Imaginary Animals: Yes

Lamb. Dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson. Sena. 2021

Lamb. Dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson. Sena. 2021 1250 669 Amelia Keen

Like a lamb to the slaughter, the slow-burn, absurd surrealness of A24’s Lamb (2021) leads the audience to an end that blends both chilling twists and heartbreaking loss as the…

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Luca. Dir. Enrico Casarosa. Pixar Animation Studios. 2021

Luca. Dir. Enrico Casarosa. Pixar Animation Studios. 2021 150 150 Isabella Healey

At what point is a fish-out-of-water no longer a fish? Many films can be described as ‘fish-out-of-water’ stories, but very few take this as literally as Disney Pixar’s Luca. Our eponymous character…

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Wolfwalkers. Dir Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Apple TV+. 2020.

Wolfwalkers. Dir Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Apple TV+. 2020. 150 150 Eleanore Speight

This wild land must be civilised. Whilst this film’s premise – the child-friendly tale of two young werewolves attempting to end Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland – may sound bizarre,…

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Pictures. 1982

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Pictures. 1982 150 150 Callum Ratcliffe

https://youtu.be/qYAETtIIClk Figure 1: Trailer for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Figure 2: Grant (Sam Neill) reinforces the role of the surrogate father trope in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) dir. Steven Spielberg…

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Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!. Dir. By. Peter Lord. Columbia Pictures. 2012.

Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!. Dir. By. Peter Lord. Columbia Pictures. 2012. 150 150 Ben Cole

Figure 1-The Pirate Captain and his dodo comrade Polly embrace Charles Darwin. Aardman never shy away from the ludicrous. So when a crew of incompetent pirates endeavour for protagonist The…

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Okja. Dir. Bong Joon-ho. Netflix. 2017

Okja. Dir. Bong Joon-ho. Netflix. 2017 1024 427 Amelia Keen

There are two kinds of pigs that make an appearance in Okja; genetically modified super-pigs and greedy, corporate capitalist pigs. The slaughterhouse scene forces the viewer to dispel any false…

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Wolfwalkers. Dir Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Apple TV+. 2020.

Wolfwalkers. Dir Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Apple TV+. 2020. 570 268 Eleanore Speight

The woods are getting smaller every day. At the core of 2020’s Wolfwalkers is a fable about environmental degradation:  the mounting destruction of the natural world, and the subjugation of…

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Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang. Dir. Susanna White. Universal Pictures. 2010.

Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang. Dir. Susanna White. Universal Pictures. 2010. 150 150 Lauren Webb

https://youtu.be/1ROIP2PRqt8?t=193 Susanna White’s Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang (2010) introduces Mr Edelweiss as Nanny McPhee’s mischievous sidekick. Mr Edelweiss is a Jackdaw crow, a member of the Corvid species,…

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Ted 2. Dir Seth MacFarlane. Universal Pictures. 2015.

Ted 2. Dir Seth MacFarlane. Universal Pictures. 2015. 150 150 Chelsea Dunbobbin

Ted 2 is the second instalment of the Ted series in which John (Mark Wahlberg), as a child wishes for his teddy bear, Ted (Seth MacFarlane), to come to life. What…

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It: Chapter Two. Dir. Andy Muschietti. Warner Brothers. 2019

It: Chapter Two. Dir. Andy Muschietti. Warner Brothers. 2019 150 150 Chloe Goodwin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpmLnHjI0BM&t=28s The scene in which Richie and Eddie open doors in the Well House and find the Pomeranian dog Following this scene, we see the characters of Richie (Bill Hader)…

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