Tutor profile: Alexander M.
Subject: Film and Theater
Why do you believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become so popular? And do you believe in a superhero movies fatigue nowadays?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started off with the first Iron Man, in 2008. Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark marvelously, and I think that's one of the ingredients for its success, they've always cast the right actors. The second ingredient is that they try to make their movies as funny as possible and the action always looks great and they've already created a pattern that people still love and go to the cinema knowing what they're getting into. But somehow with each movie they hire different directors that bring their unique vision so the movies don't feel exactly the same. The third ingredient is this overall universe in which everything is connected, this big ark for every character. I think that also attracts people to still see the movies because it's serialised like a TV show. With DCEU now in full swing, there are close to 8-9-10 superhero movies per year, basically the other studios try to replicate Marvel's success. I don't think that there is a superhero movie fatigue yet but with movies like Deadpool or Logan we can observe the beginning of a post-superhero movies era. Superhero movies that are R rated and in a way deconstruct the cliches of the now established superhero movie tropes .
What are the main usages of Present Perfect?
The first usage is for actions that have started in the past and are still continuing in the present tense. *E.g. "I have worked in this school for five years." The second usage is when the time of the action is unknown or unimportant. *E.g. "Have you seen the new episode from Game of Thrones?" The third usage is for actions complete in the very recent past. *E.g. "You have just missed her." A present result. *E.g. "I have lost my telephone." (so I can't phone anyone) When referring to an unfinished time. *E.g. "I have known Alex for a long time now." Life Experience. *E.g. "Have you ever been to Japan?" -Until now. News/Recent events. * E.g. - "The President has given a speech to the UN assembly." Present Perfect has a lot of usages and can prove difficult to learn at times but all you need to do is practice and practice a lot!
Subject: European History
What were the main reasons that the second World War started?
Officially the second World War started in 1939, as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. But the seeds of this war were sown in the The Treaty of Versailles, singed in the spring of 1919. The treaty declared Germany as the guilty party for the war and the country was asked to pay huge compensation to the Allied Forces. Also Germany lost Alsace and Lorraine to France. These impossible compensations that were asked of Germany had crippling effects on the economy and inflation was at its worst. When people are desperate they often need a scapegoat and adhere to extremist ideologies. Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933 and the rest is history, as they say.
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