Year: 2016

A Cure for Wellness. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Regency Enterprises. (2016)

A Cure for Wellness. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Regency Enterprises. (2016) 150 150 Angeline Parker

Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness uses the symbolic imagery of eels in this psychological horror film. The scenes in which they feature are some of the most perturbed, which…

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Storks. Dir. Doug Sweetland, Nicolas Stoller. Warner Bros.Pictures. 2016.

Storks. Dir. Doug Sweetland, Nicolas Stoller. Warner Bros.Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Aylin Ezder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVzL94jZNdU Anthropomorphism and stereotypes are often utilized in children’s animation since they cater to a broad audience. The film Storks uses anthropomorphic animals in order to create vivid and lively…

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The Shallows. Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra. Columbia Pictures. 2016.

The Shallows. Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra. Columbia Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Chelsea Dunbobbin

The Shallows uses the tale of Nancy (Blake Lively), a surfer alone and vulnerable in the picturesque coasts of Mexico only to be aggressively hunted by a great white shark…

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A Street Cat Named Bob. Dir. Roger Spottiswoode. Sony Pictures Releasing. 2016.

A Street Cat Named Bob. Dir. Roger Spottiswoode. Sony Pictures Releasing. 2016. 150 150 Molly Wareing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s13Fnj8LzD8&t=3s Fig.0.1. Trailer for a Street Cat Named Bob [1]A Street Cat Named Bob is a 2016 biographical drama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The film is based on an memoir…

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Captain Fantastic. Dir. Matt Ross. eOne Entertainment. 2016

Captain Fantastic. Dir. Matt Ross. eOne Entertainment. 2016 150 150 Freya Hadfield

When Ben’s world is turned upside down by the death of his wife, Leslie Captain Fantastic [1] sets out to explore the question – what does it mean to be…

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American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. British Film Institute. 2016.

American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. British Film Institute. 2016. 150 150 Ellie Parkinson

Figure 1: Film poster Prior to American Honey, Arnold’s filmography was distinctly British, primarily focused upon the harsh reality of poverty in Britain. However, American Honey deviates from this pattern,…

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American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. 2016.

American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. 2016. 150 150 Ellie Parkinson

Andrea Arnold’s films are renowned for their nuanced focus upon human behaviour. However, as Michael Lawrence recognises in his analysis of her 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights, Arnold ‘privileges the…

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Dir. David Yates. Warner Bros. Pictures. 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Dir. David Yates. Warner Bros. Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Imogen Hooper

Courage, nerve, chivalry, the makings of a true her- oh? This story is about a Hufflepuff? Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) is not from Gryffindor, he bears no lightning…

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Arrival. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Paramount Pictures. 2016.

Arrival. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Paramount Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Joanna Jenkins

https://youtu.be/tFMo3UJ4B4g When I think of science fiction films, I immediately think of two things: aliens and explosions. Arrival plays with these expectations of the genre, asking the viewer to look at aliens…

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Wiener-Dog. Dir. Todd Solondz. Amazon Films/IFC Films. 2016.

Wiener-Dog. Dir. Todd Solondz. Amazon Films/IFC Films. 2016. 150 150 Emily Hunnybun

In the opening scenes of Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, we see the unnamed titular character in a very recognisable form of cage as she waits her collection from an animal shelter. …

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