Media links for associates — Lesser known S.F. movies

1. Trailer for Arrival. This is a trailer for Arrival, a recent S.F. movie that's very different from usual S.F. films. It's based on a story by Ted Chiang.

The film is considered slow by Terminator standards. It isn't a Terminator film and isn't supposed to be one. The film does involve time travel, in a sense, but you might think of it as the definitive anti-Terminator movie.

2. Trailer for Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is an odd but positive S.F. movie from Disney. For ages 10 and up.

If you have a choice, I recommend watching this one with the explanation soundtrack turned on. It's likely to be confusing otherwise.

3. Trailer for Another Earth. Trailer for another S.F. movie. This one is low budget and slow paced. Not for Terminator fans. It's more of a date movie.

4. La Jetee Complete Film. This is a complete short S.F. film, half an hour long, that I saw when I was young. It's eerie and unsettling. This is the original film that “12 Monkeys” was based on.

I have a funny personal anecdote related to La Jetee.

A TV station aired the film. This might have been around 1970. I wrote to the TV station later and asked what the title of the movie had been.

“This was a French science fiction film”, I said. “It was a love story that involved time travel and the title was J-something.”.

The TV station wrote back and said, “You must be thinking of Je T'aime Je T'aime”.

But it was “La Jetee”. There were not one, but two, French science fiction love stories that involved time travel and the title J-something.

Introductions to Odd Animes

Then, again, most animes are pretty odd

5. Russian Language Dennou Coil AMV. This is a Dennou Coil AMV with a Russian song as the music. Dennou Coil is a 13-hour anime about children living in a world like The Matrix. Early episodes are fine for preteens. Later episodes are quite scary.

6. Takkun Swings the Bat. FLCL scene. A bomb is falling on the city. Naota (the boy) and Haruko (the girl) must use their guitars as baseball bats to knock it back into space.

The series isn't intended for younger children.

7. Uncut Mirai-Konan intro.

8. Astroboy Reboot teaser.

Media links for associates — All ages

8. The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas. All ages. This is a classic science song by They Might Be Giants.

9. Yellow Submarine. All ages. The Beatles' classic song.

10. The Mesopotamians. All ages. This is another song by They Might Be Giants. The character designs are based on monster toys that were popular 50 years ago. Gilgamesh, in history, was the first legendary superhero. The other people actually existed.

11. Ghost Riders in the Sky. All ages. This one is suitable for Halloween. It's a novelty song from 1949.