Loudly human. Unabashedly honest. Oscar-nominated. Bradley Cooper pulls a Sean Penn and enters the film-makers-to-watch club with a directorial debut that hasn’t left either critics or movie-goers indifferent.


Off the deep end, figuratively

Enough to sell the ticket, the also-screenwriter found his star out of, at least and as we are #blessed to now know, 100 people in the room: Lady Gaga. And aren’t we glad. The children of Italian immigrants create magic in this musical drama, the kind we keep rewatching Gladiator or Mamma Mia to relive. Although some would argue that the first half of the movie is its strongest, tension and relatability abound throughout.

The fourth remake of A Star Is Born (of the original 1937 film, after the 1954 musical, the 1976 rock musical and the 2013 Bollywood romance film) follows Ally and Jackson Maine’s romance, which whirlwinds its way into a garage (spoiler, kinda). She, an upright young woman fiercer than she feels. He, a burned out rockstar with more drinks around than he needs. After meeting at a fortunate drag-filled event, where she unknowingly delights him to his core, they fall for each other. The rest is history, but a tumultuous one.

The acting is magnificent. If anyone still needed proof of what a gigantic talent Gaga is, refer to this film. If you had seen her steal the show at the Oscars in 2015 and specially in 2016, you get it. Their performance of Shallow, in particular, gives you the kind of feeling you get when kissing someone or smashing your running record. It’s freedom, passion, feeling, triumph. Can’t wait to see them kill at the Oscars.

Likewise, the writing and directing is fluent and smart. Cooper has already earned the Director Award from the National Board of Review and although Cuarón is on track to take the gold, Bradley’s efforts will not be dismissed. Singing soulfully and with a story to tell, it’s safe to say he’s leaped over his own versatile standards. Production, sound and costume design are all on point, and lengthy though the film is, at no point do you disconnect from the story, let alone get bored. The supporting cast — Oscar nominee Sam Elliott, SNL‘s adoptive son (no pun intended) Dave Chappelle and Blue Jasmine‘s Andrew Dice Clay generously accommodate in a vehicle steered by its two smashing leads, whose ping-ponging chemistry is at the peak of its powers.


Watch as I dive in

In short, A Star Is Born has been the last slice of pizza of this crazy Oscars season and an enjoyable piece in the most rigorous sense of the word. Right, bear? x


CAE essay.

It is a universally acknowledged fact that most teenagers do not study science in university as a degree. I would like to focus on two ways of encouraging young people to study science advertising and school programmes.

Firstly, according to the author you never see positive images of young scientist on TV, just pop stars or actors. I am inclined to believe that TV or radio programmes should include documentaries or interviews of scientists, allowing / enabling people to know about their lives and studies. However obvious, not only are some of their studies truly essential for our daily life, but also these studies are a superb way to learn about our planet and how it works.

Secondly, there is no denying that during the school years there are a lot of teenagers who find science interesting, but when they finish it they do not like it any more. This issue is created because schools do not show their students how incredible it is to become a scientist. Moreover teachers teach scientists’ studies in a boring way. To overcome this problem, schools ought to make science lessons more practical and fun, thus allowing / enabling students to be part of the investigation.

Be it as it may, it is important that we motivate teenagers to be scientists by making more and better ways of adverisement of said scientists’ studies and lives. Besides, schools should encourage students by taking active classes where they can participate as if they were scientists


Much like a good SNL sketch, Adam McKay’s latest gem has an irresistible, signature guilty-pleasure quality to it. Snarky, spot on and hilarious as it can be, well-to-do-awards-wise Vice (2018) is a sure bet (or is it sure short?).


Yes, that’s Christian Bale as George W. Bush’s VP Dick Cheney



CAE essay.




It is a universally acknowledged fact that the strategy to promote science as a career among youngsters has become a matter of heated debate. This essay will be focused on advertising and school programmes as some of the possible options to encourage teenager to pursue a science career.

On the one hand, it is essential that we be aware of current tendencies in society. For instance, it is widely known that nowadays costumer’schoices are more to do with influencer marketing than deep convictions. Hence, should we want to high school students to pick science degrees, we will only have to get a teen Instagram start to post on a picture wearing a lab coat. It is no secret that young people always would rather listen to peers.

On the other hand, it goes without saying, that not only can schools take actions in favour of science, but they also have an absolutely paramount role. Their being able to lead a change of priorities in curricula content is undoubted, and thus, promotes  science. Nevertheless, efficiency-wise, everybody knows that teenagers’ rule is ‘always do the opposite of what adults say.’ 

Be it as it may, the obvious conclusion to be drawn is that, however controversial, the most appropriate measure in that scenario is to make use of advertising. Personally, I am inclined to believe that a powerful advertisementcan trigger the desirable answer to that problem.


Bloque 1: tiempos verbales.

Bloque 2: pasiva, subjuntivo y condicional.

Bloque 3: inversión negativa, fronting y concesión.

Bloque 4: oraciones de gerundio y participio.

Soluciones: de los cuatro bloques, por orden.

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Proficiency article.

All too often, I wonder whether an under-thirty aged, first-world living citizen would ever consider walking a 20-minute distance on a daily basis. If anything, wouldn’t it be seen as an eccentricity? Actually, it doesn’t take great skill to be that observant to realise of the many non-friendly, sedentary effects our contemporary lifestyle has had.

Those born less than three decades ago have grown in a society whose routine assumes the availability of any means of transport. Many readers would even consider the mere idea of accessing their home without an elevator unthinkable. Nonetheless, this dependency is just part of the story. As a millennial, I belong to a generation whose imagination has been utterly captivated by the fantasy offered by either TV series, videogames or social networks. Playing in the neighborhood outdoors is not as appealing as it used to be. But along with this technologic boom, we have all witnessed the shift family values have undergone. Some enthusiastically argue that, while in the past children were pushed to take on responsibilities quite early on, nowadays parents could be jailed for doing exactly so. Therefore, youth is provided with neither the opportunity, nor the confidence to stand in action.

Too frequently have we heard of the need of a closer parental care. However true, it lacks realism; many can barely afford seeing their children after long working hours. Undoubtedly, the problem is educational and should be treated observative. Talking from experience, state schools should dare to think out of the box and stop limiting themselves to academic subjects. Leaving volunteering or sports competition on a secondary place, when not ignored, is like chopping a part of one’s personality off.

The truth is, these are changing times we live in, and institutions should evolve with them. In the end, youth inactivity has become so blended in our reality we have hardly realised its consequences. Good news is, measures can be taken. Only let’s hope we react on time!


CAE film review.

You are the arts review writer for a magazine. Your editor has asked you to review a film. Choose a film that you have seen. Describe the plot and the characters involved. Say who the film is suitable for and why. Mention any special effects or aspects of the film that stood out in some way. Would you recommend the film? Why, why not?

Write your review.

The popularity of ‘Fifty First Dates’ is not hard to fathom. Nor is the almost hysterical reaction of critics, who have hailed this comedy as one of the funniest productions as of late.

Set in Hawaii, ‘Fifty First Dates’ delves into the romance between Henry, a womanizing veterinarian, and Lucy, a girl with short-term memory loss. After knowing Lucy’s illness, Henry makes up bizarre situations to trigger Lucy’s falling in love. No way will I forget the hilarious scene in which Henry and his friend Ula perform a fight in order to catch Lucy’s attention and she reacts hitting Ula with a baseball bat.

I bet young women reading this will fall head over heels with the movie. Not only will they laugh until their belly hurts, but there will also be some tears rolling down their cheeks. For sure, this compelling story won’t disappoint you!

Plus, from my point of view, it’s vital the moving soundtrack be pointed out as the icing on the cake. The film features the well-known song Over the Rainbow, which is able to make my hair stand on end every time I listen to it.

In short, I hands down recommend you youngsters give this film a try and, of course, families and lovebirds who want to pleasantly surprise your significant others!


Proficiency article about an adventurous experience.                   



Spending a few weeks in the wilds of an African country is an experience many would die for. Through the daily programmed documentaries, some might have over-romanticized. Some may have even pictured themselves venturing into the tangled vegetation, explorer hat included. Well, as always, reality exceeds fiction.

When I first stepped foot on jungle soil in Cameroon, I shamefully ignored the overwhelming tropical beauty surrounding me. A harrowingly dangerous, never-ending jeep drive of three hours on the only dirt road crossing the rainforest had just finished. Little did I know that I should only be grateful. In days of heavy rain, paths are left simply impassable, and its consequences endure for long periods of time. No mean of transport is freed from mishaps: tyres either get stick in the mud or end up falling in the verge. On foot, pathways are too flooded to encourage a sensible enough mortal to continue. Needless to say, both electricity and water supply grids are simply non-existent. At this point, one can easily imagine how creative washing, cooking or even working customs can get in the wilderness of Africa.

However, it is equally true that never before had I caught sight of an entirely unspoiled environment; and could not get enough of passing by a broad variety of exotic fruit trees or watching the sunset in the company of a camouflaged salamander. Surprisingly enough, one learns to live the moment without obsessively making future plans. Indeed, you couldn’t even master to know tomorrow day’s weather!

Long story short, while living in the jungle, you are often driven to extreme situations. Undoubtedly, your patience along with physical and psychological resistance are seriously tested, only to end up amazed by human’s capacity of survival and adaptability and wondering, why a like-no-other peace of mind was found in the middle of that simplicity and impotence. Willing to take the risk?