I’ve watched a lot of movies with my children and find it great fun to see the films through their fresh eyes with their oh-so-modern sensibilities. A few weeks ago I cracked out one of the best sci-fi films ever made and enjoyed it again with my 17 year old daughter: Alien. She was a bit unsure at the beginning, but was completely caught up by the time the creature bursts out of Kane (John Hurt)’s chest cavity. “This is really good for such an old movie!” she exclaimed and even had trouble falling asleep after it ended. The mark of a good film, I say!
Watching Alien with her started me thinking about what other films I’d like to share with her, films that combined form the foundation of the science fiction genre. It’s easy to come up with 15, 20, or more movies to watch, but what if it’s just limited to five movies? What are the best films that set up a younger viewer to appreciate the best of science fiction?