Movies and Language Movies are an excellent way to pick up on the language that is being used by certain cultures Movies are good way to learn how to react faster to a language that you are learning and in the process, pick up on words that you did not know before
Movies and Language The language in movies varies from formal to slang depending on the time period that the movies is said to be taking place The language in movies also varies depending on the location of the film Example: High school, university
Movies and Language The language in movies will help viewers understand the use of slang words in the proper context Tone through movies you can see how the tone of certain words can change the meaning of that particular word Example: are you crazy? Vs are you crazy? (1st= serious 2nd= joking)
Movies and Culture Movies are a great place to hear and understand idioms Idioms are often used in movies in order to provide cultural context Idioms are often associated with culture and are a good way to understand the cultural group in which you are learning about during the movie
Movies and Culture Movies often showcase different subcultures and their language In addition to the language of specific subcultures, music is also paired with movies based on these subcultures Oftentimes, movies have their own soundtracks that can be purchased during or after the movie is being shown in theatres
Movies and Culture Subcultures within movies are usually paired with a specific type of genre or theme of a movie If the subculture is not the main focus of the movie, the character in the movie will represent a certain type of person from a subculture Example: the ditz, the gangster, the rocker, the surfer
Movies and Culture Most times, you will see a certain subculture going to see movies that they best identify with It is rare that you will see the older generation at a movie that is targeted at the younger generation and vice versa There are movies that are suitable for family viewing which may not identify with any subculture in particular
Movies and Culture Movies are a good way to get out of the house and do something fun In order to lure people to the movies in the West, there is a cheap movie night (usually on Tuesdays) which is a half price of a regular movie ticket Movies are a good way to bring the family together
Movies and Culture Movies usually a first date activity They are seen as a good way to enjoy someone else’s company without having to talk to much This helps avoid a lot of awkward pauses and helps the two parties get comfortable with each other in a natural way
Discussion Do you often go to see movies that you think are specifically targeted to you age group? Do you go out of your way to see movies that you think are not targeted at your subculture or age group? If so, Why?
Jackass Jackass appeals to males more so than females American reality film, filled with stunts and pranks Extreme crude humour (not very intelligent) which does not appeal to everyone Very vulgar and at times disgusting Appeals to the prankster and aquired humour subculture
Clueless Clueless is a film that appeals to girls This movie is said to have popularized the “valley girl” subculture Based on superficial needs and wants and caring about appearance more than anything else
Blue Crush This film appeals to the “surfer” subculture Filled with common “surfer” terminology This movie tries to depict the surfer lifestyle and mentality
Save the Last Dance This movies deals with the inner-city lifestyles and the struggles of living in a poor neighbourhood This movie focuses on the innercity subculture and the stresses of that kind of lifestyle
The Princess Diaries Fairytale This movie deals with the typical teenager who is often made fun of at school The outcast wanting to be an insider Many students can relate to this type of movie
Movie Themes/Genre Romance or romantic usually refers to Romance (love), love emphasizing emotion Romance: These movies usually focus on the search for true love after heartbreak and finding love in the right places Example: Notebook (2004)
Biography These are movies that are either loosely or heavily based on a person or a group of people Most times, these movies come about after someone important has passed away or if someone has a very interesting story of how they became succesful Ex: Justin Bieber (Never Say Never, Ray (Ray Charles)
Romantic Comedy Romantic comedy films are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals Romantic comedy films are a sub- genre of comedy films as well as of romance films love story that ends happily
Romantic Comedy In a typical romantic comedy the two lovers tend to be young, likeable, and apparently meant for each other, yet they are kept apart by some complicating circumstance (e.g., class differences, parental interference; a previous girlfriend or boyfriend) until, surmounting all obstacles, they are finally wed. A wedding-bells, fairy- tale-style happy ending is practically mandatory.
Comedy Comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. They are designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are mostly light- hearted dramas and are made to amuse and entertain the audiences. The comedy genre humorously exaggerate situations, the way of speaking, the action and characters.
Horror Horror films are a movie genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audiences most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer Horror films deal with the viewers nightmares, hidden worst fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown
Drama/Suspense To intrigue the imagination To have the audience participate in the movie by trying to figure out the plot Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewers moods giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and/or terror. Thriller films tend to be adrenaline-rushing, gritty,rousing and fast-paced. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists and cliffhangers are used extensively. A thriller is villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the hero must overcome.
Action Action film is a film genre where one or more heroes is thrust into a series of challenges that require physical feats, extended fights and frenetic chases. character struggling against incredible odds such as, life-threatening situations, an evil villain, and/or being chased in several ways of transportation (car, bus, truck, etc.), with victory achieved at the end after difficult physical efforts and violence.
Inspirational Movies These are movies that always start off with an upset but grow to overcome all obstacles with some bumps along the way These movies usually send the message that you can succeed at anything that you put your mind to Examples: Coach Carter/ Money Ball
Discussion What type of movies do you like to watch the most and why? Do you think that your subculture or age has anything to do with that? 5 minutes