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81 movies for geeks that do not suck

Posted in Movies, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on December 09, 2006

Write what you know. In this case, what I know about is being a geek. Over the next few days I’ll be suggesting things that I liked. The list is sci-fi/fantasy/comic book heavy. Surprisingly low on the “computer related movies” tip, but we blame that on the fact that most computer-related movies suck ass.81 flicks in total, but I’m sure I’ve missed some. Leave a comment and tell us your favs. I didn’t include any movies I hadn’t seen, so that may be why your “this list sucks because it’s missing XXXXXX” was missing. Also, it is skewed to the mid/late-20s demographic.

Is this the definitive list that should be written in stone for the children of the future? No. It’s a geek listing some of his favorite flicks on a personal blog.

Links to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for each movie to make the list easier to cross-reference. Trailers are hosted on IMDB (but we have not double-checked that all of the links lead to a trailer). Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference — if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world. It’s not my fault.

Romance movies for men and women

My girlfriend and I have done another list like this for romantic films. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.


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Comic Book Geek

An Evening with Kevin Smith – Vol 1 & 2 – [IMDB]

An Evening with Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith does a question and answer session with his fans.


Batman BeginsRating: 7.7/10, Overall: 84% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Batman Begins Batman Begins Director: Christopher Nolan, Writer: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Theatrical Release

ConstantineRating: 5.5/10, Overall: 46% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Constantine (Widescreen Edition)
Constantine Director: Francis Lawrence, Writer: Kevin Brodbin, Frank Cappello
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action

Mystery MenRating: 5.9/10, Overall: 62% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Mystery Men (Widescreen) Mystery Men Director: Kinka Usher, Writer: Neil Cuthbert
Starring: Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Wes Studi, Paul Reubens
Genres: Comedies, Superheroes, Theatrical Release

OrgazmoRating: 5.1/10, Overall: 52% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Orgazmo Orgazmo Director: Trey Parker, Writer: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Michael Dean Jacobs, Matt Stone, Robyn Lynne Raab, Ron Jeremy
Genres: Comedies, Spoof, Superheroes, Theatrical Release

Sin CityRating: 7.4/10, Overall: 77% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Sin City (Widescreen) Sin City Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Writer: Frank Miller, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Frank Miller
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure

Spider-ManRating: 7.6/10, Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Spider-Man (Widescreen Special Edition)
Spider-Man Director: Sam Raimi, Writer: David Koepp, Alvin Sargent
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris
Genres: Action/Adventure, Coming Of Age, Romance, Superheroes, Heroes, Comic Book, Theatrical Release, Live Action, Essential Cinema

Spider-Man 2Rating: 8.2/10, Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
Spider-Man 2 Director: Sam Raimi, Writer: Alvin Sargent, Michael Chabon
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Superheroes, Theatrical Release

The IncrediblesRating: 8.3/10, Overall: 97% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Incredibles (Widescreen 2-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Incredibles Director: Brad Bird, Writer: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pe�a, Brad Bird
Genres: Action/Adventure, Childrens, Comedies, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Animated, Superheroes, Heroes, Theatrical Release

V for VendettaRating: 6.9/10, Overall: 75% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]V for Vendetta (2-Disc Special Edition)
V For Vendetta Director: James McTeigue, Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Alan Moore
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Rupert Graves, Sinead Cusack
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramas, Crime/Conspiracy, Action, Drama, Futuristic, Theatrical Release

X-Men 1 & 2Rating: 6.9/10, Overall: 80% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]X-Men Trilogy Pack (X-Men/X-Men 2/X-Men 3: The Last Stand)
X-Men Director: Bryan Singer, Writer: David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Tom DeSanto
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Mutants, Superheroes, Good Vs. Evil, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release


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Computer / High-Tech Geek

There aren’t that many good movies about computers.

Some good documentaries:

HackersIMDB Rating: 5.6/10, RT Rating: 4.7/10, RT Overall: 37% [RT] [IMDB]
Hackers Director: Iain Softley, Writer: Rafael Moreu
Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Fisher Stevens, Lorraine Bracco
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Good Vs. Evil, Theatrical Release


Office SpaceRating: 6.8/10, Overall: 78% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Special Edition with Flair (Widescreen Edition)
Office Space Director: Mike Judge, Writer: Mike Judge
Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Ajay Naidu, David Herman, Gary Cole, Stephen Root
Genres: Comedies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Essential Cinema

SneakersRating: 7/10, Overall: 85% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Sneakers (Widescreen Collector Edition) Sneakers Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Starring: Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell
Genres: Comedies, Action, Buddies, Comedy, Politics, Scams And Cons, Theatrical Release

SwordfishRating: 4.3/10, Overall: 25% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Swordfish (Widescreen) Swordfish Director: Dominic Sena, Writer: Skip Woods
Starring: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Camryn Grimes, Vinnie Jones
Genres: Dramas, Adventure, Mystery, Spies, Theatrical Release, Money

TronRating: 6.3/10, Overall: 75% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
Tron Director: Steven Lisberger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes, Dan Shor
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Cult Film, Science-Fiction, Switching Roles, Thriller, Recommended, Computer Animation, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Essential Cinema

WarGamesRating: 7.4/10, Overall: 95% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]WarGames (Widescreen)
WarGames Director: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin, John Wood
Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Drama, Nuclear Destruction, Suspense, Teenage, Thriller, War, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

 

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Cult Film Geek

By no means the best, just a list of what a couple of geeks found in common as favorite flicks.

Battle RoyaleRating: 6.9/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Battle Royale Battle Royale Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Chiaki Kuriyama
Genres: Foreign Films, Japanese, Thriller


Being John MalkovichRating: 8/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Being John Malkovich (Widescreen Special Edition)
Being John Malkovich Director: Spike Jonze, Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Puppets, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), New York City

The Big LebowskiRating: 7.4/10, Overall: 85% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Big Lebowski (Widescreen Collector's Edition) The Big Lebowski Director: Joel Coen, Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drugs, Kidnapping And Missing Persons, Mystery, Art/Artists, Mishaps, Farce, Mistaken Identity, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Saddam Hussein, Essential Cinema

Donnie DarkoRating: 7.3/10, Overall: 80% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Director's Cut
Donnie Darko Director: Richard Kelly, Writer: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Black Comedy, Drama, Science-Fiction, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Parents, Teenagers, Teenage Fantasy Adventure, High School Experiences, Essential Cinema

Dr. StrangeloveRating: 9.2/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writer: Terry Southern, Stanley Kubrick, Peter George
Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, Keenan Wynn
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Cult Film, Drama, Classic, Nuclear Destruction, War, Mad Doctor, Recommended, Military, Satire, Theatrical Release, Cold War, Essential Cinema

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindRating: 8.4/10, Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Widescreen)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Director: Michel Gondry, Writer: Charlie Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Doctors, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Essential Cinema

Fight ClubRating: 7.3/10, Overall: 81% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Fight Club (Widescreen)
Fight Club Director: David Fincher, Writer: Jim Uhls, Chuck Palahniuk
Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham-Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto, Zach Grenier
Genres: Dramas, Action, Black Comedy, Comedy, Satire, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Violence, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel

Groundhog DayRating: 8/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Groundhog Day (Widescreen) Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis, Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle Murray, Marita Geraghty
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Time Travel, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Leon the ProfessionalRating: 6.9/10, Overall: 81% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Deluxe Edition
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Coming Of Age, Drama, Suspense, Killer, On-The-Run, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Mafia, Hit Men, New York City

Life of BrianRating: 8.5/10, Overall: 98% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Widescreen) Monty Python’s Life of Brian Director: Terry Jones, Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Starring: Monty Python Cast, Kenneth Colley, Graham Chapman, Gwen Taylor, Terence Bayler, Michael Palin
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, British, Comedy, Religion, Farce, Recommended, Satire, Ancient World, Theatrical Release

MementoRating: 8.1/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Memento (Widescreen Limited Edition) [2 Discs]
Memento Director: Christopher Nolan, Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Junior Boone, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harriet Harris
Genres: Dramas, Mystery, Thriller, Murder, Theatrical Release, Mystery/Suspense, Revenge

Pi / Requiem for a Dream – Darren Aronofsky double setPi / Requiem for a Dream

Run Lola RunRating: 7.7/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Run Lola Run (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Run Lola Run Director: Tom Tykwer, Writer: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde, Joachim Krol
Genres: Foreign Films, German, Action, Suspense, Theatrical Release

SwingersRating: 7.8/10, Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Swingers
Swingers Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Ron Livingston, Brooke Langton, Deena Martin
Genres: Comedies, Buddies, Comedy, Mishaps, Recommended, Big City, Nightlife, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Thank You For SmokingRating: 7.5/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Thank You For Smoking (Widescreen)
Thank You For Smoking Director: Jason Reitman, Writer: Jason Reitman
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Exploitation, Big Business, Satire, Fathers And Sons

TrainspottingRating: 8.1/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Trainspotting
Trainspotting Director: Danny Boyle, Writer: Irvine Welsh, John Hodge
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald
Genres: Dramas, Friends, Black Comedy, British, Drama, Drugs, Family Interaction, Substance Abuse, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Disturbing, Lowlife, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Scotland, Drug Addiction, Friendships, Family Crises, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel


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Fantasy/Medieval “dude, it’s got swords” Geek

BraveheartRating: 7.2/10, Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Braveheart (Widescreen)
Braveheart Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Lawlor
Genres: Action/Adventure, Big Battles, Drama, Medieval, War, Heroes, Classic Fight Scenes, Tragedy, Period Piece, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema


The Dark CrystalRating: 5.9/10, Overall: 69% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Dark Crystal (Widescreen) The Dark Crystal Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Writer: Jim Henson, David Odell
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Puppets, Jewels, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release

ExcaliburRating: 7.6/10, Overall: 86% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Excalibur (Widescreen)
Excalibur Director: John Boorman, Writer: Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman
Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Big Battles, Fantasy, Medieval, Mythology, Witches And Wizards, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Infidelity, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

GladiatorRating: 7/10, Overall: 78% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Gladiator (2000) Gladiator Director: Ridley Scott, Writer: David H. Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Good Vs. Evil, Theatrical Release, Violence, Battles

HighlanderRating: 6.1/10, Overall: 71% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Highlander (Widescreen)
Highlander Director: Russell Mulcahy, Writer: Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson
Starring: Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Billy Hartman, Edward Wiley
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Science-Fiction, Swashbuckler, Heroes, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Theatrical Release

KrullRating: 4.5/10, Overall: 31% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Krull (Widescreen) Krull Director: Peter Yates, Writer: Stanford Sherman
Starring: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Kidnapping And Missing Persons, Medieval, Monsters, Witches And Wizards, Theatrical Release

LabyrinthRating: 5.8/10, Overall: 55% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Labyrinth (Widescreen) Labyrinth Director: Jim Henson, Writer: Terry Jones, Dennis Lee
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Toby Froud
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Kidnapping And Missing Persons, Kids Adventure, Puppets, Witches And Wizards, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release

LadyhawkeRating: 5.7/10, Overall: 72% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Ladyhawke (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Ladyhawke Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Leo McKern
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Witches And Wizards, Love Story, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Magic, Theatrical Release

Mazes and Monsters – [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Mazes and Monsters Tom Hanks is a teenager troubled by his obsession with Dungeons and Dragons — not a great film, but lots of kitsch value.

Monty Python and the Holy GrailRating: 7.8/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Widescreen) Monty Python and the Holy Grail Director: Terry Gilliam, Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Starring: Monty Python Cast, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Bee Duffell, John Young, Graham Chapman
Genres: Comedies, British, Comedy, Medieval, Spoof, Witches And Wizards, On-The-Road, Animals, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Poverty, Satire, Legends, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Seven SamuraiRating: 9.4/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection)
Seven Samurai Director: Akira Kurosawa, Writer: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
Starring: Toshir� Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Kat�, Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi
Genres: Foreign Films, Japanese, Action, Adventure, Drama, Classic, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Period Piece, Samurai, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The Curse of the Black PearlRating: 7.1/10, Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Curse of the Black Pearl (2 Discs)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Director: Gore Verbinski, Writer: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Davenport
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ghosts, High Seas, Swashbuckler, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Islands, Love, Essential Cinema

The Lord of the RingsRating: 8.5/10, Overall: 94%The Motion Picture Trilogy
Peter Jackson’s masterpiece.

The Princess BrideRating: 8.4/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Princess Bride (Dread Pirate Edition)
The Princess Bride Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: William Goldman, William Goldman
Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Andr� the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal
Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Fantasy, Medieval, Spoof, Swashbuckler, Love Story, Rescue, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema


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Horror Geek

28 Days LaterRating: 7.4/10, Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition)
28 Days Later Director: Danny Boyle, Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Luke Mably
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Zombies, Theatrical Release, London, England, Violence


Army of DarknessRating: 6.8/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Army of Darkness (Widescreen)
Army of Darkness Director: Sam Raimi, Writer: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Medieval, Romance, Spoof, Superheroes, Time Travel, Recommended, Theatrical Release

BladeRating: 5.8/10, Overall: 54% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Trilogy - The Ultimate Collection (5DVD) Blade Director: Stephen Norrington, Writer: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Horror, Vampires, Theatrical Release

Dawn of the DeadRating: 6.7/10, Overall: 77% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Director's Cut)(2004)
Dawn of the Dead Director: Zack Snyder, Writer: James Gunn, George Romero
Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly
Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror/Suspense, Action, Cannibalism, Horror, Zombies, Theatrical Release

Shaun Of The DeadRating: 7.6/10, Overall: 90% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Shaun Of The Dead
Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright, Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran
Genres: Comedies, Horror/Suspense, British, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Spoof, Zombies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), British Comedy

ThingRating: 7.2/10, Overall: 83% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Thing (1982) The Thing Director: John Carpenter, Writer: Bill Lancaster
Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Aliens, Cult Film, Demonic Possession, Drama, Classic, Horror, Mystery, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Killer, Supernatural, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Remake, Scientists, Alien Encounters, Essential Cinema, Alien Life Forms, Science Fiction



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Obsessive Nerd-Chick Stalker Geek

Garden StateRating: 7.5/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Garden State (Widescreen)
Just because it’s Natalie Portman.

Garden State Director: Zach Braff, Writer: Zach Braff
Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard, Ron Leibman, Method Man
Genres: Dramas, Coming Of Age, Drama, Drugs, Family Interaction, Theatrical Release


The Girl Next DoorRating: 5.7/10, Overall: 57% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Girl Next Door (2004) (Widescreen Unrated Edition)Elisha Cuthbert used to host Popular Mechanics for Kids.The Girl Next Door Director: Luke Greenfield, Writer: Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Christopher George Marquette, Paul Dano
Genres: Comedies, Romance, Teenage, Theatrical Release


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Nostalgia “I was a nerd kid in the 80s” Geek

Ferris BuellerIMDB Rating: 7.8/10, RT Rating: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Director: John Hughes, Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, Edie McClurg, Jennifer Grey
Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Buddies, Comedy, Teenage, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema


GhostbustersRating: 7.6/10, Overall: 97% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Ghostbusters I & II (Double Feature Giftset) Ghostbusters Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Ghosts, Psychic Forces, Recommended, Big City, Family Film, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

GooniesRating: 5.8/10, Overall: 63% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Goonies (Widescreen)
The Goonies Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff B. Cohen, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Kids Adventure, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release

Real GeniusRating: 7/10, Overall: 88% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Real Genius (Widescreen/Full Screen) Real Genius Director: Martha Coolidge, Writer: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Peter Torokvei
Starring: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton
Genres: Comedies, Campus Life, Comedy, Scams And Cons, Teenage, Vengeance, Recommended, Theatrical Release

Revenge of the NerdsRating: 6/10, Overall: 73% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Nerds in Paradise (Widescreen) Revenge of the Nerds Director: Jeff Kanew, Writer: Jeff Buhai, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias, Tim Metcalfe
Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Julia Montgomery, Timothy Busfield, Larry B. Scott
Genres: Comedies, Buddies, Campus Life, Comedy, Teenage, Racy, Personal Triumph, Theatrical Release

Short CircuitRating: 4.7/10, Overall: 50% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Short Circuit Short Circuit Director: John Badham
Starring: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey, David Oliver
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Futuristic, Scams And Cons, Robots/Cyborgs, Theatrical Release, Robots

The Transformers – [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Movie It’s hard to capture how amazing this film was if you were the right age when it came out.

Top Secret!Rating: 6.4/10, Overall: 74% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Top Secret! (Widescreen)
Top Secret! Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Writer: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Martyn Burke
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp, Michael Gough
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Rock And Roll, Spies, Spoof, World War II, Recommended, Theatrical Release

Weird ScienceRating: 5.2/10, Overall: 53% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Weird Science (Widescreen) Weird Science Director: John Hughes
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly Le Brock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey, Suzanne Snyder
Genres: Comedies, Buddies, Comedy, Coming Of Age, Romance, Science-Fiction, Teenage, Theatrical Release



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Sci-fi Geek

12 MonkeysRating: 7.2/10, Overall: 88% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]12 Monkeys (Special Edition)
12 Monkeys Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Time Travel, Illness, Animals, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema


2001IMDB Rating: 8.3/10, RT Rating: 8.7/10, RT Overall: 95% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.
2001: A Space Odyssey Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur C. Clarke
Starring: Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Beatty
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Drama, Classic, Futuristic, Death, Psychodrama, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Epic, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Essential Cinema

A Clockwork orangeIMDB Rating: 8.4/10, RT Rating: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem… but not all goes to plan.
A Clockwork Orange Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writer: Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Aubrey Morris, James Marcus, Michael Bates
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Thieves, Cult Film, Classic, Futuristic, Gangs, Psychos, Science-Fiction, Killer, Murder, Recommended, Disturbing, Theatrical Release, Violence, Essential Cinema

AkiraRating: 7.2/10, Overall: 90% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Akira (Signature Series)
Akira Director: Katsuhiro Otomo, Writer: Izo Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Otomo
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Big Battles, Classic, Fantasy, Live-Action, Psychic Forces, Science-Fiction, Epic, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Anime/Japanimation, 1980s, Japanimation (Anime), Essential Cinema

AlienRating: 8.7/10, Overall: 98% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Alien Alien Director: Ridley Scott, Writer: Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Aliens, Classic, Horror, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Thriller, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

AliensRating: 8.8/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Aliens (Special Extended Edition) Aliens Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill, James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Classic, Horror, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Thriller, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Back to the FutureRating: 8.2/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Complete Trilogy (Widescreen) Back to the Future Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
Genres: Comedies, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Family Interaction, Science-Fiction, Time Travel, Recommended, Nostalgic, Theatrical Release

BarbarellaRating: 6.1/10, Overall: 82% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Queen of the Galaxy (Widescreen) Barbarella Director: Roger Vadim, Writer: Jean-Claude Forest, Vittorio Bonicelli, Claude Brule, Tudor Gates, Terry Southern, Roger Vadim, Clement Biddle Wood
Starring: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, David Hemmings, Milo O’Shea, Marcel Marceau, Anita Pallenberg
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Campy, Cult Film, Fantasy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Racy, Erotic, Recommended, Comic Book, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Blade RunnerRating: 8.1/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
Blade Runner Director: Ridley Scott, Writer: Philip K. Dick, David Peoples, Hampton Fancher
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Detectives, Classic, Futuristic, Death, Science-Fiction, Slavery, Film Noir, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Big City, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

BrazilIMDB Rating: 8.0/10, RT Rating: 8.6/10, RT Overall: 97% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.
Brazil Director: Terry Gilliam, Writer: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Cult Film, Drama, Futuristic, Prison/Prisoners, Politics, Psychodrama, On-The-Run, Love Story, Recommended, Framed, Disturbing, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Children of DuneRating: 7.1/10, Overall: 80% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Children of Dune [2 Discs]
Children of Dune Director: Greg Yaitanes
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Alice Krige, Julie Cox, Edward Atterton, Ian McNeice, Steven Berkoff
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Science Fiction

ContactRating: 7.2/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Contact (Widescreen)
Contact Director: Robert Zemeckis, Writer: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg
Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Angela Bassett
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Politics, Religion, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release

CubeRating: 6.1/10, Overall: 57% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Cube (Widescreen Signature Series)
Cube Director: Vincenzo Natali, Writer: Andre Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali, Graeme Manson
Starring: Julian Richings, Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Wayne Dobson
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Science Fiction

Dark CityRating: 6.8/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Dark City (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Dark City Director: Alex Proyas, Writer: Alex Proyas, Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O’Brien, Ian Richardson, William Hurt
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Aliens, Futuristic, Mystery, Psychodrama, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, On-The-Run, Film Noir, Disturbing, Theatrical Release

Enemy MineRating: 5.8/10, Overall: 60% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Enemy Mine (Widescreen) Enemy Mine Director: Wolfgang Petersen, Writer: Edward Khmara, Barry Longyear
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Brion James, Richard Marcus
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Friends, Aliens, Enemies, Futuristic, Race Relations, Science-Fiction, Tear Jerker, War, Recommended, Stranded/Castaway, Space Opera, Theatrical Release

eXistenZRating: 7/10, Overall: 73% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
eXistenZ (Widescreen) eXistenZ Director: David Cronenberg, Writer: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Satire, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Games

Fahrenheit 451IMDB Rating: 7.1/10, RT Rating: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 86% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.
Fahrenheit 451 Director: Fran�ois Truffaut, Writer: Ray Bradbury, Fran�ois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard
Starring: Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser, Bee Duffell
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Politics, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel

Frank Herbert’s DuneRating: 4.5/10, Overall: 33% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Frank Herbert's Dune
Dune Director: John Harrison, Writer: John Harrison
Starring: William Hurt, Giancarlo Giannini, Ian McNeice, P.H. Moriarty, Julie Cox, Matt Keeslar
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Epic, Space Opera, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy, Outer Space, Future/Futuristic Worlds, Fantasy Worlds, Science Fiction

Galaxy QuestRating: 7.2/10, Overall: 86% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Galaxy Quest (Widescreen)
Galaxy Quest Director: Dean Parisot, Writer: Robert Gordon, David Howard
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni
Genres: Comedies, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Aliens, Science-Fiction, Spoof, Satire, Theatrical Release

GattacaRating: 7.1/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Gattaca (Full Screen)
Gattaca Director: Andrew Niccol, Writer: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Gore Vidal
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Mystery, Science-Fiction, Switching Roles, Thriller, Physically Impaired, Theatrical Release

Ghost in the ShellIMDB Rating: 7.8/10, RT Rating: 7.4/10, RT Overall: 96% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
Ghost in the Shell Director: Mamoru Oshii, Writer: Kazunori Ito
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Animation, Thieves, Futuristic, Cops, Film Noir, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Theatrical Release


Invasion of the Body SnatchersIMDB Rating: 8.0/10, RT Rating: 9.1/10, RT Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A small town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by alien duplicates.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Director: Don Siegel, Writer: Geoffrey Homes, Jack Finney
Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, Virginia Christine, Ralph Dumke
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Aliens, Classic, Horror, Plants, Science-Fiction, Killer, Zombies, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Mad MaxIMDB Rating: 6.8/10, RT Rating: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop’s family and make his fight with them personal.
Mad Max Director: George Miller, Writer: George Miller
Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Tim Burns, Steve Bisley
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Nuclear Destruction, Justice, Post-Apocalypse, On-The-Road, Heroes, Outlaws, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Minority ReportRating: 8.1/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Minority Report  (Widescreen) [2 Discs]
Minority Report Director: Steven Spielberg, Writer: Jon Cohen, Scott Frank, Philip K. Dick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Kathryn Morris, Steve Harris
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Science-Fiction, Cops, Theatrical Release, Mystery/Suspense, Criminals, Technology, Future/Futuristic Worlds, Essential Cinema

Pitch Black – The sequels suck, but the trilogy costs the same as Pitch Black alone.
Pitch Black

Planet of the ApesIMDB Rating: 7.9/10, RT Rating: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Planet of the Apes Director: Franklin J. Schaffner, Writer: Michael Wilson, Pierre Boulez
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Classic, Futuristic, Prison/Prisoners, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Switching Roles, Thriller, Time Travel, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema


PredatorIMDB Rating: 7.5/10, RT Rating: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
Predator Director: John McTiernan, Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Carl Weathers, Richard Chaves
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Horror, Thriller, Killer, Animals, Jungle, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

PrimerRating: 6.5/10, Overall: 71% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Primer Primer Director: Shane Carruth, Writer: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Anand Upadbyaya, Casey Gooden, Carrie Crawford, Jay Butler
Genres: Dramas, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Theatrical Release

SerenityRating: 7.1/10, Overall: 81% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Serenity (Widescreen Edition)
Serenity Director: Joss Whedon, Writer: Joss Whedon
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Theatrical Release

Silent RunningIMDB Rating: 6.7/10, RT Rating: 6.8/10, RT Overall: 67% [RT] [IMDB]
Silent Running Director: Douglas Trumbull, Writer: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Steven Bochco
Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steve Brown
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Tear Jerker, Wilderness, Betrayal, Murder, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema


SpaceballsRating: 5.9/10, Overall: 50% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Spaceballs Spaceballs Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks, Daphne Zuniga, Joan Rivers
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Science-Fiction, Spoof, Rescue, Space Opera, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General)

StargateIMDB Rating: 6.4/10, RT Rating: 5.1/10, RT Overall: 43% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Stargate Director: Roland Emmerich, Writer: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Starring: James Spader, Kurt Russell, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Mili Avital, John Diehl
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Recommended, Desert, Theatrical Release

StarmanIMDB Rating: 6.7/10, RT Rating: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: An alien takes the form of a young widow’s husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Starman Director: John Carpenter, Bruce A. Evans, Writer: Raynold Gideon
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Friends, Aliens, Romance, Science-Fiction, On-The-Run, Theatrical Release

Starship TroopersIMDB Rating: 6.7/10, RT Rating: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 60% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: Humans of a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.
Starship Troopers Director: Paul Verhoeven, Writer: Ed Neumeier, Robert A. Heinlein
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Enemies, Big Battles, Campy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, War, Military, Bugs, Blockbuster, Space Opera, Theatrical Release

Star Trek: First Contact [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
First Contact (Special Collector's Edition)

Star Trek IIRating: 7.5/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Wrath of Khan [Widescreen Director's Edition] [2 Discs] Star Trek: First Contact Director: Jonathan Frakes, Writer: Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore, Rick Berman
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Aliens, Enemies, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Time Travel, Robots/Cyborgs, Space Opera

Star Trek IIIRating: 6.2/10, Overall: 74% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Search for Spock (Special Collectors Widescreen Edition) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Aliens, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Space Opera

Star Trek IVRating: 7/10, Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Voyage Home (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Catherine Hicks, James Doohan, George Takei
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Time Travel, Recommended, Space Opera

Star Wars Trilogy – the “good” oneStar Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) (4 Discs)

Strange DaysRating: 6/10, Overall: 58% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Strange Days (Widescreen) Strange Days Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Writer: James Cameron, James Cameron, Jay Cocks
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D’Onofrio
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Vengeance, Recommended, Disturbing, Theatrical Release

TerminatorRating: 8.7/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Terminator
The Terminator Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, William Wisher, Harlan Ellison
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield, Rick Rossovich
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Enemies, Classic, Futuristic, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Time Travel, On-The-Run, Good Vs. Evil, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Essential Cinema

Terminator 2Rating: 8.4/10, Overall: 96% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Judgement Day (2-Disc Extreme Edition)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Enemies, Classic, Futuristic, Nuclear Destruction, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Time Travel, On-The-Run, Good Vs. Evil, Classic Fight Scenes, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The Andromeda StrainIMDB Rating: 7.2/10, RT Rating: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 69% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.
The Andromeda Strain Director: Robert Wise, Writer: Nelson Gidding, Michael Crichton
Starring: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Illness, Recommended, Theatrical Release


The Fifth ElementRating: 6.4/10, Overall: 68% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Ultimate Edition
The Fifth Element Director: Luc Besson, Writer: Luc Besson, Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Luke Perry, Chris Tucker
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Campy, Fantasy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Good Vs. Evil, Recommended, Big City, Desert, Blockbuster, Space Opera, Theatrical Release

The MatrixRating: 7.5/10, Overall: 88% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Matrix (Widescreen)
The Matrix Director: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Futuristic, Martial Arts, Science-Fiction, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Philosophy, Kung Fu, Special Effects, Future/Futuristic Worlds, Essential Cinema



Romance movies for men and women

My girlfriend and I have done another list like this for romantic films. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
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  1. Ellis said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Okay, so most of the movies I can either agree with, or I haven’t seen and can’t comment. But I have to say, I really didn’t expect to see Chronicles of Riddick on the list because it sucked big time. Or are we now defining a cool geek movie as something with good special effects despite the rest of the movie?

    et: Chronicles of Riddick is not on the list

  2. hdustinbing said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:31 am

    Please tell me what makes most of these movies “geek” movies? (And these ones that aren’t at all geek movies are pretty much the only ones on this list that don’t suck REALLY bad.

  3. billy said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:33 am

    What about anti-trust?

  4. warner said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:44 am

    where in the hell is Real Genius?

    et: on the list

  5. Avaseal said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:52 am

    no Johnny Pneumonic?

    et: That will never be on the list.

  6. raptorGT said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:53 am

    What about Swordfish? That was a decent movie and I liked the 60-second challenge. ;-)

    Sadly though, only the first Matrix movie was on here. I was hoping to see all four of them listed.

    Besides, what ever happened to “Revenge of the Nerds”?

    et: Swordfish and Revenge of the Nerds added

  7. [Geeks are Sexy] said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Hmmm, dude, how you you add movies to that list that only gets a 6/10 rating? In my own definition, 6/10 movies usually sucks..

  8. Joseph Falcone said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Ok. I’ll just pretend you didn’t mention any of the Star Trek movies or 2001.

    et: the good Star Trek and 2001 added

  9. Ahmed said, on December 10, 2006 at 8:12 am

    you’re missing oldboy

  10. user said, on December 10, 2006 at 8:18 am

    most of these movies suck, and most of those wich are good have a bad score, like fight club and many others..
    also, some of these movies are really old… so it would have been nice to put the year of wen it was released too.. that would save lots of time to other people…

    et: Scores are copied from RT. Good thought about the year, too late now though

  11. user said, on December 10, 2006 at 8:20 am

    also.. forgot to mention, that the movie contact sucked big time!

  12. Gus said, on December 10, 2006 at 8:33 am

    What about Bourne man?

  13. alex said, on December 10, 2006 at 8:34 am

    c’mon, a REAL geeks movie, HACKERS!

    et: only because so many people asked for it.

  14. Anonymous said, on December 10, 2006 at 8:38 am

    How can LOTR get a lower score than movies like The Girl Next Door?

    et: Had the wrong version of LOTR. :)

  15. eternal1 said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:02 am

    What about Alien? (1, 2, 3) Predator ? (1, 2)

    Eternal1 D1

    Bye. Good List!

    et: Alien 1, Alien 2 and Predator added

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  17. Xircuits said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:16 am

    I mean this list is I guess alright. I’m not too sure why The Girl Next Door and Elf is on the list. Umm…I do agree that Real Genius and The Nerds Series should be listed. How about Short Circuit or Short Circuit 2? The Fly? The Fly II? Dragonheart? Ferris Bueller! How can you list Spiderman and X-men without having Batman? There’s a crapload more I can list.

    Perhaps you should have had this list at 100 rather than 81. Is there a significance to 81?

    et: Elf dropped. Real Genius, Revenge of the Nerds, Batman Begins added.

  18. WayGroovy said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:25 am

    - Happy Accidents

  19. kevinclosson said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:28 am

    I’m a clown for sketch comedy. I love Groundhog Day with Bill Murray… ok, back to my Oracle-related blog

    kevinclosson.wordpress.com

  20. JetskiDudue911 said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:29 am

    Not a bad little list. I’ve never seen some of those movies so I’ll have to check them out.

  21. Gavin said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:36 am

    Excellent list. Of course, there will always be a few items missing as noted above.

    And the LOTR is definitely not the definitive version that’s for sure. :)

    Anyways, I just created a top ten version of this list at tenpsotting.com which is a site that makes it easy to create and share top ten lists. Check it out here:

    http://www.tenspotting.com/ts/lists/282/system

    If you wanted to, you could also embed the list within your blog so you can encourage your readers to edit the list and see what the overall top ten might be.

    Anyways, thanks for taking the time to make this. It’s awesome!

  22. nurvus said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:40 am

    the list is crap without Pi and Sneakers…..

    et: Pi and Sneakers added.

  23. engtech said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Reminder: the score is taken directly from rotten tomatoes.

    Newer additions have both IMDB score and RT score with them indicated.

  24. engtech said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:19 am

    Chronicles of Riddick – Included only because you can get Pitch Black, the cartoon and Chronicles as a three-pack for the same price as Pitch Black alone.
    Anti-trust – haven’t seen it.
    Real Genius – Good pick, forgot about it.
    Johnny Mneumonic is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.
    Swordfish – Good pick, forgot about it.
    Revenge of the Nerds – Good pick.
    Matrix: Reloaded and Revolutions left a bad taste in my mouth. The first one, the “making of” and parts of Animatrix are great tho.
    2001 – Incredibly boring. Silent Running would have been a good pick tho.
    Star Trek flicks? I gave up on the francise a while back (*loses all geek cred*)
    Lord of the Rings. Yeah, I meant the Peter Jackson version, not the Ralph Bakshi. DOH. (Ralph Bakshi must have come up first on the IMDB search)
    oldboy – haven’t seen it.
    Sneakers – should be on the list.

    @geeksaresexy – 6/10 on Rotten Tomatoes can be good if you like the genre. I don’t always agree with critics.

    Sorry I had everyone coming from IP 72.232.131.23 blocked because of spammers. I’m guessing that’s a TOR proxy or something?

  25. Gerard said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:33 am

    Any “Good Movie List” that has BAD SANTA on it loses all credibility with me.

    et: Bad Santa dropped.

  26. engtech said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:34 am

    Responses to Digg comments:

    Review numbers are cut-and-paste from Rotten Tomatoes.
    Sorry for any issues with trailers — I’m pointing to the IMDB trailers page, and I can’t control if they fuck it up.

    eXistenZ – HOW DID I FORGET ABOUT EXISTENZ? Crap.
    Ghostbusters – again, should be on there.
    Joysticks – looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out.
    Flight of the Navigator – should have made the list.
    ET – should have made the list.
    Back to the Future – should have made the list.
    Big Lebowski – should have made the list.

    I LEFT OUT MONTY PYTHON.

    I LEFT OUT MONTY PYTHON.

    I LEFT OUT MONTY PYTHON.

    Oh crap. Sorry.

  27. engtech said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:35 am

    @gerard: Christmas themed flicks got a slight bonus: hence Elf and Bad Santa.

  28. me said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Seriously, I may be in the minority when I say this, but WTF is everyone’s obsession with Kevin Smith.

    Have you heard him talk? Holy crap – I’ve never wanted to rip my own ears off more than during the hour of my life he wasted. I was stuck in a room years ago waiting for his endless obsession of talking about himself to be over due to the fear of losing my seat for the next panel that came on after him at a convention. Luckily, the second time he was at a convention, I was able to RUN out of the room before him pointless babble began.

    and honestly, his movies kinda suck.

  29. Anmar said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:39 am

    You missed “Grandma’s Boy” :)

  30. Geek Movies said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:43 am

    I’ve seen about 95% of those movies, some are crap and some are good. Best is Office Space, Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, Wargames (cheesy but great)!

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  32. engtech said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:04 am

    Re: The Girl Next Door inclusion. Elisha Cuthbert used to host the TV show Popular Science for kids. She was nerd jailbait for the longest time.

    Like Natalie Portman, but for Canadians.

  33. basketcase456 said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:04 am

    What is with this list. Most of these are not movies for geeks, or good movies. Only about half the list is any good and there are a lot of repeats on the list too. A.I….Crap. Chronicles of Riddick…Crap. Ok then putting movies on the list that you haven’t even seen (Christmas Evil?). Lets get real. This list is supposed to be for geeks. Where are the staples like Revenge of the Nerds, Pi, Hackers, Johnny Mnemonic, and many more. I am very disappointed. This is just a list. Not a list for geeks.

    et: AI dropped. Chronicles was never on the list (Chronicles image was used instead of Pitch Black image). Pi was always on the list. Revenge of the Nerds, Hackers added.

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  35. max rubin said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:29 am

    How about the 1977 movie “The Car” ?

  36. Non Stop Masti said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:39 am

    Good List. Keep It UP.

  37. engtech said, on December 10, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    @basketcase456:

    Pi – on the list
    Revenge of the Nerds – should have been included
    Hackers – It’s a crap flick that was ridiculed by the 2600 meet-up I saw it with on opening night.
    Johnny Mnemonic – Same league as Hackers.

    A.I. would have been good with the Kubrick ending, but you’re right. The Spielberg ending sucks enough that it should be taken off.

  38. betitorrae said, on December 10, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    As a matter of facts, mentioning “bad santa” seems to be to rough for a geek jajaja. And if so, you keep telling that it’s not a good movie, i just have four words to say… chinguen a su madre soft guys… even when I’m not a geek.

  39. Tiak said, on December 10, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    “Flight of the Navigator – should have made the list.”

    Wow, that comment just ruined the list retroactively somehow…. Anyway, how about a pirates of the silicon valley, or well, star wars?…

    et: Good point. I was getting annoyed with the flame war at that point. Pirates of Silicon Valley added. Star Wars was always on the list

  40. tania said, on December 10, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    oh cmon… no cartoons?? no ice age? no spirited away?
    also what happened to clerks?
    just saying..
    I like the background, its festive :)

    et: Clerks got axed. At some point after it got dugg this became a list of geek flicks instead of just flicks a couple of geeks liked.

  41. Kiwi said, on December 10, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    Equilibrium imdb 7.7 . Baddass Movie all Around.

    et: haven’t seen it. Will have to give it a looksee

  42. rolandog said, on December 10, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Great list! I’ve seen more than half of those,…

    I’d also suggest adding ‘The Last Samurai’ in the “dude, it’s got swords” category. Both the movie and the soundtrack (music by Hans Zimmer) deliver a very powerful experience.

  43. Dominic said, on December 10, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Pretty pointless – more of a list of DVDs he owns, I’m guessing.

  44. rkh said, on December 10, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    I really liked Trainspotting. I’d suggest it to anyone-but I guess I missed the swords.

    et: the needles are like tiny daggers. Yeah, that was in the wrong category. Thanks for catching it.

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  46. won said, on December 10, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    the 13th Warrior
    Labyrinth
    Krull
    Spaceballs
    Spacehunter

    I’ll stop now, but there are more…

    et: Added Labyrinth, Krull, Spaceballs

  47. won said, on December 10, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    Uh… Sorry about the weird links. They point to Labyrinth, Krull & Spaceballs, in that order.

    et: weird links removed.

  48. madpython said, on December 10, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    There seems to be a lot of whining about Chronicles of Riddick. Personally I think it’s one of the most inventive and epic science fiction movies ever, and certainly among the people I know I’m not alone in that opinion.

    Did the movie have flaws? Sure, but every movie does (okay, except maybe Princess Bride).

    The movie totally blew us away in the theatre, and the finer points of the story carried over well onto the small screen. And it has one of the most ass-kicking endings in movie history.

    As for some of my own picks not on the list:

    Barbarella (classic cheese)
    The Rocketeer (classic cheese…with sfx tho and no nudity)
    John Carpenter’s The Thing
    Lifeforce (sf, violence, lots of nudity…+++ on the geek list)

    et: Added Barbarella and The Thing

  49. Michael said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    The Quiet Earth (1985) Geoff Murphy directed movie. This movie has some of the coolest ideas for a geek or anyone.

    et: I’ll have to see it.

  50. DVRChatter Weblog said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    There’s Still Time: 81 DVD Movies for Geek

    Everyone knows a certified geek. Some of us are even geeks ourselves. Either way //Engtech lists their 81 top movies for geeks, sorted by geek type as part of a larger Gift Guide for Geeks.

  51. Malcolm said, on December 10, 2006 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for including eXistenZ — one of the great overlooked Cronenberg movies, and one of my personal favorite sci-fi/weird/cult films.

  52. zip said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    Now bad taste has got to be the biggest geek film of all time

  53. C.J. MacDonald said, on December 10, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    The Net is a good movie too

  54. FermatsEnigma said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    With all the other cheesy flicks here you should have had:

    Weird Science
    Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
    Barbwire (just for the boobs)
    Strange Days
    Evolution
    Gwendoline (another boob fest)

    Not to mention a section for Ancient Sci-Fi Classics like:

    Forbidden Planet
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Godzilla (the original Japanese please)
    This Island Earth

    Don’t forget the forgettable Bill and Ted, Fantastic Voyage, Destination Moonbase Alpha,and Saturn 3

    et: Added Weird Sciene and Strange Days. I’m really behind on my ancient sci-fi classics.

  55. meneame.net said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    81 películas para geeks que son un asco

    Un listado de 81 películas que pueden gustar al público geek y no dan asco y divididas por tipo (basadas en Comic, de computadoras, fantasia/medieval, etc): Entre otras aparecen Braveheart, Memento, Tron, Wargames, Constantine y la mítica Army of Da…

  56. engtech said, on December 11, 2006 at 12:10 am

    Reader comment from email:

    As a very quick thought, a few additional films to suggest, which you probably have seen:

    Re-Animator. Based on a Lovecraft story, a weird and giddy mix of horror, fantasy, gore and some very dark humour.
    The Hidden. Not based on a Lovecraft story, but otherwise ditto.
    The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. Made in black and white, three or so years ago, an affectionate spoof of fifties SF stupid movies. Doesn’t really belong on this list, but my guess is, from your list, you might enjoy it.
    Darkman. A mini classic from Sam Raimi.
    Audition and Ichi The Killer. Two films from Japan’s Takashi Miike. You are probably familiar with his stuff. If not….he’s pretty out there. A lot of violence (although limited in Audition, which got 4.5 out of 5 stars from the NY Times). If you really wanna go overboard, check out his one hour film, “Imprint”, done for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, but then they refused to air it…cause it went…too far!

  57. engtech said, on December 11, 2006 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for the more recent constructive comments. I’ll be updating the list with some of your suggestions.

    Lots of good stuff I forgot about.

  58. engtech said, on December 11, 2006 at 12:59 am

    I fixed the graphic on Pitch Black, since a lot of people were getting confused and thinking we were suggesting that Chronicles of Riddick is a good flick.

    and the “they got on the list only because it’s christmas” flicks were axed.

  59. Anonymous said, on December 11, 2006 at 2:55 am

    No Digg – You left out Equilibrium – the only movie that makes The Matrix look like a Blue Light special

  60. Mr Angry said, on December 11, 2006 at 3:12 am

    Number one on WordPress! Take that Scoble!!!

  61. Civilsavagery said, on December 11, 2006 at 5:24 am

    Great list i think i’ve seen just about everything on it but I am confused as to how Boondock Saints did not make your cult listing

    et: I haven’t seen it. :)

  62. Hank said, on December 11, 2006 at 6:37 am

    I’m with Gus on the whole, “Where’s the Bourne?”

    Sad to see THE CROW not make it on that list.

  63. Matthew Fogarty said, on December 11, 2006 at 7:56 am

    This list is fine but there are a few films left out. The first film everyone’s overlooked is “Battle Beyond The Stars”. This is in my opinion THE cheesiest Sci-Fi film of all times. Check it out and see some of the big names that were pulled in to star in this geek movie. The second film is Spacehunter: Adventures in Forbidden Zone staring Molly Ringwald & Peter Strauss. Third would be Galaxy of Terror with, yes, Erin Moran of Happy Days fame. Fourth would be Flash Gordon with Max Von Sydow. And finally Strange Brew, again with Max Von Sydow. I could go on be I believe these would need to be added at a minimum. But that’s just me.

  64. George said, on December 11, 2006 at 8:13 am

    Boondock Saints was completely retarded, completely unbelievable premise and ridiculous characters all concocted to wrap around the toilet off the roof scene.

    Took you commentors long enough to figure out how to spell Johnny “Mnemonic”–also a stupid film, but I guess it gave Keanu Reeves a chance to practice playing the Neo character.

    The list perfectly nails the good Star Trek films, 2,3,4 of the Kirk and co. series, and First Contact, a surprisingly good movie with the Picard group.

  65. terry said, on December 11, 2006 at 9:20 am

    What about: The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai in the Fifth Dimension(s/f); the unedited Faces of Death Series(gore); The Saint (for gadgets and brains); and any of the Mad Max movies(just because).

    et: Max Max added.

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  68. djwjdqw said, on December 11, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    OSS geek: RevolutionOS

  69. Collin said, on December 11, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    Re comment 56: I’m glad they aren’t on the list. I thought both films blew. I fell asleep through three runs of the first and turned off the second. The books weren’t much better.

  70. engtech said, on December 11, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    I think we’ve reached the point now where any movies that are missing the list is because I’ve never seen it — keep listing suggestions and I’ll try to give them a look see at some point.

  71. jaybird said, on December 11, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    holy shit, what happened?

  72. Wafan said, on December 11, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Matrix 88%……Terminator 100%…..
    V for Vendetta 75%….. Spiderman 2 93%…..
    Something got to be wrong…

  73. engtech said, on December 11, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    @jaybird: Digg happened. I’m blaming you for all of the movies people didn’t like on the list. :)

    @wafan:

    Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference — if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world. It’s not our fault.

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  76. engtech said, on December 12, 2006 at 12:12 am

    FYI: “MovieGirl” is from the blockbuster IP space, so this is some WOMM campaign they’re trying to start on blogs.

  77. ben said, on December 12, 2006 at 1:19 am

    What about:
    2001 A Space Odesy
    Demon Seed
    The Black Hole
    Hackers
    Blaerunner

    Numeous others should b in this list and numerous ones should not have been in there.

    et: Bladerunner was always on the list. 2001, Hackers added.

  78. engtech said, on December 12, 2006 at 2:18 am

    Bladerunner is there.

    2001 has good parts, but it’s on the dry side. I wouldn’t recommend it, other than for it’s place in cinematic history.

    Hackers is intentionally left off.

    Demon Seed – never seen it.

    Black Hole – don’t remember it. That was a Disney flick, right?

  79. jaybird said, on December 12, 2006 at 8:13 am

    IMDB released their gift guide:

    http://us.imdb.com/recommends/giftguide/

  80. txitua said, on December 12, 2006 at 8:51 am

    You miss Kubric´s movie 2001 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/

    et: Corrected.

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  82. drjackzon said, on December 12, 2006 at 10:40 am

    Awesome, man, but… I miss “Hackers” (no one has only see that movie more than once just because of Angelina Jolie’s red leather suit? Oh-yeah.
    And, of course, what about STARGATE? A movie that inspired the more long running scifi show in the US!! (SG1: 10 seasons; SGAtlantis: 3 seasons, and counting…)

    et: Added Hackers and Stargate.

  83. Pau said, on December 12, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Ghost in the Shell ????

    et: Added.

  84. Diego said, on December 12, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    Cypher.

    et: Haven’t seen it. Looks good tho. Thanks

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  86. engtech said, on December 12, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    Will update with

    - 2001
    - Ferris Bueller
    - Stargate
    - Ghost in the Shell

    and…

    - Hackers

  87. Ligutrino said, on December 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    …and Hackers, 2001 a space oddysey, clockwork orange.

    et: Added all.

  88. Shockeye said, on December 12, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    What about Heavy Metal?

  89. Blackdove said, on December 12, 2006 at 11:56 pm

    Boondock Saints.
    xo

  90. DocForbin said, on December 12, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    “Pretty pointless – more of a list of DVDs he owns, I’m guessing.”
    My thoughts as well. Here’s a pretty cool sci-fi list I ran across the other day:

    http://home.austarnet.com.au/petersykes/topscifi/lists_film.html

  91. engtech said, on December 13, 2006 at 12:26 am

    @docforbin

    That is a good list, although I don’t know how Armaggedon made it.

    and I don’t know what you mean about pointless. I plan to harness the power of this list of movies I wrote on my blog to cure world hunger.

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  94. sean said, on December 13, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    what about event horizon?

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  96. Peach said, on December 13, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    I may have missed it, but I didn’t see Robocop. I also vote for Buckaroo Bonzai in the cheesy category. And I vote for Bicentenial Man just for what I feel is a fairly good representation of the future, but it is a bit drippy.

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  98. naia said, on December 14, 2006 at 5:11 am

    What about The Skulls?

  99. jj said, on December 14, 2006 at 10:15 am

    where is SlingBlade

    luv dem french fried pertaters uh-huh

  100. CajoleJuice said, on December 14, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    Really good list. I saw someone mention it, but you should definitely check out – and then add to the list – Equilibrium. It’s basically a cross between The Matrix and 1984. Plus, Christian Bale is the man.

    I’m also a huge fan of the Bourne movies.

  101. CajoleJuice said, on December 14, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Oh, and SNATCH. Great, great movie.

    If it was up to me, I would actually add a “Macho Nerd” category or something, just to be able to add movies like Commando and Die Hard to the list.

  102. Faenwyn said, on December 14, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    I am thinking that some of the commenters did not get point that this was a “geek list” and not a losers list. There is a BIG difference! Geeks spend a lot of time in front of a computer or reading books or going to classes or God forbid, WORKING! Losers on the other hand, do not. Spanking the monkey at the sight of Angelina Joile, while high DOES NOT make one a geek. Got it?

    You are doing a great job, I should know, I have probably been a geek longer than you have been alive and I have seen all of those movies except for 2 of them.

    Boondock Saints doesen’t fit into the geek mold, but you really should see it when you get a chance. It flies in the face of the American Movie ‘formula’ and it is the backstory that makes it a cult piece.

    Props

  103. jray said, on December 14, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    Ghost World and Equilibrium are missing, therefore I can’t take this list seriously.

  104. waldo said, on December 16, 2006 at 12:30 am

    You are missing

    Conan The Barbarian
    &
    Wizards

  105. La Furia said, on December 17, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    DUDE!!!!

    NEVER ENDING STORY!!!!!! C’MON!!!!!!!!!!

  106. Baku said, on December 18, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    Why the hell is LOTR in the Sci-Fi section? O_o

    ed: Because hobbits are the evolved form of tribbles, elves are vulcans, and orcs are the love children of James T. Kirk and those sexy green space babes. (corrected, thanks for mentioning)

    Other than that, not a bad list.

    You need to be adding things into the horror section like the original versions of:

    Ring
    The Grudge

    Plus a few cult movies like Old Boy, Mr Vengence and Lady Vengence…

    And you should definitely have Casshern in the sci-fi section.

    Can you tell I love my asian movies? ;)

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  111. girlonthem00n said, on January 26, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    You put Serenity on this list and that makes the whole thing worth it.

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  113. Pat said, on February 06, 2007 at 8:07 am

    You know what ol’ Jack Burton says at a time like this?

  114. TrueGeek said, on February 06, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    “The Last Starfighter” ’nuff said.

  115. Elixir25 said, on February 07, 2007 at 3:34 am

    Where’s “Snakes on a Plane” under the cults category?

    Honestly, that was the first time I a) the first time I’ve ever seen someone bring their laptop into a movie so he could write up a review for his blog as the movie was playing and b) the first time I’ve ever seen someone bring the book (that was based on the movie, oddly enough) full of little Post-Its and dog ears so he could reference it during the movie.

    SoaP was an internet subculture phenomenon, and it should be under the cult film geek.

    Other than that, a pretty good list.

  116. TheKillerDynamo said, on February 07, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Yeah, Shaun Of The Dead.

    It’s just the greatest movie ever made and the reason I now have a zombie survival kit in my house.

  117. jed said, on February 07, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Anyone seen Tetsuo? You will not have seen anything like it before.
    Bye.

  118. engtech said, on February 07, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Iron Man Tetsuo is the weirdest movie I haven’t seen that wasn’t done by local university students.

  119. Hourglass said, on February 07, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Good list I have seen most of them

    But what about
    ICE PIRATES(Really CHEESY)
    HEAVY METAL
    THE BLACK HOLE

  120. Hourglass said, on February 07, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I forgot about
    THE CLASH OF THE TITANS

  121. Mateo said, on February 07, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    What about Flash Gordon? Queen on the soundtrack…. this is Geek stuff for sure or at least 80′s!

  122. jimbo said, on February 07, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Great list! Here I thought I was alone in my obsession with many of the movies on here. The only problem I have (and it might be because you haven’t seen them) is that although Army of Darkness is on the list, you do not have Evil Dead 1 and 2 on there. Although you can thoroughly enjoy Army of Darkness without having seen ED 1 or 2, it just makes the series that much more fun and enjoyable to watch.

  123. lordcanyon said, on February 07, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    why are these even on there?
    An Evening with Kevin Smith – Vol 1 & 2
    Orgazmo
    Sneakers
    Swordfish
    Battle Royale
    Being John Malkovich
    The Big Lebowski
    Dr. Strangelove
    Memento
    Pi / Requiem for a Dream
    Swingers
    Thank you for smoking
    Trainspotting
    Gladiator
    Shaun Of The Dead
    The Girl Next Door
    Revenge of the Nerds
    Top Secret!
    A Clockwork orange
    Barbarella
    Brazil
    Cube (sorry but it just sucks)
    eXistenZ
    Fahrenheit 451
    Gattaca
    Minority Report
    Primer
    Silent Running
    Strange Days

    these need to be on there..
    Johnny Mnemonic
    Flight of the Navigator
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    Back to the Future
    The Thirteenth Floor
    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
    Versus
    Explorers
    Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy
    The Wizard of Speed and Time
    Returners
    A Scanner Darkly

  124. Rich said, on February 07, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Geek Documentaries

    In Search of the Valley (2006)
    Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
    The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996)
    Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet (1998)
    The Video Game Revolution (2004)
    The Dungeons & Dragons Experience

  125. Bill said, on February 07, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Love the list. It’s awesome. Like everyone I disagree with a few and think a few could be added, but that’s probably just personal taste. I really do think Buckaroo Bonzai should be on there–every nerd I’ve run into has seen it and most loved it. Perhaps it’s an age thing though, it was innovative and new when us 40 year olds saw it, but probably old hack after seeing everything else the 20yr old’s have seen first.

    I suppose it’s all in the order you watch it :)

    Another old movie you might want to try is “Dark Star”. It was to spaceship movies what Shaun of the Dead was to the zombie genre. Again, seeing it 30+ years later might give it a different flavor.

  126. Eliza said, on February 08, 2007 at 12:06 am

    One is missing: Equilibrium starring Christian Bale.

  127. sylar said, on February 08, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Very good list but try the movie Willow

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096446/

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  129. Ronalop said, on February 08, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Ummmmm what about The rocky horror picture show?

  130. engtech said, on February 08, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Yup, I did it again for romantic movies.

    Top Romantic Movies for Guys and Girls

  131. TheBruceCampbellClan said, on February 08, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    I’ll go geek jihad extreme, Lathe of Heaven 1980 http://imdb.com/title/tt0081036/

  132. zamfir said, on February 08, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Ok…

    Time Bandits isn’t on there… Crucial.

    Raising Arizona… Critical.

    Midnight Run… ditto

    Rozencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead… We’re geeks, right?

    True Romance

    The Wizard of Gore… For the kitchiest schlock horror movie of all time

  133. Jennifer said, on February 08, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    Didn’t see the original Dune (1984 David Lynch), either?

    Gotta have Time Bandits, Flash Gordon and Clash of the Titans.

    Lair of the White Worm

    Looker

    Dark Crystal

    Eric the Viking

    Eraserhead

  134. Jennifer said, on February 08, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    oh, yeah, and
    City of Lost Children,
    Zardoz,
    Logans Run
    and Head.

  135. bo said, on February 08, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Well I guess you can’t be a geek without loving Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but also what about Dreamscape, Weird Science, Pink Floyd the Wall, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, The Navigator… Please don’t forget Close Encounters.

  136. chris said, on February 08, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Dude who wrote that article needs to learn the proper definition of what a cult film is. Every fat, love-me-daddy, semi-goth, Hot Topic-shopping, broad I’ve ever seen is always festooned with Donnie Darko paraphenelia. When a flick has merchandise based on it and tons of socially awkward, barely washed miscreants idolizing it, it’s hardly a cult flick anymore. And Lebowski? I love it and it, but there are fucking festivals dedicated to it. I don’t see any big Breaking Glass or Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century get together brouhahas happening. Guess they’re not mainstream enough to be considered a cult film by shitty journalists who invariably make “goes to 11″ puns in their poorly written Spinal Tap pieces.

    In conclusion: the writer of this article was a douche. Tell him I hate him.

    Thanks Chris. Your opinion has special weight as an employee of moviesunlimited.com, posting from work.

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  138. dyl said, on February 09, 2007 at 5:12 am

    No Tarantino films?
    Pulp Fiction?
    Reservoir Dogs?
    Kill Bill?
    Alright then.

  139. the awesome said, on February 09, 2007 at 6:26 am

    The new Dawn of the Dead, but not the original? Blasphemy.

    Also anyone, anywhere near a geek from the 80′s would have you include The Karate Kid.

  140. the awesome said, on February 09, 2007 at 6:29 am

    also The Wizard, you know, with fred savage, for all the video game geeks.

  141. Paul Rickter said, on February 09, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    How about some OLD geek stuff (‘caus i’m an old geek) Radar Men from the Moon, Forbidden Planet, Green Slime. Otherwise very cool list seen most of them

  142. Paul Rickter said, on February 09, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    What about ‘Wizards” the Ralph Backshi (sp)

  143. iisan7 said, on February 10, 2007 at 6:57 am

    “Last Starfighter” seconded. That needs to be on the list.

  144. al rotundo said, on February 10, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Liquid Sky. The Endless Summer. They Live. Alex Jones’ Terror Storm.

  145. liam said, on February 11, 2007 at 8:04 am

    Logan’s Run needs to be added to the sci-fi section. Good movie, but you have to be a geek to get into it. Watch it and you’ll want to be Logan 5 next Halloween.

  146. Charles Forbin said, on February 12, 2007 at 4:48 am

    How about “Colossus: The Forbin Project” for the Computer / High-Tech Geek category?

    I’m surprised you haven’t seen it, but I don’t think Roger Ebert has, either (I keep asking him to see it).

  147. The Rim Rider said, on February 12, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Forbidden Planet – One of the best sci-fi films of all time.

    Silent Running – Slow but a pivotal film.

    Robocop – Come on guys! 3 sequels and a series! Get with it!

    Insemenoid – One of the worst sci fi of all times.

    Zardoz – Sean Connery sci fi from the 70′s

    Slaughterhouse Five – Weird but interesting. From great book.

    Battlestar Galactica – The original movie.

    Solaris – The orginal Russian version.

    The Toxic Avenger – Need I say anything?

    The Abyss – Special Edition.

    Escape From New York – Classic Carpenter.

    Dark Star – Likewise.

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  149. Brian James/Jackson said, on February 13, 2007 at 1:35 am

    Agree with above poster: The Abyss: Special Edition/Director’s Cut must be on this list. The theatrical release was so-so, but the Special Edition ties the whole story together.

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  151. tony said, on February 13, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Third on “The Last Starfighter”.

    How about some “They Live”

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  154. Rae Ann McCardell said, on February 23, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Good list-wrong version of Dune though, and you should at SG-1 TV Series.

  155. Neal said, on February 27, 2007 at 12:41 am

    “The Name of the Rose” (der Name der Rose) should definitely be in the Medieval section.

  156. Nudels said, on March 01, 2007 at 5:45 am

    Arahan

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  157. TheShortFatKid said, on March 01, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with Jennifer and Zamfir, gotta have me some Time Bandits. Love the list!

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  159. Mike said, on March 02, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Nice list! for the horror geek list, though, I think you need

    An American Werewolf in London
    Fright Night (maybe Fright Night 2 as well)

    I thought about adding Clive Barker’s stuff but on second thought that stuff was too hard core anyway. Another good one in the horror/mystery category from 1980 is

    Dead Of Winter

    -Mike

  160. Mendo said, on March 07, 2007 at 1:01 am

    LOTR, Lady Hawk, Labyrinth, Princess Bride, Excalibur… almost perfect. But you seem to have forgotten the king : where’s Conan ?! You woudn’t like him when he’s angry.

  161. E said, on March 07, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    You’re missing Colossus: The Forbin Project. A darker, more thoughtful version of wargames. And without Matthew Broderick. Which is always a bonus.
    The original Solaris also deserves a place in the list. It’s at least on a par with 2001 and if you get the chance read the book first. Despite the undisputed arrogance of Tarkovsky its still a cracking good film.

  162. Milander said, on March 08, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Well, I guess this list is a kinda proof of what I’ve long suspected… I am a major geek. I have all these films in my DVD collection and, As everyone else seems to be adding a few which were missed (or not), I’d like to suggest “Princess Bride” and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, maybe not quite geeky enough but I’ll let you decide. Nice list btw :)

    Take care and have a beer on me

  163. Milander said, on March 08, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Ignore me on the Princess Bride thing lol, just found it….

    *smacks head on keyboard*

  164. thegeniusclub said, on March 11, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Here’s a trailer for the upcoming movie, ‘The Genius Club’:

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  165. Amanda said, on March 17, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Please add Resident Evil 1 & 2, Underworld 1 & 2 and Sleepy Hollow please ^_^ . By the way, nice list!

  166. Chepech said, on March 29, 2007 at 2:01 am

    “The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Is a MAYOR geek cult film, your omission would cause a lot a angry geeks G2H2 worshipers to flood the blog with hate messages full of Douglas Adams quotes.

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  169. klokie said, on April 16, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    good list, but you omitted David Lynch’s entire career! Although they don’t fall neatly within the sci-fi or fantasy genres, the following are “important” films of the last 30 years:

    * Eraserhead (1977)
    * The Elephant Man (1980)
    * Dune (1984)
    * Blue Velvet (1986)
    * Twin Peaks (1990-92)
    * Wild at Heart (1990)
    * Lost Highway (1997)
    * The Straight Story (1999)
    * Mulholland Drive (2001)

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  173. Heidi said, on May 17, 2007 at 7:03 am

    A few I didn’t see rec’d: Batteries Not Included, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, A Scanner Darkly, and the Shreks.

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