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Film and TV

Describe a TV program you enjoy.
You should say:

  • What it is
  • When you watch it
  • Who you watch it with
  • And explain why you like to watch it.

Model Answer

Well, I would like to talk about “The Walking Dead”, which is an American television drama series that I have recently become crazy about.

As you might not know, The Walking Dead is the most popular TV show on air right now and everybody across the globe watches it. It portrays the world after a zombie apocalypse, where society has crumbled and there is no government to take care of the people’s welfare.

The show stars many talented and famous actors and actresses. Among them, I believe Andrew Lincoln, who plays the leading role of a police officer, leaves the most significant impression on audiences and myself, mainly because of his outstanding acting skills and the devotion he put into every scene.

Interestingly enough, my favourite part about this show is the make-up of all the different zombies. You know, all the characters are well-designed and have to go through an elaborate makeup process to achieve extremely realistic looks on screen.

And the reason why I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead? Well, it is quite easy to explain. I’ve held a great interest in Zombie apocalypse’s ever since I was a kid and I even dreamt about living in one. Apart from that, I think that this series has a very stimulating plot along with many unexpected twists, which raises great excitement for the viewers.

I just simply cannot get enough of this show and I can’t wait for the beginning of the next season.

Vocabulary Highlights

  • series – a TV programme with a number of different episodes surrounding the same set of characters
  • crazy about – really like
  • on air – broadcast/shown on TV
  • across the globe – around the world
  • portrays – to represent, describe or show something
  • apocalypse – a serious event resulting in a lot of destruction and change to the planet
  • crumbled – broken apart, destroyed
  • welfare – physical and mental health
  • leading role – the main actor or character
  • audiences – people watching the show
  • make-up – cosmetics or something used to change the colour or appearance of your face
  • elaborate – a lot of careful detail
  • stimulating plot – exciting storyline
  • unexpected twists – changes in the story you didn’t think would happen

Describe your favourite movie.
You should say:

  • what the name of the movie/ film is
  • what the theme of the movie/ film is
  • why you like it so much
  • and describe the story of the movie in brief

Model Answer

There are movies which we watch and then forget about them completely after a few days, if not any sooner. Then, there are movies like “Forrest Gump”, which we never exactly get tired of watching again and again because they make us think and experience our lives in some new lights.

A simple-minded (some would say with “low IQ”), but kind-hearted, Alabama boy, named “Forrest Gump” grows up with his best friend – a beautiful girl called Jenny. His supportive mother teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny.

Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends, winning medals, starting multi-million dollar shrimp fishing business, writing bumper stickers and songs, donating to people, meeting the president several times and doing many other things. However, this all becomes irrelevant to Forrest because he can’t seem to save his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life.

The underlying theme of the movie is that it advises a person to run from all the negative thoughts, influences and bullies of life as fast as he can, no matter how others around him try to “degrade” him physically and intellectually.

Why do I like the movie so much? Well, I like this movie primarily because it teaches us to find out on our own what exactly life is all about instead of paying attention to what others say about it. Besides, I like this movie also because it asks us to show “respect” to people, who seem rather “simplistic” in their thoughts and actions, because they also have their own dreams, and that they also chase their dreams very successfully in life. Finally, I like this movie also because of some of its “simple yet powerful” dialogues (ie. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.”), which are really difficult to forget.

Describe your favourite singer.
You should say:

  • who s/he is
  • what type of songs he/she sings
  • what type of people listen to his/her songs
  • and explain why he/she is your favourite singer.

Model Answer

I have a number of favourite singers who always force me to evaluate and re-evaluate their musical works because of their unique, and sometimes, extraordinary musical appeal, but one particular singer, who has always puzzled me with his musical talent, is John Lennon for many years.  

John Lennon, arguably one of the best singers of all time who changed the trajectory of “rock and roll” music forever, is not only a singer but also a “reformist”. Lennon was “rebellious” in nature, and almost all of his songs reflected that particular aspect of his characteristics. He didn’t like war, political corruption along with many other contemporary social “ills”, and his songs also just followed suit. Even though this great singer was a “social reformer”, he didn’t forget to express love, friendship, intellectual keenness and sense of humour in his songs in a rather unique manner. Anyway, all kinds of people, including young or old, professionals or working-class people, regular persons or intellectuals, male or female with a bit “rebel” in them, love to listen to his music. Having said that, however, only “philanthropists” people actually appreciate his musical talents as the way they should be.

John Lennon is my favourite singer mainly because makes me care for the people and society around me. He is my favourite singer also because no other singer like Lennon has ever been able to mix “acerbic” with intellectual humour before. Besides, I feel like each and every song of John Lennon carries some kind of “secret” meanings. On top of that, unlike many other singers, John Lennon used to write and compose many of his songs by himself, and as a result, many of his songs have become real “masterpiece”. Finally, John Lennon is my favourite singer also because of his different vocal techniques from song to song.

Describe an actor or actress whom you admire.
You should say:

  • who he/she is
  • what he/she looks like
  • what kind of movies he/she appears in
  • why you admire this actor/actress

Model Answer

Mohammad Aamir Hussain Khan, popularly known as Aamir Khan is a Bollywood superstar. Despite being born in a conservative Muslim family in Mumbai, India, he has won the heart of millions by his superb screen performances. Some of his most widely known movies are 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Ghajini, Taare Zameen Par, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Lagaan, Raja Hindustani and PK.

Presently, Aamir Khan is one of the most popular leading actors in the Indian film industry and people prefer his movies for his perfectionist nature. Aamir Khan began his career in the industry in 1973 as a child performer and appeared into the spotlight in 1988 by the movie – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He has starred in numerous movies and most of them have turned blockbusters. He has participated in almost all types of movies and played the positive roles. His extraordinary contribution to the industry has rewarded him some of the most prestigious awards in the country. His growth in the Indian film industry began after 1990 and most of the times he played the role of a romantic hero. In line with his acting on the screen, he also directed some of the commercially successful movies.   

Aamir Khan is completely different from the conventional heroes of Indian film industry. In fact, he is a bit shorter than the conventional heroes with a height of 5.5’. But he is popular among the audiences for his extraordinary ability to amuse people. Physically he is strong enough to perform acting. He loves acting and adopted the methods from some of the formerly popular Indian artists. He is exceptional in the sense that he shapes his figure as per the characters are meant to be on screen. He takes regular exercise to increase or reduce pounds to represent the character perfectly. He is also known as Tom Hanks of Bollywood for his scrutiny to the movie plots and performance. It is also said that he is less interested in covering himself with makeups for the roles.  He gets merged with the character which has brought a high reputation for him. Movies from Aamir Khan points that the movie will be a grand success.   

Though there are no specific genres, Aamir Khan takes part in all types of movie genres. He loves playing the role of a romantic hero but he is equally skilled in playing the lead role for action-laden movies like Dhoom, Ghajini etc. The drama movies starred by Khan also were successful in terms of box office business. Whatever the role is, he takes the role for granted and tries to reflect the features of the character through his acting. Roles played in comedy movies have also brought him fame. Despite participating in all types of movies, Aamir Khan is not bracketed in any specific genre. Rather he is kind of versatile actor who can fit him in any roles. Through his performance on screen, he gives his best.

Aamir Khan is a man of kind heart. He is engaged in some humanitarian activities and also takes part in awareness-raising campaigns which often create political controversies as well. Besides, being a celebrity, he is close to the admirers and ordinary people which is an unusual trait for a bigshot like him. He owns a distinctive personality and makes movies after his own choice. He brings the best from him. He has grabbed an everlasting place in my heart with his qualities.

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