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Iron Man

Iron Man

Date: Jun 18 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

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There’s a saying in English, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” It means that when you have to come up with something, you will. In the new movie Iron Man, a skilled engineer is kidnapped by terrorists. They want him to build them weapons. Instead he builds a suit of powerful armor that he uses to escape.

When he gets home, he keeps improving the suit. He uses it to become a superhero. Movies like this one that are based on comic books can sometimes be wild adventures and other times not so good. But Mason loved Iron Man so much, he wishes everyone would see it so that he could talk about it nonstop.

Dialog

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Mason

Mason

Marni

Marni

Mason:  Marni, tell me if you’ve seen Iron Man yet because I can’t really stop talking about it.

Marni:  I have not but I’m dying to see it!

Mason:  Oh…

Marni:  Do tell! No! Let’s talk about it!

Mason:  So I have to give you the pitch rather than talk about it the way my heart yearns to.

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  OK. So Robert Downey Jr. just hits it out of the park.

Marni:  That’s so great! That’s so great wonderful for him.

Mason:  It’s totally amazing. But that was kind of a no brainer for me. What kind of caught me by surprise was that Gwyneth Paltrow did a really good job with a kind of small role.

Marni:  I had no idea she was even in it. Where has she been?

Mason:  I think she’s been having her baby. Apple and Orange and Pear…

Marni:  The fruit bowl children.

Mason:  Right. So yeah, she kind of makes an appearance and does really well. What’s the guy who was in Hustle and Flow? Terrence...

Marni:  Terrence Howard?

Mason:  Terrence Howard’s in it.

Marni:  Love him.

Mason:  Really really good. So definitely excellent cast and Jon Favreau, right…

Marni:  Really?

Mason:  ...directed it. He really has no precedent for…

Marni:  He did Elf, right?

Mason:  He did Elf, which is funny, but Elf’s no huge action blockbuster, right? I don’t know who forked up the cash to him to think that he could do this…

Marni:  But did he do a good job?

Mason:  Does an amazing job, right?

Marni:  There you go. Somebody had faith.

 

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Discussion

Mason and Marni are happy that Robert Downey Jr. did such a good job in Iron Man. Some years ago he had problems with drug addiction. It’s great to see him back to his full potential.

Marni didn’t know that Gwyneth Paltrow was in Iron Man as well, but Mason says she did a great job too. They make fun of her a little because she hasn’t been any movies lately and she named her daughter Apple. Her son, however, is not named Orange or Pear. He’s Moses.

But the most surprising thing about Iron Man is that Jon Favreau directed it. He’s never done anything so big before but he nailed it.

Can you think of a time that you did something particularly creative because you had to be?

 

Comments

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eddd

eddd

Philippines

guys listen to the audio of the dialog,i wished i can communicate like that!!!

12:14 AM Jul 03 2009 |

tut2007

Nigeria

All i can say i watched it 6 times and that's the truth

08:28 AM Jun 14 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

good movie :-)

02:05 PM Mar 23 2009 |

ola3

ola3Super Member!

Ukraine

Cant' wait to watch this movie! Tongue out

03:12 AM Jul 01 2008 |

mysteryeffect

Turkey

I saw and liked it…Succesfully movie…

05:38 PM Jun 23 2008 |

Ryan.Riddick

Czech Republic

Hi all.   Iron Man is good movie,but i don´t know.

The Best movie it no. 

01:05 PM Jun 21 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

I have liked that guy's dress! Very nice!!

11:33 AM Jun 21 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

Comics are very nice!

11:27 AM Jun 21 2008 |

zxstaiyuan

zxstaiyuan

China

YEAH IT IS GREAT AND THE MAN NAILED IT ,HE HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK .VERY EXCITING MOVIE DON'T MISS IT .

04:19 AM Jun 21 2008 |

SadWing

SadWing

Chile

At last, a good marvel movie appeared, since the awfull hulk and Spiderman. Robert Downey Jr. did a excelent job of being Tony Stark, the best ever. This movie and Xmen are the best ones…I hope the next movies reach that level. The suit of Ironman is out of this wolrd man, great job, keep it up¡¡

01:23 AM Jun 21 2008 |

thrcnconan

thrcnconan

China

Really great~~

01:29 PM Jun 20 2008 |

thrcnconan

thrcnconan

China

Good~

01:17 PM Jun 20 2008 |

black80jack

Thailand

thanks

11:39 AM Jun 20 2008 |

calipha3

calipha3

Egypt

cool movie

05:47 AM Jun 20 2008 |

Mohamed Sabry

Egypt

thanks a lot i love taht way

04:55 PM Jun 19 2008 |

Aaron lin

Aaron lin

China

l like to see sci-fi moves,but l have not see iron man, if l have chance , l will go to see.

10:35 AM Jun 19 2008 |

Maple zhang

China

another hero?different from super-man,spider-man,batman _!  if all these heros are put into one city……aha~~I'm looking forward to it.

08:18 AM Jun 19 2008 |

ruanjable

ruanjable

China

I am dying to see it. Maybe tonight. yep, tonight!

01:53 AM Jun 19 2008 |

marmut

Indonesia

I’ve seen it,though the story is pretty much the same with all sort of hero movies,it made me had a fantacy of how this world be if we had a real iron man.But i wouldn’t call it dying to see the movie again ;) I like ‘The Last Samurai’ best.

11:56 PM Jun 18 2008 |

elsawy

elsawy

Egypt

i saw it and i want to sa that its very weak movie .. i dont like it Frown

11:04 PM Jun 18 2008 |

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