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Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)- Movie Review

Godzilla vs Hedorah 1971.jpgOVERVIEW

Godzilla vs. Hedorah was released in 1971 this movie is one off in the whole franchise in many ways it has an intelligent sub-text bout Japanese society, environmental worries, class systems and the evolution of the youth culture this in many ways is a deep film with the back drop of the kaiju genre.

 PLOT

The plot has one of the elements of Son of Godzilla (1967) which was focusing on the human-beings destruction of their environment this is shown through the massive human pollution metaphor of the Hedorah monster itself it makes people ill, it makes people sick and can kill people this is shown ten fold in some rather gruesome ways as Hedorah’s  sludge and gas envelopes the people it touches.

There is also a look at the youth culture in this movie which gives it a more adult tone and break away from the “kid-friendliness” of the Godzilla movies of the late sixties, no science-fiction battles or foes from other planets – Hedorah was created by society in a sense I feel the director was having a dig at the youth culture’s disregard for drinking and smoking as seen in the night-club segments as well as three middle class men drinking while Hedorah and Godzilla wage forth a battle the ignorance to Hedorah’s presence was shown by these two “societies” and “classes” this truly is a deep film.

Godzilla’s hero status is made more plausible and “real” in this movie with moody lighting, dark night scenes, ominous noises and impressive miniature, suitmation and optical effects (with no stock footage) gives this and pardon the irony a fresh feel.

Overall this is an “environmental” movie with the backdrop of a “Godzilla” franchise it is about family, friends, parenthood, class-systems, human beings wreaking the environment and big guy himself being a hero with more substance and belief.


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SPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1971 it has quirky hand-drawn animation, clever optical effects, impressive lighting and miniatures, moody lightening and tremendous multi-layed foe that is Hedorah this was a stellar effort by Toho and it shows. The movie was viewed on a HD TV (1080p 24 fps Kraken Blu-ray Releases) this was an very impressive experience with clear and balanced colours and crisp and clear audio.

CONCLUSION

This is a dark movie with gritty drama, melodrama (with the boy his dreams and his family), political, reflective and ambitious this was certainly a right move by Toho to take the franchise in a very different and in my opinion more mature direction  – highly recommended.

Sumita 2014


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Sumita – Aurelia Aurita (Moon Jelly) Album Review

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ALBUM REVIEW

Sumita

Aurelia Aurita (Moon Jelly) 2014

This is certainly a very alternative album and I mean that as the highest complement with over-lapping themes of wanting a sense of identity, child-like yearning, science-fiction, dreams-capes and and ethereal  abstract this is certainly a tour de force not only in creative writing but emotive compositions as well.

Sumita’s vocals mixed with the kaleidoscope-like and quirky compositions are complemented as if they’re talking back to each other with each song there is a different feel, texture and story that is going on with the overall theme of album.

Her voice is angelic with elements of spoken word, tonal highs and lows which is fitting to album I enjoyed listening to this album from start to finish it was a well worth trip. :-)

Rating 5/5

Paul Isaacs 2016


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“Autism” what does it mean?

Note this is froDad and I Dancingm a personal perspective

When I was diagnosed with autism in 2010 one of the first things that I was told is that was still a “person” even if I didn’t the mechanics and/or “pieces” of my autism that nevertheless was a sage piece of advice that has stayed with me on a personal and professional level.

“Autism” is different for each person so here is a breakdown of the “mechanics”

  • Emotional perception (alexithymia) problems with recognising and verbalising emotional states.
  • Visual perception (visual agnosias) problems with perceiving faces, objects, reading words, colour and “sorting out my visual field into a “whole”.
  • Language processing (receptive aphasia) problems with processing and interpreting “meaning” and “significance” from language.
  • Auditory processing (auditory agnosias) problems with organising the origins of sounds.
  • Body perception (body agnosias and hemiplegia) problems with processing and perception on the right side of my body which affects coordination, problems with recognising pain, hunger and thirst.
  • Body and Movement (visuospatial dysgnosia) left-right disorientation.
  • Light Sensitivity (sensory integration disorder and related learning difficulties) problems with light creating distortions as well as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
  • “self” and “other” processing simultaneous information which requires this can be difficult.
  • Mental health and personality disorders.

 

PERSONALITY TYPES

I have four main personality types which intermingle with each these are human in terms of presentation but will differ form person to person – human beings under stress may develop “disordered” versions of these types affecting social and personal perception, mood management and interpersonal relationships and friendships.

  1. Idiosyncratic
  2. Mercurial
  3. Self-Sacrificing
  4. Serious  

 

NOT RELATING TO “AUTISTIC IDENTITY/IDENTITY-FIRST LANGUAGE 

I do not see my whole being as “autism” nor define myself by it. I see it apart of me, in my case the pieces are emotional perception, visual perception, language perception, auditory perception,
body perception, light sensitivity, information processing and learning difficulties
 with associated mood disorders, exposure anxiety, somatisation disorder, dissociation and personality disorders but they are not a total nor finite definition of my being. I can only speak from my perspective and that is all.

I am “Paul” first with the all the positives and negatives that come with it the likes, dislikes, regrets, dreams and the sense of just “being”. I shall never adhere to the “club” there is to much militancy, over-investing and politics. I see myself as apart of the human race – no more, no less, no more worthy, no less worthy just a person like one of the billions of people on the planet everyone has a story to tell don’t they.  ;-)

Paul Isaacs 2016


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Reflections for the New Year and Life

IMAG0272I hope all have a grateful New Year and are ready to spread their wings into different ventures and pathways, you may have to go down a different path and/or continue down the same one until the cross-roads of life unfold you may have do things that are uncomfortable but necessary you may need to do things that continue to give you joy and stability – burning bridges with the philosophy that isn’t shallow but needed, contextual and logical.

Keeping and valuing good friends and loved ones whom value you as you do them with the veneer less intentions and faces with what you see is what you get none too one-sided or over invested but just balanced – this is hopefully something that is learned to me in the coming year to strive to me more balanced, have good emotional management, to not be a doormat or be used by untrustworthy agendas and shallow people he thing more about you can do for them a less about the person you are, to value real friend and companionship this will not just be for 2016 but something that I can work on in the ages.

Paul Isaacs 2016


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Autism Interview #8: Paul Isaacs on Personhood and “Autistic Identity”

Jenna GensicMany Thanks to Jenna Gensic for conducting this interview with me and others – please checkout Jenna’s page Learn From Autistics -Connecting Parents and Caregivers with Autistic Voices

Paul Isaacs is an autism advocate, trainer, and public speaker from England. He says that public speaking about his experiences and the experiences of others has helped him find his voice and develop a true skill. He always emphasizes the positive aspects of how life can be lived with autism. He uses the acronym PEC to describe the qualities people who work with autism should have: Positivity, Empathy, and Compassion. He is also a published author and blogs at Autism from the Inside.
In your most recent blog post, you discussed your dislike of the tendency to attribute someone’s neurology to their entire identity or personhood. However, there are many other autistic self-advocates who insist that this premise is important for improving the treatment of people with disabilities. What advice do you have for parents who are trying to help empower their children with the skills and confidence to be successful and are receiving conflicting information from autistic self-advocates in this area?

I would say that being born a human being first should be seen. Every person on this planet is a human being regardless of ability, disability, race and gender. Understanding the “autism” is very person specific, environmentally specific and situational specific – these different “pieces” which make up the autism have their own unique presentation, and also the way in which the person is affected will differ not only due to the “pieces” and their trajectory, but what the “pieces” are in the first place. It is like being a detective, searching out what works and what doesn’t are both equally important.

With regards to my identity, I see myself as a person and a part of humanity, so therefore I am a person first – personally, my autism affects my visual and auditory perception, language processing, cognitive processing, learning difficulties, etc, but these are PART of me, not the totality of my BEING .

I have personality traits (which everybody has regardless of autism or not) which make me happy, silly, draw, sketch, meet up with people, etc. These are human things which I value. I am not ashamed of my autism, but I don’t glamourise it either. I keep a balanced, open-mind. I can only speak for myself (how autism affects me). No one can speak for ALL, so, in that sense, people can learn from different perspectives and realities.

You were diagnosed at a relatively late age even though you exhibited clear signs of autism when you were young. What do you think was the main reason for this delay? Have you seen evidence of this still occurring today or has autism awareness reached new heights such that this sort of situation will likely never happen again?
I was born in 1986 and although there were specialist autism bases around my area, my autism wasn’t picked up due to circumstantial insistences. I was seen by an educational psychologist in 1993 and was seen by a child and adolescent mental health team in 1996 and an adult mental health services in 2007 and 2008 before I was formally diagnosed in 2010.
I would say it was not anybody’s fault as no information was given to my parents during my time in mainstream education. When I was in secondary school (I gained functional speech between the ages of 7/8), there where several meetings with my head, as well as the latter years of primary school. However, there was an autism base at the secondary school, and I would speak with the students and even attend lunchtime meetings and eat with them.
My Mum though I was solely brain damaged due to the placental abruption and lack of oxygen when I was born and that was the only name she had for my “behaviours,” but she had no doubt that I was a person before any of these difficulties.
What are you asked to speak about most often?

Sensory perceptional and language processing seems to be the one I get asked to do; however, on my booking page I have slowly built up other areas and topics.

What mistakes do autism advocates make?

Getting over-invested in the autism “politics” this where “identity” can become in crisis, and mental health can breakdown. I am talking through observations and also experiencing it myself – Donna Williams an advocate, speaker, consultant and author on the spectrum gave me some sage advice, and that is to take a step back, regain healthy boundaries, find yourself and do socially binding things.

Autism politics can get rather unhealthy to be a part of, there can be militancy by people on an off the autism spectrum that can be rather distressing and uncomfortable to be a part of. My personal opinion is that everybody has a story and that their realities are just as valid as anyone else’s – there should not be a single representation, but a more egalitarian outlook where all person hoods and realities are taken into account. It is my opinion that autism isn’t culture, but a “culture” has been created around autism.

Describe some of the factors that have contributed to the personal and professional success you have achieved today.

My parents have helped me a lot over the years on both a personal and professional level – it started with boundaries, right and wrong, having a moral compass, seeing “failure” as normal and therefore accepted, seeing me as “Paul” first, a boy, a teenager, an adult, and letting me experience the outside world and all that it entails.

What are some of the strengths and challenges you’ve experienced as a result of being on the spectrum?

I still have problems with language processing, visual perception (faces, objects, people), visual distortions (foreground, background), under-processing on my right side (motor and visual), sensory integration, movement, processing “self” and “other” – being mono-tracked and seeing the significance of what is being said and what is happening (life skills have helped so much in this area) and learning difficulties.

I don’t know if my strengths are autie-specific. I do enjoy writing poetry, creating abstract artwork, and writing books. I like creating things, watching movies, and I also like alternate fashion.

What advice do you have for parents of autistic children who respect the knowledge and experience of autistic self-advocates and are looking for guidance in helping their children develop their potentials?

Go with the child on their journey. It will be different for each person – see them as your child first, understand the pieces of their “autism,” and work from there. Let the child experience life.

Jenna Gensic & Paul Isaacs 2015


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Son Of Godzilla (1967) Film Review

Son_of_Godzilla_1967 PosterOVERVIEW

Son of Godzilla was released in 1967 by this time the Godzilla franchise has slowly changed the monster in question from a driving force of destruction to slowly becoming a “hero” of sorts in the latter movies this started with Ghidorah – The Three Headed Monster onwards till Terror of Mechagodzilla.

PLOT

The plot itself is rather progressive in many senses although this movie was made and produced to be my child friendly which in many ways it is. The investigation team who are finding ways to modulate and change the earth’s atmosphere to benefit and cure the world’s lack of food and progressive over population was a very refreshing if not unseen backdrop for the movie itself.

Godzilla is now a Father in this movie and he hears the call of a lone egg on the island that the investigation team are on this leads to some interesting and funny encounters with “baby godzilla” whom the big guy takes under this wing these scenes are surprisingly sweet and endearing as deals with the trails and tribulations of parenthood almost shown through the eyes of “baby godzilla” himself with a childlike innocent quality which does reflect the target audience.

This movies flows very well with enough plot and exposition between the morality tale of the investigation team, the bounding of Godzilla two his son and the relationship between the reporter and the mysterious girl on the island.

 


Son Of Godzilla Images HD41SPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1967 the movies special effects are very impressive with a mixture of miniature, matte optical and marionette effects the Kamacuras and the  Kumonga are not only worthy and interesting foes but also an impressive use of live-action puppetry. The movie was viewed on a HD TV (the standard 2004 edition upscaled to 1080p) this was an very impressive experience with clear and balanced colours and clear audio.

CONCLUSION

This is a very fun and enjoyable little movie from the Toho team it has the right mixtures of multiple plots, interesting ideas, impressive effects the introduction of three new monsters (including “baby godzilla”) and taking the big guy himself progressively in new directions – highly recommended.


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Bucks Autism Conference Video 2015

Note – These are from personal and obervational perspectives

Sensory Issues in the context of Autism Bucks Autism Conference

This video is about covers these topics

 

Paul Isaacs 2015

 

 

 

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