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Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your favorite movies? Explain why. 
  2. Do you think big budget movies are tasteless? 
  3. Do you prefer independent films or main stream cinema? 
  4. What are your favorite genres of cinema  and why? 
  5. Do you prefer watching movies in the original language? 
  6. Do you think Russian cinema is under appreciated globally? 
  7. What are some of your favorite actors? 
  8. Who is your favorite director and why? 
  9. Do you watch more movies or TV series?

Definitely, Maybe

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Director: Adam Brooks
Writer: Adam Brooks
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin
Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage.

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Everybody Loves Ernest... But Nobody's Quite Sure Who He Really Is.

Director: Oliver Parker
Writers: Oscar Wilde (play), Oliver Parker (screenplay)
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor

Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...

Mr. Nobody

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Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Writer: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger
Short description:
Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence at his wife's side, Elise, and their 3 children, until the day when reality skids and he wakes up as an old man in the year 2092. At 120, Mr. Nobody is both the oldest man in the world and the last mortal of a new mankind where nobody dies anymore. But that doesn't seem to interest or bother him very much. The only questions that preoccupy him in the present is whether he lived the right life for himself, loved the woman whom he was supposed to love, and had the children whom he was meant to have... now his purpose is to find the right answer.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Director: Michel Gondry

Writers: Charlie Kaufman (story), Michel Gondry (story)

Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Tom Wilkinson

Short Description: A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.



Director: Gary Ross
Writer: Gary Ross
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen

Short description:
A brother and sister from the 1990s are sucked into their television set and suddenly find themselves trapped in a 1950s style television show. Here they have loving parents, old fashioned values, and an overwhelming amount of innocence and naivete. Not sure how to get home, they integrate themselves into this "backwards" society but their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world...

Lost In America

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Director: Albert Brooks
Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Stars: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty and Sylvia Farrel

Short description:
David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong.

James Bond, code name 007

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like detective and adventure stories? Do you prefer to read books or watch films?
  2. Are you a fan of James Bond film series? Why?
  3. What's your favorite Bond film?
  4. In your opinion, what's the reason of the Bond story's popularity in the world?
  5. Who's the best actor portraying James Bond? (table with actors and films provided)
  6. What traits of character are important/ ruinous for a secret agent and why? (list of various traits of character and skills provided)

The King's Speech

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Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)
Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter

Short description:
This film tells the story of the King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
...After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, George ('Bertie') who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an eccentric speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

50 First Dates

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Imagine having to win over the girl of your dreams... every friggin' day.

Director: Peter Segal
Writer: George Wing
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Rob Schneider

Storyline: Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

The Ghost Writer


Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Williams

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister.

James Bond, code name 007

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like detective and adventure stories? Do you prefer to read books or watch films?
  2. Are you a fan of James Bond film series? Why?
  3. What's your favorite Bond film?
  4. In your opinion, what's the reason of the Bond story's popularity in the world?
  5. Who's the best actor portraying James Bond? (table with actors and films provided)
  6. What traits of character are important/ ruinous for a secret agent and why? (list of various traits of character and skills provided)

Doctor Who


«It's almost time... but not yet.»

Director of 1st season: Russell T. Davies
Stars of 1st Season: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper

Short description:

The Avengers


Creator: Sydney Newman
Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg

Short description:

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent.
…John Steed works for British Intelligence and always has a female partner. The problems he finds are always a bit odd, just on the edge of science fiction (Cyborg killers, a city built under a disused coal mine, a gang put together for adrenalin junkies, and a killer who uses a concentrated cold virus to kill his victims by having them sneeze to death). But despite all the difficulties he meets on his way, Steed is always the ultimate in culture and grace as he saves the world each week.

A Lot Like Love

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Director: Nigel Cole
Writer: Colin Patrick Lynch
Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet

On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are reunited time and time again, they go from being acquaintances to close friends to ... lovers?



Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore.

Short description:
A young couple has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood. All they have to do is bump off the current tenant, a cute little old lady.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger


Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts
This story follows a pair of married couples, as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds.

What would your acting be like?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is your favorite actor?
  2. Who is your favorite actress?
  3. What do you think that both men and women are called actors nowadays?
  4. Would you like to be an actor?
  5. Do you think men or women are better at acting?
  6. Do you think today’s actors are better than those from 30, 40 or 50 years ago?
  7. Do you think it’s strange that most actors are beautiful or handsome?
  8. Do you think anyone can become an actor?
  9. Are there any actors you really don’t like?

Lost in Translation


Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson

Short description:
Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions.

Breakfast at Tiffany's


Director: Blake Edwards
Writers: Truman Capote (based on the novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay)
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard
Short description: This is one of the most famous romantic stories of our times. It tells about a struggling writer Paul Varjak who moves into a New York apartment building. Suddenly he becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. He falls in love with her, but Holly is convinced that people shouldn't belong to each other, she got used to independent and frivolous life. Despite this Paul tries to win Holly's heart.

Analyze this

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A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss.

Director: Harold Ramis
Writers: Kenneth Lonergan (story), Peter Tolan (story)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow

Easy Virtue


Let's Misbehave!
Director: Stephan Elliott
Writers: Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins
Stars: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes and Kristin Scott Thomas
Short description:
A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future - blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.

The Adjustment Bureau

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Directed By: George Nolfi
Written By: George Nolfi
Cast: Matt Damon, Anthony Mackie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Michael Kelly
Short Description:
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)--a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

Dear Wendy

One shot is all it takes.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Lars von Trier
Stars: Jamie Bell, Alison Pill and Chris Owen

A Good Year

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Everything matures... eventually.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Marc Klein (screenplay), Peter Mayle (novel)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish and Albert Finney
After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten?

Watching and discussing the film "Sliding Doors"

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What if one split second sent your life in two completely different directions?

Director: Peter Howitt
Writer: Peter Howitt
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah and John Lynch
Short description: This is the story about London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her. The plot splits into two parallel universes, based on the two paths her life could take depending on whether she catches a London Underground train or not. These two paths are completely different. Which of them will make her happy and which of them is the real one?



Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Will Reiser
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick
Short description: This film tells us about 27-year-old radio journalist who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his chances of survival are 50/50. The most interesting is how he overcomes this terrible truth and what helps him to keep afloat. Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places.

Watching and Discussing the Film "About a Boy"

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Short description: Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel, About A Boy is the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.


Some quotes from the film:

Movies and Theater

Questions for discussion:

~ What kind of movies do you like? Why?

~ What is your attitude to the theater? Why?

~ Do you have your own criteria of a good film or a performance? Give an example, please

~ What is your opinion about difference between the movie and the theater?

~ What a film or a performance can you recommend? Explain why. Give an example.

~ What is your attitude to the job of an actor?

~ Do you like watching a film or a performance? ? Explain why. Give an example.

~ Can you imagine your life without movie and the theater? Explain why.

Criminal films

Questions for discussion:

~ Is the popularity of gangster films a result of criminalization of our society?

~ Do we need the censorship of gangster films now days? Should we limit criminal films on our TV, in our Russian cinematography?

~ Why some foreign gangster films have become the classic of this genre?

~ We can divide all gangster films for two types:

- The main hero is a good police man and we empathize him
- The main hero is a gangster and we empathize him

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