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June, 2011

040A & P by John Updike

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A & P has divided readers for decades. A Holden Caulfield type checkout boy becomes distracted by three girls who walk into the supermarket in bathing suits. When the protagonist tries to stick up for them, is it as an attack on hypocrisy and a defender of reason, or is he just smitten because they’re semi naked?

The ambiguity is what makes this story great, simply because, life is rarely that clear cut.

John Updike was one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. In a career spanning over 50 years, he wrote dozens of novels, short story and poetry collections.

A & P, collected in Pigeon Feathers, is one of the hundreds of Updike stories published in the New Yorker.

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039Wasp by Andrea Arnold

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Wasp is the heartbreaking story of a single mother in Dartford. Although she can barely feed her four children, Zoe is determined to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, David.

Dartford is Arnold’s home town and her familiarity with the area and conditions in the story are probably what make Wasp so raw and unsystematic to the characters.

It won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2005.

Andrea Arnold went on to direct the award winning Fish Tank in 2009.

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038Logorama by H5

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Anti-corporate messages don’t come any more shit kicking than this. Logorama is an action packed animation based in a Los Angeles made up entirely of 2500 logos.

Ronald McDonald, Michelin Man and Green Giant lead a star studded cast of mascots and brand identities through a typical blockbuster action movie plot. It’s everything from Pulp Fiction to Lethal Weapon, with a strong hint of Dante’s Peak or any other disaster movie.

This is not only an attack on how ludicrously engrained marketing is in our everyday, but also sharp slap across the face of Hollywood.

Logorama won a list of awards in 2009/2010.

H5 is a French animation studio that gained most notoriety for its music videos and advertising. Logorama was the company’s first short animation.

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