Take out the Popcorn!

PEPSI Movies (PDF)
Discussion Questions (PDF)


1.
A: I’m playing the main character in ‘Les Misérables’ on Broadway!
B: That’s awesome! Break a leg! Good luck! I’m sure you will steal the show!
A: Thanks a million! I appreciate it.

Answer

Awesome (s)(adj) – amazing, fantastic.
Break a leg! (e) – good luck!
Thanks a million! (e) | I appreciate it (e) – thanks a lot.
To steal the show (i) – to get all the attention and praise at an event or performance.

Movie Vocabulary

Broadway (n) – refers to Broadway street in the Theatre District, in Manhattan, New York. Most shows on Broadway are musicals, such as The Lion King, or Aladdin. It’s an extremely popular tourist attraction in New York City.

2.
A: I’m sorry I’m late!!! Subway delays as always.
B: Better late than never. But the movie theater today is packed! There are so many people.
A: What movie are we going to watch? It’s up to you.
B: How about ‘Avatar‘? I heard the special effects are mind-blowing! Let’s check it out.

Answer

Better late than never (p)(e) it is better that you are late, than that you never come. Say this after someone says they are late.
Packed (s)(adj) – full of people.
Up to you (e) it’s your decision.
Mindblowing (s)(adj) really amazing or impressive
To blow one’s mind (i) – something that is really impressive, surprising or eye-opening.
To check (someone/something) out (pv)(s) to look at, to see, to watch, to try.
Check it out! (e)(s) /checkitout/ to try, to see, to experience or to examine something.

Movie Vocabulary

A theater (n) – a building where plays, shows are performed or where movies are show. Spelling: Theatre (UK).
Special effects (n) – image or sound created in movies to represent something real or imaginary.

3.
A: Did you watch that movie ‘The Lone Ranger’ starring Johnny Depp?
B: No, I didn’t. I heard it was a flop.
A: Yeah, it was so disappointing. The acting was so terrible. It didn’t live up to my expectations. The story was so cliché, an unoriginal western.

Answer

A flop (s)(n) – a disappointment or a total failure.
To live up to something (pv) – to fulfill, to reach or to satisfy something.

Movie Vocabulary

To star (v) – to play the most important role in a movie, play, or TV show.
Cliché (adj)(French) /’cli-shai/ – unoriginal and predictable.

4.
A: Do you want to watch an episode of ‘Gossip Girls’ together tonight?
B: Thanks, but no thanks. It’s a chick flick. I don’t watch girly shows like that.
A: Suit yourself!

Answer

Thanks, but no thanks (e) – thank you for asking, but I refuse or I’m not interested (a polite way of turning down or refusing something).
A chick flick (s) – a movie/TV shows that appeals mainly to women.
A chick (s)(n) – a girl, a young woman. A flick (s)(n) – motion picture movie.
Girly (s)(adj) – characteristics of a stereotypical girl, young woman. Synonym: feminine, girlish.
Suit yourself (e) – do what you want. Have it your way. (Angry)

5.
A: Have you watched ‘Inception’ directed by Christopher Nolan?
B: No, I haven’t. I heard it’s a big-budget summer blockbuster.
A: The movie was epic! It’s a masterpiece. The ending was a real cliffhanger, very unexpected and suspenseful. I really hope they make a sequel.
B: That’s enough. Don’t spoil the plot for me. I’m going to watch it this weekend.

Answer

Epic (s)(adj)(adv) /’ep-ik/spectacular, impressive, awesome, or powerful.

Movie Vocabulary

A cliffhanger (n) – when reading, watching a movie or TV drama you reach a very suspenseful part, and can’t wait to see what happens next; usually the ending (“To be continued...” or “The End?”).
Suspenseful (adj) – a feeling of nervousness or excitement caused by thinking about what will happen next.
Big-budget (adj) | low-budget (adj) – used to talk about how much money has been spend on producing a movie. Big-budget (a lot of money), low-budget (less money).
A blockbuster (n) – a successful popular movie or book.
A masterpiece (n) – (1) a highly impressive piece of work, or art. (2) an artist’s best work.
A sequel (n) – a film, game, novel, or TV show that continues the story of a previous work. E.g. The Lord of the Rings 2.
A prequel (n) – a story or movie that contains events before a piece of work. E.g. The Hobbit. 
To spoil something (v) | a spoiler (n) – to reveal parts of the story to someone who doesn’t know the story.
A plot (n) – a story, storyline.

6.
Homer Simpson is a couch potato, he doesn’t do anything all day except binge-watch his favorite TV shows.

Answer

A couch potato (i)(n) – a lazy person who spends his/her time watching television or movies. Usually that person doesn’t exercise much.
To bingewatch (v)(s) –watching television for a long time, usually more than 2-3 episodes in one sitting.

Vocabulary

To binge (v)(s) | A binge (n)(s) – when you eat, drink or spend too much money in a short period of time, without controlling yourself. E.g. binge drinking, binge eating, binge spending.


PEPSI Discussion Questions 

  1. Have you read any awesome movies recently?
  2. Describe a place that is usually packed.
  3. Have you seen any mind-blowing movies or TV shows?
  4. Have you ever watched a flop? Any recent movie that didn’t live up to your expectations?
  5. Describe a cliché movie, TV show, or story.
  6. Do you like chick flicks? Have you watched any?
  7. What would you describe as girly?
  8. Which movies do you think are masterpieces? Why?
  9. What’s a big-budget blockbuster coming out this year that you want to watch?
  10. Tell me an epic moment you’ve had.
  11. Do you think that in general, sequels are better than the first movie?
  12. Have you watched any prequels?
  13. What’s a movie or TV show with great cliffhangers?
  14. Are you a couch potato? What do you eat or drink when watching movies?
  15. Have you ever binge-watched any TV shows? Which ones?