HAR: Vegetarianism/Veganism

Ferdinand. Dir. Carlos Saldanha. 20th Century Studios. 2017.

Ferdinand. Dir. Carlos Saldanha. 20th Century Studios. 2017. 150 150 Lauryn Edwards

“Built to fight, born to love.” Part of the core ethics depicted within Saldanha’s Ferdinand (2017) is that the exploitation of animals, whether bullfighting or meat production, is unacceptable. However,…

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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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Legally Blonde. Dir. Robert Luketic. MGM Films. 2001.

Legally Blonde. Dir. Robert Luketic. MGM Films. 2001. 150 150 Lucy Sutherland

Robert Luketic’s 2001 film Legally Blonde follows sorority girl Elle Woods’ journey at Harvard Law School, with her chihuahua, Bruiser. Bruiser is used as a demonstrative device of Elle’s hyper-femininity…

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Oldboy. Dir. Park Chan-wook. Show East & Tartan Films. 2003.

Oldboy. Dir. Park Chan-wook. Show East & Tartan Films. 2003. 150 150 Archie Scott

Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film Oldboy is at its core a thriller, a revenge story of Oh Dae-su (played by Choi Min-sik) imprisoned in a room for 15 years without any…

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Carnage. Dir. Simon Amstell. BBC. 2017.

Carnage. Dir. Simon Amstell. BBC. 2017. 150 150 Samuel Ross

What would the world be like if everybody was vegan? According to Simon Amstell’s vision of the future in Carnage, it’s a peaceful utopia in which the young vegans of tomorrow…

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Barnyard. Dir. Steve Oedekerk. Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies. 2006.

Barnyard. Dir. Steve Oedekerk. Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies. 2006. 150 150 Anna Nawroozi

Steve Oedekerk’s Barnyard uses witty puns and gags in order to satirise the idea of the animal as a fixed definition, in that an animal can never truly be anything…

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Noah. Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Paramount Pictures. 2014.

Noah. Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Paramount Pictures. 2014. 150 150 Elaine Yee Lam Wong

God says to Noah: Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a…

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Jurassic Park . Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Studios. 1993.

Jurassic Park . Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Studios. 1993. 150 150 Sophie Lidyard

Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster adaptation of Jurassic Park is most well-known for its strikingly realistic puppet and CGI representations of the most fascinating of the prehistoric animals: the dinosaurs. Though the dinosaurs…

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Baraka. Dir. Ron Frike. The Samuel Goldwyn Company. 1992.

Baraka. Dir. Ron Frike. The Samuel Goldwyn Company. 1992. 150 150 Callum Howkins

Ron Fricke’s 1992 documentary film Baraka highlights the darker side of human-animal relations through a sequence comparing two very similar visual images. One scene depicts a crowded subway while another shows new-born…

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Shark Tale. Dir. Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman. DreamWorks Animation. 2004.

Shark Tale. Dir. Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman. DreamWorks Animation. 2004. 150 150 Sophie Lott

DreamWorks Animation’s Shark Tale plays with the binary of shark/fish through the characterization of Lenny the vegetarian shark and his performativity of conventionally human gender stereotypes. The family animation draws attention to…

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