Student’s Review: ‘The Scorch Trials’ by Sònia Vallès

First of all, we want to thank Sònia for this great contribution to our blog! This is a film review she wrote to prepare for the First Certificate Exam.

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I’d like to review a special and fantastic science-fiction movie; it is based on the second book of the trilogy The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner. The film is called The Scorch Trials. It tells the story of Thomas, a teenager who has to survive in the scorch a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles, with his friends. They want to escape from the corporation C.R.U.E.L. and from the flash, a terrible virus that turns people crazy. They are searching for its cure.

Thomas and a small group of rebels are locked in a very big bunker in the middle of the desert without knowing that they all are destined to end in a laboratory instead of being free. As in the first movie called THE MAZE RUNNER, Thomas is again the leader, they get out of the bunker without knowing what’s behind the walls, they have to deal with two unimaginable dangers: the desert and the attack of various groups of zombies, human bodies transformed into the undead after being infected by a virus called the ‘flash’.

It’s a great action movie where there are fights, escapes and other type of scares and strange creatures. What I love about this movie is the actors, especially the principal character, Thomas, characterized by Dylan Obrien. In general all the actors and actresses do a good job, but the only critique that I have is that I miss some depth to the characters.

I would highly recommend it because it’s a great action and science-fiction movie.

By: Sònia Vallès

Student’s review: ‘Silicon Valley’ by Santi Dacuña

First of all, we want to thank Santi for this great contribution to our blog!

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Introduction
Do you want to know how to become dot-com millionaire in your 20s? In Silicon Valley you’ll find out all the mistakes you’ll make before achieving this precious goal! Richard is a grafter. He works for Hooli (name of the company inspired by Google?) in Silicon Valley, but he has a great idea and everything changes when his compression algorithm gets a record compression rate. That’s the beginning of Silicon Valley, a hilarious series where we can get into the world of IT start-ups in the dreamland of all the IT entrepreneurs in the world, Palo Alto, California.

What’s it about?
Pied Piper (the name of Richard’s company) will have to find a backer, a board of directors, a logo and the investment required to “improve the world”… and their financial situation. We will meet quirky people along the way, a group of social misfits that makes up the Pied Piper staff including Gifoyle, an illegal worker from that “remote country” called Canada or Dinesh, who can develop complex algorithms but is unable to flirt with a girl. All of them are living at Erlich’s house, a former IT entrepreneur who will surprise us with his pitches, in exchange for stakes in their company.

Why is this series good for English learners?
If you were a fan of the IT Crowd, want to practise listening to US accents and are looking to expand your business expressions in a fun and humorous way, I recommend watching this series. What’s more, if you need to work on a business plan or on a pitch, in Silicon Valley you’ll find all the tools and vocabulary you need… and an example of how not to do them!