Game Corner: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game: Complete Edition (Xbox One)

Released: 14 January 2021Originally Released: 10 August 2010Developers: Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft ChengduAlso Available For: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (Original); Amazon Luna, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox Series X (Complete) The Background:Like many people, I’m sure, I first became aware of Scott Pilgrim upon the release of the frankly incredible … Continue reading Game Corner: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game: Complete Edition (Xbox One)

What’s on the Box?: Pokémon Origins

Air Date: 2 October 2013Worldwide Network: Pokémon TV Original Network: TV TokyoStars: Bryce Papenbrook, Lucien Dodge, Jamieson Price, Kirk Thornton, and Kyle Hebert The Background:The brainchild of executive director Satoshi Tajiri, Pokémon began life as Capsule Monsters (later changed to Pocket Monsters and rebranded as Pokémon for the games’ worldwide release), a role-playing game inspired by … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: Pokémon Origins

Talking Movies: Deadpool

Released: 8 February 2016Director: Tim MillerDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $58 millionStars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapičić/Andre Tricoteux The Plot:After mercenary for hire Wade Wilson (Reynolds) contracts terminal cancer, he turns to Francis Freeman/Ajax (Skrein), who subjects him to round-the-clock torture to activate his latent X-Gene. … Continue reading Talking Movies: Deadpool

Talking Movies [Mewtwo’s Birthday]: Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

According to Pokémon: Blue and Red Version (Nintendo/Creatures/Game Freak, 1995), February 6 is the day that Mew successfully gave birth to my favourite Pokémon, Mewtwo. Whether this was a natural birth or simply the day the clone was successfully created is up for debate but, nevertheless, this is the official date that the world’s most … Continue reading Talking Movies [Mewtwo’s Birthday]: Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

Game Corner: Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (Xbox 360)

Released: March 2011Developer: Behaviour SantiagoAlso Available For: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox One The Background:Ever since the release of Ghostbusters (Reitman, 1984), the concept of four somewhat-bumbling New York parapsychologists running around zapping and trapping troublesome spirits has seen some significant success as a franchise. We’ve had the under-rated sequel, a reboot that was met with … Continue reading Game Corner: Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (Xbox 360)

What’s on the Box?: Batwoman (Season One)

Season One Air Date: October 2019 to May 2020UK Network: E4Original Network: The CWStars: Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, and Dougray Scott The Plot:Three years after Bruce Wayne (Warren Christie) disappeared from Gotham City, taking his vigilante persona Batman with him, Kate Kane (Rose), Wayne’s cousin, returns to Gotham to … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: Batwoman (Season One)

Academic Publications

After three years of studying English Studies at the University of Bedfordshire, I decided to pursue post-graduate studies at DeMontfort University in Leicester. After completing my Master’s degree, I spent the next five years working towards a PhD in the field of Adaptations and, as part of that, published the following works. I’ll always be … Continue reading Academic Publications

Interplay: Killer Heroes

Before I earned my PhD writing about adaptations of videogames, I studied towards a Master’s degree in the same subject only, for my Master’s dissertation, I wrote about adaptations of comic books and superheroes. As many of you are probably aware, movies based on the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics costume-clad crimefighters are … Continue reading Interplay: Killer Heroes

Interplay: Sonic Adventure

One of the great things about adaptations, and adaptation studies, is that they both: “[continue] to expand and become more inclusive […] it is increasingly difficult to determine a cohesive theory that accounts for the division between adaptation and other intertextual modes: allusions, plagiarisms, remakes, sequels, homages, mash-ups, appropriations, and the list goes on” (Dicecco, … Continue reading Interplay: Sonic Adventure

Talking Movies / What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe

Superheroes may dominate television screens these days, but it all started back in the seventies. Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) took cinemas by storm and drummed up enough cash to sink a small cruise liner, Marvel Comics had ventured into live-action adaptations of their comics books by licensing their properties to studios like … Continue reading Talking Movies / What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe