Despite all the home entertainment we can enjoy these days and in spite of all the many other distractions, going to the movies is still as enjoyable as ever. So let’s look at English vocabulary related to movies and learn some English words and phrases connected with movies.
And at the end, you will also find English movie idioms.
English Vocabulary related to Movies
What verb should we use to describe going to the movies? Well, simply going to is sufficient as it sums up the exact action of leaving your home and travelling to the cinema to watch what ever is on.
We can of course as easily say to see a movie or to watch a movie.
I am going to see a movie with my friends, would you like to come along?
We are watching that old movie you like will you sit down and join us?
What movie are we watching tonight then? I saw that movie last week it is great.
Have you read the reviews (what people had to say about it).
What did the critics (professional reviewers) say? Did they give it the thumbs up (positive) or did they pan it (say it was bad)?
Nowadays, we usually book the seats (buy tickets) in advance online so we just have to turn up (arrive) a few minutes before it starts and swipe our credit card and the tickets print automatically.
In the past people either phoned the booking office (or ticket office) to reserve seats (to have seats available on the night) and gave their credit card details over the phone or they went along to (visited) the cinema , waited in a queue (a line) at the ticket office/box office and paid for the tickets in advance.
You usually get a choice as where you would like to sit.
Front, middle or back.
This means where in the cinema would you like to be seated. The front row, the middle rows or at the back. The back row traditionally was the favourite place for young couples who actually may not see too much of the film!!
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The movie itself has changed very little over the years. There are still big blockbuster movies that are that bit better than the rest and those movies with less hype (excitement) that nonetheless (even so) can still be extremely enjoyable.
In the past movies used to be shown in single screen cinemas. However, today most cinemas are multi-screen (many screens) complexes showing all of the latest movies at a variety of times to provide films of interest for almost all of us. Of course, don’t leave home without your 3D or 4D glasses which are a must (very necessary) to enjoy the modern releases.
Before you go into your screen you can buy some sweets, pop-corn or soft drinks. Once purchased, you can make your way (go to) the screen shown on your tickets, show your tickets to the usher (official employee of the cinema who checks your tickets) and take your seats (find your row and number and sit down), relax and watch the trailers and adverts before your show begins.
If you have ever been invited to a film premier then you have had an ever better experience. The premier is usually the opening night of a special movie before it goes on general release (released in all cinemas). This special night often includes members of the cast (the main actors/actresses) appearing in the cinema to sign autographs and have their photos taken for the daily papers. The actors get the full red carpet treatment (literally walk on a red carpet and are presented to the audience).
So what type of movies do you like? This is usually where the problem starts. Which film you go to depends on whether you can reach agreement as to the type (genre) of movie that most people will enjoy. There are many genres.
horror movies – scary movies with frightening scenes
romcom – romantic comedies (with poor story lines usually)
scifi or science fiction – any story related to the future or in outer space
thriller – a movie with suspense and murder plot or any story that thrills the viewer
cowboy movies – very old fashioned American wildwest movies
action movie – a movie with car chases
Marvel movies – very popular movies full of super heroes like Spider-Man
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English Vocabulary related to Movies
Here are some phrases related to going to the movies that you may find useful:
What’s on? – What can we see there?
What’s showing at the local? – What film is on at the local cinema to your home
When does it start? – What time does it start at
How long is it running for? – How many weeks will it be on for
Who’s in it? – Who are the key actors/actresses
What’s it about? – What genre or type of film is it
English Movie Idioms
And here are some English idioms related to movies:
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Of course, show refers to the movie or theatre performance and even if there was a tragedy or serious event whilst filming the directors and actors in one voice would cry “the show must go on”. So today in our ordinary lives we use this phrase for the same reason.
Michael had spent weeks organising the business presentation but when the day arrived he had a terrible flu and wasn’t sure whether he good present it properly. However, his boss told him to take some tablets and do it as it was very important. “The show must go on”.
TO RUN THE SHOW
When someone is trying to run the show it usually means someone is trying to control everything. This could refer to business or in a family or even just organising a party.
David and Mary were annoyed with Stephen, he kept emailing them with new ideas and plans for the family get together at Christmas. “Who does he think he is? He always wants to run the show.”
TO STEAL THE SHOW
When someone in the cast or in a performance (amateur or professional) performs above everyone else we usually say that they stole the show.
The school play was a funny interpretation of an old favourite story of pirates “Treasure Island”. Sam was playing the part of one of the main characters Long John Silver. His voice and mannerisms (way of acting) was very impressive. The audience loved him and he really stole the show.
GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD
This refers to getting something started.
Peter and Mary were planning a trip away with their 3 children. Once everything was ready, packed in the car and everyone seated, Mary said: “Right, let’s get the show on the road.”
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