It has been a great year for science fiction movies. And with the impending release of Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, things are about to get even better. Here’s a list of ten must-watch movies and TV series you must stream before the year ends.
The movie features a crew of dwarfs who steal a map from the Supreme Being that allows them to travel through time holes in search of an inter dimensional treasure. On their way, they come across Kevin, an imaginative kid who has a time portal at his disposal. Setting out on a time traveling adventure, they race through Italy in the time of the Napoleonic Wars, the Middle Ages, and even the 1900s as they try to escape the Evil that has set its eyes on them.
Conan The Barbarian
The movie, starring Jason Momoa as a titular barbarian will impress those who love gripping tales. Momoa battles his way through Hyboria to prevent an evil warlord from reassembling a mask that will give him complete control over the world. Rose McGowan’s botched plastic surgery is also out in the display.
The Dark Crystal
The spooky mix of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, Jen the Gelfling is charged with returning the lost shard of the Dark Crystal and bringing back balance to his world. The evil Skeksis who feed on the Dark Crystal’s power try to hunt him down. Along the way, Jen meets Kira, another Gelfling, and her pet Fizzgig – an adorable hairball with teeth.
National Geographic: Behind the Movie: The Lord of the Rings
Still mind blown from Peter Jackson’s first Tolkien trilogy? Go behind the scenes and know more about the making of the film as well as the mythology behind the author’s work. The documentary also throws light on Tolkien’s childhood and how the growth of the industry and World War I gave shape to his thinking.
A young Merlin is sent to live in the city of Camelot, where king Uthur Pendragon has outlawed magic. Trouble begins when the king’s dragon says that it’s up to the Merlin to keep his son Arthur safe until he can become king. This time, the hit BBC series is aimed at impressing the teens and blends ‘Smallville’ with ‘The Sword in the Stone’.
Legend of the Seeker
Richard Cypher, a young woods guide is recruited by a mysterious woman named Kahlan and her wizard sidekick Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander. According to the prophecy, Cypher is destined to be the Seeker – the only man who can defeat the tyrant Darken Rahl. The story is loosely based on Terry Goodkind’s ‘The Sword of Truth’.
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller
John Hurt, The Storyteller is a queer old man who spins tales based on complicated legends to his furry pet. His stories include the tale of a woman who wants a child so badly that she ends up creating one with quills. The movie is an old German version of Cinderella and the tale of a heartless giant. The series combines live action and puppetry for a mind-blowing effect.
Futurama Benders Game
A tale about the danger of dungeons and dragons, the movie sees the Planet Express crew drawn into a fantasy world where Bender’s desire to have an imagination goes haywire. Bender, in his mind, becomes a knight named Titanius Fancy Man of Cornwood. Leela is a centaur named Leegola, Fry becomes Frydo and Farnsworlth gets his Galdalf on as Greyfarn.
When the quiet and creative Sarah gets tired of her whiny little brother, she wishes him away to the world of the Goblin King. Panicky and desperate to get her brother back, Sarah heads to the Goblin King’s castle. But to get there, she has to pass through the Labyrinth, a massive maze full of traps. Her travel buddies, Sir Didymus the knight and his trusty steed Ambrosius keep her company through the journey.
The Modern retelling of the legendary Sherlock Holmes mysteries unmistakably hits gold. And the role of Sherlock’s sidekick Doctor Watson is played by none other than Martin Freeman (aka Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit). So here’s your chance to get a sample of his performance before ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ hits screens in December.