How have you been?
Do you like going to the cinema or watching films?
I love watching films at home, at the cinema, it does not matter; it is one of my favourite free time activities
It is also good for me as an English teacher because watching films is one of the things I can advise you to do, to improve your English. 🙂
So, today, I want to talk you about one of my favourite films: “Little Miss Sunshine”
I have highlighted the new vocabulary and you can find it below.
It was released in 2006, written by Michael Arndt, and directed by the husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
It relates the story of the Hoovers, Sheryl, the mum, Richard, the dad, the grandpa, Frank, the uncle, and Dwayne, the brother, all travelling cross-country to take 7-year-old Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine state beauty contest.
It is a film full of warmth and charm. It is a comedy-drama that has the ability to make you laugh and cry almost at that same time and then leave you with the feeling that no matter how hard it can be, “life is worth living”.
Watching how all the characters in the film develop and grow throughout their three-day-long journey to California and how they overcome all the obstacles they must confront just to see Olive fulfil her dream of being part of a beauty pageant will really make you think about family values and mutual support.
For example, let me tell you about Frank, the uncle.…
The film stats with Sheryl picking him up at a hospital after a suicide attempt. Not knowing that they will have to travel to California, she takes him home and then of course has to take him along in the trip. He seems very depressed and cannot be left on his own because he may try to kill himself again…
And then you see him pushing the broken-down van, giving advice on life to Dwayne, and even dancing on the stage with Olive and the rest of the family.
In one of the final scenes, he even tells Olive: “We can live with that, can’t we?”
To release: (Verb) In this context: To issue for performance, sale, publication, or distribution.
The Hoovers: Referring to the people in one family with the same last name in this case “Hoover”.
Warmth: (Noun)The noun for of the adjective: warm, friendliness, kindness, or affection.
Charm: (Noun) A particular quality that attracts; a delightful characteristic.
Pageant: (Noun) A rich and spectacular ceremony or contents
Attempt: (Noun) An effort, a try.
Hyphenated: (Adjective) Having a hyphen (-).
Have you seen this film? Did you like it?
Anyway, watch the trailer and practice for Paper 4: Listening.
1.- Print the practice exercise
2.-Watch the trailer
3.-Look at the correct answers
And one more thing…
Look at the underlined words: Why are they hyphenated?
I will tell you next week and help you with paper 2: WRITING
Looking forward to your comments