Thursday, August 21, 2008

Video Entertainment Shorts

Elfen Lied

One of the most adult anime which may never air on general cable TV. The first episode has long scenes of nudity and extreme violence. The series deals with child abuse, psychological abuse, genocide, alienation, discrimination, revenge, animal cruelty, general inhumanity, sadism, alienation and has both religious and science fiction elements -- as well as lovely cute images. A rare series that mixes horror, comedy, drama, romance, action, science-fiction, and suspense and some distinct artistry. Not for children.

The title 'Elfen Lied' was taken from the German song 'Elfenlied' by Eduard Mörike (1804-1875) and could mean elves song. The anime follows the manga for the first episodes and then diverges as the go ahead was only given for 13 episodes. An additional lighter episode was produced, an OVA, but is not included on the DVD of the series.

Episode summary. Flawed Wikipedia article on Elfen Lied. Veoh episode 1, english subtitles..

YouTube returns a lot of hits for Elfen Lied. - 15 Images you would think are photoshopped.

This coconut crab on a garbage can is one of the 15.

Cracked has a number of other interesting lists they are headlining now.

On the subject of lists, Entertainment Weekly has their list of top Science Fiction entertainment since 1982. Here they are in reverse order.

"V" The Miniseries (1983)
'Galaxy Quest' (1999)
"Doctor Who" (1963-Present)
"Quantum Leap" (1989-1993)
"Futurama" (1999-2003)
"Star Wars: Clone Wars" (2003-2005)
'Starship Troopers' (1997)
"Heroes" (2006-Present)
'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004)
'Total Recall' (1990)
"Firefly"/'Serenity' (2002/2005)
'Children of Men' (2006)
'Terminator'/'Terminator 2' (1984 /1991)
'Back to the Future' (1985)
"Lost" (2004-Present)
'The Thing' (1982)
'Aliens' (1986)
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-1994)
'E.T.' (1982)
'Brazil' (1985)
'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' (1982)
"The X-Files" (1993-2002)
'Blade Runner' (1982)
"Battlestar Galactica" (2003-Present)
'The Matrix' (1999)

Now I don't agree with all of it. I think most SF fanboys wouldn't. Rimjob has more.

Are fanboys really furious with Fox over The Watchmen legal rights fight? Fox might actually be in the right - little evidence was presented that Warner Brothers acquired the rights - oops.

Watchmen trailer.

The Watchmen should be better than The Spirit.

How bad is the Star Wars Clone Wars movie? Beyond awful says Harry. FOUR STARS! yell eight year olds. I had decided decades ago that the best Star Wars were those aimed at 12 to 14 year olds, not 8 year olds.

Not video entertainment but made me laugh - a dinosaur worries comic strip. stories page linked me there.

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