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Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

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Big swinging dicks

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After the tumultuous events of the past weeks regarding alleged sexual assaults within the Liberal Party and...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment...

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

Murwillumbah Arts Trail coming in May

The sixth Murwillumbah Arts Trail is all set for the weekend of 29-30 May 2021. From its beginnings in 2015, the arts trail has grown to be a major festival for the visual arts, as well as a vibrant community event.

Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

Context isn’t everything, but it’s a long way ahead of what comes second in the arts in general – cinema in particular. The original Gojira  (1954) was made by Ishirô Honda at a time when the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would have still haunted the collective Japanese memory. 

The subject of a city and its population being annihilated was too real to be seen as just another offering in what has evolved as a quasi-comic, gonzo-hysterical genre.

It’s more difficult to ascertain how audiences back then might have reacted to the screen monster, but to punters these days such CGI creations are a dime a dozen – nobody is scared of them. 

Director Gareth Edwards’s reworking of the story doesn’t break any new ground as far as structure and development go – there are the usual mysterious events leading up to the revelation of what’s going on, the mandatory scores of hapless soldiers firing into the impregnable hide, head-banging noise etc. He has, however, revived its relevance by having the monsters’ (there are more than one) survival dependent on a diet of the nuclear waste and radiation that our civilisation has inadvertently produced for them. 

Man’s activities’ being responsible for his own eradication from the planet is not an uncommon theme, but when the point is hammered home as hard as it is here there is at least some chance that the question of clean, renewable energy might be taken seriously by the Mob.

Edwards also strokes the prevailing cynicism by (of course) having the authorities not release the truth of the disaster that is looming until the reality of Godzilla is self-evident to the howling masses. 

Needless to say, it is expertly done, with plenty of great visuals – the monster swimming under the aircraft carrier, like the shark under Robert Shaw’s boat in Jaws, is beautiful, and it was a sight to savour when it ate the submarine – but, as a fan of Juliette Binoche, I was terribly sad to see her cark it in the first five minutes.

~ John Campbell

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