Author: harrisonjthomas

I'm a University student currently studying at Wollongong from 2015 - present I'm in my very early 20's and enjoy creating (hopefully) entertainingblogs for other people to read and learn from.

Akira.

Harrison Thomas

This weeks film in BCM320 was Akira.

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Akira is confronting, disturbing, and rather deep. I found various scenes unpleasant to watch, other scenes unbelievably intense and captivating. This was my first ever viewing of Akira, and I would like to watch it again in the future. In its own weird and twisted way it conveys the message, similar to (1954) Gorjia, the potential dangers involving man and it’s creations. Also similar to an anime Frankenstein, however on a larger scale. The film discusses the dangers of scientific advancement, with Tetsuo and Akira’s powers displaying similarities to an atomic bomb. With Tetsuo being unable to control his powers in the end and all the foreshadowing from the weird 60 year old kids, this from what I could gather, attempts to mirror the damage from WW2 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I personally think it conveys that very well. It also lightly touches…

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Gojira.

Harrison Thomas

The powerhouse that is Godzilla has always been an exciting character to watch for me. Destroying buildings and terrorising cities, every version of Godzilla satisfies my destructive urges. Fortunately, the original 1954 ‘Gojira’, directed by Ishiro Honda was the first film played in my Digital Asia subject at UOW. For this screening we had to live tweet our responses as we watched. Unfortunately, I was away for this screening as I had the flu. But I decided to watch it in my spare time anyway as I’ve always enjoyed watching Godzilla films, it can be my prep for the new Godzilla films coming out later this year, battling King Ghidorah and breaking stuff and whatnot.

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My first impression of Gojira was that it was a fun, destructive adventure to watch and enjoy without thinking. However, after research and discussing with my peers, I realised that i’d barely scratched the surface…

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