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Do you like watching films?
Films can have different genres. (A genre is a group or category where the members share some characteristics).
Have you seen any of the following films? Sometimes we can guess the genre from the name of the film. Put the following films in the correct box according to its genre. One has been done for you.

1. Six days seven nights
2. Finding Nemo
3. Tootsie
4. The phenomenon
5. The exorcist
6. Notting hill
7. I robot
8. collateral
9. Die Hard
10. Austin powers
11. Forrest Gump
12. Sleepy hollow
13. Gone with the wind
14. Men in Black
15. The bourne identity
16. Ice age
17. Analize this
18. Dead poets society
19. The others
20. Back to the future
21. Enemy of the State
22. Shrek
23. Sleepless in Seattle
24. Phone booth

Dead Poet's Society
Plot Summary
This is the story of students at the respected "Welton Academy," a preparatory school in Vermont. Such schools were (and often still are) very conservative institutions that serve as high schools for parents who insist on sending their children to the best universities. Welton, like many prep schools, admitted only boys. The movie takes place in 1959.
The plot centers on the influence of Mr. Keating, a young and exciting English and poetry teacher, who is determined to teach his students to live life with absolute passion. Mr. Keating, using poetry as his vehicle, teaches his students to challenge the institutions around them.
Inspired by Mr. Keating's philosophy of life, many of his students recreate the "Dead Poet's Society," a secret club which meets in a cave in order to discuss poetry, philosophy and other topics. The club, which Mr. Keating had created many years earlier when he was a student at Welton, would be completely unacceptable to the conservative school, which discourages students from "thinking for themselves." Indeed, Welton students should be in their rooms, studying only the prescribed materials that their teachers assign. This movie is about what happens when these students decide to pursue their own desires, and to live life with the passion that Mr. Keating encouraged. Ultimately, it is about what happens when a few idealistic students find themselves confronted against conservative forces that resist all change, including the drive for personal self-determination.

Read the following reviews about the film.
Do you think they express similar opinions.
Notice the way the critics have expressed their opinions.

When you have to review a film it is important to take notes immediately. This will be of great importance when you actually sit down to write the piece. The notes should be detailed enough to bring back to memory the images that you found most appealing. This is the most important part of the writing process. Once you have established the audience you are writing for, it is time to retrieve your notes and look at your basic ideas.
The first stage is to give a brief synopsis of the film. You could also state your early opinions here, but don't give too much away too soon. Your aim is to make the audience want to finish the article.
After the synopsis, go into detail about what you thought of the film. Was it thought provoking? Did it have lasting images and ideas that particularly enthralled you? Did you think that it was a complete waste of time? Whatever you view is, it is important to stress it in a comprehensible manner. Examine the film more closely, try to go into detail about the many ideas contained within the film. Don't forget what you enjoyed and remembered from the images and ideas in the film are what could be the deciding factor in whether or not the reader actually goes to see the film themselves. If you really enjoyed it or really hated it, make it clear.

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