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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Iconic Monster King Godzilla: 60 Years of Monstrous Reign



The Iconic Monster King Godzilla: 60 Years of Monstrous Reign

By Chris Zerafa

The King of Monsters Godzilla


So it seems like the monster movie is still going strong thanks to such films as Troll Hunter (2010), Cloverfield (2008), King Kong (2006), The Host (2006) and now a new Godzilla flick about to drop in 2014 (the second Godzilla film to be produced and financed by an American film company). But has our favourite city smashing monster felled his last building?

After receiving a fresh copy of the Godzilla Millennium box set from Madman and pondering how many actual incarnations of the Godzilla canon have been unleashed, I decided to actually answer the question for my own amusement and yours. The word Godzilla actually translates to Gojira - a portmanteau of the Japanese words: gorira 'gorilla', and kujira 'whale', alluding to his size, power and aquatic origin.



Godzilla the Ultimate Kaiju Godzilla is without doubt the king of monsters! Featuring in over 25 films and doing battle with everything from giant moths to robotic versions of himself, Godzilla has lived a large and lucrative life. Godzilla hit theaters in 1954 and garnered a budget of around $250,000 before securing large box-office revenues in Japan and America. It was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka and directed by Ishiro Honda. The film is considered a classic and one of the greatest monster movies ever made, as well as a powerful and evocative nuclear allegory.

After the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (a great tragic & horrific war calamity) a powerful theme throughout its history is derived from visual and psychological references to the atom bomb. Godzilla is not only radioactive, but after he smashes through a city, the ruins are quite reminiscent of how nuclear war crippled the world.


Godzilla vs King Ghidorah The giant lizard in most accounts is cast as a villain but in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) we see the beginning Godzilla's gradual change from villain to hero or we can say anti-hero, as he saves the Earth, and therefore humanity, from the evil space monster, King Ghidorah.

With Japan constantly being trashed by old lizard lips, Son of Godzilla is the only Godzilla film where Japan is not presented as the setting. In contrast to previous films in the series, All Monsters Attack (1969) is openly aimed at children. As such, most reviewers have distinctly negative impressions of the film.


Godzilla the strongest of the monsters Because of the crash of Japanese cinema and the energy crisis of the mid-to-late 1970s (which had also affected some television shows), the Godzilla film series was forced into hibernation. The 80s produced one of the most peculiar incarnations to go up against our favourite walking whale ie. Biollante (a giant flower), but soon enough he was back fighting old foes including Mothra and Ghidorah.

Special effects quality naturally evolved through out as did Zilla's overall look and size. In some pics it looks like he had been working out over the winter (yeah, he does his squats) and in others he looks rather cuddly. The American version totally revamped him giving him a more reptilian edge via a longer snout and more lean build. But his lust for destruction and radiation breath fuelled mayhem never changed - we will always love ya GZ.

Building Relationships in Teams: Self-Disclosure and Trust



Building Relationships in Teams: Self-Disclosure and Trust

By Shea Wood


World Champions Spanish Team


When people work in teams, they build relationships. Strong relationships allow for more productive and meaningful teamwork and collaboration. This cycle highlights the importance of relationships in teamwork. Relationships develop through working in teams and relationships enable individuals to work together in meaningful ways.

Given the importance of building strong relationships, it is essential to consider what skills and behaviors lead to the creation of strong and fulfilling relationships. By assisting persons in developing these skills and behaviors, you are giving them tools to build a successful future that inevitably will require-and be enriched by-creating relationships and working with others.




Strong bond amongst team members lead to a powerful team Self-disclosure is an act of revealing your thoughts and perspective about a present situation, or other relevant and meaningful information, to another person. Sharing personal thoughts is crucial when building relationships in teams. Self-disclosure allows team members to get to know one another better, identify common goals and overlapping values and, once common goals have been identified, allows you to work together toward accomplishing these goals. Just as strong relationships and teams are built through appropriate self-disclosure, the lack of self-disclosure between team members can result in the deterioration of relationships and influence the strength of a team. If an individual keeps quiet about his/her needs, desires and goals, other team members are likely to do the same; people in relationships tend to match the amount of disclosure coming from others. A breakdown in communication can lead to a team where members are not working together or recognizing and valuing one another's needs and desires.





Tag Team Champions It is well-known that trust is the foundation for building and maintaining meaningful, productive relationships. This is certainly true of building relationships within a team, and when trust is established, team members are far more likely to take risks, communicate important information, and share personal thoughts and feelings through self-disclosure. Similar to the concept of self-disclosure, levels of trust are matched in relationships, and if one individual takes a risk and trusts others in the group, other team members are more likely to do the same. Feeling as though someone else trusts you makes it easier for you to trust that person in return.


Self-disclosure and trust are necessary in building relationships in many different contexts, including sports teams, the work environment, friend groups, and families. If people can model these skills and behaviors, not only will they have more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, they will begin to teach their children how to build fulfilling and meaningful relationships in all areas of life.