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5 Hacker Movies to Watch over the Holidays

5 Hacker Movies to Watch over the Holidays

Everyone knows the holidays are filled with family, food… and movies. Instead of just watching Shrek for the 24th time in a row or mindlessly searching Netflix check out one (or all) of these great tech inspired films. And if you can’t tell based off the first three recommendations, I absolutely LOVE ‘80s movies.

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1.War Games

For those of you who had a crush on Ferris Bueller (like me) or just thought he was super cool, Matthew Broderick debuts once again as a classic American teenager. It’s a throwback to when the Internet was a totally different - and unregulated - place and poses some bigger questions about AI in the cold war era. Super family friendly and with some straight up laughable scenes, this is a must-see for every dev.

The ultimate heist/hacking movie Sneakers is a movie you absolutely have to watch especially if you have any interest in security. It’s got all of the elements of a great heist movie but surprisingly manages to get a very PEN-testing approach to the whole problem.

3. Tron

If you’ve seen the Tron: Legacy featuring Olivia Wilde, take a second to throw it back to 1982. Tron is essentially the combination of hacker and video games in another great ‘80s classic. (Like I said I’m obsessed with ‘80s movies).

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Ok if you’re looking for a total mind blow of an episode definitely watch this Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 1! It features Gary (aka neighborhood cop) from Game Night and also the mom from HIMYM and I don’t want to say too much more in case I spoil it. You won’t be disappointed and this is a seriously creepy but amazing episode!

I know this isn’t technically a movie, but it’s so good that I couldn’t leave it off this list. This is definitely the most R rated out of 5 picks because of some serious content, but don’t let that scare you away. One of my favorite things may be the episode titles: aka Season 1 Episode 1 is eps1.0_hellofriend.mov and each episode follow the naming pattern but usually with a different file extension. This will definitely take up your WHOLE break if you haven’t started watching it yet.

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