Name : Cipto Prasetio Sutikno
Student-ID : 18611407
Class : 4SA05
Subject : Computer-aided English Learning
Below are the first article.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was far from amazing. The sequel failed to match the hype or success of its predecessor from 2011, debuting in May 2014 to lackluster reviews and disappointing U.S. box office results. Andrew Garfield, who reprised his role as the titular superhero, weighed in what went amiss—and what worked—in the the Sony Pictures movie.
"I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it," the actor, 31, told The Daily Beast. "For me, I read the script that [Alex Kurtzman] and [Bob Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it."
"I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, 'No, that doesn't work,' then the thread is broken, and it's hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they're the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people," he said.
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Regardless, Garfield stands by the team who made the movie come to life.
"Talking about the experience as opposed to how it was perceived, I got to work in deep scenes that you don't usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy—a lot of which was taken out, and which we'd explored more. It's interesting to do a postmortem," Emma Stone's co-star and boyfriend said. "I'm proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response." How so?
"It's a discernment thing," said Garfield, who next appears in the movie 99 Homes. "What are the people actually saying? What's underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can't go, 'Oh God, we f--ked up because all these people are saying all these things. It's s--t.' We have to ask ourselves, 'What do we believe to be true?' Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there's a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn't link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable."
"Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism," he added. "Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything."
Sony is now developing The Sinister Six, the studio's answer to Disney's Avengers, Fox'sX-Men and Warner Bros.' Justice League. The next Spider-Man installment was pushed back, from 2016 to 2018.
Below are the second article.
Photography is a very powerful medium and a very difficult craft. Excellent photos don’t only display some facts — they tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience the emotions a photographer experienced when clicking the shot button. Taking excellent pictures is damn hard as you need to find a perfect perspective and consider the perfect timing. To achieve brilliant photography you need practice and patience. However, it is worth it: the results can be truly stunning.
Below you’ll find 50 brilliant photos and stunning pictures — some pictures tell stories, some are incredibly beautiful, some are funny and some are very sad.
All pictures are copyright of their respective owners. Please explore the further work of the photographers by browsing through their work. We’ve tried to cover different themes so that everybody will find something interesting and spectacular for himself / herself. All screenshots are linked und lead to the pages from which they’ve been taken.
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Below are the third article.
Some people live for making presentations; others consider it their worse nightmare. It could be five people in a boardroom or 500 in the audience, but if you are the presenter the spotlight is on you. You'll either be the hero or the goat.
No need to panic. Here are five ways to help make your presentation astounding and enjoy the opportunity to bask in the limelight.
1. Give it Focus
No one is impressed by a presentation that rambles. Rambling happens when the speaker is both self-indulgent and unorganized. Your purpose and prose must be specifically directed to interests of your listeners or they will mentally shut you down. Even if you hit upon a topic of interest, you will lose them quickly if they can't follow the logic of your ideas. Outline the structure of your presentation in a way that people can follow easily. Research your audience to make sure the topic is truly of interest. Promoting the benefits of beef at a vegetarian conference will likely empty your venue no matter how strong your passion for steak.
2. Tell Compelling Stories
There must be a reason you are presenting to these people. Most likely you want them to take action of some kind. Maybe you want them to write you a check, get involved in an activity, or to make something happen in their own lives. They won't likely take action just because you tell them to do so. You need to connect with them emotionally and inspire them to change behavior. Stories do more for emotional connection than any other speech technique. The more personal and authentic, the more powerful the response you'll receive. Learn how to construct stories that excite, motivate and compel people to action. Most importantly, make sure your stories have humor and Aha! moments to make them memorable.
3. Give an Entertaining Performance
Not every presenter has to be an actor or comedian, but no one wants to listen to someone drone on in dull monotone. There are powerful dynamics in movement and vocal inflections that will help your listeners feel your passion and energy. Give them an awesome experience. Take the time to create a script and memorize it so you own the material. You don't have to know it word for word but you should be able to clearly articulate the key points without your notes. Then you need to rehearse... a lot. As painful as it might be, watch yourself on video and work to remove Uhhs,Umms and physical tics so you appear polished and comfortable. Find a friend with a performance background to coach you so your diction is clear, you project emotion, and you connect with your eyes. Make your audience knows they are worth your effort.
4. Use Media Only to Enhance
PowerPoint, visuals and video are powerful presentation tools when used correctly. But they can be disastrous distractions when misused. They should never replace you as the provider of expertise. Don't ever let your audience feel they would have been better off if you had just emailed them the deck. Keep your PowerPoint to a few words and never read from the screen in the presentation. Ask yourself if a slide or video is truly necessary before adding anything. Visuals are good for making an emotional connection only if they are relevant and required, otherwise best to just leave the projector off and focus more on your storytelling and performance skills.
5. Create a Worthy Leave-Behind
So you just delivered the best presentation ever. Now your audience heads off to the next speaker, to lunch or back to their desks. People are busy and no matter how much you impressed them they will turn their attentions elsewhere. Give them something to remember you by. Professional speakers will give them a book or at least a couple of chapters. It might be as simple as a small flyer or premium item. Whatever it is, make sure it's relevant to your compelling story and reminds them of the action they should take. Be clever and appropriate so people will appreciate your thoughtfulness as well as your ideas.
Verb-ing Form from the article above.
Verb –ing as a verb itself;
- I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it
- There was this thread running through it.
- "What are the people actually saying?
- There must be a reason you are presenting to these people.
- all these people are saying all these things
Those verb –ing form as a verb in each sentence. It shows an action. Then, the tenses of them are present progressive.
Verb –ing as an adjective;
- It's an interesting
- Tell Compelling Stories
- Give an Entertaining Performance
- Below you’ll find 50 brilliant photos and stunning pictures
- We’ve tried to cover different themes so that everybody will find something interesting and spectacular for himself / herself.
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The verb –ing as an adjective above those sentence because we can see from the function of adjective itself. The function of adjective is to modify noun. Therefore, they give more information about noun.
Verb –ing as a noun;
- you start removing portions of it
- Some people live for making presentations; others consider it their worse nightmare
- Visuals are good for making an emotional connection only
- Ask yourself if a slide or video is truly necessary before adding anything
- they tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience.
- Taking excellent pictures is damn hard as you need to find a perfect perspective
- Please explore the further work of the photographers by browsing through their work.
Some of them are categorized as a gerund. Gerund have common verb that can be followed by verb –ing.