What Makes a Geek? Part Two

  • It’s Only a Flesh Wound

Recently, several members of the #SQLFamily were discussing various aspects of geekdom.  We came to a consensus:  there are many among us who are self-proclaimed geeks who are only geeks because of the coolness factor.  This is the second part of our journey revolves around movies.  There will probably be a great amount of debate, but I think these movies are essential to the core of what makes a geek.  This is not a comprehensive list because there are tons of obscure titles that geeks turns into cult classics and there are many geek books that were ruined by main stream movie versions.

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Every geek can quote Monty Python with such memorable phrases as “It’s only a flesh wound” and “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” followed by “An African or European swallow?”.
  • Star Wars: A New Hope – This goes without explanation
  • Hackers and/or Sneakers – what geek would be complete without a movie espousing the virtues of being 1337?
  • War Games – Matthew Broderick was the geek I wanted to be in this and Ferris Bueller.  I had played around with a lot of the technology he was using so to see him hacking into the government to play games made him our hero.
  • Office Space – Stuck in your cubicle?  Have eight bosses?  Facing outsourcing or a case of the mondays?
  • Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn – There are other Star Trek movies, but not many compare to this one.
  • The Matrix – “Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?”
  • Blade Runner and/or Tron – We are suckers for a good space film, are you seeing a pattern here yet?
  • The Princess Bride – “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” followed by “Stop saying that!”
  • 2001: A Space Oddysey – “Open the pod bay doors, HAL” followed by “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”

I know there are many more excellent geek movies, however this is a list of baseline movies.  While compiling this list, I thought of thirty more such as Alien and Pi, but I had to stop somewhere.  Every geek should know these movies, end of story.  “Share and Enjoy!”


About SQLGator

Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Florida Gator, Star Wars fanatic and is there anything else...oh yeah PS4! I am a geek and SQL Server Business Intelligence Consultant, there are other technologies greater than these? Not so fast my friend! I also love to travel to new and exotic places.

Posted on May 8, 2012, in Funhouse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dude…you’re assuming all of your readers are over the age of 40. Maybe I need to write a blog for geeks under the age of 30! Now we are talking! Zelda and Thunder Cats anyone?

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