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Scifi/fantasy to watch with mom

Dannyalcatraz

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Genre movies:

Mars Attacks was a pretty good spoof of 1950s-60s alien invasion flicks.

Dragonslayer was an excellent take on the dragon slaying concept, and had one of the best Pre-CGI dragons ever. (IMHO, better than most CGI ones, too.)

Legend was an early Tom Cruise movie,and maybe one of his best. Tim Curry as the personification of Evil was excellent. Soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, Brian Ferry, and David Gilmour.

Ladyhawke, a tale of cursed lovers.

See also The Princess Bride, Stardust, Neverending Story, The Last Unicorn.
 

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Dannyalcatraz

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The Thing (original)
Day of the Triffids
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
(original)
5 Million Years to Earth (aka Quatermass and the Pit)
 

Li Shenron

Legend
I'm mid 40s and she's early 70s. I still feel uncomfortable watching sex and nudity around her. lol But I also know she doesn't care for it or a lot of bad language.
Almost every single scifi (and not only) TV series of last decades has sex, although in very many cases it's in the first 5-10 minutes of the first episode, so if you skip those first 10 minutes you should be safe.

However, in the last couple of years it seems TV series have all switched from showing an obligatory sex scene with showing someone vomiting, which is now apparently the latest fashion.
 


Aeson

Hero
I watched the first episode of Locke & Key when it premiered. Thank you for reminding me. I think she might like it.

Even though I said she didn't care for superhero shows I think she got into Hawkeye. I want to get her to watch She Hulk when it comes on.

Thank you all for the suggestions. Lots of older stuff I haven't thought of in a long time. I wonder how many of them she's seen.
 
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MoonSong

Rules-lawyering drama queen but not a munchkin
It's old, but Stargate SG-1 might be good.
Second this one. SG1 and Atlantis work very well with OPs request. About the only actual scifi I can watch with my Dad. The only other one is Farscape.

About some other series I can think of, Maybe Sanctuary and Tremors the series?
 



When I was a teenager, I rented The Man Who Fell to Earth one Thanksgiving with the family, figuring "Oh, David Bowie is cool." I nearly died of embarrassment, covering my head with a napkin!

I'm mid 40s and she's early 70s. I still feel uncomfortable watching sex and nudity around her. lol But I also know she doesn't care for it or a lot of bad language.

It's only really sci-fi/fantasy adjacent, but what about The Guild?

She used to watch a lot of the older scifi channel shows like Warehouse 13 and Eureka. BSG and The Expanse were too boring to her. I think she's seen the newer alien doctor one (can't remember the name) and liked it, but I don't get Syfy on my cable plan so if it not streaming we're out of luck on that. Unless it's a local station I have to stream it.

She likes Manifest, I haven't seen it though. She likes Big Sky (or is it Blue Sky?) I haven't seen that one either. There will be some things we're not both going to like. She'll watch The Mandalorian and Boba Fett but not The Bad Batch or Rebels.

I just thought I might ask for a few suggestions for something we could both watch when we have the time. I'm on a nocturnal work schedule so we don't get a lot of TV time together. Excellent ideas so far. Thank you all.
 


Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
Gotta chime in that Resident Alien is one of the few Sci-Fi shows MY mom showed any interest in. She watched a couple episodes with me and got a kick out of them. She’s not a fan of the genre, so that’s HUGE in my book.
 


AtomicPope

Adventurer
Netflix has a few series and movies that are definitely worthy of a mention:
* Stranger Things (4 seasons) - it taps into the 80's nostalgia of sci-fi and horror (E.T., Firestarter, The Thing) combined with 80's kid adventure (Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom). It's a family friendly show about 80's kids in small town Indiana where one kid ends up missing, and it's up to his friends to find him.
* The OA (2 seasons) - a low key sci-fi/fantasy show where the 1st season is flawless for its execution of the unreliable narrator. Unique in its execution you could stop at season 1 as season 2 has a completely different style, a more traditional sci-fi/fantasy narrative. Season 2 breaks the 4th wall in a way that no other show has before.
* I Am Mother (movie) - a sci-fi movie about an AI keeping the last human alive. The AI raises a human as its child, teaching her how to be human and develop into an adult. It becomes clear the AI isn't telling us everything, but how much it's lying remains to be seen by the last surviving human and whether or not the AI will allow her to live if she discovers the truth.
* Orbiter 9 (movie) - a Spanish language sci-fi movie about a dystopian earth where a human is born in space and living as a guinea pig for scientists on earth. Then one day there's a malfunction on Orbiter 9, and a scientist decides to interfere with the mission.
* Stargate (movie) - 90's sci-fi movie that launched a half-a-dozen tv series spin offs. The premise is simple and complex: ancient Egypt was created by aliens, and only one Egyptologist figured it out. Since he understands the language more than anyone, he's called to decipher the StarGate, an alien technology that opens a rift in space to another Stargate. On the other side is another Egypt, but it's still ruled by Aliens.
* Minority Report (movie) - John (Tom Cruise) is the lead detective of the Pre-Crime division, a police unit that arrests people moments before they commit murder. The images of the future come from 3 Pre-Cogs, psychics kept in a drug-sedated REM stat. Murders have been nearly eradicated. Then one day images of John committing murder appear. He has less than 36 hours to solve the crime before he's locked away.
* Let Me In (movie) - a low-budget horror drama that follows troubled kids into what could be a death cult where nothing is as what it seems. The movie is unique in the psychological motives of the kids and adults are extremely well played in both script and acting, with no over-the-top dialogue or grandstanding performances.
 
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payn

Legend
* Let Me In (movie) - a low-budget horror drama that follows troubled kids into what could be a death cult where nothing is as what it seems. The movie is unique in the psychological motives of the kids and adults are extremely well played in both script and acting, with no over-the-top dialogue or grandstanding performances.
Carful searching this one because there is also a violent horror movie about a child vampire sharing the same name.
 




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