I often run into a wall of not having seen the “classic” movies of geekdom. In my mind, geekdom is large, and can contain many things. In high school, my group of friends considered only a couple of things to be our baseline: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the book), and The Princess Bride (the movie). Solid foundations for geekdom.
Oh, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Obviously.
Some of the most fun you can have with fantasy, science fiction, and parody, this is indeed a good start. From there, I have gifted some of my favorites, like Dune, and The Killing of Worlds. We loan people things or watch them together, like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. We share our passion for geeky things.
And in some circles, I was known as an expert in cult classic movies. And in other circles, I am left decidedly wanting. We finally started working on the list of movies I hadn’t seen (or don’t remember seeing as a child, one of the two) recently, and my friends and family led with a winner. Here we have a list of nine movies I need to see that I haven’t, classics and cult classics and then one movie I just recently saw.
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I wrote a piece a while back talking about geek culture, and its relationship to consumerism. I feel like I had some good points, but in talking to people since then I feel like there are more terms we need to use to discuss this topic.
What has me thinking of this right now is the X-Box One, which plans on having all of the games in digital format on the system – where you can loan a game to a friend digitally, but not resell it as used. But you also avoid the costs and hassle of the physical object.
How has geek culture responded? In a mixed fashion. I don’t tend to sell back many (any) games, so owning them forever works out for me alright. However, does this just make me a consumer creature? What is going on?