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Aeon Flux

Hyperkinetic, ultraviolent spy vs. spy cyberpunk animation. AF first aired on the June 1991 debut of MTV’s Liquid Television’s show and was created by Peter Chung, the Korean-born head of animation for Liquid Television’s production company.

The show boasts one of the highest body counts per minute of any set of images ever committed to film, condensing the gun-propelled physicality and action sequences of an entire John Woo feature into an animated short, more than a few times involving the death of the svelte heroine-assassin herself.

In the second half of 1995 MTV gave the heroine a voice and spun off a separate Aeon Flux show, videogame, and book. Chung’s second series, Phantom 2040, was a futuristic adaptation of comic hero the Phantom, first offered through syndication in 1994.

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Just a Couple of Things

Let’s start with American Idol.   I just sat through all two hours of the final twelve male contestants, and a lot of them were so boring that I have already forgotten them.  I remember Sundance, Beatbox Boy, the Cute Little Gay Indian Boy, Barefoot Asian Guy, Sassy Jack Osbourne from Greenville, and Cueball.  The others were fairly indistinguishable.  I liked that Beatbox Boy sang Keane.  Other highlights were mostly from the interview portions, like how that one guy said he works “in the restaurant industry.”  It’s okay, buddy.  You can say you’re a waiter.  Ain’t no shame in being a waiter.  Kellie Pickler was a roller-skating Sonic girl, and she’s doing alright, even if her jailbird daddy is trying to sell off her baby toys on eBay.  It’s like when Eric on Entourage says he used to “manage… Continue reading