Last Minute Gift Ideas – Movies for the Geek

by on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The fast approaching holidays means its time for some last minute shopping for gifts and stocking stuffers. A simple last minute gift that fits nicely into the stockings hung with care, are movies. We recently compiled a list of flicks for Best Buy and a post of 3 movies that should most definitely be in your collection, including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. However, our list was not complete. Here are more movies that barely missed the cut.

Action

Avengers

AvengersWith all of the comic-book-to-film movies out there, this one really takes the cake. Yes, all of the lead-in films of the characters in this film were good, but Avengers did a great job wrangling all of those egos into one film and it rocked! The CG wasn’t over the top, the action sequences were believable, and the costumes were really sharp as well. What more could you want?

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeWho in their adolescence hadn’t pretended to be finding hidden treasures or being chased by savages while avoiding obstacles like lava? Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the best of the series. A great storyline, European locations, Christian Artifacts, and Nazis all make for a great movie.

Back To The Future 2

Back to the Future 2This is the best of the Back to the Future series IMO. Part two was definitely the most intricate storyline of all of them, and deals with both the future and the past. Time travel is probably one of the geekiest plot ideas in any movie. The amount of brain power to figure out time travel is insane. The movie also had the much sought-after hoverboards… come on!

Run Lola Run

Run Lola RunRun Lola Run is an exploration in morality using loops, quantum theory, and variables to bring the viewer along for a visually pleasing ride through the eyes of Lola (Franka Potente). The movie begins with Lola receiving a phone call that immediately spirals the movie into the patterns of cause and effect. The inner geek in us loves it for its quantum elements, time travel, and the methods used to analyze the patterns of cause and effect that ultimately shape our existence.

Comedy

Office Space

Office SpaceOffice Space was the first movie that really nailed the plot of office politics. The movie really portrayed many aspects of our daily jobs that many of us only wish we could do in real life: destroy the copy machine, tell our boss off, and play games on company time. “I believe you have my stapler.”

Robin Hood Men in Tights

Robin Hood Men in TightsThe adventure movie with a dose of silly. Lots of great one-liners from this movie, and a loaded cast of comedians and actors. I can watch this one over and over and over.

Caddyshack

CaddyshackA timeless classic, Caddyshack gets more enjoyable as the years pass. A quotable movie that highlights some of the best moments in the careers of Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Chase’s character asks Murray’s character “mind if I play through?” This scene almost didn’t exist, and was nearly entirely improvised. Towards the end of shooting, the staff realized that there were not any scenes shared by Murray and Chase, so they quickly threw this one together. Cannonball coming!

Top Secret

Top Secret“People change, hairstyles change, interest rates fluctuate.” Things change, but humor and slapstick can often last forever. In the same ilk of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, Top Secret is full of sight gags, one-liners, and hilarious premises. A young Val Kilmer stars in what I personally feel is the best slapstick comedy movie of all time. Start the debate.

The Goonies

The GooniesThis movie is legendary. It is a movie that my whole family recites and we even debated being the Goonies crew for Halloween. What’s more geeky than a group of kids who find a treasure map and decide to hit the road to discover it?

Other

The Social Network

The Social NetworkA modern geek would love The Social Network. I love this movie because it hits at the entrepreneur in me. It is a modern story depicting the journey from concept to company. The startup world, which is inherently geeky, doesn’t get the credit that it deserves. This movie was perfectly timed for the new trend in startups and did a wonderful job at it.

Something Ventured

Something VenturedGeeks and entrepreneurs aren’t far apart of the spectrum. This documentary has many great interviews from venture capitalists who invest in very successful companies. It is an amazing look into the world of venture capitalism, told from the experts themselves.