It’s quite a wonderful time to be alive as a geek. Everything that people considered lame and nerdy a couple of decades back, has suddenly made it to the mainstream and become the new normal. With the rapid evolution of technology, we’ve also come to accept as a society that being tech-savvy and fascinated with technology is now a good thing.
With geeks becoming more and more popular, some movies in recent and not-so-recent history have been far more widely accepted to watch. Where some might have been too futuristic or unrealistic at the time they were released, we’ve now broadened our horizons and accepted that the potential for the future is, in fact, limitless.
And since we’re all still mostly in lockdown, here’s a few incredible geek movies that you can watch.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The ultimate geek movie is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It has pretty much everything a geek could want: Arnold Schwarzenegger at his prime, robots, over-the-top action, a storyline involving rogue AI and the apocalypse, … There hasn’t been a movie so gloriously perfect since this one, and there won’t be for quite a while. This was also the last good Terminator movie, so don’t watch anything past this one.
What’s better for a geek than to see a movie where an actual army of superheroes takes on the army of a menacing villain, in a storyline that in true comic fashion has been building up for a decade across several properties?
While this movie wasn’t really that popular when it released, we can now look at TRON with a much broader mind and accept the wackiness of its premise. Also, we’ve come to appreciate Jeff Bridges a whole lot more. The recent sequel wasn’t as good, but if you can look past the dated CGI, the original is certainly a gem to watch.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
If there’s ever a series of movies catered towards the geekier side of life, it’s got to be Star Wars. It has all the tropes you’d expect from medieval fantasy stories, but they put it in space and made the swords into colored beams of light that allow you to instantly see if someone is good or bad.
Not only is Ghostbusters a movie for geeks, it’s also a movie where the main characters are all geeks in the classic sense of the word. Sure, the CGI is a bit outdated at this point and kind of hurts to look at in certain scenes, but the charm and entertainment factor of these ghost-hunting misfits still holds up until this day.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I mean, every Michael Cera movie is pretty much a geek movie, but this is probably the geekiest one of them all. It’s got that superhero vibe, but also a garage band rockstar vibe and the general Michael Cera quirkiness, so it’s definitely a unique experience that you should watch as soon as possible.
When this movie came out, superhero movies weren’t as big as they are now. Not too mention that Watchmen is perhaps the most unique superhero franchises out there, since none of the heroes seem to be perfect or even very heroic for that matter. There’s a lot more moral ground that gets explored in this movie, and you can see it as the Avengers or the Justice League, if they were real people instead of entirely fictional characters.
While the movie in itself was mediocre at best, it’s been recently revealed that Zack Snyder will be releasing the Snyder cut of this movie that people have been asking for for years now. It probably couldn’t hurt to rewatch DC’s version of the Avengers before you get to see the new version, which will be entirely the way Zack Snyder wanted the project to be.