Godzilla and differences in culture

“Autoethnography is one of the approaches that acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist” – Ellis

To me, this was one of the more interesting and prevalent quotes from the reading. It was one of those times where you read through paragraphs upon paragraphs and still don’t quite understand what you’re meant to be doing until you find one obscure quote and think ‘okay, NOW I understand.’

The text also went on to say “different kinds of people possess different assumptions about the world—a multitude of ways of speaking, writing, valuing and believing—and that conventional ways of doing and thinking about research were narrow, limiting, and parochial.”

This is not just describing a text, but in addition, thinking about how you describe the text, and how it differs from another person describing the text, due to the variation of their place in the world.

I felt it was best to focus on Godzilla, and not the eSports documentary, considering I spent my weekend running a competitive eSports tournament – it doesn’t have quite the same shock factor to me as it would to others.

Godzilla, to me, was a terribly unentertaining movie – for the first half. I’ve never been a fan of black and white movies, it sounds so awfully millennial but I always find I can’t concentrate on them very well, and lose interest. Also let’s be honest, it’s a very slow movie for at least the first quarter. I’d hear some action happening and look up, and there’d be something very dramatic going on, and I kept looking so that I didn’t miss the first viewing of Godzilla itself in the movie. I also repeated this process about 6 times, because each time they never actually showed the monster. I mean, tension building is one thing but there becomes a time when tension building turns into the viewer (read: me) going ‘I give up.’

I will admit I was far more entertained later in the movie, and actually began watching with interest, as the slow pace of the movie improved greatly once we actually got a glimpse of the giant lizard monster himself. Some things I noticed that were especially odd (or, not so odd) to me in the movie were:

  • Sideways map? Someone pointed this out in class and my only guess was that it was their way of reworking the world map to make themselves more prevalent? Not sure, just odd.
  • Not so odd: Love Triangle. Good to see this dumbass trope never ends… Dramatic sacrifice at the end to give a clear winner to the love triangle too. Unless of course the scientist comes back from the dead as a ghost to try and win her love again. Story for another movie, maybe?
  • Overly dramatic screams from the woman in the laboratory. I think it was when all the fish died? I missed what she was screaming at and almost laughed because it was so over the top. Also instead of filming her scream again for a later scene, they just copied the same film shot and re-used it, really irked me. Budget reasons sure, but come on it’s one scream.
  • A testament to the times, and also to the place, but everytime there were people even remotely close to Godzilla, there were no women present, with the exception of the female love interest, just to give the other two ample opportunities to keep her from harm and win her affection. Can you sense the cynic in me?

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