HAR: Language/Communication

The Shape of Water. Dir. Guillermo Del Toro. Fox Searchlight Pictures. 2017.

The Shape of Water. Dir. Guillermo Del Toro. Fox Searchlight Pictures. 2017. 150 150 Zoe Roberts

The Shape of Water is a fantastical love story set during The Cold War about Eliza, a mute cleaner at a government laboratory, who falls in love with a hybrid amphibian-man…

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Dir. Adam McKay. DreamWorks Studios. 2004.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Dir. Adam McKay. DreamWorks Studios. 2004. 150 150 Harry Goodman

Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell as the eponymous Ron Burgundy, is a tongue-in-cheek comedy that parodies 1970s American culture through its extremely self-conscious, gross-out style. The absurdity of Ron’s character is…

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The Shape of water. Dir. Guillermo del Toro. Fox Searchlight Pictures. 2017.

The Shape of water. Dir. Guillermo del Toro. Fox Searchlight Pictures. 2017. 150 150 Zoe Roberts

In this scene, the development of inter-species love between the film’s main characters, Eliza and the amphibian-man, culminates in their under-water embrace as the amphibian-man magically gives Eliza gills. This…

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The Witch. Dir. Robert Eggers. A24. 2015.

The Witch. Dir. Robert Eggers. A24. 2015. 150 150 Charlotte Russell

Robert Eggers’s 2015 independent horror film The Witch encounters human-animal relations in reference to a manmade issue – religion and the occult. I argue that such a representation of humans living alongside…

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Zootopia. Dir. Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2016.

Zootopia. Dir. Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Emerald Kenny

Dreams can be powerful things; and to Judy Hopps, no dream is greater than becoming Zootopia’s first rabbit police officer. After years of chasing her goal however, Judy discovers that…

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Zootopia. Dir. Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2016.

Zootopia. Dir. Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Emerald Kenny

Zootopia [1] presents a story about the first rabbit police officer teaming up with a fox confidence trickster to stop their city descending into anarchy. The film is a modern…

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Pom Poko. Dir. Isao Takahata. Toho. 1994.

Pom Poko. Dir. Isao Takahata. Toho. 1994. 150 150 Emerald Kenny

Pom Poko[1] is a film that follows the tanuki of Tama Hills trying to halt development of their woodland through their folkloric transformation powers. In terms of how it shows…

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Paddington. Dir. Paul King. StudioCanal. 2014.

Paddington. Dir. Paul King. StudioCanal. 2014. 150 150 Bethany Havercroft

The 2014 film ‘Paddington’ appears to champion inclusivity and acceptance of migrants over merely wanting to observe or distance ourselves from animals and people that are different from us, just…

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Shrek. Dir. Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson. Dreamworks. 2001.

Shrek. Dir. Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson. Dreamworks. 2001. 150 150 Bethany Havercroft

Directed by Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson Produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Aron Warner, and John H. Williams Production Companies were Dreamworks, Dreamworks Animation, and Pacific Data Images _____________________________________________________ While the 2001 film Shrek has a…

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A Matter of Loaf and Death. Dir. Nick Park. BBC. 2008.

A Matter of Loaf and Death. Dir. Nick Park. BBC. 2008. 150 150 Harriet Brodie

Beloved characters Wallace and his side-kick canine Gromit return for another film, and this time they are running Top Bun, a brand new bakery. Business is booming for the duo,…

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