Hunting the BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

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[This article was originally written as an assignment for my degree.]

When Hushpuppy confronts and stares down the Auroch’s during the films climax, it is then that I work out the intentions of writer/directer Benh Zeitlin.

The Katrina and Climate Crisis metaphor, with a sprinkling of post-racial Obama era politics, would be a complete failure if not for Hushpuppy (the brilliant Quvenzhané Wallis) and Zeitlin’s insistence that the audience sees the world through her eyes.

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BIRDMAN or (The Totally Expected Superhero Evaluation)

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[This article was originally written as an assignment for my degree.]

BATMAN & BIRDMAN.

The star meanings of Keaton and Thompson are one and the same.

Keaton was cast Burton’s BATMAN in the 80s. Best known at the time for being MR. MOM and the titular BEETLEJUICE (say it 3 times). The two BATMAN films in ’89 and ’92 cemented his cultural status. Even in 2019 he’s still BATMAN for many of us, myself included.

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