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9 movies you would love to watch if you know they exist in 2015

9 movies you would love to watch if you know they exist in 2015

Throughout 2015 there are so many blockbusters that you probably have watched, yet there are always some hidden gems that waited to be discovered. Before 2015 is gone, it’s probably a good time to see any good movies we missed.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

One of the best anime Studio Ghibli has ever crafted. The story is based on a 10th century Japanese legend about a princess that trying to get back to the countryside.

Slow West

The movie is about a young Scottish travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide. John Maclean, the director and also the writer of the film, portrait a mid-west that we have never seen before

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The Assassin

The story is based on an ancient Chinese fiction of an assassin. Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien use beautiful long shot and deeply engaging story to bring audience into his world. Director Hou is also awarded as Best Director in Cannes Film Festival.

Timbuktu

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The story is about a family of cattle herder facing the threat of terrorism, imposed by a group of Jihadists. This movie is especially reflective in a year of so many terror attack. The movie was also the nominee for the best foreign language film for the Oscar.

Trainwreck

Amy Schemer you would love to have her on TV. Yet she is also amazing in the big screen. This time she is playing a commitment-phobic woman that thinking monogamy doesn’t work. Bill Hader is the lead actor and I bet you feel the chemistry. Bonus: LeBron James also played in the movie.

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Song of the Sea

2015 is actually a year of anime. Except The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which I introduced above, and Inside Out, which you probably have heard of; Song of the Sea  is actually another amazing anime movie. It even receive 99% positive review in Rotten Tomato. It talks about an Irish youth discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess. And you can enjoy a preview of this marvellous film below.

Hard to Be a God

Created by the legendary Russian auteur Aleksei German, this is his final piece that he never finished. It took him nearly 15 years to create the movie. Even though he never finished the movie, he was pretty close already. That is the reason why others can film the remaining part after he passed away in 2013. You should watch the film just to memorise this master.

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Tangerine

This movie was shot entirely on iPhone. It is a story of two transgender prostitutes searching for a pimp that broke her heart. Despite all the explicit sex and violence, it is actually a Christmas movie, talking about friends and families.

’71

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to stay safe. Probably the best survival movie in this year.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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