• Open Season. Dir. Roger Allers. Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia Pictures. 2006

    Open Season. Dir. Roger Allers. Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia Pictures. 2006

    Staging an Attack Open Season (2006) uses light composition and visual design to critique dominant ideologies concerning hunter-and-hunted relationships and to reflect and shape particular cultural tensions relating to the protection of animals against violence.  In a scene in which, misconceptions lead to a crowd panicking when it appears Boog is killing Elliot backstage, emphasis is placed…

  • Ringing Bell. Dir. Masami Hata. Crunchyroll. 1978.

    Ringing Bell. Dir. Masami Hata. Crunchyroll. 1978.

    “Wolf! Alright, I’ve decided to be your apprentice and learn to be strong! (…) I’m sick of being a sheep, all we ever do is stand in corners and shake!” – Chirin from Ringing Bell Ringing Bell was originally released in Japanese – this article focuses on the English dub.  Sanrio, the Japanese entertainment company…

  • Nope. Dir. Jordan Peele. Universal Pictures. 2022

    Nope. Dir. Jordan Peele. Universal Pictures. 2022

    Jordan Peele’s latest film nope follows siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood in the aftermath of their father’s unexpected death. The siblings ‘We ain’t got no more problems’ is the foreboding line said by Otis Haywood moments before his untimely death and the supernatural haunting begins on the Haywood family ranch. Jordan Peele’s latest film Nope…

  • Hotel for Dogs. Dir. Thor Freudenthal. Dreamworks. 2009.

    Animals, a cutesy love story and the rise of underdogs… literally. What more could you want in a film? Well, ‘Hotel for Dogs’ (Thor Freudenthal/ 2009) covers a multitude of heart-wrenching topics which are compacted within a fun-loving Nickelodeon film. W.C. Fields stated ‘never work with children or animals’;[1] Thor Freudenthal the director ignores this…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin. Dir. Martin McDonagh. Searchlight Pictures. 2015

    The Banshees of Inisherin. Dir. Martin McDonagh. Searchlight Pictures. 2015

    “Do you think God gives a damn about miniature donkeys, Colm?”  “I fear he doesn’t. And I fear that’s where it’s all gone wrong.” Martin McDonagh’s, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (2022), is a Tolstoyan tragicomedy combined with macabre naturalism which works to present the asperity and invaluableness of life and friendship. One significant friendship occurs between…

  • Paddington Bear. Dir. Paul King. S. 2014

    Paddington, directed by Paul King, captures the life of an orphaned bear who travels from Peru to London sponsored by his Aunt Lucy to seek a better life the mythic aspirations of most immigrants. As a young bear club Paddington is presented as a wilful, yet kind hearted character who exhibits dignity despite being faced…

  • The Little Prince. Dir. Mark Osborne. Paramount Pictures. 2015

    The Little Prince. Dir. Mark Osborne. Paramount Pictures. 2015

    “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” In The Little Prince the depiction of foxes defies conventional animality as they generally symbolise perfidy. But The Fox here is characterised as holding pragmatic intellectual power. He is a teacher but does not hold any other forms of power,…

  • Anastasia. Dir. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman. 20th Century Fox. 1997.

    Anastasia. Dir. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman. 20th Century Fox. 1997.

    Oh great! A dog wants me to go to St. Petersburg. Anastasia. 1997. An adventure with strangers and a new puppy! Twentieth Century Fox’s whimsically animated Anastasia follows an orphaned Russian princess, who befriends a scruffy puppy, Pooka. The real journey begins once Pooka is introduced, winning the audience’s heart with his doe eyed, emotive…

  • The Future. Dir. Miranda July. Roadside Attractions (US). 2011

    The title of the film, The Future, is emblematic of the very thing the characters fear, what is the unknown. July certainly lets the cat out of the bag as she reveals her inner monologue through the narration of an anthropomorphic feline.  The cat plays a central role in the drama, as it begins with…

  • Kedi. Dir. Ceyda Torun Oscilloscope Laboratories (2016)

    Kedi. Dir. Ceyda Torun Oscilloscope Laboratories (2016)

    Have you ever wondered what the everyday life of a street cat looks like? ‘Kedi’ is an observational documentary film that follows the stray cats of Istanbul through their daily life, soundtracked by interviews of real-life people that become our narrators and storytellers for the history of these cats. The documentary goes beyond the stereotypical…

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