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The Forgotten Davros – Destiny Of David Gooderson

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                              Davros & Daleks

David Gooderson’s portrayal of Davros seems to much of an issue over the years – the serial and story Destiny Of The Daleks is unique for many reasons and may well have more reverence in evolution of the Daleks characters themselves but also of their creator

Dalek Personalities & Behaviours 

One of the distinct changes in that comes with this serial is in the Daleks themselves they seem to have more exposition than in other stories, they are not drones nor mindless machines but creatures of more instinct. Firstly they want to got back to the person who created them for his help, guidance and knowledge.

They are able to go against code by willing sacrificial extermination for their leader which is one of the more suspenseful aspects of episode four, they interrogate for knowledge but use the people for their own ends rather than just doing away with them. To me this is certainly a worthy evolution of character some say this isn’t good however for this story and echoes of later stories this would certainly would be used.

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Davros & The Doctor

Davros – David Gooderson

Gooderson’s performance is very good he sets bar that would be used in future portrayals of the character he is angry but at the same time optimistic at what he can do with this creations – to change them and improve upon them this could be seen as the start of the trilogy story arc in fifth, sixth and seventh incarnations of the The Doctor and his “love hate” relationship he has with him. I like his performance for his snide and clever remarks to the doctor with adding dark wit and morbid sarcasm to narrative.

What Could Help?

To be honest a second special edition could help with regards to many of the budgetary aspects of the series at the time. After seeing the amazing job the restoration team had achieved on Day Of The Daleks it seems more likely that it could be done.

Here is my Special Edition wish list

  • Ring modulate Davros’ voice (the problem isn’t Gooderson’s portrayal it is the lack of voice distortion)
  • Give Davros’ eye a real glow when he comes back to life
  • Re-do the Dalek energy blasts again (I liked the Day of the Daleks special edition effects)
  • Re-do Movellan gun blasts again
  • Reduce judder when Davros is in movement (this may be hard to do but attempt would be great)
  • Modify Movellan ship
  • Modify Dalek perspectives shots (looking for the Doctor and Davros)
  • Touch up the Daleks appearance (cracks, bumps, chipped paint etc)
  • Touch up Davros’ chair (cracks, chipped paint)
  • Redo The Dalek pursuit scenes – towards the Movellan ships

Davros’ Fan-Made Voice Distortion & Additional Sound Effects 

Conclusion

Without Destiny & Gooderson’s performance you would not have the key elements that would make the Dalek serials so interesting in the Davison, Baker & McCoy era. His performance has been overlooked by fans and viewers alike put for me he sets the precedent that would be the continual evolution of the character and to me that is a very important thing to happen in “Who” history.

Paul Isaacs 2015


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Ultraman – Japanese TV Series (1966-1967)

Ultraman Series 1966The kaiju movies on the big screen at this point in time are in full stride the Godzilla franchise firmly in place and the Gamera franchise just starting up – but on the small screen there were hidden gems like “Ultraman”.

OVERVIEW

Ultraman is alien from outer-space that gives his unique powers to a human being who is apart of a special team called the Science Special Search Party who are in effect defenders of the earth – this is series is set in the future (I believe in the 1990s).

ULTRAMAN 

Ultraman the character comes to life when the kaiju have the ability to grow large – the added aspect of tension is the fact that when Shin Hayata uses the “beta capsule” to become “Ultraman” he has only a set amount of time before his energy runs out this is narrated during the fight scenes as a reminder adding a sense of urgency to the battle and added layer of intensity.

The series itself has many parallels to other shows such as Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds and the Super Sentai Series the plot revolved around the team in each episode and other characters within the story – the overall genre is sciences fiction but it delves into fantasy, crime, mild horror and action some of the episodes are noticeably dark in tone while others are lighter. The are constant elements of humour also throughout the series.

It is balanced mix of the all the things stated above which interesting plots, well crafted kaiju and special effects it certainly keeps you watching.

Ultraman JirassSPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1966 special effects for at TV series are well crafted, ambitious and certainly creative for the small budget that was applied  – I viewed the series in HD (standard def) Upscaled to full HD the colours are bright and the grainy imperfect quality to the picture actually goes in the series favour adding a layer of atmospheric grittiness.

CONCLUSION

Ultraman is a diverse imaginatively constructed and realised kaiju TV series with an interesting plot and likable character to ambitious special effects I highly recommend this.

Paul Isaacs 2015


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Neurotypical – Is the Word Useful? And/or Meaningful?

“Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category”IMAG0110

The Use Of The Word

The word itself doesn’t make sense – being used to describe “others” (people who aren’t on the spectrum) society is a mixture of different sorts of people and rather than lumping people into one “group” (neurotypical society, neurotypicals, NTS) wouldn’t it be best to say people who don’t have autism? People who aren’t on spectrum?

It has also been used as word to “attack” people by some people on the autism spectrum who don’t have autism which surely is reverse prejudice?

Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right in this case.

People Who Aren’t On The Spectrum – Aren’t All The Same (Because No One Is)

You can’t define other (in this context people who aren’t on the autism spectrum) by a set of standards that you have created based on assumption that they must all be like that, that is stereotyping, generalising and over-simplifying. If you treat the set of people by the same standards you expect them to treat you in this case that doesn’t apply because of the contradiction.

If it was reversed and all people on the spectrum were thought to be the same and that was projected people I’m sure people from many different quarters would have something to say – the same applies here. Humans are unique and worthy regardless of having a disability or not. Everyone is equal.

Being Balanced

Two people spring to mind who also question many aspects of the autism word – I have written many blogs about sense of togetherness and all views being taken into account in balanced and objective manner.

Dr Casanova

Dr Manuel Casanova has written many thought provoking and reflective blogs on this subject about representation. I consider Dr Casanova a realist with very firm and empathic with genuine heartfelt intentions and questions with regards to this subject

THE NEURODIVERSITY MOVEMENT

Donna Williams 2011

Donna Williams has also written highly reflective blogs with regards to the this subject. She has too shares the same qualities with a firm realistic approach, empathic genuine and heartfelt in her words and intentions. I consider their sage advice forward thinking in the context of the autism “world”.

NTs’… When a Word Becomes ‘Loaded’ and Why I Don’t do Bigotry

People Are People 

I like people on the basis of being people it doesn’t matter who they are or were they come from I like them for their personalities not because of anything other – human beings are all unique and that means we are all equal in the world.

Paul Isaacs 2015


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King Kong vs. Godzilla – (1963) Film Review

King Kong vs Godzilla USA PosterOVERVIEW

The movie is cross-over movie with both the King Kong franchise and the Godzilla franchise it was  produced by Toho Studios and released overseas by Universal Studios and was the only cross-over movie with a monster that was created outside of Toho studios.

The movie has a mixture of Japanese footage and American educational footage that is inserted into movie for the overseas releases. The genre has the staple concepts of a kaiju movies but has interesting elements of fantasy and adventure also the inserted footage does have an impact on the flow of the movie. The colour palette is bright and vibrant and the atmospheric score by Akira Ifukube.

KING KONG

The portrayal of King Kong was new in the sense that it wasn’t stop-motion animated but a full suit (much like godzilla) and puppetry this gave the giant more mobility and speed – although this is was visual a different take on King Kong it is certainly a welcome difference.

GODZILLA 

This is the first movie in which there are significant changes with character he becomes more “humanised” which would be an evolving concept in the later sequels and movies from “villain” (which he is in this movie) to “hero”. Also there are different different design aspects to the  head.

downloadSPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1963 the movies special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD from the American Blu-ray Release (1080p) the bold colour palette has a soft quality it is a widescreen presentation the audio mix of the movie was excellent no doubt because of the HD mastering.

CONCLUSION

King Kong vs. Godzilla is a fun movie which should appeal to many a monster movie kaiju fans the only hindrance is the insertion of the the overseas footage. The story has a good build up towards the final confrontation.

Paul Isaacs 2015


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There Is No Collective “Sameness” In Autism The Profiles Are Person Specific

Lindsay Meetup 2014 Hi-Def4AUTISM – IDENTITY 

Autism is a developmental disability which has an effect has and effect on a person’s functioning in various different areas of functioning. It is a diverse in its presentations, profiles and most in importantly the “mechanics” in other words what is different parts of the “clustering”.

Identity could be to to with the politics and culture that has been created around the Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome they are words for an overview of specific profiles and presentations. I don’t believe that autism is a culture at all. We are all human and cultures are created around “things”.

AUTISM & ASPERGER’S SYNDROME – PROFILE DIFFERENCES

Observations and studies 

Observations from autism consultant Donna Williams and also a recent study in 2011 shows structural differences from a neurodevelopmental perspective within different areas and regions within the brain. This I feel is important not only for people on the the spectrum but family members, teachers and other forms of support for the individual in question.

It is about personalising the support. There are of course people within who have both an Aspie and Autie in terms of mechanics which shows have fluid presentations are.

AUTISM RATHER THAN ASPERGER’S WHY?

This isn’t specifically to with with my identity (I see myself as a person first( at all and isn’t said the intent to annoy or aggravate people neither. When I say “I have Autism rather than Asperger’s” I am talking about mechanics (what makes up my autism) and my formal diagnosis and differences which are apparent to me and how important it is to know them from this perspective. I have written many blogs on the subjects

Why I have Autism Not Asperger’s Syndrome  

Why I Have Autism (Rather Than Asperger’s Syndrome) And The Importance In The Differences

AUTISMS – NO ONE PERSON IS THE SAME

Autism is a clustering of pre-existing conditions that build up the person’s profile’s and presentation’s –  there is no “sameness” in that everyone on the spectrum is the same or share identical characteristics. I destian from using “us” and “we” language (single representation) and also “them” and “us” language. (people with autism and people without) Firstly because it is inaccurate to do so, secondly the only perspective I have is my own that is it and thirdly as an autism advocate that is a professional responsibility that I take very seriously I will not adorn to the status quo just because “that’s what is people want to hear”. I cannot speak for everyone that would not be right and potentially damaging.

Lets start being person-specific about profiles not generic, generalised and batting out stereotypes that can make people feel isolated or worse.

Toddler 1THE LOST VOICES – MORE INCLUSION NEEDED

Everybody deserves and has a right to talk about their experiences – one could argue it is human right what has concerned me is the political militancy that I have observed on social media. I wonder how many more people are going to be hurt? I hope that is stops and people start listen – because sadly voices (valued perspectives) are going to be lost through bullying and silencing.

I have written this before but I feel inclusion is for everybody 

  • People with Autism and Learning Disabilities
  • People who Are Functionally Non-Verbal
  • Views and Perspectives From The Whole Spectrum (Different Cultures & Backgrounds)
  • Parents, Carers & Guardians
  • Autism Specialists
  • & More

Paul Isaacs 2015


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Dogora – The Space Monster (1964) Film Review

Dogora The Space Monster Poster 1964OVERVIEW

The movie is excellent and has quirky mix of genres (multi-genre). it has main aspect of being a monster movie but a large amount of this movie is a police/detective plot which is tight, well- directed and flows nicely. What I do like about Toho movies is the sense flow with multiple elements this is a fine example not only of experimental film making (optical effects, “live-action” effects and musical scores) but of movie pace and atmosphere.

DOGORA

The monster in this movie is a bold new direction in terms of not only the nature of monster itself which is a space alien but how the monster is portrayed. It isn’t a person in a suit but a clever use of optical effects, bluescreen and miniatures along with a wonderful score by Akira Ifukube giving Dogora an  ethereal and dreamlike quality. You see the destruction it causes but you very seldomly see the monster itself (less is more). I like the fact that monster is different it relies more on characterisation, exposition from the mains and supporting characters building around the monster rather the monster itself.


Dogora Attacks 1965SPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1964 the movies special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD (standard definition DVD)  Upscaled to full HD the bold colour palette and lush widescreen presentation really did ping out at me the monaural mix of the movie was to a good standard with minimal popping an hiss and had surprising amount of depth.

CONCLUSION

Dogora – The Space Monster is a different type of kaiju movie with a firm detective/ police plot and a different take on what the monster is and how it is portrayed this is a fine example of Toho trying something different within the genre and for me it delivers.

Paul Isaacs 2015


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Destroy All Monsters (1968) – Movie Review

Destroy All Monsters Poster 1968Godzilla as a franchise is one which is moving all the time in 1968 Destroy All Monsters has eclectic array of kaiju some starred in stand alone movies while others started off in the Godzilla franchise.

OVERVIEW

The plot mixes elements of science fiction, fantasy, mild horror and of course monster action – it has a perfect mix of nostalgia and with the vivid colours, costumes and practical effects you get a sense of hyper- reality with its bold colour palette and bright lighting and colour tone.

The monsters are kept on Monster Island (this movie is set the future) this includes Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Minilla, Kumonga, Mothra (larvae form), Gorosaurus, Manda & Varan. Which are controlled  and monitored by a scientific team underneath Monster Island. The mystery is it is sabotaged and the organisation (United Nations Science Committee) has to find out who and what is controlling the monsters who in term attacking different parts of the planet.

The plot works at steady pace with a decent sense of flow towards the end of the movie the direction is well-paced with sense of togetherness when all the monsters commute to Mt. Fuji for the final confrontation.

THE MONSTERS

Personally this is Toho’s finest hour the monster’s are all well detailed and are seen in all their glory with a fine mix of suit acting and wire work for some of the monsters as well as all their signature roars and sounds it lends to the feeling of “togetherness” and also is a firm reflection of the different direction the moves were going at this point in time.

Destory All Monsters 1968SPECIAL EFFECTS

There is a firm mixture of miniature, optical, bluescreen, split screen etc. I viewed this movie HD which was from the Blu-ray release so it was 1080p Progressive Scan. The detail that is brought through is amazing the colours the detail of the suits and the well constructed miniatures it was a treat to see. The audio was crisp, well balanced and had lots of depth.

CONCLUSION

Destroy All Monsters is a fun, well-paced movies with well balanced mix of genres and a steady plot and some truly stellar special effects work from the Toho team this is the ninth movie in the series and it feels fresh and vibrant much like the use of widescreen, the lighting and crayon like colour pallette at time gives it an animated feel.

Paul Isaacs 2015

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