Best geeky movies ever


The perpetual list-makers over at 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

(Carrie-Anne Moss).

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

guilty pleasure?

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