Passengers – the worst experience could mean the greatest adventure

Imagine you are on a mission to [simple_tooltip content=’V. to establish a colony in or on; to send people to live in and govern another country ‘]colonize[/simple_tooltip] a planet called Homestead II. The journey is [simple_tooltip content=’be supposed to: to have to; to have a duty or a responsibility to; believed, aleged’]supposed[/simple_tooltip] to last 120 years, all passengers are [simple_tooltip content=’V, to place:to put something or someone  in a particular position ‘]placed[/simple_tooltip] in [simple_tooltip content=’This is the content for the tooltip bubble’]This triggers the tooltip[/simple_tooltip][simple_tooltip content=’the condition or period someone or something becomes inactive or dormant’]hibernation[/simple_tooltip] pods. [simple_tooltip content=’Adv. quickly and unexpectedly’]Suddenly[/simple_tooltip] you wake up, you are  [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. weak and unable to think clearly or walk correctly, usually because of tiredness or illness’]groggy[/simple_tooltip] but the main computer tells you this is normal. You get scanned and checked and then the computer shows you the way to your room.

On the next day, you get out of your room and [simple_tooltip content=’V. become fully aware of something as a fact; understand clearly’]realize[/simple_tooltip] it’s too quiet. There are 5.000 people inside the [simple_tooltip content=’synonym to spaceship’]ship[/simple_tooltip]. But there is no one to be seen.  Who never had a dream or a [simple_tooltip content=’ a very upsetting or frightening dream’]nightmare[/simple_tooltip] similar to this? This is how the movie Passengers begins. What would you do in a situation like this? You still have 90 years before arriving at the new planet and before the others wake up. You have 90 years of [simple_tooltip content=’the situation of being alone without other people’]solitude[/simple_tooltip] before you.

Passengers – a summary

Starship Avalon is taking 5 thousand colonists [simple_tooltip content=’Prep., Conj. added to; and also’]plus[/simple_tooltip] [simple_tooltip content=’a group of people who work together, especially all those who work on and operate a ship’]crew[/simple_tooltip] to another planet. This journey will take 120 years and the passengers are supposed to wake up 4 months before [simple_tooltip content=’the fact of arriving somewhere’]arrival[/simple_tooltip].  During the journey, [simple_tooltip content=’conj. but; despite the fact that’]though[/simple_tooltip], the ship [simple_tooltip content=’V. to meet unexpectedly’]encounters[/simple_tooltip] an [simple_tooltip content=’it is a circumstellar disc occupied by numerous irregularly shaped bodies called asteroids or minor planets’]asteroid belt[/simple_tooltip] and gets hit. This causes a [simple_tooltip content=’a failure to work or operate correctly’]malfunction[/simple_tooltip] and one passenger is now awake: mechanical engineer Jim Preston.

After a whole year of isolation, having only an android bartender  as company, Jim is desperate. He is thinking about suicide. [simple_tooltip content=’while something else is happening’]Meanwhile[/simple_tooltip] he tried everything possible to go back to hibernation or to access the [simple_tooltip content=’the raised part of a ship on which the captain and other officers stand and from where they control the movement of the ship’]bridge[/simple_tooltip] of the spaceship without success. One day, as he is checking the pods he sees Aurora Lane’s pod and starts falling in love with her. He sees her video profile, reads her books (she is an author). It is almost as if he knew her.

There comes the big question and [simple_tooltip content=’a very difficult task that you can do only by making a great effort’]struggle[/simple_tooltip]. Should he wake her up and [simple_tooltip content=’V. to impose a sentence on; to cause to suffer something’]sentence[/simple_tooltip] her to die on the ship with him? If yes, how could he ever tell her the truth? She would certainly hate him, wouldn’t she? In the beginning he lets her think an [simple_tooltip content=’a person or thing that is different from what is usual, or not in agreement with something else and therefore not satisfactory’]anomaly[/simple_tooltip] woke her up too. But he knows, he will have to tell her the truth someday.


Thoughts and opinions

No surprise here, it is a sci fi movie again. Even though the story had some big problems, the special effects  and the [simple_tooltip content=’ the speed at which someone or something moves, or with which something happens or changes’]pace[/simple_tooltip] of the story [simple_tooltip content=’V. to make someone feel happy or satisfied’]pleased[/simple_tooltip] me a lot, in general. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and she works quite well with Chris Pratt. But the way Jim started [simple_tooltip content=’V. to illegally follow and watch someone over a period of time’]stalking[/simple_tooltip] Aurora’s life and woke her up is a bit [simple_tooltip content=’strange or unnatural and making you feel frightened’]creepy[/simple_tooltip], if you ask me.


Yes, in the end everything is oK and they live happily ever after on the spaceship. On their own private world, [simple_tooltip content=’using the real or original meaning, not the colloquial meaning’]quite literally[/simple_tooltip]. But he did sentence her for a [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. happening or done too soon, especially before the natural or suitable time’]premature[/simple_tooltip] death when he decided to wake her. Did he have a right to do that? I don’t think so. After she wakes up we find out all the plans she had for the future, all the things she wanted to do and [simple_tooltip content=’ finish something successfully or to achieve something ‘]accomplish[/simple_tooltip].  She wanted to see the future. To be the only person alive to have had the experience of going to a colony and going back home 200 years later. Without [simple_tooltip content=’V. to age: if someone ages or something ages them, they look older’]aging[/simple_tooltip] much. And he took that away from her.

Is a love story really [simple_tooltip content=’be worth it: to be of reasonable or good value for the price’]worth it[/simple_tooltip]? What’s worse, when he woke her up and got obsessed about her he did not know if it was going to work. If they would have chemistry, [simple_tooltip content=’Phr. v. if two or more people get along, they like each other and are friendly to each other’]get along[/simple_tooltip]. He was very [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. someone who is selfish only thinks of their own advantage’]selfish[/simple_tooltip] in my opinion. Or am I being too [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. based on clear thought and reason’]rational[/simple_tooltip] here? Maybe he thought it was love at first sight. And love [simple_tooltip content=’V. to deal with or successfully fight against a problem or an unreasonable fear’]conquers[/simple_tooltip] it all, right? But isn’t [simple_tooltip content=’the belief that you can trust or believe someone or something’]trust[/simple_tooltip] a big part of it too?

What do you think? What would have done in such an impossible situation?




#2: The boy who lived

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Harry Potter was born in July 1980. He is an only child. That means he does not have any brothers and sisters. His parents are called James and Lilly Potter.  Lilly was a muggle, so Harry is a half-blood.

James and Lilly, they were killed by Voldemort when Harry was only one year old. ‘You know who’ wanted actually to kill Harry, but his parents protected him.  His mother Lilly, she gave her life to save him and this act of love protected Harry from Voldemort’s attack. As a result, Harry was unharmed. That means he did not get hurt. While ‘You know who’ ceased to exist in physical form. What does that mean? It means that it seemed he had died… but is almost like his body died but his spirit didn’t. Or something like this. And the only thing that reminded Harry of what happened that day was a scar on his forehead with the shape of a lightening.

After that, after his parents’ death, Harry went to live with his aunt Petunia and her family. Petunia’s husband, uncle Vernon and Harry’s cousin, Dudley. Because the Dursleys, they did not like anything magic related at all, Harry grew up without knowing anything about his parents or the wizarding world. He had no idea he was famous. He had no idea he was a wizard and even less that people called him “the boy who lived”.

Harry’s life with the Dursleys wasn’t very easy. As you might remember, right? His relatives didn’t like him very much and they loved to remind him of that. And as you may remember, his bedroom, if we can call it that, was a very small room with no windows under the stairs of the house. It’s really not comfortable at all.

But it all changed when Harry was almost 11 years old. This is the age when children (who are special), they get the letter to go to Hogwarts that is the most famous wizarding school. And so an owl and later many owls, they tried to deliver this letter to Harry, but the Dursley’s they didn’t let him read it. So in the end, Hagrid delivered the letter himself to Harry. He went in person. I mean, the Dursleys they tried to hide Harry. ‘Cause they thought if they were not at home, if they went somewhere else, maybe they would not find Harry. But Hagrid found him. So Hagrid gave the letter to Harry and told him who he was and that he was supposed to go to Hogwarts.

So Harry did not have a lot of time to learn about all of that. This magical world and his parents, and anything, actually before taking the Hogwarts Express and going to his new school. On the train Harry meets Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. And they soon became his best friends. All 3 of them were then sorted into Gryffindor.

Because of the way Harry grew up, or maybe also because this was part of his character, Harry did not like the attention he got from people when they found out he was THE Harry Potter. He really didn’t like it. He felt bad and he wanted to hide. So yeah, he does not like the spotlight very much. And some teachers like Professor Snape for example. They were harder on him, and they expected him to be better than the others in class. Because he was so famous. They had no idea he had never heard of a wizarding world, for example. So they just expected him to be the best in class.

So, what else do we know about Harry? We know the he is very shy and that he has a good heart. He also has a natural talent as a flyer and he became the youngest Quidditch Seeker in over a century. Both his parents were also quidditch players and his father was a seeker as well.  We soon find out that Harry is also very brave and that he always seeks the truth. And something interesting is also that Harry arrives at Hogwarts around the same time ‘You know who’ starts getting stronger again and he is preparing a come back.

Who knew breaking out of prison could be so much fun: a Prison Break marathon

When I heard Prison Break was having a [simple_tooltip content=’a new presentation or publication of something old’]revival[/simple_tooltip] I decided to have a Prison Break [simple_tooltip content=’something (as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or concentrated effort’]marathon[/simple_tooltip] and to watch all the old episodes before it started. I must [simple_tooltip content=’V. to agree that something is true’]admit[/simple_tooltip] I was positively surprised by how much I liked it. The producers found (in most episodes) a way to keep us [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. enjoying something so much that you are unable to stop having it, watching it, doing it, etc.’]hooked[/simple_tooltip] to the story. Always wanting more. Always wanting to watch the next episode as soon as possible.

Here goes a trailer in case you don’t know what I’m talking about or if you aren’t so sure if you watched it or not.

Prison Break – the plot

Basically, the series starts as Michael Scofild tries to [simple_tooltip content=’Phr v. to break out: to escape from prison’]break[/simple_tooltip] his brother out of prison. His brother Lincoln was [simple_tooltip content=’V. to accuse: to say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind’]accused[/simple_tooltip] of killing the vice-president’s brother.Lincoln [simple_tooltip content=’V. to swear: to promise or say firmly that you are telling the truth ‘]swears[/simple_tooltip] he didn’t do it. And his brother believes him. So we [simple_tooltip content=’V. to use time doing something or being somewhere’]spend[/simple_tooltip] all of the first season [simple_tooltip content=’Adv. on the inner side;in or into the interior ‘]inside[/simple_tooltip] the prison, preparing for the escape. As the plan develops some other [simple_tooltip content=’a person who is kept in a prison or a hospital for people who are mentally ill’]inmates[/simple_tooltip] get involved in the project. Some of them are not such good people. Or maybe they are.

Season two [simple_tooltip content=’Phr. v. to focus on sth/sb: to give a lot of attention to one particular person, subject, or thing ‘]focuses on[/simple_tooltip]  what happens to them right after they escape the prison. The life [simple_tooltip content=’if criminals are on the run, they are trying to avoid being caught’]on the run[/simple_tooltip]. Being [simple_tooltip content=’V. to try to find something or someone’]hunted[/simple_tooltip] by the police, FBI and the Company. Some [simple_tooltip content=’Phr v. If people stick together, they support and help each other’]stick together[/simple_tooltip] longer, [simple_tooltip content=’conj.during the time that, or at the same time as ‘]while[/simple_tooltip] others [simple_tooltip content=’go ones own way: to do what you want without considering other people’]go their own[/simple_tooltip] ways right after the escape.

Season 3 was a shorter one, as Michael is sent to prison in Panama. Michael and Sara were already on the boat, with the money, [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. prepared and suitable for fast activity’]ready[/simple_tooltip]to go when everything changed. Michael [simple_tooltip content=’Phr. v. to end up: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation that was not planned or expected’]ends up[/simple_tooltip] in Sona, which is a prison that is [simple_tooltip content=’V. to be in control of something’]run[/simple_tooltip] by its own inmates. There, Michael has to deal with the [simple_tooltip content=’the act of helping someone out of a dangerous or unpleasant situation’]rescue[/simple_tooltip] from a man [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. wished for and loved by other people; being searched for by the police’]wanted[/simple_tooltip] by the Company. This time he only has a week to do it.

The fourth and final season shows their lives after the escape from Sona. The Company is [simple_tooltip content=’Adv. continuing to happen or continuing to be done’]still[/simple_tooltip] after them. But this time they decide to change the game and to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to try to hurt or defeat using violence;  ‘]attack[/simple_tooltip] the Company first. Everyone is after something called Scylla, so Michael decides they are [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to try to get something’]going after[/simple_tooltip] it too. They find some strange and [simple_tooltip content=’adj. something that is unexpected is surprising, because you did not expect it at all, or you expected it to happen in a different way’]unexpected[/simple_tooltip] allies along the way. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies.

My thoughts

I loved the way season one started. It had the right [simple_tooltip content=’a quantity of something’]amount[/simple_tooltip] of adrenaline, drama, love, funny moments. They also managed to [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to discover how to achieve or deal with something’]find a way[/simple_tooltip] to inspire those, who like myself like to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to think carefully about something, especially for a noticeable length of time’]ponder[/simple_tooltip] about life, to think about some [simple_tooltip content=’adj. very important and having a lot of influence on other people or things’]key[/simple_tooltip] issues. What are we ready or [simple_tooltip content=’capable of sth/doing sth: having the ability, power, or qualities to be able to do something’]capable of doing[/simple_tooltip] for the people we love? When is time to give up? Is there [simple_tooltip content=’adv. at any time ‘]ever[/simple_tooltip] time to [simple_tooltip content=’phr v. to stop trying to do something before you have finished’]give up[/simple_tooltip]? Does the end always justify the [simple_tooltip content=’a method or way of doing something’]means[/simple_tooltip]? Throughout the series Michael is conflicted with decisions like that. He has to hurt people he [simple_tooltip content=’ think that something is important and to feel interested in it or upset about it’]cares[/simple_tooltip] about to be able to help others, for example. Is that [simple_tooltip content=’enjoyable enough or producing enough advantages to make the necessary effort, risk, pain, etc. seem acceptable’]worth it[/simple_tooltip]?

For me, seasons 1 and 2 were amazing. Of course, sometimes they pushed it a little too hard. Making Michael [simple_tooltip content=’v. if you face a problem, or a problem faces you, you have to deal with it’]face[/simple_tooltip] a few too many problems. But disappointing was season 3. Maybe I was not the only one, as the season only had 13 episodes. Not sure if they [simple_tooltip content=’to have to stop doing something before it is finished’]cut it short[/simple_tooltip] because the ratings were bad or if that was the plan [simple_tooltip content=’from the very beginning’]all along[/simple_tooltip]. In season 4 they [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. pick sth up: to start something again after an interruption’]picked it up[/simple_tooltip] again. They changed things a little, but as with so many series before and after, at some point we get [simple_tooltip content=’adj. bored, annoyed, or disappointed, especially by something that you have experienced for too long ‘]fed up[/simple_tooltip] with seeing the same scenario [simple_tooltip content=’ happening or done many times’]over and over again[/simple_tooltip].  The ending itself was quite surprising, though as one of the main characters died.

One of the things I liked the most about it were the complex and complicated relationships. As friends, like the one between Sucre and Michael or even the one that [simple_tooltip content=’v. to begin to exist or to make something begin to exist’]forms[/simple_tooltip] between Michael and Mahone (the FBI agent hunting them in season 2). But also to see how some people like T-Bag try to change.Is it possible to change who we are? How much is the environment responsible for who we become?

Revival – what to expect

I am not sure what to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to think or believe something will happen, or someone will arrive’]expect[/simple_tooltip] from this Prison Break revival. From what we already know, we will be sent back to prison with the main character. Is this going to leave a [simple_tooltip content=’adj.having a sharp, sometimes unpleasant, taste or smell, like a lemon, and not sweet ‘]sour[/simple_tooltip] taste of [simple_tooltip content=’the strange feeling that in some way you have already experienced what is happening now’]déjà vu[/simple_tooltip]? Maybe. I must admit that I am at the same excited and worried. It feels a lot like we are going to see it all over again, just in a new country. I hope they got creative and [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to change sth up: to change something, especially in order to improve it’]changed it up[/simple_tooltip] a bit.

Here you can see a video explaining a bit of what to expect from it. It also shows a lot of the actors working on i giving their points of view. Enjoy! 😉

Episode 13: time, love, death and the collateral beauty

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What to expect from a movie that starts with the question, what is your why?? Add to that Will Smith, Hellen Mirren, Keira Knightly and you will have a movie that will make you cry, smile and think, a lot.

Critics and sites like Rotten tomatoes hated the movie and gave it very bad reviews. Yes, the movie hast its flaws but I just think they did not get the message this film is trying to share.

Let’s talk about the plot and by the end you can decide if this film is for you or if you agree with the critics and this movie should not have been produced in the first place.

Will Smith plays the main character. His name is Howard Inlet and he is an advertisement executive, one of the company’s owners. His young daughter died 2 years ago and he never recovered from it. His marriage ended, the company is going down and he is a mess. As part of the healing process Howard writes letters to Love, Time and Death, as he believes those are the 3 things that connects us. We long for love; we wish we had more time ; and we fear death

His friends and business partners decide to do something for fear of losing the company and also for him. As they hear he wrote to Death, Time and Love, they decide to hire actors to play this role and pretend to be those 3 thigs and confront Howard. If this was real life this would be the sickest joke anyone could ever play on someone. Playing with soemone’s sanity and pain like that is not nice, to say the least. But in the movie we are not quite sure if those 3 are real actors or the things itself that not only came to confront and help him heal but also to help his partners deal with their own problems.

It is interesting to see how each one of them partners up up the one thing they are struggling with in life. Whit, who is having trouble connecting with his daughter helps love prepare. Claire is worried that it may be too late for her to have children and she prepares time and finally Simon, who is fighting a terminal cancer no one knows about must prepare death to confront Howard.

For me, those dialogs were the best part of the movie. How when they were talking about Howard they were many times referring to their own issues and concerns. Also the second confrontation between Howard and Death, time but especially love still make me sigh. It is amazing to think how much is at the base of so many other things.

Howard also starts participating a grief support group where we meet madeleine, who lost her daughter, Olivia. I will not give you the spoiler, but the way they unfold this was somewhere between amazing and strange. Sorry! You will have to watch it to see what I mean. Or find a blogpost that gives you that spoiler.

Exercises and vocab list and flashcards  coming soon!



Another independence day – 20 years later

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Do you remember the original Independence Day movie? It wasn’t that great but it had the [simple_tooltip content=’superiority of position or condition; something that makes one person or thing more likely to succeed than others’]advantage[/simple_tooltip] of being the first of its [simple_tooltip content=’a group with similar characteristics, or a particular type; category’]kind[/simple_tooltip]. After that, science fiction movies became big again and also the way Hollywood [simple_tooltip content=’V. to show; to give, provide, or make something known’]presented[/simple_tooltip] us alien [simple_tooltip content=’an occasion when an army or country uses force to enter and take control of another country’]invasion[/simple_tooltip] movies had changed. I still remember the [simple_tooltip content=’a part of a play or movie in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period’]scene[/simple_tooltip] when the [simple_tooltip content=’a vehicle used for travel in space’]spaceships [/simple_tooltip][simple_tooltip content=’ V. to appear: to start to be seen or to be present’]appeared[/simple_tooltip] and were so big, they [simple_tooltip content=’V. to block:to stop something from happening or succeeding ‘]blocked[/simple_tooltip] the sun [simple_tooltip content=’V. to cast: to send light or shadow (= an area of darkness) in a particular direction’]casting[/simple_tooltip] a huge shadow. That, for me, was impressive.


In the second semester of last year a [simple_tooltip content=’a book, film, or play that continues the story of a previous book, etc.’]sequel[/simple_tooltip] was released. I only watched it last weekend, [simple_tooltip content=’conj.despite the fact that; but ‘]though[/simple_tooltip]. The [simple_tooltip content=’a measurement of how good or popular someone or something is’]ratings[/simple_tooltip] were not so good, so I was not that excited about it and waited [simple_tooltip content=’a short distance or period of time’]a bit[/simple_tooltip]. [simple_tooltip content=’conj. despite the fact that; but’]Although[/simple_tooltip] it has many elements from the first movie, this time it did not [simple_tooltip content=’V. to cause someone to feel admiration or respect’]impress[/simple_tooltip] me. Maybe because this kind of production got so much better after the original started this movement. I almost feel like for a sci fi, it was a good comedy. If you know what I mean.


[simple_tooltip content=’said when you think someone might not understand what you say, or be upset by it’]Don’t get me wrong[/simple_tooltip], the special effects were [simple_tooltip content=’adj. exactly right’]spot on[/simple_tooltip]! They also [simple_tooltip content=’V. to manage: to succeed in doing or dealing with something, especially something difficult’]managed[/simple_tooltip] to [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to start to do or use something that was done or used in the past’]bring back[/simple_tooltip] many of the original actors. It was nice to see that it was not just a sequel in the name. But I [simple_tooltip content=’ realize that you are in a particular situation or place, or doing a particular thing, when you did not intend to ‘]found myself[/simple_tooltip] laughing more than [simple_tooltip content=’v. to worry: to think about problems or unpleasant things that make you anxious, or to make someone feel anxious’]worrying[/simple_tooltip] about the invasion! There is something [simple_tooltip content=’informal: very’]seriously[/simple_tooltip] wrong with this film. I only wanted to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to use your teeth to cut into something or someone ‘]bite[/simple_tooltip] my nails [simple_tooltip content=’prep. in the direction of, or closer to someone or something’]towards[/simple_tooltip] the end when some of the good guys were being attacked from all sides and the [simple_tooltip content=’ a movement or set of movements needing skill and care’]maneuvers[/simple_tooltip] they did were pretty cool and you stopped breathing for a second there.

[simple_tooltip content=’det. different from or except’]Other than[/simple_tooltip] that, [simple_tooltip content=’adv. used to show that something is surprising, unusual, unexpected, or extreme’]even[/simple_tooltip]  the romantic couple was not that impressive. A [simple_tooltip content=’if something is described as a shame, it is disappointing or not satisfactory’]shame[/simple_tooltip] really. The movie had so many great elements but something was missing to [simple_tooltip content=’v. join things together using glue’]glue[/simple_tooltip] it all together with just the right amount of adrenaline. The fact that some other species heard our [simple_tooltip content=’a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain’]distress[/simple_tooltip] call and decided to come and help was pretty cool, though. Of course, we [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to take sb down: to defeat or kill someone, or to stop someone from causing harm’]took[/simple_tooltip] our allies down 🙁 Another interesting point is that, in the movie, humanity [simple_tooltip content=’v. to unite: to join together as a group, or to make people join together as a group; to combine’]united[/simple_tooltip] after the attack. They also managed to save and use some of the alien technology to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to cause something to get better’]improve[/simple_tooltip] life on earth. That was a [simple_tooltip content=’ a minor, but pleasant addition to something’]nice touch[/simple_tooltip]!

Towards the end we see them talking about intergalactic relations and travelling. Is there maybe a third movie coming? I know Star Trek already deals with intergalactic relations gracefully but I would like to see a new perspective to that. Especially because the friendly alien says there is a planet full of refugees from other planets destroyed by our [simple_tooltip content=’belonging to or shared by two or more people or things’]common[/simple_tooltip] enemy. I guess we will have to wait and see!

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