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A-Team

A-Team

Date: Aug 25 2010

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Passive Voice

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Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? It’s a hard situation to be in. Of course you want to convince everyone you’re innocent. But if you react too strongly, it may make you seem more likely to be guilty.

If you’re accused of something you didn’t do, it can make you feel isolated. Luckily, the four members of the A-Team have each other. The A-Team is a new movie based on an ‘80s TV show about a team of highly trained soldiers who are unjustly convicted of a crime. They have to go out on their own and try to prove their innocence.

The film updates the setting of the story from the Vietnam War to Iraq, but the character B. A. Baracus still has his famous mohawk. Marni was a big fan of the TV show. Listen to her discuss the new movie with Amy.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Amy

Amy

Marni:  I am super excited about the new A-Team movie. Are you?

Amy:  Um…I don’t know. I don’t know too much about it.

Marni:  Really?

Amy:  I know that Mr. T was in the original TV show. He can’t be in the movie, right?

Marni:  No, he’s not, and none of the original actors are in the remake. I guess I’m dating myself. I was really young when it came out. But it was a show in the early ‘80s and it was all about this elite band of soldiers who were wrongly accused of a crime and set out to clear their name and also they fought crime along the way.

Amy:  Right. That reminds me of another movie that I really love, The Fugitive, which I saw on TV the other night. So that’s kind of a good theme, I guess, for a movie. You know, innocent, wrongly accused, trying to clear your name…

Marni:  Exactly. You have to break out of jail. It’s very dramatic. But the new film…Liam Neeson is in it and Bradley Cooper.

Amy:  Is it supposed to be good?

Marni:  You know, I’m just curious. I’m willing to see it. I’m willing to set aside an evening and just go with an open mind.

Amy:  Yeah. Well, it’s fun to have a great action, blockbuster, sort of mindless thing in the summer.

Marni:  Exactly. That’s what I love about summers: big blockbusters, lots of things blowing up. You know there’s gonna be no shortage of that.

Amy:  Yeah.

 

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Discussion

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Amy’s first question about the new A-Team movie is if Mr. T is in it. He played B. A. Baracus in the TV series and was famous for his mohawk, his muscles and his large jewelry. Marni informs her that Mr. T is not in the film. But there are some other actors she’s excited about, like Liam Neeson.

The plot of the film reminds Amy of The Fugitive, another movie about someone who has to clear his name. In both cases, the heroes of the story seem to need a lot of explosions, gun shots and stunts to prove their innocence, and that is just fine with Amy and Marni.

Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do? How did you clear your name?

 

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zoebaby

zoebaby

China

never saw the original one,but i still remembered that i watched this movie is because cooper inside,who is one of my favorite..but this remake live up my execption..it's not bad

04:09 AM Aug 31 2010 |

Darwing

Darwing

Colombia

we know original is the best, but thi movie shows action and nowadays people like action movie, I would give 9.5 to the movie Cool

05:03 PM Aug 30 2010 |

Sheep1207

Sheep1207

Germany

I suppose the remake isn't as good as the original series. I don't like remakes. The original one is only the best …

05:05 PM Aug 29 2010 |

Grazyna Krauze

Poland

I remember a famous detective story "Five littie Pigs" by Agatha Christie.Beatiful Caroline was convicted of poisoning her husband.After years Carla ,a young woman convicted her mother is innocent,has presented Hercule Poirot to clear her mother's name.Guilty or not guilty- eternal problem of literature.the judiciary and humanity.

02:22 PM Aug 29 2010 |

jorgebuzios

Brazil

I think the best thing to do in this case is don´t react too strongly how we could read above in the beginning of this lesson. When we´ve been accused of something that we didn´t do the most important thing is keep the faith and try to be calm.

07:46 AM Aug 26 2010 |

constance1986

China

please use your download tools,here ,i use thunder.

12:58 AM Aug 26 2010 |

sbk1988

Viet Nam

i am so sad because i don't watch it yet.Where can i download this movie?Thank you very much.

12:46 AM Aug 26 2010 |

constance1986

China

i saw that movie,woo,really cool,i always believe justice will beat evil finally!

12:31 AM Aug 26 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm I have never envolved myself in a big trouble to have my name dirty…Humm I guess If you owe money "on the square" it means your name can be durty and you have to clean it paying the debt…Who never owed money somewhere? hehe In this case to clear your name you simply must pay your debt ;)

08:04 PM Aug 25 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i've just watched the trailer , and this flick seems to be Kick-ass,, 
it's not showed up yet here to mexico , but i'll watch it in a I-Max theater

asko !!!!

05:00 PM Aug 25 2010 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

When I was very young, maybe just 5 years old, my mom accused me of stealing her money. I can’t remember the whole thing now, I don’t know whether I stole the money or not, but I think I was innocent. At that time, she beat me very hard, she did’t want me to be dishonest.

01:42 PM Aug 25 2010 |

azouze

Algeria

great cinversation.

01:06 PM Aug 25 2010 |

An-china

An-china

Germany

Seems that i should take a look this weekend.

I've been accused,it's not very good to spend the follow days,and sometimes i say nothing,after all ,time is the best thing to prove myself

12:47 PM Aug 25 2010 |

mani124

mani124

Pakistan

yeah,I have been accused and I remember the way I cleared my name was unthinkable.Thank God every thing has been ok now.

11:17 AM Aug 25 2010 |

Holmes nash phil

Malawi

It seem that it is a good movie i like it.

10:21 AM Aug 25 2010 |

Holmes nash phil

Malawi

It seem that it is a good movie i like it.

10:18 AM Aug 25 2010 |

Holmes nash phil

Malawi

It seem that it is a good movie i like it.

10:16 AM Aug 25 2010 |

anglorths

Viet Nam

sounds much like what i like!

05:36 AM Aug 25 2010 |

bobzhang

bobzhang

China

It seems that it is a good movie. And I regret to not watch it.

03:37 AM Aug 25 2010 |

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