if I had been really psyched about it I might not have been that impressed. And it’s also a movie you have to see in the theater. If you rent it, it’s pointless. Like, don’t even bother renting it. If you’re going to see it, go see it now in the theater because that’s the whole fun of it. It’s kind of like an amusement park ride. It’s like a thrill ride.

Mason:  Right because it’s all just a single-hand cam.

Devan:  Yeah it’s all just a single-hand camera which is really neat because it was kind of like a cross between the Blair Witch and Godzilla, basically, because it’s got this giant creature that’s destroying the city, but it’s all about the hand-held camera which was the Blair Witch thing.

 

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Discussion

Devan didn’t want to see Cloverfield, but her sister liked it so much that she said that if Devan went and didn’t like it, she would pay her back for the ticket. Devan didn’t ask for her money back.

She says it might have helped that she didn’t think it was going to be good, but Devan compares Cloverfield to a ride at an amusement park. It also reminds her of a combination between the most famous monster movie of all time, Godzilla, and another well-known movie made on a hand-held camera, The Blair Witch Project.

If a monster were attacking your city, would you run for your camera or run away?

 

Comments

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mountainer

mountainer

Turkey

nice movie thanks

 

08:12 PM Jun 20 2008 |

Dafi

Dafi

Malaysia

thank for the awesome lesson but i got problem to listen to the streaming audio.it doesn’t work.

04:45 PM Jun 18 2008 |

Dafi

Dafi

Malaysia

i had been watched this movie but i'm not finish watch it yet because its kinda boring and i'm getting dizzy while watching this movie …

04:43 PM Jun 18 2008 |

Khulood

United Arab Emirates

I watched the movie and all the time I was like “whattt” , it was really different movie…...

04:19 PM May 10 2008 |

Magna

Magna

Brazil

This movie might be good. I'll look for it and give it a chance.

06:57 PM Apr 27 2008 |

asadhillis

asadhillis

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Frown

09:05 PM Apr 26 2008 |

Angar

Argentina

I can´t see the movie. What should I do to see it? can anybody help me…please!!!!!

12:51 PM Apr 26 2008 |

tattys_17

Peru

i watched it and it wasn't that scary Laughing

 

04:48 PM Apr 03 2008 |

jeremiahkhai

Myanmar

i am not so interesting in ….. ha ha just jock

07:06 AM Mar 31 2008 |

byron_jade21

Philippines

This me made me sick! Literally! It made me dizzy and I almost vomited when I went out of the theater. It was totally like Blair Witch again and I hated that movie!

04:29 PM Mar 04 2008 |

zhanjinwei55

China

Undecided

01:01 PM Mar 04 2008 |

alogigi

alogigi

United States

I didnt like this movie  it sucked.. I got dizzy   I got headache,my stomach hurted anyways lol that monster was whatever I wont lose my time with this movie anymore lol

very bad movie

07:46 AM Mar 04 2008 |

Jiya Jain

Jiya Jain

India

send this to me

05:53 AM Mar 04 2008 |

hal9000

hal9000

Italy

I would record by camera in hidden place.

09:25 PM Mar 03 2008 |

paulkz83

paulkz83

China

I haven't seen that movie, but it sound like a very special film which I will try to take these two days. Long time haven' t came here since there is a little problem on my password .  Surprised that I can enter here once again. Thansful…

06:34 AM Mar 03 2008 |

sara16

sara16

Morocco

i like it

12:52 PM Mar 02 2008 |

sara16

sara16

Morocco

actually this movie make me scared but i really like the idea

12:51 PM Mar 02 2008 |

b_friend86

b_friend86

Egypt

When amonster attack my city,,,
iwll learn him z arabic first,,
....understand….

07:03 AM Mar 02 2008 |

sherryfun

sherryfun

Taiwan

Well,some movies are just for entertainment,art and fun,but from this lesson,I’ve learned some vocabulary and the usage of the words,
thanks:)

04:34 AM Mar 02 2008 |

Alebaby

Alebaby

Chile

Great movie, can’t wait for the second part!

02:46 AM Mar 02 2008 |

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