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World War Z
World War Z

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Date: Jul 24 2013

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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For some reason, movies about the apocalypse have been very popular recently. These movies depict many terrible ways that the world might end. The end could come because of global warming, or a nuclear war, or a terrible virus. Or, of course, the apocalypse might be caused by zombies.

World War Z is a new horror film about a zombie apocalypse. Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a worker at the United Nations. He searches the globe for information that can stop the zombie outbreak that is wreaking havoc all over the world. Find out whether Marni and Mason are excited about this new movie in this movies English lesson.


《僵尸世界大战》(World War Z) 是一部新上映的恐怖电影,它与僵尸带来的灾难有关。布拉德·皮特 (Brad Pitt) 领衔饰演一名联合国工作人员格瑞·莱恩 (Gerry Lane)。针对正在全球肆虐并带来毁灭性打击的僵尸,他在全世界搜集能够阻止其蔓延的信息。在本节以电影为主题的英语课上,看看玛尼和梅森是否对这部新上映的电影激动不已。


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Mason:  Marni, have you heard about World War Z? Are you excited about it?

Marni:  I am excited about it. I have heard of it. I actually read the book.

Mason:  Oh yeah?

Marni:  Yes, I did. And my understanding is the film is completely different from the book.

Mason:  OK. The book has zombies, right?

Marni:  Yes. But essentially the book is an oral retelling of the zombie war, so it’s people reflecting on their experiences with the zombie apocalypse. Now, the film has Brad Pitt, so, right there.

Mason:  I saw the trailer and there was this one really cool cut scene of basically what I assume are zombies make this giant human pyramid to try to climb over this big wall. And what I gathered from that is that this is a movie with fast zombies.

Marni:  Yes. And fast zombies equals scarier zombies.

Mason:  Scarier zombies by far. Because the fundamental choice you make with zombie movies is do you have slow, dragging-their-legs zombies, moaning and groaning, or do you have scary, fast zombies. They’re probably even faster because they’re dead and they don’t feel pain and they don’t get winded.

Marni:  The trend is definitely the faster zombie, and I think that this is where that film chose to go.


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Marni is excited about the new movie World War Z. She’s even read the book the movie was based on. The movie is different from the book, but she’s excited that Brad Pitt is in the movie.

Mason was excited by the trailer of the movie. One thing he noticed in it was that the zombies in the movie moved quickly, as opposed to older horror films where the zombies move very slowly. Both Marni and Mason agree that fast zombies are scarier. The trend in movies today seems to be to use these faster, scarier zombies instead of the slow ones.

Have you seen, or do you plan to see World War Z? Do you like scary movies in general? What are your favorite scary movies?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i watched that part that jews and palestinans were dancing and singing in a large enclosure .then zombies heard them and raided them.generally from seeing this part i found it weird and dull movie.

i wouldn’t know that pitt plays in such movies.

08:10 PM Nov 02 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


i dont watching movie

but every movie for zombi seem.

and in all of them u hear : shot the head!

06:13 AM Aug 01 2013 |



United States

what a dull and stupid movie.  i thought better of brad pitt, but now his movies are getting more shallow and commonplace

11:56 AM Jul 29 2013 |

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im really into horror movies, and some of the nights i stay awake to watch them and enjoy…

every body needs to follow some exiting adventure and i find this adventure in horror movies ,when i watch them i always imagine that im in the movie instead of actor or actress.

zombie movies are the king of horror movies they’re so exiting that make us release some adernalin..

im gonna do it.. i really want to watch this movie..

don’ miss it

04:57 PM Jul 27 2013 |


YbelousoSuper Member!

Russian Federation

I haven’t seen this movie and I don’t want to see it. I heared different opinion about it. There are people who said me it’s good, but more who said me it’s ordinary movie about the apocalypse, uninteresting movie( Maybe I’d like to see it if I liked scary movies

11:59 AM Jul 27 2013 |



I’m not into horror films. A friend of mine retold me the subject of the film and after all I decided to skip watching it. 

08:04 AM Jul 26 2013 |



Well , that was a pretty ordinary zombie film.Nothing special guys 

12:56 AM Jul 25 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I watched some of it but I found it kind of cliché.there is tons of movies about vampires, zombies or werewolfs, although I like them,but always I look for new subjects.I hope someone comes with a new idea and create something  new.come on dear writers!!!!!

10:06 PM Jul 24 2013 |




Well, I’d better watch  The Conjuring. It’s less scary than the trailer of World war…


07:06 PM Jul 24 2013 |


Viet Nam

I watched the film with my friend. it’s a good film.

05:07 PM Jul 24 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i love scary movies!but i havent seen this one.my favourite is “the others”,its realy wonderful.

04:47 PM Jul 24 2013 |

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I’m not into scary movies. But I liked watching sweat revenge, super cool movie. I have not seen World War Z but I would like. I thought interesting the part of faster zombies and not slower zombies as “Walking Dead” that I already watched.

04:07 PM Jul 24 2013 |



I’m not a big fan of scary movies, but I saw World War Z and I enjoyed it! I think to Shaun of the dead too, it’s an english movie which I appreciated, because there is a lot of humour. =D

02:38 PM Jul 24 2013 |



I saw the film World War Z, I liked a lot.

01:08 PM Jul 24 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I feel sad and upset by watching such films.

09:51 AM Jul 24 2013 |




I just want to watch Brad’s acting :)

08:11 AM Jul 24 2013 |



The World war Z movie is look like the fighter between human and the aliens which they look like the Zombir body. someone is connected in the old trend of zombie; slow and clumsy movement, not get feeling anything . but ,simply, everything has progression. 

My favourite zombie movie is “The Legend”

07:53 AM Jul 24 2013 |




I like it a little,but I have not seen it yet.By contract with it ,I like science fiction movie much more.Because I  think movies with zombies  are mostly very disgusting.

07:45 AM Jul 24 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I really like scary movies esp about zombies but i haven’t seen this one. I’ll go for it asap.

07:29 AM Jul 24 2013 |

Arlinrat Aui


Not really like scary movies in general…
But i had my favorite scary movies; Resident Evil !!  Alice’s Story
and i love her so much Actress Milla Jovovich :D

07:13 AM Jul 24 2013 |

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