The Most Pirated Movies of 2014

JAN. 08 - The Most Pirated Movies of 2014

 

 

Which movie is downloaded illegally the most?

Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” topped the box office by earning $392 million. Although the movie didn’t receive any award at the Academy Awards, it received an impressive five nominations. However, those are not the only things this movie has earned. According to Excipio, a piracy analysis firm, Martin Scorsese’s film has also been named as the most pirated movie of 2014.

The competition for the top spot was very tough. The Wolf of Wall Street was downloaded 30 million times and Disney’s Frozen trailed close behind with over 29.9 million downloads. These numbers are big compared to 2013’s list of most pirated movies where the number 1 illegally downloaded movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” only managed to get 8.72 million downloads.

Here’s the complete list of 2014’s Most Pirated Movie:

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street: 30.035 million (Paramount, Dec. 25, 2013)
  2. Frozen: 29.919 million (Disney, Nov. 27, 2013)
  3. RoboCop*: 29.879 million (both new and old releases, MGM, Feb. 12, 2014; and Orion, July 17, 1987)
  4. Gravity: 29.357 million (Warner Bros., Oct. 4, 2013)
  5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 27.627 million (Warner Bros., Dec. 13, 2013)
  6. Thor: The Dark World: 25.749 million (Disney/Marvel, Nov. 8, 2013)
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 25.628 million (Disney/Marvel, April 4, 2014)
  8. The Legend of Hercules: 25.137 million (Summit, Jan. 10, 2014)
  9. X-Men: Days of Future Past: 24.380 million (20th Century Fox, May 23, 2014)
  10. 12 Years a Slave: 23.653 million (Fox Searchlight, Oct. 18, 2013)
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Nomination – the act of officially naming a candidate for something
  2. Piracy – the act of plagiarizing; taking someone’s words, creation or ideas for their own use
  3. Pirated – copy illegally; of published material
  4. Trail – to lag or linger behind

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you seen any of the movies mentioned above? What do you think about them?
  2. Will you watch any of the movies mentioned in the article? Why or why not?
  3. Is piracy a big problem in your country? How does your government solve this problem?

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Scariest Horror Villains – Part 2

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Who is the scariest horror movie character in your opinion?

Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

We all know Jason from “Friday the 13th” series. He wears a hockey mask and swings a machete as his killing weapon. He made a lot of people scared because of the fact that he couldn’t be killed even in the last movie of the series he is still alive and waiting to be released from hell to kill people again.

Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)

Most Americans have claimed that Freddy Krueger is the scariest villain. He made people afraid to fall asleep at night. Freddy’s appearance made him scarier with his scarred face and sharp shears on his hands.

Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

He came from a family of cannibals. That is already scary and they also like power tools. The fact that he seems to come out of nowhere, chases after you with a chainsaw, cuts off your limbs and skin you alive is enough to make you scream. Did I mention also that he also wears the skin of his victims?

Michael Myers (John Carpenter’s Halloween)

He is truly one of the scariest characters of all time. Most horror fans are arguing who among Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger is the scariest character. In the story, he murdered his sister when he was just 6 years old and was sent to a mental institution for 15 years. Afterwards, he escaped and goes on killing many people. He cannot die even if you shoot him, stab him, and/or light him on fire.

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Machete – a heavy knife used as a weapon or for cutting plants and trees
  2. Scarred – marked by physical pain or injury
  3. Shears – large scissors with strong blades
  4. Cannibal – a person who eats human flesh
  5. Limbs – the arms and legs
  6. Mental institution – a hospital for people who are mentally sick

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you watched these movies? What is your opinion about them? Do you find them scary?
  2. What is the scariest movie that you’ve watched? Why do you think it’s scary?
  3. Who is the scariest horror villain in your opinion? Why?

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Scariest Horror Villains – Part 1

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Who is the scariest horror movie character in your opinion

The bad guys in a horror movie are usually meant to be scary. These villains can make us scream, jump, run, and even have nightmares. Although you might not want to admit it in public, there are some horror villains that can scare you and make you have none ending nightmares.

Here’s the list of the most popular and scariest horror villains:

Zombies

Because of the popular movies like 28 Days later, Resident Evil films and the popular television show “The Walking Dead” zombies have become a nightmare for people who don’t want their brains to be eaten out. It actually makes us wonder if we are ready for the zombie apocalypse.

Pennywise the Clown

This character came from Stephen King’s book entitled “It.” The book inspired many movies about murderous clowns that kidnap and kill children. It has given some people a nasty fear of clowns.

Samara from the Ring

We all know the story of the movie. If you watch the creepy video, you will die in seven days. There’s nothing scarier than watching Samara crawl out of the telly with the purpose of killing you.

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Villain – a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil
  2. Apocalypse – the end of the world
  3. Nasty – offensive or even (of persons) malicious
  4. Creepy – annoying and unpleasant; causing a sensation as of things crawling on your skin
  5. Crawl out – to get out by moving slowly on the hands and knees
  6. Telly – (British English) television

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you watched these movies? What is your opinion about them? Do you find them scary?
  2. What is the scariest movie that you’ve watched? Why do you think it’s scary?
  3. Who is the scariest horror villain in your opinion? Why?

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FILMS

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What is your all-time favorite movie?

In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison, an American Inventor, created the first motion picture. The films were black and white and had to be watched through a peephole. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the first colored movies were produced. The United States, Great Britain, France and Italy became major film producers. Indian Film Industry, A.K.A. Bollywood, also became a world leader in film producing. At present, millions of people go to cinemas to see their favorite movie stars and enjoy an entertaining story. The film industry is a lucrative business. Movie makers hope to make a lot of profit as well as to achieve worldwide fame.

Contributed by: TEACHET EIJI

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. peephole – a small hole that may be looked through, especially one in a door through which visitors may be identified before the door is opened.
  2. A.K.A. – stands for “also known as”
  3. lucrative – producing a great deal of profit
  4. fame – popularity

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you a moviegoer? What was the last movie you saw?
  2. What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  3. If a book has been made into a movie, which do you prefer to do first, see the movie or read the book? Why?

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Comedy or Drama, Which One Is For You?

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Which movie genre can release your stress?
Watching movie has always been a part of everyone’s life. For some, it’s already a hobby. The truth is watching movie is really a good way to relieve stress. For people who are experiencing family, kinship, financial and other personal problems, it isn’t bad to watch drama especially if they could relate to the movie. Some sad stories do happen in reality. This might be a reason why a lot of people love watching drama. This genre gives them the chance to feel the character’s role. They could cry and be sad for them, and this could reduce anxiety to the people who are watching it, making them feel better in some ways.

Comedy, on the other hand is known to make people happy.  They say “laughter is the best medicine.”  Comedians have their own technique to make people laugh. The effect of happiness through watching comedy films not only lasts for a long time, but also leaves good memories to audience mind. Everyone who treats movies as stress-reliever has his own favorite genre. Comedy or drama, which one is for you?

Contributed by: TEACHER ASUMI

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:
 
1.kinship-a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character
2. genre- a kind of literary or artistic work
3. reduce- to lessen; to cut down on
4. anxiety– a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
5. technique- a practical method or art applied to some particular task
6. stress-reliever – something that lessen pain, anxiety, or distress

 

Perspective Exchange:
 
1. Do you agree that watching movies is a good way to relieve stress? Why?
2. What kind of movies do you often watch? Can you relate some of your experiences from the movie that you’ve watched before?
3. Which do you prefer, comedy or drama? Why?

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Elaina Smith: Youngest Agony Aunt Aged 7

AGONY AUNT

 

 

Do you have an “agony aunt” in your local area?
In 2009, a 7 year old girl named Elaina Smith was offered a slot on her local radio station to give advice to callers.  She tackles  mostly relationship problems such as how to dump boyfriends, how to cope with relationship breakdown and family problems like dealing with lazy or smelly brothers.   She got the job when she rang and offered advice on a woman who asked for advice on dumping her boyfriend.  The little adviser told the woamn to “shake your booty on the dance floor and listen to ‘High School Musical'”.  Another caller asked how to get her man back and she replied: “He’s not worth the heartache. Life’s too short to be upset with a boy.”
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. agony aunt – a newspaper columnist or a radio broadcaster who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write or call in
  2. local Relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area
  3. dump be left by a lover
  4. slot A time assigned on a schedule or agenda
  5. tackles – accepts as a challenge
  6. cope Deal with reasonably well despite some difficulty; come to terms with
  7. rang – to call through the telephone
  8. breakdown – fall apart; stop operation of something
  9. booty the butt of a person
  10. upset Disturb the balance or stability of

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you have a radio broadcaster or newspaper column in your local area that gives advice to people who have troubles or questions? What kind of questions do people usually write ir call in?
  2.  Why do you think people resort to asking advice from other people?
  3. Would you consider asking advice from other people? Why? Why not?

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“Inception” is Real

INCEPTION

 

 

Do you remember your dreams when you wake up?
The character in the movie “Inception” is a spy who can break into someone’s mind and steals information.   It’s the same thing with the movie “Paprika” who goes into someone else’s dream to uncover the cause of anxiety or neurosis.

It turns out that the idea of knowing the mind and controlling dreams is not new.  It’s called Lucid Dreaming where a person could control the outcome of a dream while asleep.   This has its roots in ancient Tibetan Buddhism on which aspirants would practice “Dream Yoga”.  In  where they can perform increadible feats of dexterity while being aware of the illusory nature of existence.  While in a state of dreaming, the dreamer is aware of being asleep and can control the script.   Therefore if someone is having a nightmare,  he or she can change it into something beautiful, waking up feeling exuberant and refreshed.

Dream Yoga is gaining popularity in the West but there are plenty of resources online to begin the training process.
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. break into – enter or open a (place, vehicle, or container, in this case, the mind) forcibly, typically for the purposes of theft.
  2. lucid – transparently clear; easily understandable
  3. outcome – something that happens or is produced as the final consequence or product
  4. aspirants – an ambitious and aspiring young person
  5. feats – notable achievements
  6. dexterity – skillful in using the hands
  7. illusory – an erroneous mental representation

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you ever had the experience of controlling your dream according to your desired outcome? Can you tell about it?
  2. If ever you would have any ability to control the things that you would be dreaming about, what would that dream be?
  3. In the movie inception, a person or a group of persons can manipulate a person’s dreams. If ever that this kind of technology would be available in the future, what are the positive and the negative effects of it to people?

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