The perpetual list-makers over at listverse.com have posted a new list I found appealing
to my geekish tendencies: the Top 20 Geek Movies of All Time. I was
relieved to see that these were movies for geeks, among whom
I count myself, and not about so-called geeks, which is a totally
different beast. (And the appeal of which I just don’t get.
I was in a house this weekend where Superbad was playing, and
I still feel like the inside of my head needs scrubbed.)
The criteria for the list are
a little hard to gauge, but there are a few things in common: space,
or computers, or other sci-fi themes, or a combination of the above.
Also, the 1980s spawned most of the geeky classics. One of my
favorites made it: Short Circuit. Ah, Ally Sheedy
circa 1986. My girlfriend says you look like somebody’s mother
here, but I say what’s wrong with that? (Also, she was crushing
on Sally Field in Places in the Heart, so I say her judgment
may be questionable.)
A more recent film that made
it was The Matrix. Again, I agree. The sequels were
unwatchable, but I’ll never forget seeing the fight sequences at the
theater; this was a movie that changed the way movies are filmed.
(Er, does saying that make me a geek?) Oh, and there was Trinity
Another good call: Serenity.
I sort of think anything written by Joss Whedon qualifies for
geekdom on that basis alone, and this one also has Jewel Staite,
Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, and Gina Torres fighting
the good fight on the big screen. Enough said.
But the No. 1 film I just
can’t stomach: 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can’t be the only
geek who can’t sit through that movie. And they’ve missed a few
of my faves, so I’m opening the floor for nominations here.
First, I’ll put forward
The Fifth Element. I don’t think I’ve ever really figured
out what’s going on, but it’s pretty, and it belongs on the list.
Here’s a geeky touch: a storyboard of Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) .
And another nomination, because
surely any film belongs that inspires people to dress, cross-dress
and otherwise burst into spontaneous song in public venues: The Rocky
Horror Picture Show.
What’s your favorite geeky