Netflix has a few good titles to offer fans of sci fi and fantasy. Right now in November 2020, I can recommend some that I think are worth your time.
This 2007 production used live actors enhanced by animation. The effect was a little disconcerting to me at first but don’t let that stop you from watching this one. Directed by Robert Zemeckis with a screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, the movie presents a brilliant interpretation of the Old English epic Beowulf. Angelina Jolie is unforgettable as Grendel’s mother, and Ray Wintstone, Robin Wright, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins deliver marvelous performances. I own this movie on DVD as well and have watched it many times. I find something new to appreciate every time that I watch it. Be sure to enjoy it while it’s on Netflix.
It’s hard to imagine that any fantasy fan has failed to watch the first season the Witcher, but if you’ve been in jail or something, be sure to watch it. I especially love the character of Yennefer, and everyone likes Geralt although he is rather grumpy. The nonlinear overlapping layers of the story are a bit tricky, but it all comes together in an amazing way. The Witcher is truly an above average fantasy television show. The wait for season 2 shall be long and difficult.
This movie is just so much good sci fi fun. I can’t imagine why this was not a huge hit when it was in theaters. That it’s only rated 5.3 out of 10 at IMBd proves that there’s something wrong with the world. Written and directed by the Wachowskis, the movie stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. The fact that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is one of the producers of Jupiter Ascending makes the story of a galactic super race farming and harvesting humans to produce an elixir that prolongs life even creepier.
The Frankenstein Chronicles
I’ve watched season 1 of this series loosely inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Sean Bean plays the lead character, and his performance is moving and a bit riveting to tell the truth. Although I recommend the series, it’s so horrifying to me that I’ve been working up my courage before diving into season 2.