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!”

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About SQLGator

Florida Gator and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Star Wars fanatic and is there anything else...oh yeah PS4! I am a geek and SQL Server DBA who dabbles with VMWare, 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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