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Which movie about computers is your favorite?

Post by carum carvi » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:11 pm

Computers are everywhere. They influence everything. Yet, they arent very noticeable in movies. There is an obvious reason situated in the fact that computers by themselves are not very dramatic or sexy. But it seems that the time period in which computers were most featured in movies was back in the sixties, seventies and eighties, while computers were only used sparsely back then. In those days computers were generally looked upon as a threat for several reasons. But while computers nowadays are being used for the most heinous attacks on who ever, there seem to be less good movies being made about them. There are enough movies about robots etc, but not about the influence that computers have on our daily lives.

My question is: which movie(s) about computers is (are) your favorite? And by computers I dont mean robots or androids. Although the line between these 3 becomes less and less visible.

I do love 2 movies very much in which computers have got a leading role by themselves. One is called "War Games" with Matthew Broderick.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/

The story about Matthew Broderick just having fun in his bedroom hacking into computers is hilarious, when he accidentally locks into the nuclear chain of command computer. And that computer starts dialing back. Yes, it is a bit of kids movie, but I still enjoy it as an adult.


And the other one is "2001: A Space Oddyssey" by the legendary Stanley Kubrick.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/?ref_=nv_sr_1

2001 is one of the few movies in my lifetime that really blew me away. In this epic science fiction movie a computer on board of a spaceship becomes intelligent and starts making decisions on his own. Mind you, that movie was made in 1969. The first time I ever came into contact with a computer was in 1989. 20 years later.

Which are some of your favorite movies about computers?

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Re: Which movie about computers is your favorite?

Post by ajgringo619 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:15 pm

Enemy of the State, with Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Not really a true "computer" movie, more of a technology one. I put 1984 in the same class.

Now, for a true computer movie? Gotta love the original Tron.
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Re: Which movie about computers is your favorite?

Post by catweazel » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:33 pm

carum carvi wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:11 pm
And the other one is "2001: A Space Oddyssey" by the legendary Stanley Kubrick.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/?ref_=nv_sr_1
2010, The Year We Make Contact, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the sequel we discover what was going on in 2001.
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Post by absque fenestris » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:00 pm

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

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Re: Which movie about computers is your favorite?

Post by tdockery97 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:04 pm

I would have to say "Wargames" and "The Matrix"
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Post by kc1di » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:36 am

The Matrix and 2001: A Space Oddyssey
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Post by MintBean » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:50 am

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Definitely Wargames! Computers seemed a lot cooler back then. A true technological frontier.

I think 'Weird Science' deserves a mention. Anthony Michael Hall on legendary form amongst the highlights.
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Post by Night Wing » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:26 am

"WarGames" has always been my favorite computer movie. Seems appropriate with all of the computer hacking which is running rampant in this day and age.
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Re: Which movie about computers is your favorite?

Post by snowflake » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:26 am

I think Die hard 4 ,& yeah i believe it is about computers, that & blowing s$#* up
Adding "War Games" to my to-watch list

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Re: Which movie about computers is your favorite?

Post by BenTrabetere » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:55 am

For me it is a toss-up between 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact and WarGames. For me, HAL beats WOPR.

Other contenders include

Sneakers - great cast, somewhat plausible plot, and one of the best dance scenes of all time.

Hackers - a fun way to waste a couple of hours as long as you don't take the computer stuff too seriously and can overlook the barely-threatening villain. IIRC, it was the first films for Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie; that should account for something.

Terminator and T2 - I include Terminator because you cannot have T2 without it.

Westworld - the 1972 original, not the tripe that followed. Yeah, it is more about robots, but still.

Live Free or Die Hard - ridiculous plot and some of the computer stuff is waaay over the top, but it is about computers.

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Post by lsemmens » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:59 pm

Another vote for the HAL9000 here. The other computer "moment" that I really enjoy is in the Star Trek Movie "The Voyage Home" where Scotty talks to a computer in 1986:D
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