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28 July 2005 @ 09:41 pm
The topic of movies that people really need to have watched has come up a couple times in the last week or two, so i'm trying to think of all the movies that if you heard a geeky friend hadn't seen you'd say "omg you haven't seen that!!1!1!?!?!" :)

Geek must watch list:

Real Genius
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Top Secret
Airplane (? i'm kinda iffy on this one)
Fifth Element
Galaxy Quest (well _i_ think so, so at the very least it belongs in the list below)
LA Story
Clerks/Mallrats (?)
War Games
Blade Runner

Are there any glaring omissions? I'm sure there must be quite a few because i was looking at my shelves after the initial listing and smacking myself for the things i forgot just off of that =P

And now for (at least some of) the movies that aren't as universally well known and loved as the above, but which i really like :)

_My_ must watch list:

Into the Woods
Without a Clue
Undercover Blues
Iron Giant
Knight's Tale
Demolition Man
Nightmare Before Christmas
Current Mood: geekygeeky
cwendy41cwendy41 on July 29th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Yay Real Genius! Based off Caltech! I know the guy who went to McDonald's and submitted a bajillion forms and won a bunch of the prizes. He had about 1/3 of the entries, but he only won ~1/5 of the prizes.
Silverhawksilverhawk on July 29th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
Princess Bride.

hmm... haven't seen top secret. Not sure I've seen clerks or mallrats all the way through... pretty sure I haven't, actually. Sneakers? Haven't seen Blade Runner.

Only seen half the movies on your list, too. I must not be a very good geek.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 30th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
Doh! Yeah, i knew i was forgetting at least a few important ones :)

I don't think if you've not seen these movies that it's a "you must turn in your geek card now" thing, it's a "we need to sit you down and make you watch these!" thing :)
Sarisa Aeryndannonsarisa on July 29th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
A few that I can think of that should be on that list:

The Matrix (at LEAST the 1st one ... the rest are not a requirement)
The Wizard (Fred Savage! \m/ (>.<) \m/)

I feel like there's more, but I don't usually think so well this early in the morning
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 30th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Hackers, in fact i'm not even sure what it is :) Goonies and TRON definitely. I guess the Matrix, though that seems a little mainstream.

I'm not sure about the Wizard. It _is_ cool, but i'm pretty sure i'm looking at it through nostalgia tinged glasses :)
Sarisa Aeryn: cutedannonsarisa on July 30th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hackers is (IMO) the quintessential representation of what every computer geek who's ever dreamed at getting back at the system would do. It is not, by any means, a high-quality award winning film, rather, it is just ... entertaining beyond all measure ... and my opinion on that has NOTHING to do whatsoever with the incredibly hot outfits and skin that Angelina Jolie shows in the movie ... none at all ... not a bit ...

While The Matrix has become mainstream, I feel that if you look at just the first movie, and took it as not being part of a trilogy, the real feeling of the movie was that you can transcend reality through the power of your mind, and the only limits you have should be your own creativity and intelligence; the ultimate mind over matter, and what to all geeks have in abundance but intelligence?
Kevinbellwethr on July 29th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
What about the obvious missing "geek movies"?

Star Wars (IV-VI)
Lord of the Rings
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 30th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
Hmmm, those are definitely good movies, but i'm not sure if they belong on the list or not. Obviously they're well loved by geeks, but they might be a little too mainstream. I was vaguely thinking "geek cult" rather than "liked by geeks," but if you did find a geek who hadn't seen them you'd definitely be tempted to remedy the situation. I'll have to think on those.
rahvina on August 2nd, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
Empire Records
Flight of the Navigator
Last Starfighter
Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I
Run Lola Run
Edward Scissorhands