Science Fiction

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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2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968. 150 150 Callum Ratcliffe

Figure 1: Parody recreation of the ‘Dawn of Man’ sequence in The Simpsons S3 Ep8 (1991) dir. Carlos BaezaFigure 2: Animal Mother (pictured)Inscribing violence onto the body of animality and…

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Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay, 2021, Netflix

Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay, 2021, Netflix 150 150 Lois Jones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbIxYm3mKzI “You’re going to die! You’re going to die!” Through a plot that follows the fight for a response to humanity’s impending doom when a comet is discovered to be…

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Children of Men. Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. Universal Pictures. 2006.

Children of Men. Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. Universal Pictures. 2006. 150 150 Archie Booth

Children of Men is a 2006 film directed by Alfonso Cuarón set in Britain in which the people have become infertile. This infertility has caused the collapse of most countries apart…

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The Watchmen. Dir. Zach Snyder. Warner Bros. 2009.

The Watchmen. Dir. Zach Snyder. Warner Bros. 2009. 150 150 Coda Heap

What can dogs tell us about criminality? With regards to Zach Snyder’s Watchmen, the answer is ‘quite a lot.’ Dogs are used within the film to align the binaries of…

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Guardians of the Galaxy. Dir. James Gunn. Marvel Studios. 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy. Dir. James Gunn. Marvel Studios. 2014. 150 150 Tanith Woods

Set in a parallel science- fiction universe, Guardians of the Galaxy[1] parodies Marvel’s usual ‘superhero’ film, by casting five criminal anti- heroes as the protagonists. The film follows five intergalactic…

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The Secret of NIMH. Dir. Don Bluth. MGM/UA Entertainment Company. 1982.

The Secret of NIMH. Dir. Don Bluth. MGM/UA Entertainment Company. 1982. 150 150 Hannah Whelan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLE65PZ30tM “We can no longer live as rats. We know too much.” The Secret of NIMH is remembered by many as a dark, creepy, and disturbing film, with retrospectives published…

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

Okja. Dir. Bong Joon-ho. Netflix. 2017. 150 150 Tanith Woods

Okja[1] is a South-Korean/American film about a girl called Mija and her best friend, a ‘super pig’ called Okja. When Okja gets taken by the company who made her, the…

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Sorry to Bother You. Dir. Boots Riley. Annapurna Pictures. 2018.

Sorry to Bother You. Dir. Boots Riley. Annapurna Pictures. 2018. 150 150 Lorna Mooney

https://youtu.be/2xzklsnBTzc?t=111 Animal Farm (dir. John Halas, Joy Batchelor, 1954.) Boots Riley’s debut feature has been praised for its portrayal of the callous nature of capitalism in modern America. The overarching…

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Wall – E. Dir. Anrew Stanton. Pixar. 2008.

Wall – E. Dir. Anrew Stanton. Pixar. 2008. 150 150 Amy Fuller

In its depiction of a film-world defined by its lack of natural life, Pixar’s WALL-E (2008) features only one animal: WALL-E’s charismatic companion, Hal the cockroach.

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