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J LHLS Archives: December 2005

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Mermaid Forest, Vol. 3 "Unquenchable Thirst" (DVD)
Geneon Distribution

Review by Tom Good

Eating mermaid's flesh is a kind of culinary Russian roulette: most of those who partake are killed or turned into deformed monsters, but for a lucky few the result is immortality. Rumiko Takahashi's Mermaid Forest fixates on this idea, spinning out many variations on its "just say no to mermaid flesh" public service campaign. (After watching many episodes, a running joke in my house now goes something like this: "You know what I did today?" "You ate the mermaid flesh!?") But though the concept may be rather odd, this DVD is quite good, with quality English voice acting and the best visuals in the series so far, featuring some high-contrast scenes and nice glow and fog effects. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:17 PM PST [Link]

Monday, December 5, 2005

Aeon Flux
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Written by Phil Hay and Mat Manfredi
Characters by Peter Chung

Review by Chad Denton

I was required by law - nerd law - to go watch "Aeon Flux," so I could help gauge Hollywood's latest butchering of a well-executed, original concept.

Of course, to some of us the relationship between Hollywood and 'fandoms' is like that of an abusive lover and their victim; maybe, just maybe, this time, the victim hopes, they'll be different. And, while I knew that it would be impossible to make an even mostly faithful adaptation of "Aeon Flux" that would appeal to a broader, mainstream audience, I was hoping we'd at least get an interesting and fun action/sci-fi exercise out of the bargain.
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Posted by Chad Denton @ 08:30 PM PST [Link]

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