Recommended English Films

Films are a great way to improve your English.  Going to the cinema is ok, and hiring DVDs is even better, because then you are in control. 

Watching them alone is okay, but watching them with your friends and then talking about them is even better.

You can discuss the films you've seen on the forum:-

English films / movies

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An oldie but goodie this time.  Lionel Jeffries’s 1970 adaptation of E Nesbit’s Edwardian children’s novel centres on a well-to-do London family torn apart when the children of the title's father, who works at the Foreign office, is arrested on suspicion of treason.

Graham Greene's novel, Brighton Rock, was set in the interwar years of racecourse gangs in Brighton, but in Rowan Joffe's adaptation it has been updated to the early 1960s, a world of running seaside battles between Mods and Rockers.

NEDs, the title of the film is an acronym, which might surprise you; it stands for Non Educated Delinquents.  Surprisingly in a country with free education we need an acronym to describe the people who fall through the gaps.  The film is set in seventies Glasgow (so good luck with the accents oh and the language is pretty intense too, I thought long and hard before recommending it, but I recommended Trainspotting a couple of years ago so...  That said you might want to rent it out on DVD and switch subtitles "On").  It follows the story of John a bright student who like many bright young men wants to fit in, and you can't fit in if you're a swot.  It doesn't take him long to start following in the same footsteps of his older brother, a gang leader who revels in being considered "a hard man".   It's gritty and realistic, and even though it's set in 70s Glasgow, it still reflects parts of society today.  There are moments of real humour (I recognise the teachers only too well), but be warned the violence is very realistic, it's how it is.


You would not imagine one film could produce two such different responses!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows was the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, but the seventh film in the series proves to be a bit of a con, as it's not the final film.  Strangely (or maybe not) the last book is being filmed in two parts.   Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. Little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned.  Of course the film leaves you on a cliffhanger, and you'll have to wait for the final finale.