Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Gender and Sexuality in Metal Gear Solid
The fifth instalment of Metal Gear Solid being received with huge praise, take a look over the series and how sexuality, and particularly queer masculinity, has influenced the action. Metal Gear Solid has often, somewhat surprisingly, included queer masculinity, from Vamp in the second instalment to the Extra Ops incident between Snake and Kaz in IV. Explore the place of this, and what it brings to the overarching story and characters.
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J. K. Rowling and her Harry Potter post-mortems
J. K. Rowling has given fans of the Harry Potter franchise plenty of extra details well after the series of books were finished. Most recently she’s revealed Moaning Myrtle’s full name, but has also stated that Dumbledore is gay and said she regrets killing Florean Fortescue. What is the purpose of these additional details, and is she right to give them?
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Stephen King's Children
A lot of Stephen King’s early work is heavily from the perspective of children – IT, The Shining, Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary and even Cujo all have children as prominent characters. What does this mean in terms of how he creates fear? The antagonists are usually based on childhood fears and made-up monsters, so how does he use children to exaggerate this? Could also mention Children of the Corn too, with the children as the antagonists.
Sofia Coppola's The Little Mermaid and the Grim Reality of Fairy Tales
Sofia Coppola is set to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, apparently complete with all the gruesome details from the original stories. These kinds of myths are often much more bloody than their disney (and similar) adaptations let on – are there any other horrific fairy tales that deserve an uncensored adaptation?
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Batman Without Bruce
DC have just announced that Bruce Wayne will no longer be Batman. Obviously this is huge, but on the surface, what are the initial implications of this?
Aging in Film
The recent release, The Age Of Adaline, focuses on a protagonist who has been unable to age since an accident in her youth. What other films are there that look at the disruption of aging? Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a definite possibility, but are there any others? And what are they trying to say with this theme?
Jurassic Park: Myth vs. Reality
With critics of the Jurassic World teasers hating on the non-reality of many of the dinosaurs, take a look back at previous dinosaurs and scenarios in previous Jurassic Park films which do not match with what science has to say.
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