HAR: Pet Keeping

Shooter. Dir. Antoine Fuqua. Paramount Pictures. 2007.

Shooter. Dir. Antoine Fuqua. Paramount Pictures. 2007. 150 150 Laura Reusswig

Shooter The animal presence in the film Shooter in form of the main character’s dog Sam plays into the theme of friendship and loyalty that is present throughout the whole film. The…

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Bringing Up Baby . Dir. Howard Hawks. RKO. 1938.

Bringing Up Baby . Dir. Howard Hawks. RKO. 1938. 150 150 Katie Goody

In the romantic comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938) Hawks explores the association between animalism (behaviours or feelings associated with animals) and chaos. The comedy emerges out of the interactions between the unlikely…

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Breakfast and Tiffany’s . Dir. Blake Edwards . Paramount Pictures . 1961.

Breakfast and Tiffany’s . Dir. Blake Edwards . Paramount Pictures . 1961. 150 150 Katie Goody

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Audrey Hepburn performs as Holly Golightly, formerly Lula Mae Barnes. We  learn that Holly has moved to New York to reinvent herself. As a consequence, she has…

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The Green Mile. Dir. Frank Darabont. Warner Bros. Pictures. 1999.

The Green Mile. Dir. Frank Darabont. Warner Bros. Pictures. 1999. 150 150 Chloe Bolton

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, The Green Mile tells the story of Paul Edgecomb, a prison guard on Death Row, and his relationship with John Coffey, a convicted of the rape and…

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A Close Shave. Dir. Nick Park. BBC. 1995.

A Close Shave. Dir. Nick Park. BBC. 1995. 150 150 Jack Collier

Following the great success of director Nick Park’s A Grand Day Out in 1990 and 1993’s The Wrong Trousers, eccentric inventor Wallace and his canine companion Gromit returned in 1995…

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The Ugly Dachshund. Dir. Norman Toker . Walt Disney. 1966.

The Ugly Dachshund. Dir. Norman Toker . Walt Disney. 1966. 150 150 Katie Goody

The Ugly Dachshund (1966), adapted from the 1938 novel by Gladys Bonwyn Stern, begins as Mark Garrison (Dean Jones) frantically prepares to drive to the hospital. This tricks us in to…

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Fantastic Mr. Fox. Dir. Wes Anderson. 20th Century Fox . 2009.

Fantastic Mr. Fox. Dir. Wes Anderson. 20th Century Fox . 2009. 150 150 Jack Collier

2009 saw Wes Anderson turn his unique eye for detail and style to stop motion animation, with his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. The film has a distinct…

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The Future. Dir. Miranda July. Roadside Attractions. 2011.

The Future. Dir. Miranda July. Roadside Attractions. 2011. 150 150 Lucy Amos

The scene begins with Paw-Paw the cat waiting to be picked up from the adoption centre, asking: “How long is 30 days?” It is not clear who this question is…

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Born Free. Dir. James Hill. Columbia Pictures. 1966.

Born Free. Dir. James Hill. Columbia Pictures. 1966. 150 150 Shadia El-Mokdad

Born Free deals with the contradictory question of how to demonstrate the behaviour of a wild animal in a tame, domestic environment. Through an exploration of the binaries between wild…

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Scooby-Doo. Dir. Raja Gosnell. Warner Bros. Pictures. 2002.

Scooby-Doo. Dir. Raja Gosnell. Warner Bros. Pictures. 2002. 150 150 James Pearson