HAR: Interest/Observation

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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Mrs. Doubtfire. Dir. Chris Columbus. 20th Century Fox. 1993.

Mrs. Doubtfire. Dir. Chris Columbus. 20th Century Fox. 1993. 150 150 Lisa Leak

Fig. 1 In this family comedy directed by Chris Columbus, Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) uses cartoon animals to reflect Daniel’s anarchic behaviour, letting the audience stipulate as to whether he is…

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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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Coraline. Dir. Henry Selick. Focus Features. 2009.

Coraline. Dir. Henry Selick. Focus Features. 2009. 150 150 Andrea Dauden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItlsPgjGFRg Coraline is a stop-motion animated movie, based on Neil Geiman’s novel with the same title, featuring mice, rats, insects, dogs and a cat. Of all these animals, the nameless…

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A Dog’s Purpose. Dir. Lasse Hallström. Universal Pictures. 2017.

A Dog’s Purpose. Dir. Lasse Hallström. Universal Pictures. 2017. 150 150 Andrea Dauden

Figure 1: Bailey’s point of view shot running towards Ethan with the rugby ball. Lasse Hallström’s film A Dog’s Purpose presents the relationship between a dog and its first owner,…

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Twelve Monkeys. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures . 1996.

Twelve Monkeys. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures . 1996. 150 150 Alice Connolly

Twelve Monkeys begins: human beings whoop and rattle in cages, buried deep underground. Wild animals roam free in the streets; in the churches, on top of this underground prison. But who…

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The Cat Returns. Dir. Hiroyuki Morita. Toho. 2002.

The Cat Returns. Dir. Hiroyuki Morita. Toho. 2002. 150 150 Amelia Ward

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp-H_YOcYTM&feature=emb_title The Cat Returns (2002) is a Japanese fantasy film animated by Studio Ghibli, which follows dissatisfied schoolgirl Haru Yoshioka, who after saving a cat from a road collision, discovers she…

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La Haine. Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz. Canal+. 1995.

La Haine. Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz. Canal+. 1995. 150 150 Samuel Ross

One of the most enigmatic scenes in Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine, an exploration of social tensions and police brutality in the banlieues (council estates) of Paris in the 1990s, occurs…

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Grizzly Man. Dir. Werner Herzog. Lions Gate Films. 2005.

Grizzly Man. Dir. Werner Herzog. Lions Gate Films. 2005. 150 150 Samuel Ross

A fascinating aspect about Werner Herzog’s exploration of the life of Timothy Treadwell and his relationships with the wild grizzly bears of Alaska is his investigation of the way Treadwell…

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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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