WOF: What's your favorite 'geek' movie of all time?

By Jos ยท 71 replies
Aug 27, 2010
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  1. The last couple of decades have brought about a number of movies that in one way or another try to capture geek psychology and culture. We've seen everything from the hilariously misconceived hacker that can get into any computer by frantically typing random commands until the words 'access granted' appear on-screen (I'm looking at you Hugh Jackman), to a few gems that hit closer to the mark of portraying what it's like to be a geek or an outsider.

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  2. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Real Genius
  3. I have few on my list
    "sky captain and the world of tomorrow"

    ok there is a couple of running themes in these choices I made
    there about computers have computer characters or the whole movie is made by computers. and there is one last theme

    ya ya I know but she is a goddess

    "Angelina Jolie"
  4. gadzooks64

    gadzooks64 TS Rookie

    +1, I loved Real Genius!
  5. It is surprisingly accurate, for me at least he he
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,667   +988

    Hmmm hard to tell, I liked Pirates of Silicon Valley quite a bit but it's not one of my favorite movies. Sci-fi movies in general usually don't make it into my all time favorites, but memorable films that fall into the geeky category include Hackers, Star Wars, Bladerunner and The Matrix (only the first one).
  7. LordAnarchy

    LordAnarchy TS Rookie

    Wargames, FTW. It's all about WOPR and Global Thermonuclear Warfare...

    TRON, lame.
    Revenge of the nerds, blah.

    Hackers is on the list.. Yes, hacking is EXACTLY like that movie:) Plus, its just funny to see all those actors now.. Angelina Jolie, Johnny Lee Miller, Fisher Stevens, and Matthew Lillard.
  8. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    i don't have any fav of the genre, but just looking at the presentation & seeing it so often in movies, it made me LOL.

  9. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Me too! And Star Wars!
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    Terrific weekly topic - props to whoever came up with this.

    BUT obviously, it's a tie between two movies - Blade Runner and Tron.
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ...Blade runner was not a geek movie Tom! :p:wave:
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    True, and also...
    Brazil > Dark City> Blade Runner.

    Otaku No Video is a geek movie.
  13. Die hard iv
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    I think someone just doesnt want to have the geek factor.
  15. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    American Pie....Great film
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,965   +2,521

    I think we've somehow confused "geek movies" with "movies with a geek audience".

    With that concept stated and in force, then "Avatar" would have to be the biggest "geek movie" of all time. (In addition to being the biggest grossing movie of all time). Universal appeal doesn't necessarily disqualify it, does it?

    The truest verbatim definition of a "geek movie" would go to "Real Genius", which I think contains a tiny grain of truth regarding the sophisticated, intellectual practical jokes being played at those schools.

    Anyway, I don't really believe that liking "Star Trek" automatically qualifies you as a "geek". However, going to the conventions, and believing that s*** is possible, does.
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Its not geek as such, but definitely an "outsider" movie...

    A beautiful mind.

    Its one of my all time favourite films for many reasons.
  18. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    Well there are stun guns. Don't see any phaser guns yet.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,965   +2,521

    "Oh Brave New World"
    Meh, phasers maybe.

    But, when I can say, "beam me up", without having my eyeball looking out of my a** when it's over, then I'll believe it. :rolleyes:
  20. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    the first and the second matrix. Maybe Eagle Eye... its good one too.
  21. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Transformers or Stargate yet (or maybe they have and I just missed it. Sneakers is one of my all time favorite geek movies.

    @grvalderrama - Eagle Eye wasn't a geek movie.
  22. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Gotta go with Office Space.

    "PCLOADLETTER! WTF does that mean?!"
  23. War Games and of course 2001: a Space Odyssey
  24. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    Anyone seen "Primer?" Probably the most confusing movie ever written, but it was pretty good, once you understand it, and definitely a geek movie.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,965   +2,521

    I still think that everybody's confusing movies that are popular with geeks, and geek movies.

    As I said before, using the current criterion in applying the term "geek movie", "Avatar" would have to be the biggest geek movie of all time. I mean really, boys and girls, it's almost frame for frame ripped from "Fern Gully", an animated feature with ecology as a central theme. Oh, and there's also the little thing about displacing the native population. Social conscience raised to an interplanetary scale, that's geeky, no doubt about it.

    You'll have to excuse me now, I have to go hug a tree three solar systems away.

    Oh, there's also the comic book fantasy of assuming a much more powerful alter ego, when confronted with a personal feeling of inadequacy. That's textbook geek.

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