What Makes a Geek? Part Two
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!”